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.