Check out these 15 remarkable & intelligent quotes from some great authors & philosophers who can help us find some answer to our existential questions

In the face of cruel uncertainties and a lack of purpose in life where do we turn to? Is there any meaning to our lives here on earth? If yes, how do we give meaning to it? Many other such terrible questions disturb each and everyone of us privately.

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These 15 remarkable and intelligent quotes from these great individuals who can help us to find some answer to our existential questions

  1. ALLEN WATTS ON LIVING IN THE MOMENT

“The meaning of life is just to be alive. It is so plain and so obvious and so simple. And yet, everybody rushes around in a great panic as if it were necessary to achieve something beyond themselves.”

  1. JEAN PAUL SARTRE ON LONELINESS

“Man can will nothing unless he has first understood that he must count on no one but himself; that he is alone, abandoned on earth in the midst of his infinite responsibilities, without help, with no other aim than the one he sets himself, with no other destiny than the one he forges for himself on this earth.”

  1. ALBERT CAMUS ON OUR ABSURDITIES

“You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life”

  1. HARUKI MURAKAMI ON THE TURBULENCE THAT WE FACE IN LIFE

“And once the storm is over you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure, in fact, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about”

  1. ERNEST BECKER ON THE PARADOX OF HUMAN LIFE

“Man is literally split in two: he has an awareness of his own splendid uniqueness in that he sticks out of nature with a towering majesty, and yet he goes back into the ground a few feet in order to blindly and dumbly rot and disappear forever”

  1. CHUCK PALAHNIUK(AUTHOR OF FIGHT CLUB) ON LEAVING A LEGACY

“The unreal is more powerful than the real. Because nothing is as perfect as you can imagine it. Because its only intangible ideas, concepts, beliefs, fantasies that last. Stone crumbles. Wood rots. People, well, they die. But things as fragile as a thought, a dream, a legend, they can go on and on. If you can change the way people think. The way they see themselves. The way they see the world. You can change the way people live their lives. That’s the only lasting thing you can create”

  1. SIMONE DE BEAUVOIR ON SELF-DEPENDENCE

“I am too intelligent, too demanding, and too resourceful for anyone to be able to take charge of me entirely. No one knows me or loves me completely. I have only myself”

  1. KARL JASPERS ON MAKING SENSE OUT OF OUR LIVES

“What is meaningful cannot in fact be isolated…. We achieve understanding within a circular movement from particular facts to the whole that includes them and back again from the whole thus reached to the particular significant facts”

  1. LOUIS-FERDINAND CELINE ON KEEPING THE MADNESS INSIDE US ALIVE

“The worst part is wondering how you’ll find the strength tomorrow to go on doing what you did today and have been doing for much too long, where you’ll find the strength for all that stupid running around, those projects that come to nothing, those attempts to escape from crushing necessity, which always founder and serve only to convince you one more time that destiny is implacable, that every night will find you down and out, crushed by the dread of more and more sordid and insecure tomorrows.

And maybe it’s treacherous old age coming on, threatening the worst. Not much music left inside us for life to dance to. Our youth has gone to the ends of the earth to die in the silence of the truth. And where, I ask you, can a man escape to, when he hasn’t enough madness left inside him? The truth is an endless death agony. The truth is death. You have to choose: death or lies. I’ve never been able to kill myself.”

  1. JOSEPH CAMPBELL ON GIVING MEANING TO LIFE

“Life has no meaning. Each of us has meaning and we bring it to life. It is a waste to be asking the question when you are the answer”

  1. FRANZ KAFKA ON ISOLATION

“We are as forlorn as children lost in the wood. When you stand in front of me and look at me, what do you know of the griefs that are in me and what do I know of yours? And if I were to cast myself down before you and tell you, what more would you know about me that you know about Hell when someone tells you it is hot and dreadful?”

  1. UMBERTO ECO ON OUR HABIT TO FORCE MEANING INTO EVERYTHING AROUND US

“I have come to believe that the whole world is an enigma, a harmless enigma that is made terrible by our own mad attempt to interpret it as though it had an underlying truth.”

  1. NIETZSCHE ON LIFE PATH

“You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist”

  1. ANCIENT GREEK PHILOSOPHER EPICURUS ON DEATH

“Death does not concern us, because as long as we exist, death is not here. And when it does come, we no longer exist”

  1. ALDOUS HUXLEY ON HAPPINESS

“Actual happiness always looks pretty squalid in comparison with the overcompensations for misery. And, of course, stability isn’t nearly so spectacular as instability. And being contented has none of the glamour of a good fight against misfortune, none of the picturesqueness of a struggle with temptation, or a fatal overthrow by passion or doubt. Happiness is never grand”

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