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Existence Quotes

It is living and ceasing to live that are imaginary solutions. Existence is elsewhere.

Author: Andre Breton (1989-1966)

Profession: French Surrealist

In order to exist just once in the world, it is necessary never again to exist.

Author: Albert Camus (1913-1960)

Profession: French Existential Writer

There is no means of proving it is preferable to be than not to be.

Author: E. M. Cioran (1911)

Profession: Rumanian-born French Philosopher

To exist is equivalent to an act of faith, a protest against the truth, an interminable prayer. As soon as they consent to live, the unbeliever and the man of faith are fundamentally the same, since both have made the only decision that defines a being.

Author: E. M. Cioran (1911)

Profession: Rumanian-born French Philosopher

Let us be moral. Let us contemplate existence.

Author: Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

Profession: British Novelist

Being is a fiction invented by those who suffer from becoming.

Author: Coleman Dowell (1925-1985)

Profession: American Novelist, Dramatist, Lyricist

Man is the only animal for whom his own existence is a problem which he has to solve.

Author: Erich Fromm (1900-1980)

Profession: American Psychologist

Nothing exists except by virtue of a disequilibrium, an injustice. All existence is a theft paid for by other existences; no life flowers except on a cemetery.

Author: Remy De Gourmont (1858-1915)

Profession: French Novelist, Philosopher, Poet, Playwright

The individual who has to justify his existence by his own efforts is in eternal bondage to himself.

Author: Eric Hoffer (1902-1983)

Profession: American Author, Philosopher

Every life is its own excuse for being.

Author: Elbert Hubbard (1859-1915)

Profession: American Author, Publisher

There's nothing that makes you so aware of the improvisation of human existence as a song unfinished. Or an old address book.

Author: Carson Mccullers (1917-1967)

Profession: American Author

I don't exist when you don't see me.

Author: Sisters Of Mercy


The cradle rocks above an abyss, and common sense tells us that our existence is but a brief crack of light between two eternities of darkness.

Author: Vladimir Nabokov (1899-1977)

Profession: Russian-born American Novelist, Poet

Existence really is an imperfect tense that never becomes a present.

Author: Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900)

Profession: German Philosopher

We spend our lives talking about this mystery. Our life.

Author: Jules Renard (1864-1910)

Profession: French Author, Dramatist