98+ Best Existence Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Existence is the state or fact of having being especially independently of human consciousness and as contrasted with nonexistence. Profoundly inspirational existence quotes will challenge the way you think, change the way you live and transform your whole life.

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Famous Existence Quotes

The basic fact about human existence is not that it is a tragedy, but that it is a bore. It is not so much a war as an endless standing in line. — H. L. Mencken

The cradle rocks above an abyss, and common sense tells us that our existence is but a brief crack of light between two eternities of darkness. — Vladimir Nabokov

The very purpose of existence is to reconcile the glowing opinion we hold of ourselves with the appalling things that other people think about us. — Quentin Crisp

The individual who has to justify his existence by his own efforts is in eternal bondage to himself. — Eric Hoffer

The very existence of flamethrowers proves that sometime, somewhere, someone said to themselves, You know, I want to set those people over there on fire, but I’m just not close enough to get the job done. — George Carlin

Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact. — William James

If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent Him. — Voltaire

The life of inner peace, being harmonious and without stress, is the easiest type of existence. — Norman Vincent Peale

Even broken in spirit as he is, no one can feel more deeply than he does the beauties of nature. The starry sky, the sea, and every sight afforded by these wonderful regions, seems still to have the power of elevating his soul from earth. Such a man has a double existence: he may suffer misery, and be overwhelmed by disappointments; yet, when he has retired into himself, he will be like a celestial spirit that has a halo around him, within whose circle no grief or folly ventures. — Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

If we cut up beasts simply because they cannot prevent us and because we are backing our own side in the struggle for existence, it is only logical to cut up imbeciles, criminals, enemies, or capitalists for the same reasons. — C. S. Lewis

In one drop of water are found all the secrets of all the oceans; in one aspect of You are found all the aspects of existence. — Khalil Gibran

Welfare’s purpose should be to eliminate, as far as possible, the need for its own existence. — Ronald Reagan

Two separate beings, in different circumstances, face to face in freedom and seeking justification of their existence through one another, will always live an adventure full of risk and promise. (p. 248) — Simone de Beauvoir

A god who let us prove his existence would be an idol. — Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Being at ease with not knowing is crucial for answers to come to you. — Eckhart Tolle

A man may fulfill the object of his existence by asking a question he cannot answer, and attempting a task he cannot achieve. — Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.

Do you realize you can actually listen a person’s soul into existence? Your fervent interest in the inner life of those you care for can awaken their dormant powers. The teacher Richard Moss says ‘The greatest gift you can give another is the purity of your attention.’ Offer this gift. — Rob Brezsny

As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being. — Carl Jung

People who lead a lonely existence always have something on their minds that they are eager to talk about. — Anton Chekhov

Snowflakes, leaves, humans, plants, raindrops, stars, molecules, microscopic entities all come in communities. The singular cannot in reality exist. — Paula Gunn Allen

The light that radiates from the great novels time can never dim, for human existence is perpetually being forgotten by man and thus the novelists’ discoveries, however old they may be, will never cease to astonish. — Milan Kundera

To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all. — Oscar Wilde

When power leads man toward arrogance, poetry reminds him of his limitations. When power narrows the area of man’s concern, poetry reminds him of the richness and diversity of existence. When power corrupts, poetry cleanses. — John F. Kennedy

You are not accidental. The world needs you. Without you, something will be missing in existence and nobody can replace it. — Rajneesh

There is a point where in the mystery of existence contradictions meet; where movement is not all movement and stillness is not all stillness; where the idea and the form, the within and the without, are united; where infinite becomes finite, yet not losing its infinity. If this meeting is dissolved, then things become unreal. — Rabindranath Tagore

The irrationality of a thing is no argument against its existence, rather a condition of it. — Friedrich Nietzsche

Two possibilities exist: Either we are alone in the Universe or we are not. Both are equally terrifying. — Arthur C. Clarke

For a novelist, a given historic situation is an anthropologic laboratory in which he explores his basic question: What is human existence? — Milan Kundera

