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Quotes About Existentialism

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Simone de Beauvoir
“Regardless of the staggering dimensions of the world about us, the density of our ignorance, the risks of catastrophes to come, and our individual weakness within the immense collectivity, the fact remains that we are absolutely free today if we choose to will our existence in its finiteness, a finiteness which is open on the infinite. And in fact, any man who has known real loves, real revolts, real desires, and real will knows quite well that he has no need of any outside guarantee to be sure of his goals; their certitude comes from his own drive.”
Simone de Beauvoir, The Ethics of Ambiguity

Friedrich Nietzsche
“One must not let oneself be misled: they say 'Judge not!' but they send to Hell everything that stands in their way.”
Friedrich Nietzsche, The Anti-Christ

José Saramago
“Whether we like it or not, the one justification for the existence of all religions is death, they need death as much as we need bread to eat.”
José Saramago, Death with Interruptions

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

Raymond Carver
“This is awful. I don't know what's going to happen to me or to anyone else in the world.”
Raymond Carver, Where I'm Calling From: New and Selected Stories

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

Friedrich Nietzsche
“You know these things as thoughts, but your thoughts are not your experiences, they are an echo and after-effect of your experiences: as when your room trembles whe na carriage goes past. I however am sitting in the carriage, and often I am the carriage itself.
Ina man who thinks like this, the dichotomy between thinking and feeling, intellect and passion, has really disappeared. He feels his thoughts. He can fall in love with an idea. An idea can make him ill.”
Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra

“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

“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

Andrew Sean Greer
“Perhaps love is a minor madness. And as with madness, it's unendurable alone. The one person who can relieve us is of course the sole person we cannot go to: the one we love. So instead we seek out allies, even among strangers and wives, fellow patients who, if they can't touch the edge of our particular sorrow, have felt something that cuts nearly as deep.”
Andrew Sean Greer, The Story of a Marriage

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

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

Andrew Sean Greer
“A lover exists only in fragments, a dozen or so if the romance is new, a thousand if we're married to him, and out of those fragments our heart constructs an entire person. What we each create, since whatever is missing is filled by our imagination, is the person we wish him to be. The less we know him, of course, the more we love him. And that's why we always remember that first rapturous night when he was a stranger, and why this rapture returns only when he's dead.”
Andrew Sean Greer, The Story of a Marriage

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

Albert Camus
“On the whole, men are more good than bad; that, however, isn't the real point. But they are more or less ignorant, and it is this that we call vice or virtue; the most incorrigible vice being that of an ignorance that fancies it knows everything and therefore claims for itself the right to kill. The soul of the murderer is blind; and there can be no true goodness nor true love without the utmost clear-sightedness.”
Albert Camus

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

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
“All that is transitory is but a metaphor.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Simone de Beauvoir
“Today, however, we are having a hard time living because we are so bent on outwitting death.”
Simone de Beauvoir, The Ethics of Ambiguity

Rollo May
“A myth is a way of making sense in a senseless world. Myths are narrative patterns that give significance to our existence.”
Rollo May

Rabih Alameddine
“I wonder if being sane means disregarding the chaos that is life, pretending only an infinitesimal segment of it is reality.”
Rabih Alameddine, Koolaids: The Art of War

Rollo May
“One must have at least a readiness to love the other person, broadly speaking, if one is to be able to understand him.”
Rollo May, Existence

Friedrich Nietzsche
“The desire for a strong faith is not the proof of a strong faith, rather the opposite. If one has it one may permit oneself the beautiful luxury of skepticism: one is secure enough, fixed enough for it.”
Friedrich Nietzsche, Twilight of the Idols, Or, How to Philosophize With the Hammer

Veronica Rossi
“And it's always better, isn't it, when you discover answers on your own?”
Veronica Rossi, Under the Never Sky

Kōbō Abe
“There wasn't a single item of importance [in the newspaper]. A tower of illusion, all of it, made of illusory bricks and full of holes. If life were made up only of imporant things, it really would be a dangerous house of glass, scarcely to be handled carelessly. But everyday life was exactly like the headlines. And so everybody, knowing the meaninglessness of existence, sets the centre of his compass at his own home.”
Kōbō Abe, The Woman in the Dunes

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

Werner Herzog
“In the face of the obscene, explicit malice of the jungle, which lacks only dinosaurs as punctuation, I feel like a half-finished, poorly expressed sentence in a cheap novel.”
Werner Herzog

Rollo May
“It is interesting to note how many of the great scientific discoveries begin as myths.”
Rollo May, The Cry for Myth

Philip K. Dick
“Barefoot conducts his seminars on his houseboat in Sausalito. It costs a hundred dollars to find out why we are on this Earth. You also get a sandwich, but I wasn't hungry that day. John Lennon had just been killed and I think I know why we are on this Earth; it's to find out that what you love the most will be taken away from you, probably due to an error in high places rather than by design.”
Philip K. Dick

Bertrand Russell
“All the labor of all the ages, all the devotion, all the inspiration, all the noonday brightness of human genius are destined to extinction. So now, my friends, if that is true, and it is true, what is the point?”
Bertrand Russell

Tom Stoppard
“A Chinaman of the T'ang Dynasty—and, by which definition, a philosopher—dreamed he was a butterfly, and from that moment he was never quite sure that he was not a butterfly dreaming it was a Chinese philosopher. Envy him; in his two-fold security.”
Tom Stoppard, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead

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