Meanings are not determined by situations, but we determine ourselves by the meanings we give to situations.
Those who can laugh without cause have either found the true meaning of happiness or have gone stark raving mad.
Silence is better than unmeaning words.
Meaning is not what you start with, but what you end up with.
Occasionally in life there are those moments of unutterable fulfillment which cannot be completely explained by those symbols called words. Their meanings can only be articulated by the inaudible language of the heart.
What is the meaning of life? To be happy and useful.
The essence of intelligence is skill in extracting meaning from everyday experience.
The need to speak, even if one has nothing to say, becomes more pressing when one has nothing to say, just as the will to live becomes more urgent when life has lost its meaning.
The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning.
Love is just a word until someone comes along and gives it meaning.
There is not one big cosmic meaning for all, there is only the meaning we each give to our life, an individual meaning, an individual plot, like an individual novel, a book for each person.
Every man's life ends the same way. It is only the details of how he lived and how he died that distinguish one man from another.
The least of things with a meaning is worth more in life than the greatest of things without it.
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.
Courage, it would seem, is nothing less than the power to overcome danger, misfortune, fear, injustice, while continuing to affirm inwardly that life with all its sorrows is good; that everything is meaningful even if in a sense beyond our understanding; and that there is always tomorrow.
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.
Our obligation is to give meaning to life and in doing so to overcome the passive, indifferent life.
Life is meaningless only if we allow it to be. Each of us has the power to give life meaning, to make our time and our bodies and our words into instruments of love and hope.
Eternal truths will be neither true nor eternal unless they have fresh meaning for every new social situation.
If death meant just leaving the stage long enough to change costume and come back as a new character...Would you slow down? Or speed up?
Ultimately, man should not ask what the meaning of his life is, but rather he must recognize that it [is] he who is asked.
Really, the fundamental, ultimate mystery -- the only thing you need to know to understand the deepest metaphysical secrets -- is this: that for every outside there is an inside and for every inside there is an outside, and although they are different, they go together.
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.
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