Man wants to live, but it is useless to hope that this desire will dictate all his actions.
Author: Albert Camus (1913-1960)
Profession: French Existential Writer
One should not confuse the craving for life with endorsement of it.
Author: Elias Canetti (1905)
Profession: Austrian Novelist, Philosopher
Life has no meaning unless one lives it with a will, at least to the limit of one's will. Virtue, good, evil are nothing but words, unless one takes them apart in order to build something with them; they do not win their true meaning until one knows how to apply them.
Author: Paul Gauguin (1848-1903)
Profession: French Artist
A life-worshipper's philosophy is comprehensive. He is at one moment a positivist and at another a mystic: now haunted by the thought of death and now a Dionysian child of nature; now a pessimist and now, with a change of lover or liver or even the weather, an exuberant believer that God's in his heaven and all's right with the world.
Author: Aldous Huxley (1894-1963)
Profession: British Author
Nothing can be meaner than the anxiety to live on, to live on anyhow and in any shape; a spirit with any honor is not willing to live except in its own way, and a spirit with any wisdom is not over-eager to live at all.
Author: George Santayana (1863-1952)
Profession: American Philosopher, Poet