Existentialism Quotes

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Existentialism Quotes

I rebel therefore I exist.

Albert Camus

Seeking what is true is not seeking what is desirable.

Albert Camus

The proof that the little prince existed is that he was charming, that he laughed, and that he was looking for a sheep. If anybody wants a sheep, that is a proof that he exists.

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

We can regard our life as a uselessly disturbing episode in the blissful repose of nothingness.

Arthur Schopenhauer

For small creatures such as we the vastness is bearable only through love.

Carl Sagan

You have a choice. Live or die. Every breath is a choice. Every minute is a choice. To be or not to be.

Chuck Palahniuk

Remember, no matter where you go, there you are.

Confucius

Struggle is what it means to be alive and free.

David Budbill

Man cannot endure his own littleness unless he can translate it into meaningfulness on the largest possible level.

Ernest Becker

You are free and that is why you are lost.

Franz Kafka

The rightful claim to dissent is an existential right of the individual.

Friedrich Durrenmatt

In the consciousness of the truth he has perceived, man now sees everywhere only the awfulness or the absurdity of existence and loathing seizes him.

Friedrich Nietzsche

Regarding life, the wisest men of all ages have judged alike: it is worthless.

Friedrich Nietzsche

Sometimes people don’t want to hear the truth because they don’t want their illusions destroyed

Friedrich Nietzsche

You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist.

Friedrich Nietzsche

You look up when you wish to be exalted. And I look down because I am exalted.

Friedrich Nietzsche

To choose not to choose is still a choice for which you alone are responsible.

Gary Cox

I saw that my life was a vast glowing empty page and I could do anything I wanted.

Jack Kerouac

I saw that my life was a vast glowing empty page and I could do anything I wanted.

Jack Kerouac

freedom only gives you something to be sorry for.

Jean Paul Sartre

Man is condemned to be free; because once thrown into the world, he is responsible for everything he does.

Jean Paul Sartre

All human actions are equivalent and all are on principle doomed to failure.

Jean-Paul Sartre

As soon as there will exist for everyone a margin of real freedom beyond the production of life, Marxism will have lived out its span; a philosophy of freedom will take its place. But we have no means, no intellectual instrument, no concrete experience which allow us to conceive of this freedom or of this philosophy.

Jean-Paul Sartre

Everything has been figured out, except how to live.

Jean-Paul Sartre

Everything has been figured out, except how to live.

Jean-Paul Sartre

He was free, free in every way, free to behave like a fool or a machine, free to accept, free to refuse, free to equivocate; to marry, to give up the game, to drag this death weight about with him for years to come. He could do what he liked, no one had the right to advise him, there would be for him no Good or Evil unless he thought them into being.

Jean-Paul Sartre

Life begins on the other side of despair.

Jean-Paul Sartre

Life begins on the other side of despair.

Jean-Paul Sartre

Man is nothing else but what he makes of himself.

Jean-Paul Sartre

Maturity is achieved when a person accepts life as full of tension.

Joshua Loth Liebman

I walk around feeling a sort of existential guilt all the time; and honestly for me this house is a way of feeling less guilty about the universe.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus

If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will take you there.

Lewis Carroll

Remember that no man loses any other life than this which he now lives, nor lives any other than this which he now loses.

Marcus Aurelius

I want my name to mean me.

Mark Haddon

man is free, in so far as he has the power of contradicting himself and his essential nature. Man is free even from his freedom; that is, he can surrender his humanity.

Paul Tillich

Man is not what he believes himself to be in his conscious decisions

Paul Tillich

Life should be lived on the edge of life.

Philippe Petit

All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

There is something infantile in the presumption that somebody else has a responsibility to give your life meaning and point? The truly adult view, by contrast, is that our life is as meaningful, as full and as wonderful as we choose to make it.

Richard Dawkins

Human freedom involves our capacity to pause between the stimulus and response and, in that pause, to choose the one response toward which we wish to throw our weight. The capacity to create ourselves, based upon this freedom, is inseparable from consciousness or self-awareness

Rollo May

I’m trying to use the language of today to express a general existential crisis that I think the world and I are going through.

Sean Lennon

A freedom which is interested only in denying freedom must be denied. And it is not true that the recognition of the freedom of others limits my own freedom: to be free is not to have the power to do anything you like; it is to be able to surpass the given toward an open future; the existence of others as a freedom defines my situation and is even the condition of my own freedom. I am oppressed if I am thrown into prison, but not if I am kept from throwing my neighbor into prison.

Simone De Beauvoir

People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use.

Soren Kierkegaard

Where there is injury let me sow pardon.

St. Francis of Assisi

You are the music while the music lasts.

T. S. Eliot

Where there’s life, there’s hope.

Terence

Dying is not romantic, and death is not a game which will soon be over.Guildenstern

Unknown Author

No one can advise and help you, no one. There is only one way: go within. Rainer Maria Rilke

Unknown Author

Be joyful, though you have considered all the facts.

Wendell Berry

Life is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.

William Shakespeare

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