Best Quotes About Existence

Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, than that of blind-folded fear. -Thomas Jefferson

If we cut up beasts simply because they cannot prevent us and because we are backing our own side in the struggle for existence, it is only logical to cut up imbeciles, criminals, enemies, or capitalists for the same reasons. -C. S. Lewis

Hope is like a road in the country; there was never a road, but when many people walk on it, the road comes into existence. -Lin Yutang

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. -H. L. Mencken

This is a work of fiction. All the characters in it, human and otherwise, are imaginary, excepting only certain of the fairy folk, whom it might be unwise to offend by casting doubts on their existence. Or lack thereof. -Neil Gaiman

Not the power to remember, but its very opposite, the power to forget, is a necessary condition for our existence. -Saint Basil

As soon as man does not take his existence for granted, but beholds it as something unfathomably mysterious, thought begins. -Albert Schweitzer

It is by no means an irrational fancy that, in a future existence, we shall look upon what we think our present existence, as a dream. -Edgar Allan Poe

By placing discretion in the hands of an official to grant or deny a license, such a statute creates a threat of censorship that by its very existence chills free speech. -Harry A. Blackmun

It is as impossible for man to demonstrate the existence of God as it would be for even Sherlock Holmes to demonstrate the existence of Arthur Conan Doyle. -Frederick Buechner

Playwrights are like men who have been dining for a month in an Indian restaurant. After eating curry night after night, they deny the existence of asparagus. -Peter Ustinov

I want to look at life – at the commonplaces of existence – as if we had just turned a corner and run into it for the first time. -Christopher Fry

In my plays I want to look at life – at the commonplace of existence-as if we had just turned a corner and run into it for the first time. -Christopher Fry

Being religious means asking passionately the question of the meaning of our existence and being willing to receive answers, even if the answers hurt. -Paul Tillich

When power leads man toward arrogance, poetry reminds him of his limitations. When power narrows the area of man's concern, poetry reminds him of the richness and diversity of existence. When power corrupts, poetry cleanses. -John F. Kennedy

Love is the only sane and satisfactory answer to the problem of human existence. -Erich Fromm

Man has the possibility of existence after death. But possibility is one thing and the realization of the possibility is quite a different thing. -Bret Harte

Fate is nothing but the deeds committed in a prior state of existence. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ignorant people see life as either existence or non-existence, but wise men see it beyond both existence and non-existence to something that transcends them both; this is an observation of the Middle Way. -Lucius Annaeus Seneca

The very impossibility in which I find myself to prove that God is not, discovers to me his existence. -Jean de la Bruyere

In civilized life, where the happiness and indeed almost the existence of man, depends on the opinion of his fellow men. He is constantly acting a studied part. -Jeremy Collier

The life of inner peace, being harmonious and without stress, is the easiest type of existence. -Norman Vincent Peale

The secret of success is to be in harmony with existence, to be always calm to let each wave of life wash us a little farther up the shore. -Cyril Connolly

Men of integrity, by their very existence, rekindle the belief that as a people we can live above the level of moral squalor. We need that belief; a cynical community is a corrupt community. -John W. Gardner

I am waiting for a sign that will indicate to me what meaning I must give to my life, but right now my existence is satisfactory. -Lucy Lawless

Forests, lakes, and rivers, clouds and winds, stars and flowers, stupendous glaciers and crystal snowflakes – every form of animate or inanimate existence, leaves its impress upon the soul of man. -Orison Swett Marden

Life is a wave, which in no two consecutive moments of its existence is composed of the same particles. -John Tyndall

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

An unfulfilled vocation drains the color from a man's entire existence. -Honore de Balzac

The very existence of flame-throwers proves that some time, somewhere, someone said to themselves, You know, I want to set those people over there on fire, but I'm just not close enough to get the job done. -George Carlin

The very purpose of existence is to reconcile the glowing opinion we hold of ourselves with the appalling things that other people think about us. -Quentin Crisp

I photograph the things that I do not wish to paint, the things which already have an existence. -Man Ray

Money is to my social existence what health is to my body. -Mason Cooley

No one would choose a friendless existence on condition of having all the other things in the world. -Aristotle

Only in men's imagination does every truth find an effective and undeniable existence. Imagination, not invention, is the supreme master of art as of life. -Joseph Conrad

Fix reason firmly in her seat, and call to her tribunal every fact, every opinion. Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, than that of blindfolded fear. -Thomas Jefferson

What this country needs what every country needs occasionally is a good hard bloody war to revive the vice of patriotism on which its existence as a nation depends. -Ambrose Bierce

What then do you call your soul? What idea have you of it? You cannot of yourselves, without revelation, admit the existence within you of anything but a power unknown to you of feeling and thinking. -Voltaire

Time is the most precious element of human existence. The successful person knows how to put energy into time and how to draw success from time. -Denis Waitley

Civilization is the progress toward a society of privacy. The savage's whole existence is public, ruled by the laws of his tribe. Civilization is the process of setting man free from men. -Ayn Rand

No man or woman of the humblest sort can really be strong, gentle and good, without the world being better for it, without somebody being helped and comforted by the very existence of that goodness. -Phillips Brooks

Economic growth may one day turn out to be a curse rather than a good, and under no conditions can it either lead into freedom or constitute a proof for its existence. -Hannah Arendt

No cause is left but the most ancient of all, the one, in fact, that from the beginning of our history has determined the very existence of politics, the cause of freedom versus tyranny. -Hannah Arendt

No man or woman can be strong, gentle, pure, and good, without the world being better for it and without someone being helped and comforted by the very existence of that goodness. -Phillips Brooks

To place oneself in the position of God is painful: being God is equivalent to being tortured. For being God means that one is in harmony with all that is, including the worst. The existence of the worst evils is unimaginable unless God willed them. -Georges Bataille

Vocations which we wanted to pursue, but didn't, bleed, like colors, on the whole of our existence. -Honore de Balzac

There is no real teacher who in practice does not believe in the existence of the soul, or in a magic that acts on it through speech. -Allan Bloom

Certain defects are necessary for the existence of individuality. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Have friends. 'Tis a second existence. -Baltasar Gracian

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

Culture is the tacit agreement to let the means of subsistence disappear behind the purpose of existence. Civilization is the subordination of the latter to the former. -Karl Kraus

People commonly travel the world over to see rivers and mountains, new stars, garish birds, freak fish, grotesque breeds of human; they fall into an animal stupor that gapes at existence and they think they have seen something. -Soren Kierkegaard

The light that radiates from the great novels time can never dim, for human existence is perpetually being forgotten by man and thus the novelists' discoveries, however old they may be, will never cease to astonish. -Milan Kundera

A novel that does not uncover a hitherto unknown segment of existence is immoral. Knowledge is the novel's only morality. -Milan Kundera

For a novelist, a given historic situation is an anthropologic laboratory in which he explores his basic question: What is human existence? -Milan Kundera

A man may fulfill the object of his existence by asking a question he cannot answer, and attempting a task he cannot achieve. -Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

Sometimes I think that the biggest difference between men and women is that more men need to seek out some terrible lurking thing in existence and hurl themselves upon it. Women know where it lives but they can let it alone. -Russell Hoban

Let us be moral. Let us contemplate existence. -Charles Dickens

I have brought myself, by long meditation, to the conviction that a human being with a settled purpose must accomplish it, and that nothing can resist a will which will stake even existence upon its fulfillment. -Benjamin Disraeli

Deprived of meaningful work, men and women lose their reason for existence; they go stark, raving mad. -Fyodor Dostoevsky

The effort of art is to keep what is interesting in existence, to recreate it in the eternal. -George Santayana

The more unintelligent a man is, the less mysterious existence seems to him. -Arthur Schopenhauer

One hour of life, crowded to the full with glorious action, and filled with noble risks, is worth whole years of those mean observances of paltry decorum, in which men steal through existence, like sluggish waters through a marsh, without either honor or observation. -Walter Scott

Life is to be fortified by many friendships. To love and to be loved is the greatest happiness of existence. -Sydney Smith

The very existence of government at all, infers inequality. The citizen who is preferred to office becomes the superior to those who are not, so long as he is the repository of power, and the child inherits the wealth of the parent as a controlling law of society. -James Fenimore Cooper

You and I are essentially infinite choice-makers. In every moment of our existence, we are in that field of all possibilities where we have access to an infinity of choices. -Deepak Chopra

The only reason for the existence of a novel is that it does attempt to represent life. -Henry James

Every moment of one's existence one is growing into more or retreating into less. One is always living a little more or dying a little bit. -Norman Mailer

In the last analysis, the individual person is responsible for living his own life and for 'finding himself.' If he persists in shifting his responsibility to somebody else, he fails to find out the meaning of his own existence. -Thomas Merton

A god who let us prove his existence would be an idol. -Dietrich Bonhoeffer

The first moments of sleep are an image of death; a hazy torpor grips our thoughts and it becomes impossible for us to determine the exact instant when the 'I,' under another form, continues the task of existence. -Gerard De Nerval

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

In the consciousness of the truth he has perceived, man now sees everywhere only the awfulness or the absurdity of existence and loathing seizes him. -Friedrich Nietzsche

The irrationality of a thing is no argument against its existence, rather a condition of it. -Friedrich Nietzsche

The artist, like the God of the creation, remains within or behind or beyond or above his handiwork, invisible, refined out of existence, indifferent, paring his fingernails. -James Joyce

We are all born for love. It is the principle of existence, and its only end. -Benjamin Disraeli

As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being. -Carl Jung

The only alternative to coexistence is codestruction. -Jawaharlal Nehru

My mind rebels at stagnation. Give me problems, give me work, give me the most abstruse cryptogram, or the most intricate analysis, and I am in my own proper atmosphere. But I abhor the dull routine of existence. I crave for mental exaltation. -Arthur Conan Doyle

From wonder into wonder existence opens. -Lao Tzu

A universe that came from nothing in the big bang will disappear into nothing at the big crunch. Its glorious few zillion years of existence not even a memory. -Paul Davies

Opinions are to the vast apparatus of social existence what oil is to machines: one does not go up to a turbine and pour machine oil over it; one applies a little to hidden spindles and joints that one has to know. -Walter Benjamin

Man's love is of man's life a part; it is a woman's whole existence. In her first passion, a woman loves her lover, in all the others all she loves is love. -Lord Byron

That we find a crystal or a poppy beautiful means that we are less alone, that we are more deeply inserted into existence than the course of a single life would lead us to believe. -John Berger

The best argument I know for an immortal life is the existence of a man who deserves one. -William James

In the little world in which children have their existence, whosoever brings them up, there is nothing so finely perceived and so finely felt, as injustice. -Charles Dickens

In this possibly terminal phase of human existence, democracy and freedom are more than just ideals to be valued – they may be essential to survival. -Noam Chomsky

I think in art, but especially in films, people are trying to confirm their own existences. -Jim Morrison

The existence of a single atheist does not disprove the existence of God. -William F. DeVault

We must guarantee the quality of the existence of the men and women of tomorrow. -Marc Forne Molne

Join me in my quest for a greater understanding of our existence. Join me in my desire for a greater self. Join me as I seek the humility to love and understand my fellow man. -Bryant H. McGill

Whole areas of knowledge and information have been defined into nonexistence because the system cannot know, understand, control, or measure them. -Anne Wilson Schaef

The truth about Hamas and Islamic Jihad is that they don't prevent Israel from existing or even flourishing, they prevent Palestine from coming into existence. -Michael Medved

All forms of self-defeating behavior are unseen and unconscious, which is why their existence is denied. -Vernon Howard

However dark and profitless, however painful and weary, existence may have become, life is not done, and our Christian character is not won, so long as God has anything left for us to suffer, or anything left for us to do. -Frederick William Robertson

Inject a few raisins of conversation into the tasteless dough of existence. -O. Henry

North Eurasia is one of the best examples of religious tolerance and peaceful coexistence of Islam and Christianity. This is a rare thing in today's world, even in its most liberal parts. -Nursultan Nazarbayev

I'm laughing because I know the secret of life. And the secret of life is that I have validated my existence. I know that I am worth more than my house, my bank account, or any physical thing. -Carlos Santana

I think of myself as being a relatively intelligent man who is open to a lot of different things and I think that questioning our purpose in life and the meaning of existence is something that we all go through at some point. -Laurence Fishburne

I have a different idea of a universal. It is of a universal rich with all that is particular, rich with all the particulars there are, the deepening of each particular, the coexistence of them all. -Aime Cesaire

If one were to bring ten of the wisest men in the world together and ask them what was the most stupid thing in existence, they would not be able to discover anything so stupid as astrology. -David Hilbert

I called the New World into existence, to redress the balance of the Old. -George Canning

Welfare's purpose should be to eliminate, as far as possible, the need for its own existence. -Ronald Reagan

Skin has become inadequate in interfacing with reality. Technology has become the body's new membrane of existence. -Nam June Paik

The whole conviction of my life now rests upon the belief that loneliness, far from being a rare and curious phenomenon, peculiar to myself and to a few other solitary men, is the central and inevitable fact of human existence. -Tom Wolfe

I will for ever, at all hazards, assert the dignity, independence, and integrity of the English bar; without which, impartial justice, the most valuable part of the English constitution, can have no existence. -Thomas Erskine

When you use words, you're able to keep your mind alive. Writing is my way of reaffirming my own existence. -Gao Xingjian

An 'unemployed' existence is a worse negation of life than death itself. -Jose Ortega y Gasset

The difficulties which I meet with in order to realize my existence are precisely what awaken and mobilize my activities, my capacities. -Jose Ortega y Gasset

I suddenly saw that all the time it was not I who had been seeking God, but God who had been seeking me. I had made myself the centre of my own existence and had my back turned to God. -Bede Griffiths

There is something very intriguing about, for example, the sense of accomplishment that a small child has, which you might be able to reduce to aggression and libido, but which might also have some independent existence. -Peter Gay

Creation destroys as it goes, throws down one tree for the rise of another. But ideal mankind would abolish death, multiply itself million upon million, rear up city upon city, save every parasite alive, until the accumulation of mere existence is swollen to a horror. -D. H. Lawrence

The Cross is the approbation of our existence, not in words, but in an act so completely radical that it caused God to become flesh and pierced this flesh to the quick; that, to God, it was worth the death of his incarnate Son. -Pope Benedict XVI

From my own being, and from the dependency I find in myself and my ideas, I do, by an act of reason, necessarily infer the existence of a God, and of all created things in the mind of God. -George Berkeley

The seminaries must be like the churches' poor relations, prolonging their existence with austerity. -Abraham Kuyper

Why are we here? I think many people assume, wrongly, that a company exists solely to make money. Money is an important part of a company's existence, if the company is any good. But a result is not a cause. We have to go deeper and find the real reason for our being. -David Packard

It is possible to demonstrate God's existence, although not a priori, yet a posteriori from some work of His more surely known to us. -Thomas Aquinas

As long as man labors for a physical existence, though an act of necessity almost, he is yet natural; it is life, though that of this world, for which he instinctively works. -Jones Very

