Quotations on Existence

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Some day science may have the existence of mankind in power, and the human race can commit suicide by blowing up the world.
- Henry Brooks Adams
(Keywords: Science, Power, Day, Existence, Mankind, May, Race, Suicide, World)

Not only is the self entwined in society; it owes society its existence in the most literal sense.
- Theodor Adorno
(Keywords: Society, Existence, Self, Sense)

No man or woman of the humblest sort can really be strong, gentle and good, without the world being better for it, without somebody being helped and comforted by the very existence of that goodness.
- Alan Alda
(Keywords: Being, Existence, Goodness, Man, Woman, World)

Ideology... is indispensable in any society if men are to be formed, transformed and equipped to respond to the demands of their conditions of existence.
- Louis Althusser
(Keywords: Men, Society, Existence, Ideology)

We are part of a country that outshines those that have gone before us and most of those in existence today.
- Stephen Ambrose
(Keywords: Country, Existence, Today)

There are so many things a large intelligence espionage organization can do to justify its existence, that people can get promotions for, because it could result in results.
- Aldrich Ames
(Keywords: Intelligence, People, Existence, Result, Results)

The world has not been in existence from eternity nor could it have been according to the present dispensation and ordering of things.
- William Ames
(Keywords: Eternity, Existence, Present, World)

I acquired an admiration for Japanese culture, art, and architecture, and learned of the existence of the game of GO, which I still play.
- Philip Warren Anderson
(Keywords: Architecture, Art, Admiration, Culture, Existence, Play)

Any existence deprived of freedom is a kind of death.
- Michel Aoun
(Keywords: Death, Existence, Freedom)

No cause is left but the most ancient of all, the one, in fact, that from the beginning of our history has determined the very existence of politics, the cause of freedom versus tyranny.
- Hannah Arendt
(Keywords: History, Politics, Beginning, Cause, Existence, Fact, Freedom, Tyranny)

Economic growth may one day turn out to be a curse rather than a good, and under no conditions can it either lead into freedom or constitute a proof for its existence.
- Hannah Arendt
(Keywords: Growth, Day, Existence, Freedom, May, Proof)

It's the same thing that drives people to want to experience sexual pleasure or have one too many drinks. We all want to experience the other, and to get out of our daily existence.
- Adam Arkin
(Keywords: Experience, People, Drinks, Existence, Pleasure, Want)

The arts, as a reflection of human existence at its highest, have always and spontaneously lived up to this demand of plenitude. No mature style of art in any culture has ever been simple.
- Rudolf Arnheim
(Keywords: Art, Culture, Existence, Reflection, Style)

My undergraduate education, at the City College in New York, was made possible only by the existence of that excellent free institution and the financial sacrifices of my parents.
- Kenneth Joseph Arrow
(Keywords: Education, Financial, College, Existence, Parents)

A nation devoid of art and artists cannot have a full existence.
- Kemal Ataturk
(Keywords: Art, Artists, Existence, Nation)

The communism of Marx seeks a strong state centralization, and where this exists, there the parasitic Jewish nation - which speculates upon the labor of people - will always find the means for its existence.
- Mikhail Bakunin
(Keywords: People, Communism, Existence, Labor, Nation, State, Will)

Thought is more important than art. To revere art and have no understanding of the process that forces it into existence, is finally not even to understand what art is.
- Amiri Baraka
(Keywords: Art, Thought, Existence, Understanding)

Not the power to remember, but its very opposite, the power to forget, is a necessary condition for our existence.
- Saint Basil
(Keywords: Power, Existence, Forget)

To place oneself in the position of God is painful: being God is equivalent to being tortured. For being God means that one is in harmony with all that is, including the worst. The existence of the worst evils is unimaginable unless God willed them.
- Georges Bataille
(Keywords: God, Being, Existence, Harmony)

There are moments of existence when time and space are more profound, and the awareness of existence is immensely heightened.
- Charles Baudelaire
(Keywords: Time, Awareness, Existence, Moments, Space)

From my own being, and from the dependency I find in myself and my ideas, I do, by an act of reason, necessarily infer the existence of a God, and of all created things in the mind of God.
- George Berkeley
(Keywords: God, Ideas, Act, Being, Existence, Mind, Reason)

Hunger and sex still dominate the primitive mammalian side of human existence, but at the present time it looks as if humanity were within sight of their satisfaction. Permanent plenty, no longer a Utopian dream, awaits the arrival of permanent peace.
- John Desmond Bernal
(Keywords: Peace, Time, Sex, Dream, Existence, Humanity, Hunger, Present, Satisfaction, Sight)

What this country needs what every country needs occasionally is a good hard bloody war to revive the vice of patriotism on which its existence as a nation depends.
- Ambrose Bierce
(Keywords: Patriotism, War, Country, Existence, Nation, Needs, Vice)

All treaties between great states cease to be binding when they come in conflict with the struggle for existence.
- Otto von Bismarck
(Keywords: Conflict, Existence, states, Struggle)

By placing discretion in the hands of an official to grant or deny a license, such a statute creates a threat of censorship that by its very existence chills free speech.
- Harry A. Blackmun
(Keywords: Censorship, Discretion, Existence, Free speech)

