Existence Quotes

Men found that his absorbing egotism was deadly to all other men. It resembled the torpedo, which inflicts a succession of shocks on any one who takes hold of it, producing spasms which contract the muscles of the hand, so that the man can not open his fingers; and the animal inflicts new and more violent shocks, until he paralyzes and kills his victim. So, this exorbitant egotist narrowed, impoverished, and absorbed the power and existence of those who served him; and the universal cry of France, and of Europe, in 1814, was, "enough of him;" "assez de Bonaparte.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The purpose of your existence is yours alone to discover.

Steve Pavlina

Our very strength as lesbians lies in the fact that we are outside of patriarchy; our existence challenges its life

Charlotte Bunch

It is a lonely existence to be a child with a disability which no-one can see or understand, you exasperate your teachers, you disappoint your parents, and worst of all you know that you are not just stupid.

Susan Hampshire

Profound meditation in solitude and silence frequently exalts the mind above its natural tone, fires the imagination, produces the most refined and sublime conceptions. The soul then tastes the purest and most refined delight, and almost loses the idea of existence in the intellectual pleasure it receives. The mind on every motion darts through space into eternity; and raised, in its free enjoyment of its powers by its own enthusiasm, strengthens itself in the habitude of contemplating the noblest subjects, and of adopting the most heroic pursuits.

Johann Georg von Zimmermann

The true lover of learning then must his earliest youth, as far as in him lies, desire all truth. . .He whose desires are drawn toward knowledge in every form will be absorbed in the pleasures of the soul, and will hardly feel bodily pleasures- -I mean, if he be a true philosopher and not a sham one. . .Then how can he who has the magnificence of mind and is the spectator of all times and all existence, think much of human life? He cannot. Or can such a one account death fearful? No indeed.

Plato

HOURI, n. A comely female inhabiting the Mohammedan Paradise to make things cheery for the good Mussulman, whose belief in her existence marks a noble discontent with his earthly spouse, whom he denies a soul. By that good lady the Houris are said to be held in deficient esteem.

Ambrose Bierce

To overcome difficulties is to experience the full delight of existence.

Arthur Schopenhauer

Las Vegas marks itself out by nothingness. All the negative descriptions that can generally be used in labelling a city apply to it, for its absence of consistency actually makes its existence doubtful: no man's land, waste ground, non-place, ghost town, urban simulacrum, nowhere city, etc. For us it is Zeropolis, the non-city which is the very first city, just as zero is the very first number. The nothing that counts, the nothingness of neon

BRUCE BEGOUT

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

Benjamin Disraeli

Sometimes people get the mistaken notion that spirituality is a separate department of life, the penthouse of existence. But rightly understood, it is a vital awareness that pervades all realms of our being.

David Steindl-Rast

I am confident that there truly is such a thing as living again, that the living spring from the dead, and that the souls of the dead are in existence.

Socrates

It is through… Art and Art only that we can shield ourselves from the sordid perils of actual existence.

Oscar Wilde

The settlement of America had its origins in the unsettlement of Europe. America came into existence when the European was already so distant from the ancient ideas and ways of his birthplace that the whole span of the Atlantic did not widen the gulf.

Lewis Mumford

The difficulties which I meet with in order to realize my existence are precisely what awaken and mobilize my activities, my capacities.

Jos

The power of taxing people and their property is essential to the very existence of government.''

James Madison

The most important human endeavor is the striving for morality in our actions. Our inner balance and even our very existence depend on it. Only morality in our actions can give beauty and dignity to life.

Charles Dickens

The more unintelligent a man is, the less mysterious existence seems to him

Arthur Schopenhauer

Poetry is the art of substantiating shadows, and of lending existence to nothing

Edmund Burke

The continued existence of wildlife and wilderness is important to the quality of life of humans.

Jim Fowler

A hero is someone who rebels or seems to rebel against the facts of existence and seems to conquer them. Obviously that can only work at moments. It can't be a lasting thing. That's not saying that people shouldn't keep trying to rebel against the facts of existence. Someday, who knows, we might conquer death, disease and war.

Jim Morrison

In the battle of existence, Talent is the punch; Tact is the clever footwork

Wilson Mizner

As we move through life, the force of fate creates events that we only appreciate when we reflect on our existence.

Ronald Harmon

Fate is nothing but the deeds committed in a prior state of existence.

Ralph Waldo Emerson
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