I am the epitome of a walking contradiction for various reasons, only one of which being that I feel my existence is of heaven and hell. -Kim Elizabeth

I wish to say to you that the life of an enlightened people and a vibrant nation cannot be measured by the life of an individual. A successful person is one who manages to lay down a new stone, a brick that would help firm up his nation's existence. -Hussein of Jordan

The fabric of existence weaves itself whole. -Charles Ives

Every existence above a certain rank has its singular points; the higher the rank the more of them. At these points, influences whose physical magnitude is too small to be taken account of by a finite being may produce results of the greatest importance. -James C. Maxwell

Philosophy, most broadly viewed, is the critical survey of existence from the standpoint of value. -Sidney Hook

Surely one of the most visible lessons taught by the twentieth century has been the existence, not so much of a number of different realities, but of a number of different lenses with which to see the same reality. -Michael Arlen

The existence of an area of free land, its continuous recession, and the advance of American settlement, explain American development. -Frederick Jackson Turner

I AM what is called a Feminist. Thirty years ago I left a monastery and began a sane human existence. Within two or three years, I find, I was defending the rights of women. -Joseph McCabe

Human rights commissions, as they are evolving, are an attack on our fundamental freedoms and the basic existence of a democratic society… It is in fact totalitarianism. I find this is very scary stuff. -Stephen Harper

Everything must justify its existence before the judgment seat of Reason, or give up existence. -Friedrich Engels

Money, again, has often been a cause of the delusion of the multitudes. Sober nations have all at once become desperate gamblers, and risked almost their existence upon the turn of a piece of paper. -Charles Mackay

We have overcome the notion that mathematical truths have an existence independent and apart from our own minds. It is even strange to us that such a notion could ever have existed. -James Newman

May my soul bloom in love for all existence. -Rudolf Steiner

God is a challenge because there is no proof of his existence and therefore the search must continue. -Donald Knuth

After an existence of nearly 20 years of almost innocuous desuetude, these laws are brought forth. -Grover Cleveland

All greatness of character is dependent on individuality. The man who has no other existence than that which he partakes in common with all around him, will never have any other than an existence of mediocrity. -James Fenimore Cooper

One cannot legislate problems out of existence. It has been tried. -Norman Ralph Augustine

Do you not see, first, that – as a mental abstract – physical force is directly opposed to morality; and secondly, that it practically drives out of existence the moral forces? -Auberon Herbert

Ideology… is indispensable in any society if men are to be formed, transformed and equipped to respond to the demands of their conditions of existence. -Louis Althusser

Hiphop hasn't had stages of growth through its 30 years of existence. -Slick Rick

The real cause of personal existence is not the favor of the Almighty, but the sexual love of one's earthly parents. -Ernst Haeckel

Absolute space, that is to say, the mark to which it would be necessary to refer the earth to know whether it really moves, has no objective existence. -Henri Poincare

And woven into the fabric of this harsh existence was music. -Lesley Garrett

The way I see things, the way I see life, I see it as a struggle. And there's a great deal of reward I have gained coming to that understanding – that existence is a struggle. -Harvey Keitel

It is a lonely existence to be a child with a disability which no-one can see or understand, you exasperate your teachers, you disappoint your parents, and worst of all you know that you are not just stupid. -Susan Hampshire

All matter originates and exists only by virtue of a force… We must assume behind this force the existence of a conscious and intelligent Mind. This Mind is the matrix of all matter. -Max Planck

Not only is the self entwined in society; it owes society its existence in the most literal sense. -Theodor W. Adorno

Moreover, all our knowledge of organic remains teaches us, that species have a definite existence, and a centralization in geological time as well as in geographical space, and that no species is repeated in time. -Edward Forbes

Playing a fashion designer could be the bane of my existence because I am married to a fashion designer. -Lori Loughlin

My friends never talk to me about my poetry because they're embarrassed that I write it or they're embarrassed by what I write about which are not such extraordinarily terrifying things, but they are the state of human existence. -Peter Davison

Certainly the existence of these huge nuclear force was important for the ultimate confrontation, let's say, over western Europe. You just can't use them to deal with a situation like Afghanistan. -Lloyd Cutler

Every great discovery I ever made, I gambled that the truth was there, and then I acted in faith until I could prove its existence. -Arthur Compton

In fact, there was general agreement that minds can exist on nonbiological substrates and that algorithms are of central importance to the existence of minds. -Vernor Vinge

Wherever modern translations of marked excellence were already in existence efforts were made to secure them for the Library, but in a number of instances copyright could not be obtained. -James Loeb

Studying anthropology, I developed a kind of holistic view of human existence, in which the dichotomies you listed are all necessary and vital aspects of life. -Joan D. Vinge

I would say a lot of the emotion in what I do is a sort of a thankfulness for those energies being around, because there's been points in my life when they weren't around, and it's a real sort of miserable existence. -John Frusciante

She made the decision that her existence had lost its meaning. And you cannot judge that. -Jack Kevorkian

This happiness consisted of nothing else but the harmony of the few things around me with my own existence, a feeling of contentment and well-being that needed no changes and no intensification. -Hermann Hesse

Hunger and sex still dominate the primitive mammalian side of human existence, but at the present time it looks as if humanity were within sight of their satisfaction. Permanent plenty, no longer a Utopian dream, awaits the arrival of permanent peace. -John Desmond Bernal

Peace Corps helps promote global acceptance of the principles of international peace and non-violent co-existence among people of diverse cultures and systems of government. -Sam Farr

That whose existence is necessary must necessarily be one essence. -Avicenna

If man limits himself to a satisfied animal existence, and asks from life only what such an existence can give, the higher values of life at once disappear. -Christopher Dawson

Every great movement in the history of Western civilization from the Carolingian age to the nineteenth century has been an international movement which owed its existence and its development to the cooperation of many different peoples. -Christopher Dawson

Dualists hold that body and soul are separate entities and that the soul will continue beyond the existence of the physical body. -Michael Shermer

Traveling to swimming meets took me beyond my small-town existence, gave me a hint of the exciting world outside of my own home. -Esther Williams

I think a lot of what is going on with kids who get pushed too far and attempt either murder or suicide is that they are trying to deal with their own non-existence for the people who are supposed to care most for them. -Richard Russo

Jackson, however, persevered. He joined the Franklin Debating Society, an institution that had been in existence over fifty years, and had enrolled in its membership some of the ablest men in Virginia. -Daniel H. Hill

I think everyone has some fascination with what's outside our existence. It's a constant journey to find the truth. -Nicholas Lea

There's always been some moron-who usually went by the name of 'producer' – who would have to justify his existence, and interfere. -Frank Tashlin

My undergraduate education, at the City College in New York, was made possible only by the existence of that excellent free institution and the financial sacrifices of my parents. -Kenneth Arrow

Much of what we see in America, what most people feel has been progress and good things, have been brought about by the existence of third parties. -Peter Camejo

We have spoken of beings so low in the scale that the individuals throughout their whole existence are not sufficiently specialized to be distinctively plant or animal: yet these are definite life in simpler shape. -Asa Gray

Actually, I think most people accept the existence of qualia. -David Chalmers

Well, you have a defence attache here, that's a step forward. Your Defence Minister has been here, our defence people have exchanges with you. So friendly relations at the military level are already in existence. -Sellapan Ramanathan

The continued existence of wildlife and wilderness is important to the quality of life of humans. -Jim Fowler

Myth expresses in terms of the world – that is, of the other world or the second world – the understanding that man has of himself in relation to the foundation and the limit of his existence. -Paul Ricoeur

It's not just for its influence on us, but to know that we can play a part in it, to understand the influence that we have outside our own existence. -Siobhan Davies

It's the same thing that drives people to want to experience sexual pleasure or have one too many drinks. We all want to experience the other, and to get out of our daily existence. -Adam Arkin

The police are the public and the public are the police; the police being only members of the public who are paid to give full time attention to duties which are incumbent on every citizen in the interests of community welfare and existence. -Robert Peel

Progress is measured by richness and intensity of experience – by a wider and deeper apprehension of the significance and scope of human existence. -Herbert Read

Consciousness of myself, combined with complete ignorance of everything that does not fall within my sphere of thinking, is the most telling proof of my substantiality outside God, of my original existence. -Moses Mendelssohn

There are some things that we know are just not as pleasant as the lies that we tell ourselves, and in that sense in order to endure existence everyone endures a certain amount of dishonesty in their everyday lives. -Todd Rundgren

When I was planning Family Viewing, the Ontario Film Development Corporation came into existence. -Atom Egoyan

I would like to mention that I have flown the 262 first in May '43. At this time, the aircraft was completely secret. I first knew of the existence of this aircraft only early in '42 – even in my position. This aircraft didn't have any priority in design or production. -Adolf Galland

I made a written report which is still today in existence. I have a photocopy of it, and I am saying that in production this aircraft could perhaps substitute for three propeller- driven aircraft of the best existing type. This was my impression. -Adolf Galland

Not suffering another existence is reaching the Way. -Bodhidharma

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. -Helena Blavatsky

It is on the acceptance or rejection of the theory of the Unity of all in Nature, in its ultimate Essence, that mainly rests the belief or unbelief in the existence around us of other conscious beings besides the Spirits of the Dead. -Helena Blavatsky

The observant Jew has his own sense of values. Torah Judaism is his blueprint for this life, his target for existence. -Meir Kahane

The Jewish nation is indeed, the heart of the world and there is no reason for the existence of empires, kings, rulers, masses or systems aside from their reaction to the Jewish people. -Meir Kahane

Hiroshima does not look like a bombed city. It looks as if a monster steamroller had passed over it and squashed it out of existence. -Wilfred Burchett

The simple fact of existence, of being aware that you are aware; this to me is the most astounding fact. -William Hurt

You seem to think that the only genuine existence evil can have is conscious existence – that no one is evil unless he admits it to himself. I disagree. -Gene Wolfe

In order to the existence of such a ministry in the Church, there is requisite an authority received from God, and consequently power and knowledge imparted from God for the exercise of such ministry; and where a man possesses these, although the bishop has not laid hands upon him according to his traditions, God has Himself appointed him. -John Wycliffe

People from major labels were afraid to go to Black Flag gigs throughout most of the band's existence. They treated our gigs as something threatening. I'm sure that it probably was. They probably had reasons to be scared. -Greg Ginn

To suppose more than one supreme Source of infinite wisdom, power, and all perfections, is to assert that there is no supreme Being in existence. -Adam Clarke

Now it would be as absurd to deny the existence of God, because we cannot see him, as it would be to deny the existence of the air or wind, because we cannot see it. -Adam Clarke

I don't see gender as the most significant fact of human existence. -Jim Harrison

I'll remind you all, however, that for government, existence is a privilege, not a right. -L. Neil Smith

I know that some endeavor to throw the mantle of romance over the subject and treat woman like some ideal existence, not liable to the ills of life. Let those deal in fancy who have nothing better to deal in; we have to do with sober, sad realities, with stubborn facts. -Ernestine Rose

Though we hear various reports of his existence we can never find the young wizard who is able so they say to graft the soul of a girl to the soul of her lover so that not even the sharp scissors of the Fates can ever sever them apart. -Harry Crosby

To me, human existence exists on a multiple level, not just on a two-dimensional level, not just having to be identified with what you do and what you say. -Ornette Coleman

I think it's wrong that so many people pass on from this existence, and take all their knowledge with them. -Rex Hunt

I regret the whole worlds that will never come into existence, the children, the grandchildren, all the human possibilities that never were and never will be. -Maggie Gallagher

I take pride in the creation of my wealth, in its existence and in the uses to which it has been and is being put. -J. Paul Getty

We owe our existence to our parents, but we actually didn't have a choice. -Leon Kass

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has been in existence for most of this century. -C. Everett Koop

It is widely assumed, contrary to fact, that theism necessarily involves the two assumptions which cannot be squared with the existence of so much suffering, and that therefore, per impossibile, they simply have to be squared with the existence of all this suffering, somehow. -Walter Kaufmann

Those who believe in God because their experience of life and the facts of nature prove his existence must have led sheltered lives and closed their hearts to the voice of their brothers' blood. -Walter Kaufmann

This planet Earth, the act of putting a roof over our heads, our flesh and blood existence, it's all very temporary. -Melissa Auf der Maur

Our experiments not only proved the existence of a nervous apparatus in the above-mentioned glands, but also disclosed some facts clearly showing the participation of these nerves in normal activity. -Ivan Pavlov

When I recall today my early youth, I should take the boy that I then was, with the exception of a few individual features, for a different person, were it not for the existence of the chain of memories. -Ernst Mach

The United States is the world's best hope, but if you fetter her in the interests and quarrels of other nations, if you tangle her in the intrigues of Europe, you will destroy her power for good and endanger her very existence. -Henry Cabot Lodge

I think that every band tries to mature their sound through their existence, you know? -Adam Rich

Whichever theory we adopt to give a rational explanation of human existence, that theory must take into account and explain the mental nature we see at work in all modern communities. -Arthur Keith

I acquired an admiration for Japanese culture, art, and architecture, and learned of the existence of the game of GO, which I still play. -Philip Warren Anderson

First, Darwinian theory tells us how a certain amount of diversity in life forms can develop once we have various types of complex living organisms already in existence. -Phillip E. Johnson

Evolutionary biologists are not content merely to explain how variation occurs within limits, however. They aspire to answer a much broader question-which is how complex organisms like birds, and flowers, and human beings came into existence in the first place. -Phillip E. Johnson

The problem with allowing God a role in the history of life is not that science would cease, but rather that scientists would have to acknowledge the existence of something important which is outside the boundaries of natural science. -Phillip E. Johnson

A vast abortion industry, generating some half a billion dollars annually, sprang into existence in the wake of Roe and Doe. -Robert Casey

Israel is now sustaining a war for its own existence. A nation defending its citizens against terrorist bombings and a military and diplomatic onslaught by an array of Arab foes is practicing survival, not genocide. -Jack Schwartz

There are so many things a large intelligence espionage organization can do to justify its existence, that people can get promotions for, because it could result in results. -Aldrich Ames

In short, we cannot grow, we cannot achieve authentic discovery, and our eyes cannot be cleansed to the truly beautiful possibilities of life, if we simply live a neutral existence. -Armstrong Williams

The Anarchists answer that the abolition of the State will leave in existence a defensive association, resting no longer on a compulsory but on a voluntary basis, which will restrain invaders by any means that may prove necessary. -Benjamin Tucker

The purpose of this study is to offer a logical, practical, pragmatic proof of the existence of God from a purely scientific perspective. -John Clayton

I believe any question that man can ask has a reasonable answer-at least an answer that is as consistent with God's existence as it is in opposition to God's existence. -John Clayton

Death is not extinction. Neither the soul nor the body is extinguished or put out of existence. -Oliver Joseph Lodge

The greatest writers of this age… are aware of the mystery of our existence. -J. B. Priestley

Sexual relations, of course, have existed, exist, and will exist. However, this is in no way connected with the indispensability of the existence of the family. -Ferdinand Mount

