Meaning Quotes

Artthe meaning of the pattern of our common actions in reality. The cloth-of-gold that hides behind the sackcloth of reality, forced out by the pain of human memory.

Lawrence Durrell

When we understand that man is the only animal who must create meaning, who must open a wedge into neutral nature, we already understand the essence of love. Love is the problem of an animal who must find life, create a dialogue with nature in order to experience his own being.

Ernest Becker

Religion is the state of being grasped by an ultimate concern, a concern which qualifies all other concerns as preliminary and which itself contains the answer to the question of the meaning of our life.

Paul Tillich

Ultimately, man should not ask what the meaning of his life is, but rather he must recognize that it is he who is asked.

Victor Frankl

If we can discover the meaning in the trilling of a frog, perhaps we may understand why it is for us not merely noise but a song of poetry and emotion.

Adrian Forsyth

A man who uses a great many words to express his meaning is like a bad marksman who, instead of aiming a single stone at an object, takes up a handful and throws at it in hopes he may hit.

Samuel Johnson

Man's "progress" is but a gradual discovery that his questions have no meaning

Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Ultimately, man should not ask what the meaning of his life is, but rather he must recognize that it [is] he who is asked.

Viktor Frankl

Love is just a word until someone comes along and gives it meaning.


Dare to err and to dream. Deep meaning often lies in childish plays.

Friedrich von Schiller

Eternal truths will be neither true nor eternal unless they have fresh meaning for every new social situation.

Franklin D. Roosevelt

Life has to be given a meaning because of the obvious fact that it has no meaning.

Henry Miller

What man actually needs is not a tensionless state but rather the striving and struggling for some goal worthy of him. What he needs is not the discharge of tension at any cost, but the call of a potential meaning waiting to be fulfilled by him.

Victor Frankl

Sometimes I wonder if suicides aren't in fact sad guardians of the meaning of life.

Vaclav Havel

Such happiness as life is capable of comes from the full participation of all our powers in the endeavor to wrest from each changing situations of experience its own full and unique meaning.

John Dewey
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