Slavery, throughout its entire existence in the United States, is none other than the most barbarous, unprovoked and unjustifiable war of one portion of its citizens against another portion, the only conditions of which are perpetual imprisonment and hopeless servitude, or absolute extermination, in utter disregard and violation of those eternal and self-evident truths set forth in our Declaration of Independence.John Brown, "Provisional Constitution and Ordinances" (1858).
Life is to be fortified by many friendships. To love, and to be loved, is the greatest happiness of existence.Sydney Smith, in Lady Holland's Memoir (1855), "Of Friendship".
It seems that it is impossible to live without discovering the purpose of your life. And the first thing which a person should do is to understand the meaning of life. But the majority of people who consider themselves to be educated are proud that they have reached such great height that they cease to care about the meaning of existence.Leo Tolstoy (1903-10) A Calendar of Wisdom, April 30.
I didn't know Whoor whatput the question, I don't know when it was put. I don't even remember answering. But at some moment I did answer Yes to Someoneor Somethingand from that hour I was certain that existence is meaningful and that, therefore, my life, in self-surrender, had a goal.1961Va« gmarken (translated by L Sjsy« berg and W H Auden as Markings,1964).
Affairs of the world he could treat competently; he had a head for high politics and the management of men; the femininehalfoftheworldwasa confusionandavexation to his intelligence, characterless; and one woman at last appearing decipherable, he fancied it must be owing to her possession of character, a thing prized the more in women because of his latent doubt of its existence.George Meredith
Scientific discovery consists in the interpretation for our own convenience of a system of existence which has been made with no eye to our convenience at all.Norbert Wiener
A novel is balanced between a few true impressions and the multitude of false ones that make up most of what we call life. It tells us that for every human being there is a diversity of existences, that the single existence is itself an illusion in part, that these many existences signify something, tend to something, fulfill something; it promises us meaning, harmony, and even justice.Saul Bellow
Contemplate the marvel that is existence, and rejoice that you are able to do so.ted chiang
It is the profoundest of cosmic ironies. The divine power, our true spiritual essence, does not achieve perfection until it hits the ‘rock’ bottom of the cosmos – the dense and crude earth. It remains imperfect until the moment of entombment for the simple reason that until that dark nadir is reached the experiential adventure of existence remains incomplete, and Self is not yet endowed with the entire spectrum of the light of consciousness – from spirit to matter – from the highest high to the lowest low.lon milo duquette
I am so used to plunging into the unknown that any other surroundings and form of existence strike me as exotic and unsuitable for human beings.werner herzog
Israel is there, it is part of the United Nations and we do not deny its existence. But we still have rights and land there which have been usurped and until these matters are dealt with we will withhold our recognition.khaled mashal
We should say we think a big element in the process of seeking peace [in the Middle East] is the acceptance of Israel´s existence and so we´re going to go around to all our friends in Europe and Asia and elsewhere and say let´s accept Israel´s right to exist - and a way of doing that is to move our embassy to west Jerusalem. As long as the embassy is in Tel Aviv, it sort of says we´re camping out."New York Post", June 21, 2003.
A novel is balanced between a few true impressions and the multitude of false ones that make up most of what we call life. It tells us that for every human being there is a diversity of existences, that the single existence is itself an illusion in part, that these many existences signify something, tend to something, fulfill something; it promises us meaning, harmony, and even justice.Saul Bellow, Nobel Prize lecture (1976-12-12).
The art of substantiating shadows, and of lending existence to nothing.Edmund Burke
To will freedom and to will to disclose being are one and the same choice; hence, freedom takes a positive and constructive step which causes being to pass to existence in a movement which is constantly surpassed.Simone de Beauvoir
If I work incessantly to the last, nature owes me another form of existence when the present one collapses.Letter to Eckermann (4 February 1829)
Many young poets, nowadays, are insured against everything. For them poetry is a game like court tennis or squash racquets one they learned at college and they play it with propriety, as part of their social and academic existence; their poems are occasional verse for which life itself is only one more occasion.Randall Jarrell
The vulgarization of Darwinism that sees the "struggle for existence" as nothing but the competition for some environmental resource in short supply ignores the large body of evidence about the actual complexity of the relationship between organisms and their resources.richard lewontin
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. The objection to it is not that it is predominantly painful, but that it is lacking in sense.h. l. mencken
I see that not everyone in the West has understood that the Soviet Union has disappeared from the political map of the world and that a new country has emerged with new humanist and ideological principles at the foundation of its existence.vladimir putin
The tendency of life is not the preservation of the species, but solely the preservation of each individual organism, as long as it is in existence at all, and is able to carry on its life processes.boris sidis
In former days the struggle for existence was chiefly a struggle against nature, today it is primarily a struggle against other human beings."The Commercial Motive" Christian Century 40 (Feb 22, 1923)
As we survey all the evidence, the thought insistently arises that some supernatural agency - or, rather, Agency - must be involved. Is it possible that suddenly, without intending to, we have stumbled upon scientific proof of the existence of a Supreme Being? Was it God who stepped in and so providentially crafted the cosmos for our benefit?George Greenstein, The Symbiotic Universe, William Morrow, 1988, p. 26-27.
Clearly not reserved strictly for the spiritual , lila is nevertheless employed as a justification for the mystery of existence in various Indian religions . Depending on the spiritual system claiming the term, lila denotes a specific Divine Play whose nature corresponds to the fundamental epistemological and spiritual beliefs of the tradition in question. Thus the tenor of the definition of lila provides a unique vantage point for any spiritual tradition that utilizes the term.Matthew W. Morey, in “Sri Aurobindo’s Lila - The Nature of Divine Play According to Integral Advaita”, p.68
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, The Secret Doctrine - Vol. 2 Theosophical University Press Online Edition
Analogy would lead us to conclude that the combinations of the primordial matter, forming our so-called elements, are as universal or as liable to take place everywhere as are the laws of gravitation and centrifugal force. We must therefore presume that the gases, the metals, the earths, and other simple substances, (besides whatever more of which we have no acquaintance,) exist or are liable to come into existence under proper conditions, as well in the astral system, which is thirty five thousand times more distant than Sirius, as within the bounds of our own solar system or our own globe.p.28 (Vestiges of the Natural History of Creation (1844))
I suppose, in the end, we journalists try - or should try - to be the first impartial witnesses of history. If we have any reason for our existence, the least must be our ability to report history as it happens so that no one can say: 'We didn't know - no one told us.'Fisk, Robert (2005). The Great War for Civilisation: The Conquest of the Middle East. Fourth Estate. p. xxv. ISBN 0007203837.
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, in Karen Weekes Women Know Everything!: 3,241 Quips, Quotes, & Brilliant Remarks, Quirk Books, 2007, p.214
To furnish the means of acquiring knowledge is…the greatest benefit that can be conferred upon mankind . It prolongs life itself and enlarges the sphere of existence.Report on the establishment of the Smithsonian, in John Quincy Adams Founders V. Bush: A Comparison in Quotations of the Policies and Politics of the Founding Fathers and George W. Bush, Founders v. Bush, 2007, p.37
The essence of one's work is only to come to the sensation of the existence of the Creator, to feel the existence of the Creator, that “the whole earth is full of His glory .”Yehuda Ashlag, as quoted in "The Reason for the Heaviness in the Work", in Kabbalah for the Student (2008), edited by Michael Laitman, p. 193