The world has not been in existence from eternity nor could it have been according to the present dispensation and ordering of things. -William Ames

Behind me the branches of a wasted and sterile existence are cracking. -Gustav Mahler

It is the function of science to discover the existence of a general reign of order in nature and to find the causes governing this order. And this refers in equal measure to the relations of man – social and political – and to the entire universe as a whole. -Dmitri Mendeleev

According to the concept of transformational evolution, first clearly articulated by Lamarck, evolution consists of the gradual transformation of organisms from one condition of existence to another. -Ernst Mayr

The deepest problems of modern life derive from the claim of the individual to preserve the autonomy and individuality of his existence in the face of overwhelming social forces, of historical heritage, of external culture, and of the technique of life. -Georg Simmel

To advocate a New Order was to seek freedom and respect for peoples without prejudice, and to seek a stable basis for the existence all peoples, equally, and free of threats. -Hideki Tojo

The mere dates of my existence do not interest me, except in one connection. When the Great War started I was too old to be acceptable as a volunteer; when conscription followed I was too old to be conscripted. -Laurence Housman

Sometime during the many millions of years that have elapsed since mammalian faunas came into existence, some sort of island crossed from West Africa to South America. -Louis Leakey

Beyond peace, there is no longer any existence possible. -Gustav Heinemann

And, moreover, it is art in its most general and comprehensive form that is here discussed, for the dialogue embraces everything connected with it, from its greatest object, the state, to its least, the embellishment of sensuous existence. -Friedrich Schleiermacher

I never could get over the fact that The Pixies formed, worked and separated without America taking them to its heart or even recognizing their existence for the most part. -David Bowie

With all our mastery over the powers of Nature we have adhered to the view that the struggle for existence is a permanent and necessary condition of life. -Frederick Soddy

At no period of our political existence had we so much cause to felicitate ourselves at the prosperous and happy condition of our country. -James Monroe

To the socialist no nation is free whose national existence is based upon the enslavement of another people, for to him colonial peoples, too, are peoples, and, as such, parts of the national state. -Karl Liebknecht

The existence of inherent limits of experience in no way settles the question about the subordination of facts of the human world to our knowledge of matter. -Wilhelm Dilthey

I went into photography because it seemed like the perfect vehicle for commenting on the madness of today's existence. -Robert Mapplethorpe

There was no male vampire type in existence. Someone suggested an actor of the Continental School who could play any type, and mentioned me. -Bela Lugosi

A few of the sublimest geniuses of Rome and Athens had some faint discoveries of the spiritual nature of the human soul, and formed some probable conjectures, that man was designed for a future state of existence. -David Brainerd

God ceases to be God only for those who can admit the possibility of His non-existence, and that conception is in itself the most severe punishment they can suffer. -Giacomo Casanova

I know that I have lived because I have felt, and, feeling giving me the knowledge of my existence, I know likewise that I shall exist no more when I shall have ceased to feel. -Giacomo Casanova

The mind of a human being is formed only of comparisons made in order to examine analogies, and therefore cannot precede the existence of memory. -Giacomo Casanova

In other words, the man who is born into existence deals first with language; this is a given. He is even caught in it before his birth. -Jacques Lacan

Until the building of Solomon's temple the unity of worship according to it had, properly speaking, never had any existence; and, moreover, it is easy to read between the lines that even after that date it was more a pious wish than a practical demand. -Julius Wellhausen

Four years ago in speaking of a Jewish nation one ran the risk of being regarded ridiculous. Today he makes himself ridiculous who denies the existence of a Jewish nation. -Theodor Herzl

No: war material is life-saving for one's own people and whoever works and performs in these spheres can be proud of it; here enterprise as a whole finds its highest justification of existence. -Gustav Krupp

There is a serious, immediate and extraordinarily grave threat to the continued existence of this country. -James Forrestal

The emergence of Pakistan, a decade ago, was an act of protest against the existence of privilege in the social order of the subcontinent of India. -Aly Khan

But the way people commonly use the word nowadays it means something all of whose parts are mutually interdependent – not only for their mutual action, but for their meaning and for their existence. -David Bohm

Apple was our benefactor at starting General Magic, but about a year later decided they would rather BE General Magic and tried to make us blink out of existence… which we eventually did, but it took a few years. -Andy Hertzfeld

I enter negotiations with Chairman Arafat, the leader of the PLO, the representative of the Palestinian people, with the purpose to have coexistence between our two entities, Israel as a Jewish state and Palestinian state, entity, next to us, living in peace. -Yitzhak Rabin

People are afraid of things they don't understand. They don't know how to relate. It threatens their security, their existence, their career, image. -Bill Laswell

Shiva danced the world into existence… that's a very nice thought. -Michael Tippett

The particular features of the photographic method of detecting atomic particles enabled us to establish the existence of transient forms of matter which had escaped recognition by other methods. -Cecil Frank Powell

Baseball is a lot like life. It's a day-to-day existence, full of ups and downs. You make the most of your opportunities in baseball as you do in life. -Ernie Harwell

A great number of the women are victims to falling of the womb and weakness in the spine; but these are necessary results of their laborious existence, and do not belong either to climate or constitution. -Fanny Kemble

At Leeds the idea of an international labour organization appeared in a trade-union text which also drew attention to the danger to the working classes inherent in the existence of international capitalist competition. -Leon Jouhaux

The communism of Marx seeks a strong state centralization, and where this exists, there the parasitic Jewish nation – which speculates upon the labor of people – will always find the means for its existence. -Mikhail Bakunin

Now, we occupy a lowly position, both in space and rank in comparison with the heavenly sphere, and the Almighty is Most High not in space, but with respect to absolute existence, greatness and power. -Maimonides

There's an institution here called the National Sound Archive, and there's a character who works there, Paul Wilson. He takes a very special interest in the history of the music and advised Martin Davidson of the existence of these tapes. -Evan Parker

The existence is a tremendous curiosity, with in the course of the years, the discovery of yourself in your inmost evolutions. With the age you feel better than you are, what you represent. Which means a little at the planet's scale. -Jacky Ickx

I thought depression was the part of my character that made me worthwhile. I thought so little of myself, felt that I had such scant offerings to give to the world, that the one thing that justified my existence at all was my agony. -Elizabeth Wurtzel

All species capable of grasping this fact manage better in the struggle for existence than those which rely upon their own strength alone: the wolf, which hunts in a pack, has a greater chance of survival than the lion, which hunts alone. -Christian Lous Lange

For I never have seen, and never shall see, that the cessation of the evidence of existence is necessarily evidence of the cessation of existence. -William De Morgan

The novel doesn't come into existence until certain methods of reproducing fiction come along. -Leslie Fiedler

The United States did not choose to fight Islamic extremists. These terrorists chose to fight our way of life. They chose to challenge our existence. -John Boehner

Each and every day, Israel's very existence is at stake. -John Boehner

The most mysterious feminine factor, the existence that we men, we don't know. It's woman. It's feminine. That's what the sword is about. That's the symbolic meaning of the sword. -Ang Lee

When the French nation gradually came into existence among the ruins of the Roman civilization in Gaul, a new language was at the same time slowly evolved. -Lytton Strachey

How far the existence of the Academy has influenced French literature, either for good or for evil, is an extremely dubious question. -Lytton Strachey

I think one's sexuality can be the center of life, and coming out and discovering your sexuality is something that really can define your existence. -Mia Kirshner

There cannot be peaceful coexistence in the ideological realm. Peaceful coexistence corrupts. -Jiang Qing

On embarking to return we could perceive no sign of One Tree Island; and as we swept down towards the sea the leafy top of a tree seen in the clear water under the boat was the only evidence of its existence; though a few hours ago it had formed so prominent an object. -George Grey

Under the ominous shadow which the second World War and its attendant circumstances have cast on the world, peace has become as essential to civilized existence as the air we breathe is to life itself. -Cordell Hull

We are part of a country that outshines those that have gone before us and most of those in existence today. -Stephen Ambrose

For the word is dialectical in itself and at the same time is integrated into the whole of existence. By this I mean that the word is intended to be lived. -Jacques Ellul

Even before I came to Chicago, I had gotten interested in the existence of dispersion of prices under conditions which economic theory said would yield a single price. -George Stigler

The human psyche shows that each individual is an extension of all of existence. -Stanislav Grof

Research challenges the materialistic understanding of death, according to which biological death represents the final end of existence and of all conscious activity. -Stanislav Grof

It is possible to spend one's entire lifetime without ever experiencing the mystical realms or even without being aware of their existence. -Stanislav Grof

It is possible to see the intermediate state between lives as being in a way more important than incarnate existence. -Stanislav Grof

At a time when unbridled greed, malignant aggression, and existence of weapons of mass destruction threatens the survival of humanity, we should seriously consider any avenue that offers some hope. -Stanislav Grof

I'm not a Hollywood basher because enough good movies come out of the Hollywood system every year to justify its existence, without any apologies. -Quentin Tarantino

I'm not sure how aware of the rest of the world I am. I live a rather sheltered existence. -Julian Clary

I admit there's an element of brutality in all my work – it's part of the truth about human existence I always want to explore – but the last thing I'm trying to do is put on some kind of freak show, inviting people to get off on other people's pain and humiliation. -Todd Solondz

When part of what you're trying to get at is the truth hidden under a taboo, or when you want to nail a hypocrisy, laughter is a very useful tool. I want to show the painful side of existence, but there is no question I also want to make people laugh. -Todd Solondz

But the issue is not only life and death but our existence before God and our being judged by him. All of us were sinners before him and worthy of condemnation. -Hans Urs von Balthasar

Theories of evolution must provide for the creative acts which brought such theories into existence. -Michael Polanyi

But when I was twelve years old I caught my first strong glimpse of one of the fundamental forces of existence, whose votary I was destined to be for life – namely, Beauty. -Georg Brandes

As the existence of a corps of professors of mathematics is peculiar to our navy, as well as an apparent, perhaps a real, anomaly, some account of it may be of interest. -Simon Newcomb

And the sad truth is that nobody wants me to write comedy. The Exorcist not only ended that career, it expunged all memory of its existence. -William Peter Blatty

For me, the first fact of human existence is the human body. But if you embrace the reality of the human body, you embrace mortality, and that is a very difficult thing for anything to do because the self-conscious mind cannot imagine non-existence. It's impossible to do. -David Cronenberg

So not only can you not imagine dying, you can't really imagine existence before you were born. -David Cronenberg

Whatever things may have been in their origin, they are what they are, both in themselves and in regard to their indications respecting other beings or influences the existence of which may be implied in theirs. -Goldwin Smith

I'm sorry my existence is not very noble or sublime. -Keanu Reeves

My country is in the grips of a major economic crisis. This is causing dramatic consequences for the very existence of Polish families. A permanent economic crisis in Poland may also have serious repercussions for Europe. Thus, Poland ought to be helped and deserves help. -Lech Walesa

I couldn't care less about fashion. If I had taken any clothes home, they would have remained in my closet for the rest of their existence. -Meryl Streep

The arts, as a reflection of human existence at its highest, have always and spontaneously lived up to this demand of plenitude. No mature style of art in any culture has ever been simple. -Rudolf Arnheim

So we can't go backwards, we can only go where the evolutionary trajectory is taking us and attune our ideas about ourselves and our existence to that course. -Thom Mayne

It does not seem to me to be sufficiently recognized everywhere among the officials that the existence or non-existence of our people and Empire is at stake. -Paul von Hindenburg

However, democracy cannot be defined as the existence of parliaments and elections alone. -Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Even in the Western world, one cannot argue that the ideal has been achieved given the existence of issues like the integration, participation and representation of Muslim citizens, and occasional but lingering anti-Semitism. -Recep Tayyip Erdogan

People who lead a lonely existence always have something on their minds that they are eager to talk about. -Anton Chekhov

Married life is an existence with bars around it. -Al Goldstein

All the time I feel I must justify my existence. -Prince Charles

What is the value of your existence? -Stephen Evans

In the battle of existence, Talent is the punch; Tact is the clever footwork. -Wilson Mizner

Poetry is the art of substantiating shadows, and of lending existence to nothing. -Edmund Burke

The mystery of existence is the connection between our faults and our misfortunes. -Madame de Stael

The philosopher proves that the philosopher exists. The poet merely enjoys existence. -Wallace Stevens

To be human is to keep rattling the bars of the cage of existence, hollering, 'What's it for?' -Robert Fulghum

What is a lie? It is to say what is real is not real. It is to deny the existence of what exists. -Peter Nivio Zarlenga

Rule A: Don't. Rule A1: Rule A doesn't exist. Rule A2: Do not discuss the existence or non-existence of Rules A, A1 or A2. -R. D. Laing

It is a vulgar error that love, a love, to woman is her whole existence; she is born for Truth and Love in their universal energy. -Margaret Fuller

The puma is, with the exception of some monkeys, the most playful animal in existence. -William Henry Hudson

All treaties between great states cease to be binding when they come in conflict with the struggle for existence. -Otto von Bismarck

Medicine, the only profession that labors incessantly to destroy the reason for its existence. -James Bryce

The highest education is that which does not merely give us information but makes our life in harmony with all existence. -Rabindranath Tagore

Universities are the cathedrals of the modern age. They shouldn't have to justify their existence by utilitarian criteria. -David Lodge

We should all be obliged to appear before a board every five years and justify our existence… on pain of liquidation. -George Bernard Shaw

Homo sapiens, the only creature endowed with reason, is also the only creature to pin its existence on things unreasonable. -Henri Bergson

I cannot express it: but surely you and everybody have a notion that there is, or should be, an existence of yours beyond you. -Emily Bronte

If you want a bourgeois existence, you shouldn't be an actor. You're in the wrong profession. -Uta Hagen

Our very strength as lesbians lies in the fact that we are outside of patriarchy; our existence challenges its life. -Charlotte Bunch

The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion. -Albert Camus

We imagine that we want to escape our selfish and commonplace existence, but we cling desperately to our chains. -Anne Sullivan

Cultivation of mind should be the ultimate aim of human existence. -B. R. Ambedkar

I pick my favourite quotations and store them in my mind as ready armour, offensive or defensive, amid the struggle of this turbulent existence. -Robert Burns

I believe in the compelling power of love. I do not understand it. I believe it to be the most fragrant blossom of all this thorny existence. -Theodore Dreiser

The struggle for existence holds as much in the intellectual as in the physical world. A theory is a species of thinking, and its right to exist is coextensive with its power of resisting extinction by its rivals. -Thomas Huxley

That is the exploration that awaits you! Not mapping stars and studying nebula, but charting the unknown possibilities of existence. -Leonard Nimoy

Your paradigm is so intrinsic to your mental process that you are hardly aware of its existence, until you try to communicate with someone with a different paradigm. -Donella Meadows

In the usual progress of things, the necessities of a nation in every stage of its existence will be found at least equal to its resources. -Alexander Hamilton

Religion may be defined thus: a belief in, and homage rendered to, existences unseen and causes unknown. -Frances Wright

For people who have no critical acumen, a state is a mythical entity, for those who think critically it is a rational fiction, created by man in order to facilitate human coexistence. -Friedrich Durrenmatt

