Human Existence Quotes

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C.G. Jung
“Midlife is the time to let go of an overdominant ego and to contemplate the deeper significance of human existence.”
Carl Gustav Jung

Viktor E. Frankl
“As each situation in life represents a challenge to man and presents a problem for him to solve, the question of the meaning of life may actually be reversed. Ultimately, man should not ask what the meaning of his life is, but rather he must recognize that it is he who is asked. In a word, each man is questioned by life; and he can only answer to life by answering for his own life; to life he can only respond by being responsible. Thus, logotherapy sees in responsibleness the very essence of human existence.”
Viktor E. Frankl, Man's Search for Meaning

Friedrich Nietzsche
“Thus the man who is responsive to artistic stimuli reacts to the reality of dreams as does the philosopher to the reality of existence; he observes closely, and he enjoys his observation: for it is out of these images that he interprets life, out of these processes that he trains himself for life.”
Friedrich Nietzsche, Twilight of the Idols / The Anti-Christ

Françoise Gilot
“One day when I went to see him (Picasso), we were looking at the dust dancing in a ray of sunlight that slanted in through one of the high windows. He said to me, 'Nobody has any real importance to me. As far as I'm concerned, other people are like those little grains of dust floating in the sunlight. It takes only a push of the broom and out they go.'I told him I had often noticed in his dealings with others that he considered the rest of the world only little grains of dust. But I said, as it happened, I was a little grain of dust gifted with autonomous movement and who didn't therefore need a broom. I could go out by myself.”
Francoise Gilot, Life with Picasso

Marisha Pessl
“If I learned anything about her it was that she lived with a vehemence most of us never have the courage for." Banks tells me. "But there was something about her that precluded an ordinary existence. In some ways, I'm not surprised she's dead. A job, husband, kids, a beach house? That wasn't her. I can't explain why, except she was more like a force that whipped through life, defying logic, scaring you, even hurting you because she was everything you wanted to be, but you knew you'd never have the guts - and then she was gone. That was my experience with Ashley Cordova.”
Marisha Pessl, Night Film

Friedrich Nietzsche
“Human existence basically is──a never to be completed imperfect tense.”
Friedrich Nietzsche, On the Advantage and Disadvantage of History for Life

Bryce Courtenay
“Each of us has been designed for one of two immortal functions, as either a storyteller or as a cross-legged listener to tales of wonder, love, and daring. When we cease to tell or listen, then we no longer exist as a people.”
Bryce Courtenay

Jacob Nordby
“Saying that “life is short” is such a cliche. And it’s true.
In fact, we only have five minutes to be here. In the really big scheme of things, not even that long. We humans don’t even have the lifespan of fruit flies if you look at the bigger picture.
In other words, we don’t have a second—not even a second—to waste on petty drama, on living fake, shallow lives, on swallowing our truth, or on hiding our light.
We only dance around the flame of this gorgeous human existence for moments and the one thing important at all is loving beautifully.”
Jacob Nordby

Ashim Shanker
“The lights became stars,
which became streaks
in the grayspace,
and then networks
of fading
Ashim Shanker

Jean Baudrillard
“Man has become less rational than his own objects, which now run ahead of him, so to speak, organizing his surroundings and thus appropriating his actions.”
Jean Baudrillard

Eckhart Tolle
“Thinking without awareness is the main dilemma of human existence.”
Eckhart Tolle, A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose

“Reality does not create the entire womb of human life. We have eyes that witness truth and beauty. We are creatures that think, plan, dream, and remember. The lambent luminescence supplied by human memory reveals that we live in a dream world. Human imagination tied to memory tells us how to live today and forevermore.”
Kilroy J. Oldster, Dead Toad Scrolls

Kamel Daoud
“I’m so old that I often tell myself, on nights when multitudes of stars are sparkling in the sky, there must necessarily be something to be discovered from living so long. Living, what an effort! At the end, there must necessarily be, there has to be, some sort of essential revelation. It shocks me, this disproportion between my insignificance and the vastness of the cosmos. I often think there must be something all the same, something in the middle between my triviality and the universe!”
Kamel Daoud, The Meursault Investigation

Jack McDevitt
“Man has always seen himself the peak of creation. The part of the universe that thinks. The purpose for it all. It's no doubt a gratifying view, but the universe may have a different opinion.”
Jack McDevitt, Seeker