Life is not a having and a getting, but a being and a becoming. — Myrna Loy

Nothing exists except by virtue of a disequilibrium, an injustice. All existence is a theft paid for by other existences; no life flowers except on a cemetery. — Remy de Gourmont

Every moment of one’s existence one is growing into more or retreating into less. One is always living a little more or dying a little bit. — Norman Mailer

My religion consists of a humble admiration of the illimitable superior spirit who reveals himself in the slight details we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble mind. — Albert Einstein

The whole conviction of my life now rests upon the belief that loneliness, far from being a rare and curious phenomenon, peculiar to myself and to a few other solitary men, is the central and inevitable fact of human existence. — Tom Wolfe

For me, the Beatles are proof of the existence of God. — Rick Rubin

The whole secret of existence is to have no fear. — Gautama Buddha

Civilization is the progress toward a society of privacy. The savage’s whole existence is public, ruled by the laws of his tribe. Civilization is the process of setting man free from men. — Ayn Rand

It is by no means an irrational fancy that, in a future existence, we shall look upon what we think our present existence, as a dream. — Edgar Allan Poe

Existence is a series of footnotes to a vast, obscure, unfinished masterpiece. — Vladimir Nabokov

To exist is to change, to change is to mature, to mature is to go on creating oneself endlessly. — Henri Bergson

We delight in one knowable thing, which comprehends all that is knowable; in one apprehensible, which draws together all that can be apprehended; in a single being that includes all, above all in the one which is itself the all. — Giordano Bruno

Borders I have never seen one. But I have heard they exist in the minds of some people. — Thor Heyerdahl

No one would choose a friendless existence on condition of having all the other things in the world. — Aristotle

The more unintelligent a man is, the less mysterious existence seems to him. — Arthur Schopenhauer

Only in men’s imagination does every truth find an effective and undeniable existence. Imagination, not invention, is the supreme master of art as of life. — Joseph Conrad

Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, than that of blind-folded fear. — Thomas Jefferson

Not the power to remember, but its very opposite, the power to forget, is a necessary condition for our existence. — Sholem Asch

One is still what one is going to cease to be and already what one is going to become. One lives one’s death, one dies one’s life. — Jean-Paul Sartre

The most decisive actions of our life – I mean those that are most likely to decide the whole course of our future – are, more often than not, unconsidered. — Andre Gide

Cultivation of mind should be the ultimate aim of human existence. — B. R. Ambedkar

Life was a funny thing that happened to me on the way to the grave. — Quentin Crisp

All that makes existence valuable to any one depends on the enforcement of restraints upon the actions of other people. — John Stuart Mill

Forests, lakes, and rivers, clouds and winds, stars and flowers, stupendous glaciers and crystal snowflakes – every form of animate or inanimate existence, leaves its impress upon the soul of man. — Orison Swett Marden

Vocations which we wanted to pursue, but didn’t, bleed, like colors, on the whole of our existence. — Honore de Balzac

The whole secret of existence is to have no fear. Never fear what will become of you, depend on no one. Only the moment you reject all help are you freed. – Buddha No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path. — Gautama Buddha

To exist is equivalent to an act of faith, a protest against the truth, an interminable prayer. As soon as they consent to live, the unbeliever and the man of faith are fundamentally the same, since both have made the only decision that defines a being. — Emile M. Cioran

Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored. — Aldous Huxley

PRE-EXISTENCE, n. An unnoted factor in creation. — Ambrose Bierce

Existence is no more than the precarious attainment of relevance in an intensely mobile flux of past, present, and future. — Susan Sontag

The existence of forgetting has never been proved: We only know that some things don’t come to mind when we want them. — Friedrich Nietzsche

You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life. — Albert Camus

Until we can look at fear and accept it as the shadow of personal existence, as persons we are bound to be afraid. — Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

If we take in our hand any volume; of divinity or school metaphysics, for instance; let us ask, Does it contain any abstract reasoning concerning quantity or number? No. Does it contain any experimental reasoning concerning matter of fact and existence? No. Commit it then to the flames: for it can contain nothing but sophistry and illusion. — David Hume

Existence is a mystery , and one should accept it as a mystery and not pretend to have any explanation . — Rajneesh