If I had no family, my wife and I would lead a much more romantic and nomadic existence. -David McCallum

Like Leibniz's possible worlds, most men are only equally entitled pretenders to existence. There are few existences. -Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

It is only the consciousness of a nonexistence which allows us to realize for moments that we are living. -Max Frisch

Self-control means wanting to be effective at some random point in the infinite radiations of my spiritual existence. -Franz Kafka

The existence of any evil anywhere at any time absolutely ruins a total optimism. -George Santayana

Everybody believes in something and everybody, by virtue of the fact that they believe in something, uses that something to support their own existence. -Frank Zappa

There are moments of existence when time and space are more profound, and the awareness of existence is immensely heightened. -Charles Baudelaire

Whatever is referred to must exist. Let us call this the axiom of existence. -John Searle

If the Soviet Union let another political party come into existence, they would still be a one-party state, because everybody would join the other party. -Ronald Reagan

We are born, so to speak, twice over; born into existence, and born into life; born a human being, and born a man. -Jean-Jacques Rousseau

The whole secret of existence is to have no fear. Never fear what will become of you, depend on no one. Only the moment you reject all help are you freed. -Swami Vivekananda

I do not believe in God; his existence has been disproved by Science. But in the concentration camp, I learned to believe in men. -Jean-Paul Sartre

Thought is more important than art. To revere art and have no understanding of the process that forces it into existence, is finally not even to understand what art is. -Amiri Baraka

What is the use of good painting? We want a spell cast upon the optical part of our existence! We seldom really see the world, but when we do, we become as still as a picture. -Robert Musil

Lesbian existence comprises both the breaking of a taboo and the rejection of a compulsory way of life. It is also a direct or indirect attack on the male right of access to women. -Adrienne Rich

Just as everybody has the vote including women, I think children should, because as a child is conscious of itself then it has to me an existence and has a stake in what happens. -Gertrude Stein

We can come to look upon the deaths of our enemies with as much regret as we feel for those of our friends, namely, when we miss their existence as witnesses to our success. -Arthur Schopenhauer

If there is one place on the face of earth where all the dreams of living men have found a home from the very earliest days when man began the dream of existence, it is India. -Romain Rolland

A civilization which leaves so large a number of its participants unsatisfied and drives them into revolt neither has nor deserves the prospect of a lasting existence. -Sigmund Freud

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

The theory of evolution by cumulative natural selection is the only theory we know of that is in principle capable of explaining the existence of organized complexity. -Richard Dawkins

Happiness is the only sanction of life; where happiness fails, existence remains a mad and lamentable experiment. -George Santayana

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

To have his path made clear for him is the aspiration of every human being in our beclouded and tempestuous existence. -Joseph Conrad

Without contraries is no progression. Attraction and repulsion, reason and energy, love and hate, are necessary to human existence. -William Blake

God is creating at every moment of the world's existence in and through the perpetually endowed creativity of the very stuff of the world. -Arthur Peacocke

Generality is, indeed, an indispensable ingredient of reality; for mere individual existence or actuality without any regularity whatever is a nullity. Chaos is pure nothing. -Charles Sanders Peirce

The work of art assumes the existence of the perfect spectator, and is indifferent to the fact that no such person exists. -E. M. Forster

Analysis brings no curative powers in its train; it merely makes us conscious of the existence of an evil, which, oddly enough, is consciousness. -Henry Miller

What should I have known or written had I been a quiet, mercantile politician or a lord in waiting? A man must travel, and turmoil, or there is no existence. -Lord Byron

Like their personal lives, women's history is fragmented, interrupted; a shadow history of human beings whose existence has been shaped by the efforts and the demands of others. -Elizabeth Janeway

Some day science may have the existence of mankind in power, and the human race can commit suicide by blowing up the world. -Henry Adams

Once you accept the existence of God – however you define him, however you explain your relationship to him – then you are caught forever with his presence in the center of all things. -Morris West

I don't need anyone to rectify my existence. The most profound relationship we will ever have is the one with ourselves. -Shirley MacLaine

No person who denies the existence of a supreme being shall hold any office under this Constitution. -Michael Newdow

Those who deny the existence of a supreme being have been turned into second-class citizens by a government that continuously sends messages that 'real Americans' believe in God. -Michael Newdow

One has to accept pain as a condition of existence. One has to court doubt and darkness as the cost of knowing. One needs a will stubborn in conflict, but apt always to the total acceptance of every consequence of living and dying. -Morris West

No other group in America has so had their identity socialized out of existence as have black women… When black people are talked about the focus tends to be on black men; and when women are talked about the focus tends to be on white women. -bell hooks

Perhaps one reason for the falling-off of belief in a continuance of conscious existence is to be found in the quality of life that most of us lead. There is not much in it with which, in any kind of reason, one can associate the idea of immortality. -Albert J. Nock

Forget about being world famous, it's hard enough just getting the automatic doors at the supermarket to acknowledge our existence. -Douglas Coupland

Nothing has existence unless you, I, or some living creature perceives it, and how it is perceived further influences that reality. Even time itself is not exempted from biocentrism. -Robert Lanza

The universe bursts into existence from life, not the other way around as we have been taught. For each life there is a universe, its own universe. We generate spheres of reality, individual bubbles of existence. Our planet is comprised of billions of spheres of reality, generated by each individual human and perhaps even by each animal. -Robert Lanza

So for instance it becomes clear why space and time and even the properties of matter itself depend on the observer in consciousness. In fact when you take this point of view it even explains why the laws of the universe themselves are fine tuned for the existence of life. -Robert Lanza

Losing both parents at a young age gave me a sense that you can't really control life – so you'd better live it while it's here. I stopped believing in a storybook existence a long time ago. All you can do is push in a direction and see what comes of it. -Jon Hamm

Prime Minister Sharon, Prime Minister Abbas, I urge you today to end the designs of those who seek destruction, annihilation and occupation, and I urge you to have the will and the courage to begin to realize our dreams of peace, prosperity and coexistence. -Abdullah II of Jordan

I had a very difficult childhood. I was surrounded by people who had both parents, which made me feel different. Having a bit of a rougher existence early on, it made me appreciate the work ethic that my grandparents instilled in me. -George Lopez

For some people, miracles serve as evidence of God's existence. -Walter Isaacson

But let me tell you what happens when regulations go too far, when they seem to exist only for the purpose of justifying the existence of a regulator. It kills the people trying to start a business. -Marco Rubio

Because I was the first super-elite, the press caught on and started calling me a supermodel. So in that sense, I guess I'm the first. But, in my opinion, there were girls that could have been called supermodels before that, if the term was in existence. -Carol Alt

Local politics, like everything else, are not what they used to be. But the fact is that our political system – like our physical existence – still breaks down along geographical lines. -Eric Alterman

In the language of poetry, where every word is weighed, nothing is usual or normal. Not a single stone and not a single cloud above it. Not a single day and not a single night after it. And above all, not a single existence, not anyone's existence in this world. -Wislawa Szymborska

It's not really like you have a thing like a supermodel anymore. It's more of a word than a real existence. I think, also, looking at it from a designer's point of view, at one point maybe they felt the stars took too much attention away from the clothes. -Carmen Kass

A baby's existence for the first three months is a one-way street. One person is doing all the work and the other is crying, sleeping and pooping. So the first moment when you're actually able to do something and they acknowledge your presence, that's a big deal. A very big deal. -Colin Hanks

Normally, what I do for fun is just nothing. I try to just relax. Normally, it involves just relaxing and reading and maybe going out and meeting up with a friend. I live a very simple existence. I would much rather just sit around and listen to a couple of records and read the paper. -Colin Hanks

Everyone asks me about being so worried or thinking about existence as if I'm the only person who can't understand why a tree grows the way it does or why a person is in power when they're not that great. These are questions everyone has. -Chris Martin

My existence was never a Francis Ford Coppola existence. -Victoria Gotti

It was a real hand-to-mouth existence in those early days – I'd have whatever dry cereal there was in the house for breakfast, 30 cents to spend on lunch and a hot dog for dinner. I did that for years. So there was definitely a hunger in me, of various kinds, to succeed. -Neil Diamond

Anything that's different from your own realm of experience as a human being, whether it's driving a car or a boat, or using guns, anything that separates you from yourself and leads you more towards this character's existence is a big help. -Colin Farrell

The thing about Mumbai is you go five yards and all of human existence is revealed. It's an incredible cavalcade of life, and I love that. -Julian Sands

Most magazines have peak moments. They live on, they do just okay, or they die. 'The New Yorker' has had a very different kind of existence. -David Remnick

Watching a whole cluster of friends, and my own mother, die over quite a short space of time convinced me that purely materialist 'explanations' for our mysterious human existence simply won't do – on an intellectual level. -A. N. Wilson

My existence is about making movies, so I've just got to rock and roll with the punches. You want to make movies on telephones, I'm there. -Abel Ferrara

When I was a kid and the carnival would come to the shopping centre, I'd go down and talk to all the people running the rides. I like that whole lifestyle, moving from town to town in a nomadic existence. -Randy Quaid

I spent my childhood in an imaginary world – probably because I needed an escape. I think that's one of the reasons people have imaginations – because they can't maintain existence here. -Rickie Lee Jones

The reader feels as if he is in Chongjin, where starving people ate the bark off trees; or atop Mount Taesong with the elite of Pyongyang, whose existence is a mix of sadism and whimsy; or with the masses who are bombarded day and night with the propaganda of North Korea's alternate reality. -Adam Johnson

There must be something beyond slaughter and barbarism to support the existence of mankind and we must all help search for it. -Carlos Fuentes

To the extent that Israel does face threats, like from say Hamas or Hezbollah, those are threats that do not jeopardise Israel's existence. -Stephen M. Walt

It's interesting that people throughout the existence of the web have been concerned about monopolies. -Tim Berners-Lee

A century ago, petroleum – what we call oil – was just an obscure commodity; today it is almost as vital to human existence as water. -James Buchan

If you knew that your life was merely a phase or short, short segment of your entire existence, how would you live? Knowing nothing 'real' was at risk, what would you do? You'd live a gigantic, bold, fun, dazzling life. You know you would. That's what the ghosts want us to do – all the exciting things they no longer can. -Chuck Palahniuk

I think the dual existence thing is a regular pastime for all human beings, and for that matter anything in this universe. -Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Intelligent life on a planet comes of age when it first works out the reason for its own existence. -Richard Dawkins

The chances of each of us coming into existence are infinitesimally small, and even though we shall all die some day, we should count ourselves fantastically lucky to get our decades in the sun. -Richard Dawkins

Russia does not have in its possession any trustworthy data that supports the existence of nuclear weapons or any weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and we have not received any such information from our partners as yet. -Vladimir Putin

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

Hitchhiking was such a pure form of existence. You'd wake up in the morning, and you'd have no idea what your day was going to be. And that's something I've never been able to shake. I loved that. -John Hawkes

The greatest mystery of existence is existence itself. -Deepak Chopra

There is no fixed physical reality, no single perception of the world, just numerous ways of interpreting world views as dictated by one's nervous system and the specific environment of our planetary existence. -Deepak Chopra

You can take things that Jimi Hendrix took, from Curtis Mayfield or from Buddy Guy for example, because we are all children of everything, even Picasso. But if you want to stand out, you have to learn to crystallize your existence and create your own fingerprints. -Carlos Santana

Only a literary work that reveals an unknown fragment of human existence has a reason for being. -Milan Kundera

There are metaphysical problems, problems of human existence, that philosophy has never known how to grasp in all their concreteness and that only the novel can seize. -Milan Kundera

As far as I'm concerned, if there is a supreme being then He chose organic evolution as a way of bringing into existence the natural world… which doesn't seem to me to be necessarily blasphemous at all. -David Attenborough

I still believe that any country understands that if they use nuclear weapons, they will be wiped out of existence. They could be irrational in many ways, but I don't think they're irrational to the point that they're ready to annihilate their own country. -Mohamed ElBaradei

I'm a guy who has problems with moderation. All or nothing. Binge and purge. Kill or be killed. Gray is not a color I wear well. I should be dead. I know that. I should not be successful. I know that too. My daily existence is a toss of the coin – one side, fear, the other side, gratitude. -Kurt Sutter

As a Jew I am aware of how important the existence of Israel is for the survival of us all. And because I am proud of being Jewish, I am worried by the growing anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism in the world. -Steven Spielberg

There are stories still in existence that I wrote when I was five. However, I did not get published until I was seven. -Tom Robbins

A child's mind is its living room; it's is going to be residing there for the rest of its earthly existence. -Tom Robbins

We all dream. We dream vividly, depending on our nature. Our existence is beyond our explanation, whether we believe in God or we have religion or we're atheist. -Anthony Hopkins

In fact, the class divide in the black community is now seen by some as a permanent aspect of our existence. -Henry Louis Gates

China has been committed to the independent foreign policy of peace and has developed friendship and cooperation with all countries on the basis of the Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence. -Hu Jintao

I don't lead a particularly Bohemian existence. The main criterion for me is not to be judgemental of other people so long as what they do is not harmful or offensive to others. -Nick Clegg

Spend time reflecting on your emotional and physical existence and how that applies to the voice. You have to apply that wisdom and experience when you sing – it's what comes through. -K. D. Lang

There are a lot of good arguments for birth control, but as far as terminating a life that has already come into existence, I haven't found any. -Kathy Ireland

I remember at 16 years old, growing up in Queens, we were punks, but hey, when we went to the theater, we wore a shirt and tie! Similarly, I believe that to keep movie theaters in existence, they're gonna have to make 'em an event, have a couch, a table and drinks or something. Otherwise, there's no reason to get out of your bed! -James Caan

Some people are drawn naturally – there are natural guitarists, and there are natural piano players, and I think guitar implies travel, a sort of footloose gypsy existence. You grab your bag and you go to the next town. -Hugh Laurie

The royal family's existence is a constant reminder of the hollowness of John Major's rhetoric, and idiotic statements by its leading members a constant boost to the republican cause. They're fine opening hospitals. It's when they open their mouths they get into trouble. -Alastair Campbell

I used to be very routine-based and the new thing in my life is not having a clear, full-time existence. -Alastair Campbell

When I was living in New York, I had this slightly wannabe bohemian existence and took up painting, at which I'm appalling. I also bought several guitars. -Eddie Redmayne

I don't subscribe to any particular doctrine or ideology. I just think that there's kind of a good and bad, the good being life in its purest, happiest form, and the other being the darker side of existence. -Michael J. Fox

If you say you're not a feminist, you're almost denying your own existence. -Margaret Cho

You get rid of the fear of death by understanding that it is an integral fact of our existence. You do that through will and reason. -G. Gordon Liddy

My belief, for what it is worth, is that city dwellers cannot understand the world. Insulated from reality by complex and expert systems of provision and police, baffled by fashion and spectacle, city dwellers can distinguish neither the sources of their existence nor the consequences. -James Buchan

Last chances in the Middle East have been two a dirham since the 1950s. Each year the enmities are more profound, the despots more bloodthirsty and clownish, the violence more extreme, and the conditions of ordinary existence more ghastly. -James Buchan

