Existence Quotes

Man supposes that he directs his life and governs his actions, when his existence is irretrievably under the control of destiny

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Philosophy always requires something more, requires the eternal, the true, in contrast to which even the fullest existence as such is but a happy moment

Soren Kierkegaard

If Existence was Ever a Miracle, then Existence is Always a Miracle.

Andrew Schwartz

From wonder into wonder existence opens.

Lao Tzu

How fair is a garden amid the toils and passions of existence

Benjamin Disraeli

Eternity is a negative idea clothed with a positive name. It supposes in that to which it is applied a present existence, and is the negation of a beginning or of an end of that existence

William Paley

Zen, like life, defies exact definition, but its essence is the experience, moment by moment, of our own existence -- a natural, spontaneous encounter, unclouded by the suppositions and expectations that come between us and reality. It is, if you like, a paring down of life until we see it as it really is, free from our illusions; it is merely a divestment of ourselves until we recognize our own true nature.


The secret of success is to be in harmony with existence, to be always calm to let each wave of life wash us a little farther up the shore.

Cyril Connolly

I write songs and I sing them from the deepest part of my existence and I hope they connect with the deepest part of yours.

Ben Harper

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

Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

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

Norman Vincent Peale

The question is no longer between violence and non-violence; it is between non-violence and non-existence.

Martin Luther King Jr

The mystery of existence is the connection between our faults and our misfortunes.

Madame de Stael:

The explanation of the propensity of the English people to portrait painting is to be found in their relish for a Fact. Let a man do the grandest things, fight the greatest battles, or be distinguished by the most brilliant personal heroism, yet the English people would prefer his portrait to a painting of the great deed. The likeness they can judge of; his existence is a Fact. But the truth of the picture of his deeds they cannot judge of, for they have no imagination.

Benjamin Haydon

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

Dietrich Bonhoeffer
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