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