You don't know what someone's going to walk away from a movie with, but you hope it's something positive, but if nothing, you want them most basically to be entertained and engaged. That's your job. But you also hope to give them something to chew on or maybe some insight into the human existence, you hope a little bit. Not to sound too lofty. -Melissa Rosenberg

I firmly believe that the mission of religion in the 21st century must be to contribute concretely to the peaceful coexistence of humankind. -Daisaku Ikeda

Since ancient times, people from throughout Asia have brought to Japan their talents, knowledge and energy, helping to lay the basis for Japan's existence as a country. -Daisaku Ikeda

We can take some gratification at having come a certain distance in just a few thousand years of our existence as language users, but it should be a deeper satisfaction, even an exhilaration, to recognize that we have such a distance still to go. -Lewis Thomas

Once you've lived the inside-out world of espionage, you never shed it. It's a mentality, a double standard of existence. -John le Carre

The belief that the animals exist because God created them – and that he created them so we can better meet our needs – is contrary to our scientific understanding of evolution and, of course, to the fossil record, which shows the existence of non-human primates and other animals millions of years before there were any human beings at all. -Peter Singer

Talking, it seemed to me, was the point of adult existence. -Christopher Hitchens

All the time, I've felt that life is a wager and that I probably was getting more out of leading a bohemian existence as a writer than I would have if I didn't. -Christopher Hitchens

Most people have stereo vision, so why belittle that very, very important element of our existence? -Martin Scorsese

But, look, Washington is a town that creates myths for its own existence and its own amusement, and I was a subject of myth, sort of like Grendel in Beowulf – you know, not seen very often but often talked about. -Karl Rove

I'll never get out of politics. I have friends in public office. I have things that I want to do. You can't go back in life. I won't go back to the existence I had before of running a political consulting firm and signing up clients and advising campaigns in exactly that way. -Karl Rove

I mean, if you have to wake up in the morning to be validated by the editorial page of the New York Times, you got a pretty sorry existence. -Karl Rove

Well, acting itself is a form of rebellion, always. Getting up there in front of people, telling stories – you're kind of going against the grain to begin with, wanting to do that, don't you think? Why else would you do it? Except maybe as kind of a way to affirm your very existence. -John Cusack

I know everything should be photographed. It helps me make sense of my existence. -David Bailey

I don't believe in a conspiracy to hide the existence of extraterrestrial life. -David Duchovny

How do you live with evil? Art is traditionally – certainly with my secular background – the answer, but art is very self-referential, whereas religion claims to go beyond the bounds of human existence. -Yann Martel

It's said that All Hallows' Eve is one of the nights when the veil between the worlds is thin – and whether you believe in such things or not, those roaming spirits probably believe in you, or at least acknowledge your existence, considering that it used to be their own. Even the air feels different on Halloween, autumn-crisp and bright. -Erin Morgenstern

The wonderful thing about 48 fps is the integration of live action and CG elements; that is something I learned from 'The Hobbit.' We are so used to 24 fps and the romance of celluloid… but at 48 fps, you cannot deny the existence of these CG creations in the same time frame and space and environment as the live action. -Andy Serkis

Peace should provide security. It should be durable. I'm ready to go far in making painful concessions. But there is one thing I will never make any concessions on and that's the security of the Israeli citizens and the very existence of the state of Israel. The Palestinians are losing time. -Ariel Sharon

Now it is time to make historic reassessments in order to transform our region into one of stability, freedom, prosperity, cultural revival and co-existence. In this new regional order there should be less violence and fewer barriers between countries, societies and sects. -Ahmet Davutoglu

I mean, if you degrade someone, you isolate them, you control them, you call them names, you demean them. That's a horrible existence for people. -Phil McGraw

I think the existence of zombies would contradict certain laws of nature in our world. It seems to be a law of nature, in our world, that when you get a brain of a certain character you get consciousness going along with it. -David Chalmers

Humanity needs dreams to be able to survive the miseries of daily existence, even if only for an instant. -Oscar Niemeyer

In the 1880s, people all over the world looked to America for inspiration. Its very existence was proof that it was possible to have a relatively free and peaceful country. No income tax, no foreign wars, no welfare state, no intrusions on civil liberties. -Harry Browne

Oh, I just want what we all want: a comfortable couch, a nice beverage, a weekend of no distractions and a book that will stop time, lift me out of my quotidian existence and alter my thinking forever. -Elizabeth Gilbert

My husband is not American. He was born in Brazil, where he grew up under a filthy, corrupt dictatorship. In his twenties, he moved to Europe, where he lived for a while under various socialist democracies. He spent a few years on a kibbutz in Israel, living out a utopian experiment in communal existence. -Elizabeth Gilbert

You know, you really do choose your existence in a way. -Jennifer Jason Leigh

'The Exorcist' is the scariest movie ever made. It just felt dead-on real, like you were watching the existence of the devil. -M. Night Shyamalan

American conservatism depends on its continued dominance and even for its very existence on people never making connections about the world, connections that until recent were treated as obvious or self-evident everywhere on the planet. -Thomas Frank

The idea that the rest of the world was somehow being held hostage by the Arab-Israeli conflict once had a minimal basis in reality. In the first 20 years of Israel's existence, every Arab country was in an active state of war with the Jewish state. -John Podhoretz

We are biological creatures. We are born, we live, we die. There is no transcendent purpose to existence. At best we are creatures of reason, and by using reason we can cure ourselves of emotional excess. Purged of both hope and fear, we find courage in the face of helplessness, insignificance and uncertainty. -Jonathan Sacks

It is true that you can't prove a negative. However, the existence of God is provable in the same way a building is positive proof that there was a builder. -Ray Comfort

Risk isn't a word in my vocabulary. It's my very existence. -Slash

I buy a lot of books I've found via the Internet, whose existences I'd otherwise never have known about. -Heidi Julavits

Pictures artists staged their own images or copied or cut out others already in existence. The viewer took them in separately, in sometimes paradoxical waves: an original image, then the manipulations of it, then the places where image and idea intersected. This created a crucial perceptual glitch that irony and understanding filled. -Jerry Saltz

Life on the road is very different from a normal, day to day life, and sometimes that surrealistic existence can have an effect on you, you tend to forget that's not really how things are supposed to be. But there comes a point where you have to pace yourself and find a place in your mind where you can be real. -Joe Nichols

The state comes into existence for the sake of life and continues to exist for the sake of good life. -Aristotle

The more I get connected to my own breath and my own yogic experience and my own prayer and my own idea, the ideas that have existed for so long – that we all belong to each other and we could live a deeper spiritual existence – the more I get connected to that, the more I shun this world. -Giancarlo Esposito

You have to stick to what you love, as writing is such a lonely and depressing existence… stick to what you love and someone will hear your voice. -Chris Terrio

In L.A., I have more of a yard existence, and so I enjoy walking my two little dogs in New York – one's a Maltese and the other's a Shih Tzu. -Jim Parsons

My life at home is super simple. My local bar with my mates, cooking for my mother, making tables, planting vegetables: It's the classic idea of the artistic existence. -Glen Hansard

I've been quite fascinated by the relative insignificance of human existence, the shortness of life. We might as well be a letter in a word in a sentence on a page in a book in a library in a city in one country in this enormous universe! And that kind of fear and insignificance has kept me awake at night. -Laura Marling

I'm reluctantly interested in love and helplessly interested in logic and yet they're so conflicting. And they're both necessary for a happy balance, a happy existence… I think. -Laura Marling

Although the detail of our sexual energies and their objects and objectives vastly vary, the existence of our sexuality itself is an undeniable truth. -Lynn Margulis

I live a very Kenneth Williams-like existence. -Michael Sheen

It is true that some liberals and humanists, along with the laid-back Danes, deny the existence of evil. This is largely because they regard the word 'evil' as a device for demonising those who are really nothing more than socially unfortunate. -Terry Eagleton

It is in Rousseau's writing above all that history begins to turn from upper-class honour to middle-class humanitarianism. Pity, sympathy and compassion lie at the centre of his moral vision. Values associated with the feminine begin to infiltrate social existence as a whole, rather than being confined to the domestic sphere. -Terry Eagleton

Men and women do not easily submit to a power that does not weave itself into the texture of their daily existence – one reason why culture remains so politically vital. Civilisation cannot get on with culture, and it cannot get on without it. -Terry Eagleton

Inequality of any kind, once considered a normal, natural part of human existence, came to be seen in the course of the twentieth century as increasingly illegitimate. -Michael Mandelbaum

I think mortality makes you live a fuller existence. When I was a kid I was scared of death, and maybe that's what made me desperate to get the most out of life. -Dolph Lundgren

Maybe existence is ultimately a lonely thing. -Errol Morris

A pet store is a celebration of dogs' existence and an explosion of options. About cats, a pet store seems to say, 'Here, we couldn't think of anything else.' Cats are the Hanukkah of the animal world in this way. They are feted quietly and happily by a minority, but there's only so much hoopla applicable to them. -Sloane Crosley

I've had plenty of good times and have settled peacefully into quite a boring existence that I love. I had enough fireworks and chaos. It is a blissful boring life, believe me. -Dax Shepard

I think it's prima facie evidence for the existence of God because for me to grow up and actually end up working with Glen Campbell is almost unbelievable. -Jimmy Webb

Nuclear arms and atomic power represent a technology in which coexistence with man is extremely difficult. -Naoto Kan

There's more to life than being an actor in a Hollywood movie. I'm not going to adapt my life after that existence, where a lot of people do. And they get the publicist, and they get all that stuff, and it becomes them. I think it's a stupid way to live your life. A really dumb way to live your life. -Zach Galifianakis

Well, I'm a daughter of the great migration as, really, the majority of African Americans that you meet in the north and west are products of the great migration. It's that massive. Many of us owe our very existence to the fact that people migrated. -Isabel Wilkerson

Sometimes I feel like what's hard for fashion designers to do is take looks from off the runway and actually put it into existence, into reality. That's really the hard part. -ASAP Rocky

With us, people caught on to something on our third album, and that will never be repeated. Basically, I don't really have any complaints about the way that Beach House has grown. I feel like we're still in control of what we're doing, and it's a great time in our existence. -Victoria Legrand

But I'm a big, firm believer in speaking everything into existence. -Ashthon Jones

Language has no independent existence apart from the people who use it. It is not an end in itself; it is a means to an end of understanding who you are and what society is like. -David Crystal

It's a wonderful profession, and it opens lots of doors, and I think it's quite right that people can accuse actors and actresses of being dilettante, but you learn on every job, whatever it is, the process moves you on in some way, and yeah, I want to expand my knowledge of our existence, I suppose. -Miranda Richardson

Once something has outlived its usefulness in one area of life, its purpose for being in existence is no longer the same. The leaf that captures a stream of sunlight, and then transfers its energy to the tree, serves one purpose in the spring and summer, and another completely different one through the fall and winter. -Guy Finley

All created forms are fractal, as is their purpose, use, and allotted time for existence. -Guy Finley

We give antibiotics to people when they're dying or when they're not well; that's acting God. I mean, acting God is using the tools of creation to try and improve human life, human existence. I don't think that that's a huge problem. -Robert Winston

Once humans traded their hunter-gatherer existences for more settled communities, we began a quest to make our lives better and more comfortable, but we've also been sucking precious finite resources from our environment ever since. -Naveen Jain

Humans have always used our intelligence and creativity to improve our existence. After all, we invented the wheel, discovered how to make fire, invented the printing press and found a vaccine for polio. -Naveen Jain

I remember I grew up in Pasadena in a very, kind of, homogeneous, kind of, suburban existence and then I went to college at Wesleyan University in Connecticut. And there were all these, kind of, hipster New York kids who were so-called 'cultured' and had so much, you know, like knew all the references and, like, already had their look down. -Mike White

I believe that love is the choice we make to raise ourselves and others to the highest planes of existence. -Richard Paul Evans

Anyone who thinks they stand apart from society and defies all which govern its existence has less in common with the lone wolf patriot standing up to dystopic forces of oppression – a myth – and more in common with the disease known as cancer – a harsh reality. -Steven Weber

I do have a sense of displacement as constant instability – the uninterrupted existence of everything that I love and care about is not guaranteed at all. I wait for catastrophes. -Aleksandar Hemon

Every literary culture has among its first bearings the 'blether' of animals who seek to make sense of human existence. -Andrew O'Hagan

For me, consciousness is the most interesting unsolved problem of science, and, in fact, we may never know what it is about a particular arrangement of neurons that gives rise to consciousness. Our consciousness, like the air we breathe or like the passage of time, is central to our existence as intelligent beings. -Alan Lightman

We're constantly told that running will ruin our knees and outrage our hearts, but for nearly all of human existence, it was associated with freedom, vitality, and eternal youth. -Christopher McDougall

Gay life in 1970 was very bleak, compartmentalized. You didn't take it to work. You had to really lead a double life. There were bars, but you sort of snuck in and snuck out. Activism and gay pride simply didn't exist. I don't even think the word 'gay' was in existence. -Larry Kramer

We don't like admitting this, but it is a key component of human existence: the fact that life has the potential for things both wondrous and horrific. -Douglas Kennedy

This is part of the involuntary bargain we make with the world just by being alive. We get to experiences the splendor of nature, the beauty of art, the balm of love and the sheer joy of existence, always with the knowledge that illness, injury, natural disaster, or pure evil can end it in an instant for ourselves or someone we love. -Jeff Greenfield

If one accepts Hezbollah's self-description as a resistance movement, in which case one must, in light of the fact that Hezbollah never ceases to provoke, view Israel's mere existence as a continuing act of aggression, then Hezbollah has indeed shown that it can initiate conflict, resist, and survive. -Mark Helprin

This may sound insulting to some of my cult studies friends, but there's a lot of cult studies people who ignore, shall we say, the wider canvas – because they simply don't know about its existence or they don't know how it operates. -Peter York

That was one of the most comfortable things about leaving baseball was to leave the environment. It's very much like a rock star existence – the nightlife, the hotels, lack of privacy… There's a lot of temptations out there. It was nice getting away from it. -Mike Schmidt

I am always revolted when Islamic leaders, from Afghanistan or elsewhere, deny the very existence of female oppression, avoid the issue by pointing to examples of what they view as Western mistreatment of women, or even worse, justify the oppression of women on the basis of notions derived from Sharia law. -Khaled Hosseini

Empty space is a boiling, bubbling brew of virtual particles that pop in and out of existence in a time scale so short that you can't even measure them. -Lawrence M. Krauss

For the record: Quantum mechanics does not deny the existence of objective reality. Nor does it imply that mere thoughts can change external events. Effects still require causes, so if you want to change the universe, you need to act on it. -Lawrence M. Krauss

Poetry and beauty are always making peace. When you read something beautiful you find coexistence; it breaks walls down. -Mahmoud Darwish

The most compelling evidence for God's existence is Christ. If God does not exist, then Christ was the biggest fool who ever lived. -Peter Kreeft

