An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





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


Andre Breton (1989-1966, French surrealist)


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


Albert Camus (1913-1960, French existential writer)


There is no means of proving it is preferable to be than not to be.


E. M. Cioran (1911-1995, Rumanian-born French philosopher)


To exist is equivalent to an act of faith, a protest against the truth, an interminable prayer. As soon as they consent to live, the unbeliever and the man of faith are fundamentally the same, since both have made the only decision that defines a being.


E. M. Cioran (1911-1995, Rumanian-born French philosopher)


Let us be moral. Let us contemplate existence.


Charles Dickens (1812-1870, British novelist)


Being is a fiction invented by those who suffer from becoming.


Coleman Dowell (1925-1985, American novelist, dramatist, lyricist)


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


Erich Fromm (1900-1980, American psychologist)


Nothing exists except by virtue of a disequilibrium, an injustice. All existence is a theft paid for by other existences; no life flowers except on a cemetery.


Remy De Gourmont (1858-1915, French novelist, philosopher, poet, playwright)


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


Eric Hoffer (1902-1983, American author, philosopher)


Every life is its own excuse for being.


Elbert Hubbard (1859-1915, American author, publisher)


There's nothing that makes you so aware of the improvisation of human existence as a song unfinished. Or an old address book.


Carson McCullers (1917-1967, American author)


The cradle rocks above an abyss, and common sense tells us that our existence is but a brief crack of light between two eternities of darkness.


Vladimir Nabokov (1899-1977, Russian-born American novelist, poet)


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


Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900, German philosopher)


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


Jules Renard (1864-1910, French author, dramatist)


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, philosopher)


There's a time when you have to explain to your children why they're born, and it's a marvelous thing if you know the reason by then.


Hazel Scott (1920-1981, American entertainer)


I don't exist when you don't see me.


Sisters of Mercy (American rock'n'roll band)


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


Susan Sontag (1933-, American essayist)


I exist in a state of almost perpetual hysteria.


Sting (1951-, British-born American musician, singer, songwriter, actor)


Being is the great explainer.


Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862, American essayist, poet, naturalist)


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 novelist, critic)


I can, therefore I am.'


Simone Weil (1910-1943, French philosopher, mystic)


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