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Existence

  • It is inconceivable that anything should be existing. It is not inconceivable that a lot of people should also be existing who are not interested in the fact that they exist. But it is certainly very odd.

  • Could anything be absurder than a man? The animal who knows everything about himself — except why he was born and the meaning of his unique life?

  • The whole world is nothing but a noise, as hot as the inside of a tiger's mouth. They call it civilization — that is a lie! But some day you may have to go out, someone will try to take you out, and you will not understand them or what they are saying, unless you understand nothing, absolutely nothing, then you will manage.

  • I need no warrant for being, and no word of sanction upon my being. I am the warrant and the sanction.

  • I can, therefore I am.

    • Simone Weil,
    • "Science and Perception in Descartes," Formative Writings 1929-1941 ()
  • Existence is no more than the precarious attainment of relevance in an intensely mobile flux of past, present, and future.

    • Susan Sontag,
    • "'Thinking Against Oneself': Reflections on Cioran," Styles of Radical Will ()
  • No metaphysician has yet shaken the ordinary individual's belief in his own existence. The uncertainties only begin for most of us when we ask what else is.

  • The unnamed should not be mistaken for the nonexistent.

  • ... the absence of evidence does not mean the evidence of absence.

  • Time was not something that passed. All eternity was but a single fierce stroke of rapture. Existence was all a weaving to and fro upon the same dim loom.

  • Existence is this, I thought, a start of joy, a stab of pain, an intense pleasure, veins that pulse under the skin, there is no other truth to tell.