You don't have to convince Muslims of God's existence or importance. -Peter Kreeft

In some ways, evil is backhanded proof of Gods existence. -Philip Yancey

Poetry, being supremely useless, by its very existence represents a protest against the so-called 'real world' of busy-ness and moneymaking, so we must embrace, salute and support our poets. -Tom Hodgkinson

Everyone – pantheist, atheist, skeptic, polytheist – has to answer these questions: 'Where did I come from? What is life's meaning? How do I define right from wrong and what happens to me when I die?' Those are the fulcrum points of our existence. -Ravi Zacharias

We owe our existence to innovation. Our species exists thanks to four billion years of genetic innovation. -Gary Hamel

The desk thing is a problem for me. The ideal one would be vast and perfectly clear. Yet the bane of the biographical existence is paper; if you're 'an artist under oath' you're writing from a mountain of documentation. -Stacy Schiff

The world is fine and everything is normal and then, bang, you just get bowled over by the wrathful deities somehow. That happens in very small ways and happens in very large ways when you have a major conflagration in the world. It's another cycle of existence of human beings. -Bill Viola

God was alive when this universe exploded into existence. He was alive when Socrates drank his poison. He was the living God when William Bradford governed Plymouth Colony. He was the living God in 1966 when Thomas Altizer proclaimed him dead and Time magazine absolutely absurdly put it on the front cover. -John Piper

Factory farming, like comparable evils throughout history, depends for its existence upon concealment. It depends on people either not noticing or willfully averting their gaze. -Matthew Scully

I'd say that the question whether love still exists plays the same role in my novels as the question of God's existence in Dostoevsky. -Michel Houellebecq

If somebody postulates the existence of more than one god, I would have to say we don't worship the same god. If somebody says that God is basically one with the world, I would also have to say we don't worship the same god. -Miroslav Volf

All Plutophiles are based in America. If you go to other countries, they have much less of an attachment to either the existence or preservation of Pluto as a planet. -Neil deGrasse Tyson

The present moment is changing so fast that we often do not notice its existence at all. Every moment of mind is like a series of pictures passing through a projector. Some of the pictures come from sense impressions. Others come from memories of past experiences or from fantasies of the future. -Henepola Gunaratana

This administration, this agency, the very agency charged with enforcing Obamacare, systematically targeted groups that came into existence because they opposed Obamacare – and they started the targeting the very month, March 2010, that Obamacare came into law – expects us to believe it is the work of two rogue agents in Cincinnati. -Jim Jordan

Looking up and out, how can we not respect this ever-vigilant cognizance that distinguishes us: the capability to envision, to dream, and to invent? the ability to ponder ourselves? and be aware of our existence on the outer arm of a spiral galaxy in an immeasurable ocean of stars? Cognizance is our crest. -Vanna Bonta

Matter is, in its constituent elements, the same as spirit; existence is one, however manifold in its phenomena; life is one, however multiform in its evolution. -Annie Besant

The orthodox believers in God are divided into two camps, one of which maintains that the existence of God is as demonstrable as any mathematical proposition, while the other asserts that his existence is not demonstrable to the intellect. -Annie Besant

The most frightening pages of history are those which reveal how easily conditions making a desert of the human spirit may come into existence, with the oozings away of incentive and kindliness in our natural social structure. -Haniel Long

It is one of the most beautiful facts in this human existence of ours, that we remember the earliest and freshest part of it most vividly. Doubtless it was meant that our childhood should live on in us forever. -Lucy Larcom

You can talk good ideas out of existence. -Vikram Seth

As the render is to the building, and the blueprint to the machine, so sport is to social existence. -Will Self

What fiction offers us is an intimacy shorn of the messy contingencies of human existence – gender, race, class or age. Those moments of transcendence when we exclaim 'You know exactly what I mean!' depend for much of their force on the anonymous character of the intimacy between writer and reader. -Will Self

If with open mind one reads and observes industriously and long; if in so doing one covers a wide field and so covering reflects in terms of realism, he is likely, soon or late, to be brought to a sudden consciousness that Man is an unknown quantity and his existence unsuspected. -Louis Sullivan

I've had moments in my life when I've thought if I wasn't acting, if I wasn't doing what I do and I had a career in the private sector and I didn't have a family, that I do have some tendencies where I could really kind of have a monastic existence and be okay with it. -Will Ferrell

Because we don't see the evil destroyed now and thus experience the suffering that evil inevitably inflicts, we are tempted to doubt God's existence and goodness. -William A. Dembski

'The Big Sleep' would have been a more effective study of nightmarish existence had the detective been more complicated and had more curiosity been shown about his sweetheart's relation to the crime. -Manny Farber

In my family, I would never dare to think of being Paris Hilton! And to me, that doesn't look like a happy existence – it's just not who I am. -Eve Hewson

I think technology is us, not something we invented. I think we are more psychic now because we have cell phones and you can look and see who's calling you. When people start seeing technology as us, as humanity, our whole idea of what existence is, is going to shift. -Ryan Trecartin

It is very important that the world know that there have been 500 years of peaceful coexistence in Turkey between the Jews and Moslems. -Ahmet Ertegun

The only real life is the collective life of the race; individual life has no existence except as an abstraction. -Auguste Comte

The Russian yearning for the meaning of life is the major theme of our literature, and this is the real point of our intelligentsia's existence. -Nikolai Berdyaev

The painter who draws merely by practice and by eye, without any reason, is like a mirror which copies every thing placed in front of it without being conscious of their existence. -Leonardo da Vinci

Time is only an idea. There is only the Reality. Whatever you think it is, it looks like that. If you call it time, it is time. If you call it existence, it is existence, and so on. After calling it time, you divide it into days and nights, months, years, hours, minutes, etc. Time is immaterial for the Path of Knowledge. -Ramana Maharshi

It's a lot harder to find fault with the mundane details of daily existence when you really, really know on a cellular level that you're going to go, and that this moment, right now, is life. Life isn't what happens to you in 20 years. This moment, right now, is your life. -Alan Ball

The laws of nature are structured so that we grow and change, and get to experience the full spectrum of biological existence. -Robert Lanza

I have managed to eke out a good and substantial existence. I'm not shoveling gold bricks or anything, but I do very, very well. -Rufus Wainwright

We do not merely perceive objects and hold thoughts in our minds: all our perceptions and thought processes are felt. All have a distinctive component that announces an unequivocal link between images and the existence of life in our organism. -Antonio Damasio

Hope is one of those no-win-no-fee things, and although it needs some encouragement to survive, its existence doesn't necessarily prove anything. -Rachel Cusk

Parenthood, like death, is an event for which it is nearly impossible to be prepared. It brings you into a new relationship with the fact of your own existence, a relationship in which one may be rendered helpless. -Rachel Cusk

I've led a very isolated existence since I was 6 years old. It's kind of been me and my mind. -Macaulay Culkin

You get to a point where the kind of beautiful chaos can't really fuel your creative existence any longer because it's not stable, however amazing and exciting it may be. -Kaki King

It's important for people who criticise architects – whether what they build is or isn't to your taste – to appreciate how they devote themselves and put everything into bringing a building into existence. -Thomas Heatherwick

Imagine you're copying a very long document, and occasionally you'll put an A where there should be a C. And that mistake has been translated down through the generations, and more mistakes have accumulated. So the longer the lineage has been in existence, the more mistakes the sequence is going to have. -Spencer Wells

For much of its existence, design was all about convenience. We wanted to hide technology so that users are not distracted into thinking about the tools they use. -Evgeny Morozov

We must confront this Zionist entity. All ties of all kinds must be severed with this plundering criminal entity, which is supported by America and its weapons, as well as by its own nuclear weapons, the existence of which is well known. It will bring about their own destruction. -Mohammed Morsi

It was a bizarre existence I led in my early twenties – that cliche of the comedian who goes out and entertains a roomful of people and then goes home to a lonely bedsit was unbelievably poignant for me because that was exactly what I was doing. I had periods of real loneliness. -Paul Merton

Without touching my subject I want to come to the moment when, through pure concentration of seeing, the composed picture becomes more made than taken. Without a descriptive caption to justify its existence, it will speak for itself – less descriptive, more creative; less informative, more suggestive – less prose, more poetry. -Ernst Haas

Writing is a solitary existence. Making a movie is controlled chaos – thousands of moving parts and people. Every decision is a compromise. If you're writing and you don't like how your character looks or talks, you just fix it. But in a movie, if there's something you don't like, that's tough. -Dan Brown

The philosophy of life is this: Life is not a struggle, not a tension… Life is bliss. It is eternal wisdom, eternal existence. -Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

I grew up very comfortable in this bizarre, circus-like existence, but, as comfortable as I was, I was also aware of the struggles that actors go through. -Alexa Davalos

The existence of life beyond Earth is an ancient human concern. Over the years, however, attempts to understand humanity's place in the cosmos through science often got hijacked by wishful thinking or fabricated tales. -Jill Tarter

I grew up in a house where there was lots of teasing and language play and laughter; it was very important. When I was a teenager, you wouldn't go to a bar and find lots of televisions everywhere. People were talking. Talk was the mental fire you would gather around in the evening. It occupied a big part of your existence. -Dylan Moran

Morality and values depend on the existence of conscious minds – and specifically on the fact that such minds can experience various forms of well-being and suffering in this universe. -Sam Harris

Traditional arguments for the existence of God and contemporary attempts to use fine-tuning and cosmology to back up the case for his existence always strike me as kinds of games, since hardly anyone believes on the basis of these arguments at all. -Julian Baggini

The world is not made up of particles and waves and beams of light with a definite existence. Instead, the world works in a much more exploratory way. It is aware of all the possibilities at once and trying them out all the time. That is a hard thing to picture. -Neil Turok

If the universe sprung into existence and then expanded exponentially, you get gravitational waves traveling through space-time. These would fill the universe, a pattern of echoes of the inflation itself. -Neil Turok

Whether we appreciate it or not, we live out our lives surrounded by an intricate pattern of social connections… We're all embedded in this network; it affects us profoundly and we may be unaware of its existence, of its effect on us. -Nicholas A. Christakis

I would support peaceful co-existence between religion and science because they concern different domains. Anyone who takes theology seriously knows that it's not a matter of using it to explain things that scientists are mystified by. -Martin Rees

The whole idea of the suburbs was to create these family-friendly places where people could flock and have more control over their existences, and keep things very controlled and placid and keep outside forces at bay. -Josh Hamilton

We can fear things into existence. Fear looks into the future and imagines the worst that can happen. -Joyce Meyer

We think we have solved the mystery of creation. Maybe we should patent the universe and charge everyone royalties for their existence. -Stephen Hawking

A person once asked me, in a provocative manner, if I approved of homosexuality. I replied with another question: 'Tell me: when God looks at a gay person, does he endorse the existence of this person with love, or reject and condemn this person?' We must always consider the person. -Pope Francis

Tell me: when God looks at a gay person, does he endorse the existence of this person with love, or reject and condemn this person?… It is necessary to accompany them with mercy. -Pope Francis

It's easy for me to care about Toronto, because Toronto is a community that cares about itself. It represents the world. It talks to itself, and because it does, it figures out that there must be a music garden as part of its existence. -Yo-Yo Ma

The idea that we're somehow centrally important to the planet's existence is pretty comical – although I'd like us to be. -Dave Matthews

I have a calling in my soul, if you like, to try to make my life in some way worthwhile. What is the value of my existence? -Annie Lennox

For me, the Beatles are proof of the existence of God. -Rick Rubin

Since Israel is a democratic state surrounded by essentially undemocratic states which have sworn her destruction, those interested in democracy everywhere must support Israel's existence. -Bayard Rustin

I'm so lucky to have been raised the way I have, because my parents believed that everyone had the right to their own feelings, opinions, and existence; as long as they weren't harming others, you had to defend those rights. -George Clooney

Our existence is beyond our explanation, whether we believe in God or we have religion or we're atheist. Our existence is beyond our understanding. No one has an answer. -Anthony Hopkins

I think music is one of the hero/sheroes of the African-American existence. -Maya Angelou

Initially, I studied philosophy, because it claimed to give you answers to the meaning of existence, but it didn't: It was basically a semantics game. -Talulah Riley

I'm a pretty boring guy. Compared to Ashton Kutcher, I live a really boring existence. -Denis Leary

I like the idea of being a sculptor. Just me alone, making something – that solitary existence. -Ewan McGregor

My Google existence is probably larger than a lot of people's. -Douglas Coupland

Mediums change you by their very existence. They do this on fundamental levels because they force you to favour certain parts of your brain over others. -Douglas Coupland

As a child, these colourful superheroes that could fly, or were horrifying like Ghost Rider and the Hulk, with this tremendous rage or these supernatural powers, provided an escape for me from my mundane existence, from my lack of friends or my inability to communicate well with people. They liberated me. -Nicolas Cage

The one kind of person I have a lot of trouble understanding is the kind of person that says the existence of God or religion doesn't matter, it's not an important decision. I think it's vitally important; it's what all our lives are based on. -Penn Jillette

Every animal would rather die themselves than lose their offspring. But it's just genes, isn't it? All of our existence is spent worrying about the next generation, but we don't actually seem to get anywhere. -Robert Smith

It's really easy to slide into a depression fueled by the pointlessness of existence. -Robert Smith

A child's mind is its living room; it's going to be residing there for the rest of its earthly existence. -Tom Robbins

The entire existence of the NFL – and of football at any level, for all of that – rests on whether or not the game can keep fooling itself, and its paying fan base, that it is somehow superior to boxing and to the rest of our modern blood sports. -Charlie Pierce

You can't legislate into existence an act of forgiveness and a true confession; those are mysteries of the human heart, and they occur between one individual and another individual, not a panel of judges sitting asking questions, trying to test your truth. -Athol Fugard

I think that the memory of Armenia's genocide opened my eyes at an early age to the existence of political cynicism. -Serj Tankian

That's part of the requirement for me to be an artist is that you're trying to share your personal existence with others and trying to illuminate modern life, trying to understand life. -Francis Ford Coppola

I get up really early, and I go to bed really late. Sometimes I get tired, but it's not important. I have an exciting existence, and there's so much to do. -Martha Stewart

The lunar flights give you a correct perception of our existence. You look back at Earth from the moon, and you can put your thumb up to the window and hide the Earth behind your thumb. Everything you've ever known is behind your thumb, and that blue-and-white ball is orbiting a rather normal star, tucked away on the outer edge of a galaxy. -Jim Lovell

Beethoven's music tends to move from chaos to order, as if order were an imperative of human existence. -Daniel Barenboim

The spiritual life is not a life before, after, or beyond our everyday existence. No, the spiritual life can only be real when it is lived in the midst of the pains and joys of the here and now. -Henri Nouwen

Just speak yourself into existence. Whatever you want, speak it. You can see it. -Nick Cannon

The idea of an ordered and elegant universe is a lovely one. One worth clinging to. But you don't need religion to appreciate the ordered existence. It's not just an idea, it's reality. We're discovering the hidden orders of the universe every day. -Adam Savage