Elizabeth Winder
“Sylvia possessed a deeply conditioned respect for authority. She wanted desperately to live up to the expectations of a society that viewed her as a bright, charming, enormously talented disciple of bourgeois conformity. On the other hand, she ached to experience life in all its grim and beautiful complexity. The poetic eye was always at work examining the nuance and measuring obscure detail, turning conversation into ultimatum (Steiner)”
Elizabeth Winder, Pain, Parties, Work: Sylvia Plath in New York, Summer 1953

Martin Guevara Urbina
“Perhaps more than never, in a highly globalized world, we must recognize that multiculturalism is not simply understanding ethnic/racial histories or the mere appreciation of cultural “difference,” but accepting that multiculturalism spreads across the very inner core of America’s institutions, and ingrained in the very essence of life, for multicultural perspectives, ideas, and ideologies empower us to elevate the multicultural discourse to a higher level of social transformation—ultimately, universal equality, justice, respect, and human dignity for all, in all facets of human existence.”
Martin Guevara Urbina, Twenty-first Century Dynamics of Multiculturalism: Beyond Post-racial America

Abhijit Naskar
“Existence – what’s it good for, if it can’t be forever – and the only way to exist forever is through your actions – your civilized, courageous and conscientious actions.”
Abhijit Naskar, Saint of The Sapiens

“The human existence is an audacious chaos disturbing the Order of Cosmos.”
Giannis Delimitsos

Dennis Martínez
“99% of human existence has been nonindustrial, nonmajor agriculture, it's been hunting, gathering & agroecology.”
Dennis Martinez

“People cannot escape the looming specter of a deathwatch and the imposing emptiness that comes with the termination of their existence. People resist going silently into the night. We seek to howl at the moon and make known our search for a diagrammatic overture that voices our unquantifiable existence. Terrified of squandering our existence, we each seek to break out from our muteness and strike an accord with our brothers and sisters whom share our inherent desire to reach a global consilience.”
Kilroy J. Oldster, Dead Toad Scrolls

“There are innumerable unanswerable questions that plague humankind. It is permissible to accept the unknown and unknowable as establishing the outer limits of human possibilities. Unanswerable questions – questions with no provable correct answers – describe the boundaries of human existence. All we know for sure is that everything that is alive will die.”
Kilroy J. Oldster

“Human existence is enigmatic journey of improvisation. A meaningful life commences with a precise examination of oneself. A person seeking self-awareness cannot afford inexact observations or vague thoughts.”
Kilroy J. Oldster, Dead Toad Scrolls

Gareth Worthington
“Yet as quickly as it comes, the fire is gone, replaced by a smoldering pile of embers. Much like our brief time on this earth -a flash of light, an opportunity for great good, immense evil, or worse, selfish nothingness. And just like that, our light too, for better or worse, goes out.

The monk leans close, whispering to the flame with gentle breaths, coaxing the sparks to live again. A small finger of fire takes hold on the moss bed. Rebirth. Renewal. The light begins again, feeble but growing. It knows nothing else, only the perpetual act of pressing back against the darkness. That is its only purpose. It knows not of the endless cold in which it exists and will never overcome.”
Gareth Worthington, In The Shadow Of A Valiant Moon

Eric  Meade
“As humans, we must make a separate peace with each of these realities - with our membership in a global community and with our solitary existence. What exists between the two is not so much a boundary as it is a wormhole connecting two different yet parallel universes. Issues in one universe show up in corresponding forms in the other. And we must discover for ourselves what right living, for us, looks like in each.”
Eric Meade, Reframing Poverty: New Thinking and Feeling About Humanity's Greatest Challenge

“When the observable universe was born, there was a shuddering sound of timelessness bursting from the corner of the cosmos until the algorithmic sound of silence took over, revealing how the distinctive sound of the truth unfolds its formidable presence, how the tiny infinities of reality swing between space and time, how the cycle of life and death gives value and meaning to human existence, how noble ideas and creative concepts incarnate and traverse in three-dimensional realms, where beauty and tragedy fuse and transform to become transcendent infinities. (— Danny Castillones Sillada, The Unspoken Infinities of Silence)”
Danny Castillones Sillada

“I might not be immortal anymore, and I might need to live with the fragility of human existence. But only as a human, in the silence of my mind, can I see that every living being on this earth is connected, are one.”
David Jesus Vignolli, A Girl in the Himalayas