Quotes with existence
To furnish the means of acquiring knowledge is ... the greatest benefit that can be conferred upon mankind. It prolongs life itself and enlarges the sphere of existence.
About establishment of Smithsonian Institution.
Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence
No one would choose a friendless existence on condition of having all the other things in the world.
If philosophers are really to deal with the problem of human existence -- and no other professional group in society is likely to take over the job for them -- they might very well begin by asking: How does philosophy itself exist at the present time? Or, more concretely: How do philosophers exist in the modern world?
Irrational Man: A Study in Existential Philosophy (1958)
The ultimate reason for studying history is to become conscious of the possibilities of human existence.
I pick my favourite quotations and store them in my mind as ready armour, offensive or defensive, amid the struggle of this turbulent existence.
Man’s love is of man’s life a thing apart. ’Tis women’s whole existence.
I have spent the best years of my life giving people the lighter pleasures, helping them have a good time, and all I get is abuse, the existence of a hunted man.
Can there be a more horrible object in existence than an eloquent man not speaking the truth?
Only in men's imagination does every truth find an effective and undeniable existence. Imagination, not invention, is the supreme master of art as of life. An imaginative and exact rendering of authentic memories may serve worthily that spirit of piety towards all things human which sanctions the conceptions of a writer of tales, and the emotions of the man reviewing his own experience.
Some Reminiscences (1912)
Babies are unreasonable; they expect far too much of existence. Each new generation that comes takes one look at the world, thinks wildly, "Is this all they've done to it?" and bursts into tears.
The Crow's Nest (1921)
When forced to summarize the general theory of relativity in one sentence: Time and space and gravitation have no separate existence from matter.
As far as I know, there is no proof whatever of the existence of an objective reality apart from our senses, and I do not see why we should accept the outside world as such solely by virtue of our senses.
Love is the only sane and satisfactory answer to the problem of human existence.
The Art of Loving (1956). The full quotation contains a more reserved statement, but this shorter version is non-the-less widely quoted.
Society must be organized in such a way that man's social, loving nature is not separated from his social existence, but becomes one with it. If it is true, as I have tried to show, that love is the only sane and satisfactory answer to the problem of human existence, then any society which excludes, relatively, the development of love, must in the long run perish of its own contradiction with the basic necessities of human nature.
The Art of Loving (1956)
Man is the only animal for whom his own existence is a problem which he has to solve and from which he cannot escape.
Man for Himself (1947)
Power and constant growth toward a higher life are the great end of human existence. Your calling should be the great school of life, the great man-developer, character-builder, that which should broaden, deepen, and round out into symmetry, harmony, and beauty, all the God-given faculties within you.
Pushing to the Front or, Success Under Difficulties (1894)
There are lessons too valuable to forget, moments in time so precious that they lift us above our everyday existence and give us to history. Such a time was the beginning of the civil rights movement in America.
Now Is Your Time! The African-American Struggle for Freedom
Death has brought an end to his physical existence but not what he did against the people.
About the death of Jorge Rafael Videla in an interview with Reuters.
Love is an attachment to another self. Humor is a form of self-detachment -- a way of looking at one's existence, one's misfortune, or one's discomfort. If you really love, if you really know how to laugh, the result is the same: you forget yourself.
I observe that a very large portion of the human race does not believe in God and suffers no visible punishment in consequence. And if there were a God, I think it very unlikely that he would have such an uneasy vanity as to be offended by those who doubt his existence.
Bertrand Russell's Best: Silhouettes in Satire (1958)
Being religious means asking passionately the question of the meaning of our existence and being willing to receive answers, even if the answers hurt.
The basic anxiety, the anxiety of a finite being about the threat of non-being, cannot be eliminated. It belongs to existence itself.