Existence Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old existence quotes, existence sayings, and existence proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Existence itself is disconcerting and disorienting.     

Natasha Lyonne

Whatever in creation exists without my knowledge exists without my consent.     

Cormac Mccarthy

Existence is a series of footnotes to a vast, obscure, unfinished masterpiece.     

Vladimir Nabokov

Any existence deprived of freedom is a kind of death.     

Michael Aoun

The existence of other people is essentially awkward.     

Lionel Shriver

Existence for eternity could get a little boring... especially towards the end.     

Woody Allen

Existence would be intolerable if we were never to dream.     

Anatole France

The meaning of existence is that you have simply existed at all.     

Christopher Charles Harris

Existence is larger than any model that is not itself the exact size of existence.     

Robert Anton Wilson

In one drop of water are found all the secrets of all the oceans; in one aspect of You are found all the aspects of existence.     

Kahlil Gibran

Freedom is not to defy, it is to co-exist. It is a challenge for the imagination     

Ilyas Kassam

Sameness of existence. Conformity is inevitable. So is search     

Aporva Kala

The existence of virtue depends entirely upon its use.     

Marcus Tullius Cicero

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

Friedrich Nietzsche

Existence is not a mystery unless you think it has a meaning.     

Mason Cooley

Fight for your existence and when doing this, try to be just to others! You have no job other than this in this universe!     

Mehmet Murat ildan

In the wild struggle for existence, we want to have something that endures, and so we fill our minds with rubbish and facts, in the silly hope of keeping our place.     

Oscar Wilde

Existence itself is nothing if not an amazement. Good poems restore amazement.     

Jane Hirshfield

The mystery of existence is the connection between our wins and our losses.     

George Alexiou

Existence itself does not feel horrible; it feels like an ecstasy, rather, which we have only to be still to experience.     

John Updike

Existence was really very simple when you did what you were told.     

William Goldman

Every time a value is born, existence takes on a new meaning; every time one dies, some part of that meaning passes away.     

Joseph Wood Krutch

Existence is no more than the precarious attainment of relevance in an intensely mobile flux of past, present, and future.     

Susan Sontag

The very purpose of existence is to reconcile the glowing opinion we hold of ourselves with the appalling things that other people think about us.     

Quentin Crisp

The existence of things does not depend on the existence of words.     

Marty Rubin

The life of inner peace, being harmonious and without stress, is the easiest type of existence.     

Norman Vincent Peale

The whole existence of man is a ceaseless duel between the forces of life and death.     

Mahatma Gandhi

Existence is where the soul goes to learn how to interpret itself again.     

Duncan McNaughton

Existence was not only absurd, it was plain hard work.     

Charles Bukowski

Existence is self-enjoyment, by means of some object distinct from ourselves.     

Johann Kaspar Lavater

And the existence is tedious, anyway; it is a senseless, dirty business, this life.     

Anton Chekhov

Existence in itself, taken at its least miraculous, is a miracle.     

Rebecca West

The existence of a majority logically implies a corresponding minority.     

Philip K. Dick

The basic fact about human existence is not that it is a tragedy, but that it is a bore. It is not so much a war as an endless standing in line     

H. L. Mencken

No existence can be validly fulfilled if it is limited to itself.     

Simone De Beauvoir

The continued existence of wildlife and wilderness is important to the quality of life of humans.     

Jim Fowler

Every moment of one's existence one is growing into more or retreating into less. One is always living a little more or dying a little bit.     

Norman Mailer

Existence always helps those who live in tune with their nature!     

Ramana Pemmaraju

It is impossible to imagine existence void of any intelligence.     

Kedar Joshi

If your existence does not make any difference, you are no more than a dead body.     

M.F. Moonzajer

The whole secret of existence is to have no fear. Never fear what will become of you, depend on no one. Only the moment you reject all help are you freed.     

Swami Vivekananda

Existence is the end of endless eternity without a beginning or an end.     

Dejan Stojanovic

All that makes existence valuable to any one depends on the enforcement of restraints upon the actions of other people.     

John Stuart Mill

The simplicity of existence is that it is. The complexity of existence is that it is not.     

Réné Gaudette

The existence of forgetting has never been proved: We only know that some things don't come to mind when we want them.     

Friedrich Nietzsche

Existence is Identity, consciousness is identification.     

Ayn Rand

The existence of a man is so small a thing to take, so mighty a thing to employ.     

Robert Louis Stevenson

Existence must be asserted in the present if one does not want all life to be defined as an escape toward nothingness.     

Simone De Beauvoir

You only exist because of the agreements you made with yourself and with the other humans around you.     

José Luis Ruiz

Existence is a mystery , and one should accept it as a mystery and not pretend to have any explanation .     

Rajneesh