If Christianity is a mere invention of man, and the Bible is not from God, how can infidels explain Jesus Christ? His existence in history they cannot deny. How is it that without force or bribery, without arms or money, He has made such an immensely deep mark on the world as He certainly has? -J. C. Ryle

The Lord's authorized servants repeatedly teach that one of the principal purposes of our mortal existence is to be spiritually changed and transformed through the Atonement of Jesus Christ. -David A. Bednar

The power of procreation is spiritually significant. Misuse of this power subverts the purposes of the Father's plan and of our mortal existence. Our Heavenly Father and His Beloved Son are creators and have entrusted each of us with a portion of Their creative power. -David A. Bednar

The world is so unpredictable. Things happen suddenly, unexpectedly. We want to feel we are in control of our own existence. In some ways we are, in some ways we're not. We are ruled by the forces of chance and coincidence. -Paul Auster

When I stopped going to school, I got the strongest dose of perspective. When you're a kid, your friends, your school, your teachers, your family – that's your whole world, your whole existence. And then when I stopped going, I lost all my friends but the few that were really close to me. -Kristen Stewart

I do have a family, and I do have friends, and so-called friends, and acquaintances, and many other people I see only around Christmas time. Maybe they could vouch for me. Maybe they could testify to my existence and save a part of me that thinks I'm no better than a bag of potato chips. -Macaulay Culkin

I began my career as an economics professor but became frustrated because the economic theories I taught in the classroom didn't have any meaning in the lives of poor people I saw all around me. I decided to turn away from the textbooks and discover the real-life economics of a poor person's existence. -Muhammad Yunus

In order to make the novel into a polyhistorical illumination of existence, you need to master the technique of ellipsis, the art of condensation. Otherwise, you fall into the trap of endless length. -Milan Kundera

Real prosperity comes from everybody in the country working together in a growth mode. Real prosperity comes as a result of people's own initiative and efforts and so forth. Prosperity, if it comes from the government, is not prosperity. It's an existence or a subsistence or whatever, but it isn't prosperity. -Rush Limbaugh

The human species was not born into a market economy. Bees won't sell you honey if you offer them an electronic funds transfer. The human species imagined money into existence, and it exists – for us, not mice or wasps – because we go on believing in it. -Eliezer Yudkowsky

If we want to reduce poverty and misery, if we want to give to every deserving individual what is needed for a safe existence of an intelligent being, we want to provide more machinery, more power. Power is our mainstay, the primary source of our many-sided energies. -Nikola Tesla

All knowledge or form conception is evoked through the medium of the eye, either in response to disturbances directly received on the retina or to their fainter secondary effects and reverberations. Other sense organs can only call forth feelings which have no reality of existence and of which no conception can be formed. -Nikola Tesla

The universal utilization of water power and its long-distance transmission will supply every household with cheap power and will dispense with the necessity of burning fuel. The struggle for existence being lessened, there should be development along ideal rather than material lines. -Nikola Tesla

Curiosity is the essence of human existence. 'Who are we? Where are we? Where do we come from? Where are we going?'… I don't know. I don't have any answers to those questions. I don't know what's over there around the corner. But I want to find out. -Gene Cernan

I think, if you can prove the existence of God, it can only be proven through love. -Shakira

Even if the Constitution of the United States had intended to recognize slavery, as a constitutional state institution, such intended recognition would have failed of effect, and been legally void, because slavery then had no constitutional existence to be recognized. -Lysander Spooner

In the social jungle of human existence, there is no feeling of being alive without a sense of identity. -Erik Erikson

The Honorable Elijah Muhammad says that we should be separate, all right, but in this separate state or separate existence, the black man should be given the opportunity and the incentive to do for himself what the white man has done for himself. -Malcolm X

Tell me how a person judges his or her self-esteem, and I will tell you how that person operates at work, in love, in sex, in parenting, in every important aspect of existence – and how high he or she is likely to rise. The reputation you have with yourself – your self-esteem – is the single most important factor for a fulfilling life. -Nathaniel Branden

In India, you see the way they embrace color in the culture – it's very celebratory of the existence of color. There's no rule of what color belongs together or doesn't belong together. They're not precious about it. It's very full-on. -M.I.A.

When I first moved to New York, I wanted to be a dancer. I danced professionally for years, living a hand-to-mouth existence. I never tapped into nightlife; all I knew was dancers. We went to bed early and got up early and went to free concerts at the Lincoln Center and Shakespeare in the Park. -Madonna Ciccone

Jesus represents the possibilities of a new dimension of existence that transcends all the boundaries that restrict us from opening ourselves to God and allowing this source of love to flow through us. -John Shelby Spong

We don't really know where human sexual orientations come from yet. What we do know is that the evidence we have that sexual orientation includes an innate component doesn't seem to point to the existence of simple 'gay genes' and 'straight genes.' -Alice Dreger

Childhood ought to have at least a few entitlements that aren't entangled with utilitarian considerations. One of them should be the right to a degree of unencumbered satisfaction in the sheer delight and goodness of existence in itself. -Jonathan Kozol

We look at life from the back side of the tapestry. And most of the time, what we see is loose threads, tangled knots and the like. But occasionally, God's light shines through the tapestry, and we get a glimpse of the larger design with God weaving together the darks and lights of existence. -John Piper

You cannot live a normal existence if you haven't taken care of a problem that affects your life and affects the lives of others, values that you hold which in fact define your very existence. -Wole Soyinka

An idyllic period of my existence was when I had a den attached to my home… a writing den, and no one had access to that unless they had their own special visa, applied for weeks in advance. -Wole Soyinka

There is something really horrific for any human being who feels he is being consumed by other people. I'm talking about a writer's critics, who don't address what you've written, but want to probe into your existence and magnify the trivia of your life without any sense of humor, without any sense of context. -Wole Soyinka

Israel claims it needs nuclear weapons as a deterrent against any threat to its existence. The Arab world in return feels that this is an imbalanced system; there is a sense of humiliation and impotence. -Mohamed ElBaradei

The question is not, will there be difficulties and threats to our existence, but how will we deal with them and what can we learn from them. How can they become blessings to society, as a life threatening disease is to an individual, by teaching us about the meaning of our life and existence? -Bernie Siegel

I grew up pretty secular. I went to public school, and all the Jews that I knew, none of them were religious. While probably half of my friends were Jewish, they were all secular Jews. We went to Hebrew school, we knew we were Jewish, but it wasn't a major part of our existence. -Matisyahu

Compound interest is proof of gods existence. -Jeff Rich

When I turned 14, I became very obsessed with writing songs, and it took over my existence. -Diane Warren

It's very important to enjoy time alone with yourself and just existing, because existence is kind of cool. -Angel Olsen

God drove Cain out of his presence and sent him into exile far away from his native land, so that he passed from a life of human kindness to one which was more akin to the rude existence of a wild beast. -Saint Ambrose

I always believed in animal spirits. It's not their existence that is new. It's the fact that they are not random events, but actually replicate in-bred qualities of human nature which create those animal spirits. -Alan Greenspan

All Plutophiles are based in America. If you go to other countries, they have much less of an attachment to either the existence or preservation of Pluto as a planet. Once you investigate that, you find out that Disney's dog Pluto was sketched the same year the cosmic object was discovered. And Pluto was discovered by an American. -Neil deGrasse Tyson

You will never find scientists leading armies into battle. You just won't. Especially not astrophysicists – we see the biggest picture there is. We understand how small we are in the cosmos. We understand how fragile and temporary our existence is here on Earth. -Neil deGrasse Tyson

Luck really has nothing to do with human existence, since God is not a random God. -Monica Johnson

Grace is a much more accurate word to use when dealing with the state of human existence. God gives us unmerited favor through Jesus Christ, and since Adam and Eve, our lives have depended on it. -Monica Johnson

No one is guaranteed their next moment, or their next breath; yet, humanity has a habit of thinking of its existence on the earth as eternal. Those who are rooted and grounded in Christ know that life is just a vapor. -Monica Johnson

The bane of my existence is the synopses that publishers request for a new novel or series. That's where I'm really producing fiction – my final book never ends up looking like the synopsis. -Michelle Gagnon

It's such a lonely existence, living with a rock n' roller. No matter how much he loves you, he will always love his music more. -Anita Pallenberg

To blame the existence of al Qaeda on poverty like Egypt's is a slur on the poor. -P. J. O'Rourke

Externally China desires independence, internally she seeks to maintain her existence as a nation; China therefore strives to loose the bonds that bind her people, and to complete the establishment of a new State. -Chiang Kai-shek

Man, your head is haunted; you have wheels in your head! You imagine great things, and depict to yourself a whole world of gods that has an existence for you, a spirit-realm to which you suppose yourself to be called, an ideal that beckons to you. You have a fixed idea! -Max Stirner

Sci-Fi is the genre that explored both possibilities: the end of our existential crisis and the end of our existence. My novel, 'The 5th Wave,' explores the latter scenario, because, frankly, I believe it represents the likeliest outcome of an extraterrestrial encounter. In short, if they're out there, we better hope they never find us. -Rick Yancey

I see an insidious problem in the marketing of weddings as 'the happiest day of your life.' The pressure that is placed upon this event to be the alpha and omega of your entire existence makes it, I think, into a kind of nuptial New Year's Eve, and we all know how that usually turns out. -Jessi Klein

I was writing this really long joke about the smell of poop, and I was like, 'What am I doing with my life?' I started to think about why I was a comedian, and then I came up with a reason for existence, which is: inserting absurdity or stupidity into strangers' lives in order to make the world a better place. -Kurt Braunohler

So much of existence is so boring. To have little moments of stupidity is always welcome. -Kurt Braunohler

I am living on the razor's edge between success and failure, adulation and humiliation – between justifying my existence and revealing my unworthiness to be alive. -Scott Stossel

The religion I know most about, which is the Christian one, would simply say that it's not really for one man or woman to know fully and to understand the nature of our brief human existence. -Sebastian Faulks

Indeed, the existence of class, of social hierarchy, is as old as man himself. It prevails in the jungle where strength determines hierarchy; among men, it has also been savagely the same, whereby rulers vested with power through personal combat, or through lineal heritage as in the case of royalty, ravage their subjects. -F. Sionil Jose

Living with my grandmother in Bath, I sort of thought I was living in the 19th century. My grandmother was someone who, in a way, was rather defiantly trying to live a pre-World War I existence. -Charles Palliser

This is the kind of world I was born in, one in which I had only one reason for existence: pleasing others. -Mickey Rooney

I never contemplated any kind of existence or identity after my career. I never thought at some point the entertainment industry is going to be through with me. And when it first occurred to me that my career was going to cease to be ascendant, then I freaked out. -Steve-O

I've been reading titles from IDW for probably as long as they've been in existence. 'Ninja Turtles' is one of my all-time favorite properties ever. I also love, love, love 'Locke & Key.' I also love some of the things they do with pre-existing properties like 'Transformers' and 'Ghostbusters.' -Taran Killam

You have to realize that when I started to work on 'Aladdin', Disney Theatrical wasn't in existence. I suppose I had always hoped that 'Aladdin' would be somewhere on the runway. -Jonathan Freeman

Barack Obama is a threat to the continued existence of the United States, and he must be impeached, or resign. -Kesha Rogers

My eyes are constantly wide open to the extraordinary fact of existence. Not just human existence, but the existence of life and how this breathtakingly powerful process, which is natural selection, has managed to take the very simple facts of physics and chemistry and build them up to redwood trees and humans. -Richard Dawkins

There is no refutation of Darwinian evolution in existence. If a refutation ever were to come about, it would come from a scientist, and not an idiot. -Richard Dawkins

The state of Israel seems to owe its very existence to the American Jewish vote, while at the same time consigning the non-religious to political oblivion. -Richard Dawkins

The universe is not indifferent to our existence – it depends on it. -Stephen Hawking

Elephants are not human, of course. They are something much more ancient and primordial, living on a different plane of existence. Long before we arrived on the scene, they worked out a way of being in the world that has not fundamentally changed and is sustainable, and not predatory or destructive. -Alex Shoumatoff

Hunter High School was a real turning point for me. I found out about its existence through the music school. Nobody I knew had gone to one of these special high schools, and my teachers didn't think it was possible to get in. But Hunter sent me a practice exam, and I studied what I needed to know to pass the exam. -Mildred Dresselhaus

Human-caused climate change threatens almost every aspect of human existence. -Alan Lowenthal

When even the most strictly logical mind looks round and investigates the phenomena attending its own existence, perhaps the first fact to attract attention by its strongly marked prominence is the remarkable loneliness of man. He stands alone. -Richard Jefferies

One who neglects or disregards the existence of earth, air, fire, water and vegetation disregards his own existence which is entwined with them. -Mahavira

In this universe, and this existence, where we live with this duality of whether we exist or not and who are we, the stories we tell ourselves are the stories that define the potentialities of our existence. We are the stories we tell ourselves. -Shekhar Kapur

Mormonism was born amid secrecy, and throughout its existence as a religion it has sustained a close yet complex relationship to the arts of silence. -Noah Feldman

The fantasy genre is so in at the moment. Viewers want to escape from their lives and watch something that is so separate from their everyday existence. People have always wanted to escape their lives – that's why they go to movies and the theatre. -Colin Morgan

That's why I named my album 'Finding Forever,' because that's what I was thinking about: What did I want to contribute to this world that would live beyond my physical existence? -Common

Too often we forget that an ideal partner is someone who enhances an already full existence. -Mariella Frostrup

There are two ways of approaching your time on this planet: one is to sit around waiting for something to happen that will make sense of your existence, and the other is to get out there and find purpose for yourself. -Mariella Frostrup

I found the purpose of my existence, and also the purpose of my circumstance. There's a purpose for why you're in the fire. If God can use a man without arms and legs to be His hands and feet, then He will certainly use any willing heart! -Nick Vujicic

In Japan, full-time homemakers have no economic power of their own, and they socially lead a faceless, anonymous existence. -Natsuo Kirino

Time is a gift and a threat because we are bodily creatures. We only come into existence through the bodies of others, but that very body destines us to death. We must be born and we must die. -Stanley Hauerwas

I don't believe complete assimilation is possible, at least not for anyone who has an active, open mind. Every step, every entry into the flows of existence can be seen as a beginning, a commencement of a brand new way of seeing oneself in the world. This is the case for everyone. -Chang-Rae Lee

Thanks to the restored gospel, we know our spirits lived before we were born into this mortal existence. -John Bytheway

It's hard to imagine anything more interesting than learning how we're woven into the enormous tapestry of existence. Where did our universe come from? How special is our world, and how special are we? We allocate tens of billions of dollars annually to NASA, NSF and academia in search of the answers. -Seth Shostak

The Moon is a ball of left-over debris from a cosmic collision that took place more than four billion years ago. A Mars-sized asteroid – one of the countless planetesimals that were frantically churning our solar system into existence – hit the infant Earth, bequeathing it a very large natural satellite. -Seth Shostak

