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Man is the only animal for whom his own existence is a problem which he has to solve.

Erich Fromm (1900-1980) Psychoanalyst and social philosopher.

Existence really is an imperfect tense that never becomes a present.

Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) German-Swiss philosopher and writer.

We spend our lives talking about this mystery. Our life.

Jules Renard (1864-1910) French writer.

One is still what one is going to cease to be and already what one is going to become. One lives one's death, one dies one's life.

Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980) French writer and philosopher.

Existence is no more than the precarious attainment of relevance in an intensely mobile flux of past, present, and future.

Susan Sontag (1933-2004) American author.


It is living and ceasing to live that are imaginary solutions. Existence is elsewhere.

André Breton (1896-1966) French writer, poet, and surrealist theorist.

In order to exist just once in the world, it is necessary never again to exist.

Albert Camus (1913-1960) French novelist, essayist and dramatist.

The individual who has to justify his existence by his own efforts is in eternal bondage to himself.

Eric Hoffer (1902-1983) American philosopher and author.

Existence itself does not feel horrible; it feels like an ecstasy, rather, which we have only to be still to experience.

John Updike (1932-?) American writer.

Let us be moral. Let us contemplate existence.

Charles Dickens (1812-1870) British novelist.