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)

Cultivation of mind should be the ultimate aim of human existence.
- B. R. Ambedkar
(Keywords: Existence, Mind)

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)

No one would choose a friendless existence on condition of having all the other things in the world.
- Aristotle
(Keywords: Existence, World)

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)

Surely one of the most visible lessons taught by the twentieth century has been the existence, not so much of a number of different realities, but of a number of different lenses with which to see the same reality.
- Michael Arlen
(Keywords: Existence, Reality)

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)

One cannot legislate problems out of existence. It has been tried.
- Norman Ralph Augustine
(Keywords: Existence, Problems)

The existence of law is one thing; its merit or demerit is another.
- John Austin
(Keywords: Existence, Law, Merit)

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)

An unfulfilled vocation drains the color from a man's entire existence.
- Honore de Balzac
(Keywords: Existence, Man, Vocation)

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)

Opinions are to the vast apparatus of social existence what oil is to machines: one does not go up to a turbine and pour machine oil over it; one applies a little to hidden spindles and joints that one has to know.
- Walter Benjamin
(Keywords: Existence, Machine, Oil, Opinions)

Homo sapiens, the only creature endowed with reason, is also the only creature to pin its existence on things unreasonable.
- Henri Bergson
(Keywords: Existence, Reason)

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)

Not suffering another existence is reaching the Way.
- Bodhidharma
(Keywords: Existence, Suffering)

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)

It is living and ceasing to live that are imaginary solutions. Existence is elsewhere.
- Andre Breton
(Keywords: Existence, Living)

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)

The first and by far the most likely pattern is a return to agrarian existence.
- Harrison Brown
(Keywords: Existence, First)

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)

Medicine, the only profession that labors incessantly to destroy the reason for its existence.
- James Bryce
(Keywords: Existence, Medicine, Profession, Reason)

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