Let us be moral. Let us contemplate existence. — Charles Dickens

Progress is measured by richness and intensity of experience – by a wider and deeper apprehension of the significance and scope of human existence. — Herbert Read

Scientific discovery consists in the interpretation for our own convenience of a system of existence which has been made with no eye to our convenience at all. — Norbert Wiener

In order to exist just once in the world, it is necessary never again to exist. — Albert Camus

The greatest mystery of existence is existence itself. — Deepak Chopra

I don’t need anyone to rectify my existence. The most profound relationship we will ever have is the one with ourselves. — Shirley MacLaine

MATERIAL, adj. Having an actual existence, as distinguished from an imaginary one. Important. — Ambrose Bierce

Existence really is an imperfect tense that never becomes a present. — Friedrich Nietzsche

The easiest way to solve a problem is to deny it exists. — Isaac Asimov

The pain of life overrides the joy to the point that joy does not exist. — Kevin Carter

Nostalgia is also a dangerous form of comparison. Think about how often we compare our lives to a memory that nostalgia has so completely edited that it never really existed. — Brené Brown

For if there is a sin against life, it consists perhaps not so much in despairing of life as in hoping for another life and in eluding the implacable grandeur of this life. — Albert Camus

Love is the only sane and satisfactory answer to the problem of human existence. — Erich Fromm

Every life is its own excuse for being. — Elbert Hubbard

Although a biologist, I must confess I do not understand how life came about… I consider that life only starts at the level of a functional cell. The most primitive cells may require at least several hundred different specific biological macro-molecules. How such already quite complex structures may have come together, remains a mystery to me. The possibility of the existence of a Creator, of God, represents to me a satisfactory solution to this problem. — Werner Arber

NOUMENON, n. That which exists, as distinguished from that which merely seems to exist, the latter being a phenomenon. The noumenon is a bit difficult to locate; it can be apprehended only by a process of reasoning – which is a phenomenon. — Ambrose Bierce

I took one Draught of Life – I’ll tell you what I paid – Precisely an existence – The market price, they said. — Emily Dickinson

We are all born for love. It is the principle of existence, and its only end. — Benjamin Disraeli

As a man who has devoted his whole life to the most clear headed science, to the study of matter, I can tell you as a result of my research about atoms this much: There is no matter as such. All matter originates and exists only by virtue of a force which brings the particle of an atom to vibration and holds this most minute solar system of the atom together. We must assume behind this force the existence of a conscious and intelligent mind. This mind is the matrix of all matter. — Max Planck

The proper function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them. I shall use my time. — Jack London

Existence itself does not feel horrible; it feels like an ecstasy, rather, which we have only to be still to experience. — John Updike

The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion. — Albert Camus

We should all be obliged to appear before a board every five years and justify our existence… on pain of liquidation. — George Bernard Shaw

Like the ocean that remains calm in its depths even when waves rage over its surface, and like the sun that continues shining on high even during storms, we can at each moment create value and develop our state of life, enjoying our existence to the fullest in times of both suffering and joy. — Daisaku Ikeda

Truth exists; only lies are invented. — Georges Braque

There’s nothing that makes you so aware of the improvisation of human existence as a song unfinished. Or an old address book. — Carson McCullers

Death does not concern us, because as long as we exist, death is not here. And when it does come, we no longer exist. — Epicurus

I am. I think. I will. — Ayn Rand

It is living and ceasing to live that are imaginary solutions. Existence is elsewhere. — Andre Breton

Life is to be fortified by many friendships. To love and to be loved is the greatest happiness of existence. — Sydney Smith

We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools. — Martin Luther King, Jr.

Man is the only animal for whom his own existence is a problem which he has to solve. — Erich Fromm

The assumption that what currently exists must necessarily exist is the acid that corrodes all visionary thinking. — Murray Bookchin

All matter originates and exists only by virtue of a force… We must assume behind this force the existence of a conscious and intelligent Mind. This Mind is the matrix of all matter. — Max Planck

No power of genius has ever yet had the smallest success in explaining existence. The perfect enigma remains. — Ralph Waldo Emerson

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