Quotes About Existentialism

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Jean-Paul Sartre
“Man is nothing else but what he makes of himself.”
Jean-Paul Sartre, Existentialism and Human Emotions

Jean-Paul Sartre
“Il n'y a de réalité que dans l'action.

(There is no reality except in action.)”
Jean-Paul Sartre, Existentialism Is a Humanism

Omar Khayyám
“Oh threats of Hell and Hopes of Paradise!
One thing at least is certain - This Life flies;
One thing is certain and the rest is Lies -
The Flower that once has blown forever dies.”
Omar Khayyám, Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam

Viktor E. Frankl
“But today’s society is characterized by achievement orientation, and consequently it adores people who are successful and happy and, in particular, it adores the young. It virtually ignores the value of all those who are otherwise, and in so doing blurs the decisive difference between being valuable in the sense of dignity and being valuable in the sense of usefulness. If one is not cognizant of this difference and holds that an individual’s value stems only from his present usefulness, then, believe me, one owes it only to personal inconsistency not to plead for euthanasia along the lines of Hitler’s program, that is to say, ‘mercy’ killing of all those who have lost their social usefulness, be it because of old age, incurable illness, mental deterioration, or whatever handicap they may suffer. Confounding the dignity of man with mere usefulness arises from conceptual confusion that in turn may be traced back to the contemporary nihilism transmitted on many an academic campus and many an analytical couch.”
Viktor E. Frankl, Man's Search for Meaning

Saul Bellow
“One thought-murder a day keeps the psychiatrist away.”
Saul Bellow, Herzog

Albert Camus
“If we believe in nothing, if nothing has any meaning and if we can affirm no values whatsoever, then everything is possible and nothing has any importance.”
Albert Camus, The Rebel: An Essay on Man in Revolt

Jean-Paul Sartre
“In life man commits himself and draws his own portrait, outside of which there is nothing. No doubt this thought may seem harsh to someone who has not made a success of his life. But on the other hand, it helps people to understand that reality alone counts, and that dreams, expectations and hopes only serve to define a man as a broken dream, aborted hopes, and futile expectations.”
Jean-Paul Sartre, Existentialism Is a Humanism

Friedrich Nietzsche
“You look up when you wish to be exalted. And I look down because I am exalted.”
Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra

Paul Tillich
“Sometimes I think it is my mission to bring faith to the faithless, and doubt to the faithful.”
Paul Tillich

Albert Camus
“Believe me there is no such thing as great suffering, great regret, great memory....everything is forgotten, even a great love. That's what's sad about life, and also what's wonderful about it. There is only a way of looking at things, a way that comes to you every once in a while. That's why it's good to have had love in your life after all, to have had an unhappy passion- it gives you an alibi for the vague despairs we all suffer from.”
Albert Camus, A Happy Death

Noah Cicero
“When a person screams in pain, the actual pain is only half the noise they make. The other half is the terror at being forced to accept that they exist.”
Noah Cicero, The Condemned

Friedrich Nietzsche
“You say 'I' and you are proud of this word. But greater than this- although you will not believe in it - is your body and its great intelligence, which does not say 'I' but performs 'I'.”
Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra

Hermann Hesse
“I realize today that nothing in the world is more distasteful to a man than to take the path that leads to himself.”
Hermann Hesse, Demian. Die Geschichte von Emil Sinclairs Jugend

Albert Camus
“After awhile you could get used to anything.”
Albert Camus, The Stranger

“Sky is not a limit for me; because I have no limit for myself in life. Because life is a world full of risk taking and possibilities. No matter how hard or easy life is; I will always find a way to enjoy myself; even in the mist of circumstances; because problems is a sense of adventure in sheep's clothing.”
Temitope Owosela

Bertrand Russell
“Some care is needed in using Descartes' argument. "I think, therefore I am" says rather more than is strictly certain. It might seem as though we are quite sure of being the same person to-day as we were yesterday, and this is no doubt true in some sense. But the real Self is as hard to arrive at as the real table, and does not seem to have that absolute, convincing certainty that belongs to particular experiences.”
Bertrand Russell, The Problems of Philosophy

Matthew Woodring Stover
“It's not always easy to distinguish between existentialism and a bad mood.”
Matthew Woodring Stover, Blade of Tyshalle

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
“We do not pray for immortality, but only not to see our acts and all things stripped suddenly of all their meaning; for then it is the utter emptiness of everything reveals itself.”
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Night Flight

Ernest Becker
“We are gods with anuses.”
Ernest Becker, The Denial of Death

Albert Camus
“Mother used to say that however miserable one is, there’s always something to be thankful for. And each morning, when the sky brightened and light began to flood my cell, I agreed with her.”
Albert Camus, The Stranger

Samuel Beckett
“They give birth astride of a grave, the light gleams an instant, then it's night once more.”
Samuel Beckett, Waiting for Godot

Jean-Luc Godard
“He who jumps into the void owes no explanation to those who stand and watch.”
Jean-Luc Godard

Viktor E. Frankl
“At the beginning of human history, man lost some of the basic animal instincts in which an animal's behavior is embedded and by which it is secured. Such security, like paradise, is closed to man forever; man has to make choices. In addition to this, however, man has suffered another loss in his more recent development inasmuch as the traditions which buttressed his behavior are now rapidly diminishing. No instinct tells him what he has to do, and no tradition tells him what he ought to do; sometimes he does not even know what he wishes to do. Instead, he either wishes to do what other people do (conformism) or he does what other people tell him to do (totalitarianism).”
Viktor E. Frankl, Man's Search for Meaning

Albert Camus
“I knew a man who gave twenty years of his life to a scatterbrained woman, sacrificing everything to her, his friendships, his work, the very respectability of his life and who one evening recognized that he had never loved her. He had been bored, thats all, bored like most people. Hence he had made himself out of whole cloth a life full of complications and drama. Something must happen and that explains most human commitments. Something must happen even loveless slavery, even war or death.”
Albert Camus

Kurt Vonnegut
“One might be led to suspect that there were all sorts of things going on in the Universe which he or she did not thoroughly understand.”
Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five

Jean-Paul Sartre
“What is meant here by saying that existence precedes essence? It means first of all, man exists, turns up, appears on the scene, and, only afterwards, defines himself. If man, as the existentialist conceives him, is indefinable, it is because at first he is nothing. Only afterward will he be something, and he himself will have made what he will be.”
Jean-Paul Sartre, Existentialism Is a Humanism

Albert Camus
“Existence is illusory and it is eternal.”
Albert Camus, The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays

P.G. Wodehouse
“I spent the afternoon musing on Life. If you come to think of it, what a queer thing Life is! So unlike anything else, don't you know, if you see what I mean.”
P.G. Wodehouse

Carmen Laforet
“Me parece que de nada vale correr si siempre ha de irse por el mismo camino, cerrado, de nuestra personalidad. Unos seres nacen para vivir, otros para trabajar, y otros para mirar la vida. Yo tenia un pequeño y ruin papel de espectadora. Imposible salirme de él. Imposible libertarme. Una tremenda congoja fue para mí lo único real en aquellos momentos.”
Carmen Laforet, Nada

Jean-Paul Sartre
“Nothingness haunts Being.”
Jean-Paul Sartre

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