Without contraries is no progression. Attraction and repulsion, reason and energy, love and hate, are necessary to human existence.
- William Blake
(Keywords: Love, Energy, Existence, Hate, Reason)

And the sad truth is that nobody wants me to write comedy. The Exorcist not only ended that career, it expunged all memory of its existence.
- William Peter Blatty
(Keywords: Truth, Career, Comedy, Existence, Memory)

It is on the acceptance or rejection of the theory of the Unity of all in Nature, in its ultimate Essence, that mainly rests the belief or unbelief in the existence around us of other conscious beings besides the Spirits of the Dead.
- H. P. Blavatsky
(Keywords: Nature, Belief, Acceptance, Existence, Rejection, Spirits, Theory, Unbelief, Unity)

Even in our day, science suspects beyond the Polar seas, at the very circle of the Arctic Pole, the existence of a sea which never freezes and a continent which is ever green.
- H. P. Blavatsky
(Keywords: Science, Day, Existence, Sea)

There is no real teacher who in practice does not believe in the existence of the soul, or in a magic that acts on it through speech.
- Allan Bloom
(Keywords: Soul, Existence, Magic, Practice, Speech)

The United States did not choose to fight Islamic extremists. These terrorists chose to fight our way of life. They chose to challenge our existence.
- John Boehner
(Keywords: Life, Challenge, Existence, Fight, states, United)

Each and every day, Israel's very existence is at stake.
- John Boehner
(Keywords: Day, Existence, Israel)

But the way people commonly use the word nowadays it means something all of whose parts are mutually interdependent - not only for their mutual action, but for their meaning and for their existence.
- David Bohm
(Keywords: People, Action, Existence, Meaning, Word)

I never could get over the fact that The Pixies formed, worked and separated without America taking them to its heart or even recognizing their existence for the most part.
- David Bowie
(Keywords: Heart, America, Existence, Fact)

A few of the sublimest geniuses of Rome and Athens had some faint discoveries of the spiritual nature of the human soul, and formed some probable conjectures, that man was designed for a future state of existence.
- David Brainerd
(Keywords: Nature, Soul, Athens, Existence, Future, Man, Rome, Spiritual, State)

But when I was twelve years old I caught my first strong glimpse of one of the fundamental forces of existence, whose votary I was destined to be for life - namely, Beauty.
- Georg Brandes
(Keywords: Beauty, Life, Existence, First, Old, Years)

No man or woman can be strong, gentle, pure, and good, without the world being better for it and without someone being helped and comforted by the very existence of that goodness.
- Phillips Brooks
(Keywords: Being, Existence, Goodness, Man, Woman, World)

A horse is the projection of peoples' dreams about themselves - strong, powerful, beautiful - and it has the capability of giving us escape from our mundane existence.
- Pam Brown
(Keywords: Dreams, Existence, Giving)

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.
- Buddha
(Keywords: Fear, Existence, Help, Will)

It is as impossible for man to demonstrate the existence of God as it would be for even Sherlock Holmes to demonstrate the existence of Arthur Conan Doyle.
- Frederick Buechner
(Keywords: God, Existence, Man)

Our very strength as lesbians lies in the fact that we are outside of patriarchy; our existence challenges its life.
- Charlotte Bunch
(Keywords: Life, Strength, Existence, Fact, Lies)

Poetry is the art of substantiating shadows, and of lending existence to nothing.
- Edmund Burke
(Keywords: Art, Poetry, Existence, Nothing, Shadows)

What should I have known or written had I been a quiet, mercantile politician or a lord in waiting? A man must travel, and turmoil, or there is no existence.
- George Byron
(Keywords: Travel, Existence, Man, Quiet, Waiting)

But what is Hope? Nothing but the paint on the face of Existence; the least touch of truth rubs it off, and then we see what a hollow-cheeked harlot we have got hold of.
- Lord Byron
(Keywords: Truth, Hope, Existence, Nothing)

Man's love is of man's life a part; it is a woman's whole existence. In her first passion, a woman loves her lover, in all the others all she loves is love.
- Lord Byron
(Keywords: Life, Love, Existence, First, Man, Passion, Woman)

The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.
- Albert Camus
(Keywords: Act, Existence, Rebellion, World)

I called the New World into existence, to redress the balance of the Old.
- George Canning
(Keywords: Balance, Existence, Old, World)

The very existence of flame-throwers proves that some time, somewhere, someone said to themselves, You know, I want to set those people over there on fire, but I'm just not close enough to get the job done.
- George Carlin
(Keywords: Time, People, Existence, Fire, Job, Want)

I know that I have lived because I have felt, and, feeling giving me the knowledge of my existence, I know likewise that I shall exist no more when I shall have ceased to feel.
- Giacomo Casanova
(Keywords: Knowledge, Existence, Feeling, Giving)

The mind of a human being is formed only of comparisons made in order to examine analogies, and therefore cannot precede the existence of memory.
- Giacomo Casanova
(Keywords: Being, Comparisons, Existence, Memory, Mind, Order)



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