'What was there before the Big Bang?' That's a question that both kids and adults love to pose to anyone who seems sympathetic. After all, if the universe has only been around for roughly 14 billion years, isn't it legitimate to ask what was in existence before the mother-of-all-events cranked up the cosmos? -Seth Shostak

I want to create the largest archive of great God debates in existence: a Web site that becomes a great resource for both Christians and atheists. -Dinesh D'Souza

Spacewalking trumps everything. Viscerally, it is a phenomenal place to be; to be able to glance right and see the world, glance left and see the universe, and realise for a moment that you're holding on to your known existence with one hand. That's the thing. -Chris Hadfield

Some pain is simply the normal grief of human existence. That is pain that I try to make room for. I honor my grief. -Marianne Williamson

The point of Jesus' existence wasn't to lessen or diminish our appreciation of each other, but to expand our appreciation of each other by reminding us what lies within all of us, because Jesus was an example of the pinnacle of human evolution. -Marianne Williamson

It is easier to go to the Internet than to go to the library, undoubtedly. But the shift from no libraries to the existence of libraries was a much greater shift than what we've seen with the Internet's development. -Noam Chomsky

In 2005, I got an email from Belarus Free Theatre. They were emailing playwrights in America and England announcing their existence and saying they would like support from us. I wrote back and asked if they wanted us to visit. They said, 'Yes, we'd love that.' -Tom Stoppard

I had a whole Scottish existence until we moved to London when I was four. -Kenneth Cranham

Big Rube was on my first album and some of my mixtapes. His words are so powerful. I want to speak every word he says into existence. I wanna be a part of that! I wanna be a part of greatness. His wordplay is great to me. -Future

J. Edgar Hoover very famously denied the existence of organized crime up until the Appalachian Meeting, I think, in 1957. It was interesting to me that he clearly had to know that there was such a thing as organized crime and organized criminals as far back as the '20s. -Terence Winter

After the assassination of my wife, our nation was perilously close to civil strife. If I, as the co-chairman of the Party, had asked my people to take to the streets, the very existence of the federation would have been threatened. -Asif Ali Zardari

If there is something I am arguing, it is a critique of science. Science has consistently denied the existence of consciousness other than human. Only in the last 20 years do we have acknowledgement of animal feeling or culture or experience. -Barbara Ehrenreich

I'm not questioning the monotheistic god. I think there's absolutely no evidence for the existence of such a god. When I say that, I mean I'm – part of that is that the idea that God could be all-powerful and also benevolent is on its face contradictory. -Barbara Ehrenreich

A challenge to the right of Israel to exist can be construed as a challenge to the existence of the Jewish people only if one believes that Israel alone keeps the Jewish people alive or that all Jews invest their sense of perpetuity in the state of Israel in its current or traditional forms. -Judith Butler

Identifying Israel with Jewry obscures the existence of the small but important post-Zionist movement in Israel, including the philosophers Adi Ophir and Anat Biletzki, the sociologist Uri Ram, the professor of theatre Avraham Oz and the poet Yitzhak Laor. -Judith Butler

The mere existence of 'Buffy' proves the declinists wrong about one thing: Hollywood commercialism can produce great art. Complex and evolving characters. Playful language. Joy and sorrow, pathos and elation. Episodes that dare to be different – to tell stories in silence or in song. Big themes and terrible choices. -Virginia Postrel

The scientists who attack mainstream religion, rather than striving for peaceful coexistence with it, damage science, and also weaken the fight against fundamentalism. -Martin Rees

Personally, I do not know whether humankind is alone in this vast universe. But I do know that we should cherish our existence on this precious speck of matter… the greatest gift that could be bestowed upon us. For all practical purposes, there is only one planet Earth. -Ban Ki-moon

We can imagine our bodies being destroyed, our brains ceasing to function, our bones turning to dust, but it is harder – some would say impossible – to imagine the end of our very existence. -Paul Bloom

Since I came at 'Godot' from a God-based frame of mind, it didn't strike me as absurdist. It struck me as characters waiting for proof of God's existence. -Michael Schultz

I foresaw the financial crisis. I get messages in my sleep, in pictures and words. I understood that I have a mission and a role in ensuring human existence. I received a message that people would soon start to go crazy. -Shari Arison

I believe that it is important to have faith in a cosmic, universal power and identify the reasons for one's existence. -Jyotiraditya Madhavrao Scindia

What I myself experience is indescribable gratitude in the face of God's perpetual and preemptive love, a love which is not contingent upon requital or even belief in His existence. -Franz Wright

In sports, I was representing my country, but in politics I represent people directly. I have always lived with a cause. In army, it was the existence of the sanctity of nation and the men I was commanding, and in sports, it was the pride of my country, while in politics, it is the rights of citizens I am fighting for. -Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore

To posit the existence of a Creator requires only reason. To posit the existence of a good God requires faith. -Dennis Prager

Going to the gym and looking for a specific result is a short-lived existence, as opposed to going to the gym and adopting it as a lifestyle. Develop a routine, because it's much harder to break it if you have one. If you have no routine, you have nothing to break, so discipline goes out the window. -Eric Dane

No one will presumably ever be able to prove or disprove such fundamental religious principles as the existence of God. -Stephen Kinzer

I love… What's gratifying to me is when you make/create a character and a human being, a person who lives entirely and who has their own existence, just merely from the words on a page. -Jake Busey

Africa is a continent that provides so much for the existence of the rest of the world. We go around the world and cultivate so many things. -Djimon Hounsou

I think I tend to live in sort of a meta state of existence where I'm always analyzing and analyzing whatever I'm going through at any given moment, and a lot of times I'll reflect back on and go, 'Oh look at that – if I acted this way when that happened, I might not have thought of that that way.' -Jesse Bradford

As far as I am concerned, LGBT can only stand for leprosy, gonorrhea, bacteria, and tuberculosis, all of which are detrimental to human existence. -Yahya Jammeh

It is not possible to conceive a democratic Guatemala, free and independent, without the indigenous identity shaping its character into all aspects of national existence. -Rigoberta Menchu

The sea is only the embodiment of a supernatural and wonderful existence. -Jules Verne

If Providence has created the stars and the planets, man has called the cannonball into existence. -Jules Verne

Dost thou know what life is, my child? Hast thou comprehended the action of those springs which produce existence? Hast thou examined thyself? -Jules Verne

Apparently, all I do is walk my dogs. In L.A., I have more of a yard existence, and so I enjoy walking my two little dogs in New York – one's a Maltese and the other's a Shih Tzu. -Jim Parsons

Socialised humanity represses nature and degrades human nature; it takes life and waters it down – probably to control it – diluting existence with water that is lukewarm, sweet and murky. -Michael Leunig

Writing is such a solitary existence, and I can only do it late at night. -Paul O'Grady

I have to live within my memories, within my private universe, and continually return to China, the land where my thoughts are locked. This is a very painful kind of existence, this feeling of nowhereness. -Ma Jian

Until Systers came into existence, the notion of a global 'community of women in computer science' did not exist. -Anita Borg

It's nearly impossible to believe just how provincial the wine world was in 1978, the year I launched my journal, 'The Wine Advocate.' There were no wines exported from New Zealand and virtually none from Australia (including Penfolds Grange, one of the greatest wines in existence). -Robert M. Parker, Jr.

Going to any place that you view as more politically oppressed than your own country, there's a weird tendency to assume that the whole existence is determined minute by minute by the political reality, but of course, that's not the case for any of us. -John Jeremiah Sullivan

As I often say, we have come a long way from the days of slavery, but in 2014, discrimination and inequality still saturate our society in modern ways. Though racism may be less blatant now in many cases, its existence is undeniable. -Al Sharpton

The decision in my case to become a stay-at-home dad, which people do all the time, I guess wouldn't have meant as much to people if I had had a very simple kind of make-a-living existence and decided I needed to spend more time at home. -Rick Moranis

After the French Revolution, it was not the treason of the king that was in question; it was the existence of the king. You have to be very careful when you judge and execute somebody for being a symbol. -Adam Michnik

The existence of another, competing translation is a good thing, in general, and only immediately discouraging to one person – the translator who, after one, two, or three years of more or less careful work, sees another, and perhaps superior, version appear as if overnight. -Lydia Davis

My single-minded aim is to give existence to fantasy. -Claes Oldenburg

The Giver of Existence is Eternally Existent; there is no harm, therefore, in the passing of beings, for the things that are loved continue to exist through the continuance of the One Who gave them existence, the Necessary Existent. -Said Nursi

I felt the question of the afterlife was the black hole of the personal universe: something for which substantial proof of existence had been offered but which had not yet been explored in the proper way by scientists and philosophers. -Raymond Moody

It was surreal to step out of my own existence and see how most American children experience things. -Ellar Coltrane

In coming closer to nature, man shows himself superior to it. As a mere part of nature, man's existence would be a series of isolated phenomena. All life would proceed from and depend on contact with the outside world. -Rudolf Christoph Eucken

The songs I've written that are the strongest, I'm like: 'I don't know where that came from. It just kind of popped out.' You feel you can't take a whole lot of credit for it. I didn't purposefully will it into existence. -Oscar Isaac

It is best to be born in April or August when the life-giving Sun is in its exaltation sign Aries or Leo, its home, for then we enter the sea of life on the crest-wave and are backed in the battle of existence by an abundant fund of vim and energy. -Max Heindel

I am a Shawnee. My forefathers were warriors. Their son is a warrior. From them, I take my only existence. -Tecumseh

Unquestionably, it is the duty of every master to watch over the religious and moral culture of his slaves, and to give them every comfort and privilege that is not incompatible with the continued existence of the relations between them. -Roger B. Taney

No matter what is happening in life or in the world – war, natural disaster, poor health, pain, the death of loved ones – if existence is filled with art, music and literature, life will be fulfilling, a joy. -Karen DeCrow

Louisiana commenced her existence as a state under a code of laws differing from all the other states which were founded on the common law, in that its code, a new one, was founded mainly on the Civil Law and the Code Napoleon of France. -Samuel Freeman Miller

The Supreme Court, once in existence, cannot be abolished, because its foundation is not in an act of the legislative department of the Government, but in the Constitution of the United States. -Samuel Freeman Miller

In one sense, the stories I read betrayed me. Too few gave me back my mirror image. Fewer still spoke to, or acknowledged, the existence of the problems I faced as a black foster child from a dysfunctional and badly broken home. -Nikki Grimes

In the absence of any other proof, the thumb alone would convince me of God's existence. -Isaac Newton

Human passions, like the forces of nature, are eternal; it is not a matter of denying their existence, but of assessing them and understanding them. Like the forces of nature, they can be subjected to man's deliberate act of will and be made to work in harmony with reason. -Leon Bourgeois

The difference between a gas and a liquid is that in the former, the atoms and molecules move to and fro in an independent existence, whereas in the latter, they are always in touch with one another, though they are changing partners continually. -William Henry Bragg

Long before folks fretted the demise of 'quantitative easing,' I fretted its existence. It proved the reverse of its image, an antistimulus, and we've done okay not because of it, but despite it. -Kenneth Fisher

Science ignores the spiritual realm because it is not amenable to scientific analysis. As importantly, the predictive success of Newtonian theory, emphasizing the primacy of a physical Universe, made the existence of spirit and God an extraneous hypothesis that offered no explanatory principles needed by science. -Bruce Lipton

It seems hopelessly improbable that any particular rules accidentally led to the miracle of intelligent life. Nevertheless, this is exactly what most physicists have believed: intelligent life is a purely serendipitous consequence of physical principles that have nothing to do with our own existence. -Leonard Susskind

I'm not going to argue with people about the existence of God. I have not the vaguest idea of whether the universe was created by an intelligence. -Leonard Susskind

We do not possess an official certificate of birth for worship of one God. But the family line is clear: the Jews invented it to endure the coherence, cohesion and existence of their small, threatened people. -Michel Onfray

The beauty of existence is that we get past the superficialities and material world and hopefully move into – lord – hopefully a bit of depth. -Gwendoline Christie

The cosmic game changed forever in 1992. Before then, logic told us that there had to be other planets besides the nine (if you still count poor Pluto) in our solar system, but until that year, when two astronomers detected faint, telltale radio signals in the constellation Virgo, we had no hard evidence of their existence. -Thomas Mallon

Once anthropology and geology had opened up the pre-recordkeeping darkness of humanity's long, slow, sustained infancy as suitable grounds for speculation, writers began trying to imagine human existence as it must have been with only stone-age technology. -Paul Di Filippo

When you're not on the payroll, and you want to continue the Beverly Wilshire lifestyle, but you're only geared for a Holiday Inn existence, things are gonna catch up to you. -Bobby Keys

We believe that business is good because it creates value. It is ethical because it is based on voluntary exchange; it is noble because it can elevate our existence, and it is heroic because it lifts people out of poverty and creates prosperity. -John Mackey

'Miss Marple' enjoys every minute of her existence and is not worried about getting old. -Geraldine McEwan

To be 23 and riding the crest of a song sweeping the world country by country is to live an altered and wholly rarefied existence. -Dan Hill

In life, there are a lot of expectations. I see why in the South, especially, there's a simple existence. People, whether they're cowboys or farmers or ranchers, you just get up, you do your job, you have a family, you come home. -Scott Haze

If we take into account the existence of our planet, we have to recognise that we are guests that spend a short and very determined period in this world, and all we leave behind is nuclear waste. -Gunter Grass

Every child saved with my help and the help of all the wonderful secret messengers, who today are no longer living, is the justification of my existence on this earth, and not a title to glory. -Irena Sendler

Art is a habit-forming drug. Art has absolutely no existence as veracity, as truth. People always speak of it with this great, religious reverence, but why should it be so revered? -Marcel Duchamp

All of us, at some moment, have had a vision of our existence as something unique, untransferable and very precious. This revelation almost always takes place during adolescence. -Octavio Paz

The co-existence of religious values in the lives of individuals and secular rules in the governance of the state should be clearly defined. -Ahmed Zewail

These people living on the streets could have been friends you once knew. They are people who have somehow fallen through the gaps and found themselves, often through unimaginable circumstances, on the cusp of existence. In another reality, this could easily be me or you. -Kathryn Prescott

The cinema should be human and be part of people's lives; it should focus on ordinary existences in sometimes extraordinary situations and places. That is what really motivates me. -Claire Denis

I think that everyone in Seattle, their daily existence, is enriched by all the charitable giving that is courtesy of Microsoft. -Maria Semple

America's lifestyle expectations are far too high and need to be adjusted so we have less things and a smaller, better existence. -Jeff Greene

It often seems… the human race has twittered away its existence singing an endless song – a song of waste and hatred, where there should be progress and love. -Óscar Arias

My career was quite unusual, so my main advice to someone interested in a career similar to my own is to remain open to change and new opportunities. I like to tell students that the jobs I took after my Ph.D. were not in existence only a few years before. -Nancy Roman

During the first million years of its existence, mankind survived five apocalypses without succumbing to extinction. It endured the Apocalypse of Steel, the Apocalypse of Hydrogen, the Apocalypse of Serotonin, and both Apocalypses of Water, the second of which occurred despite certain contracts to the contrary. -Rachel Swirsky

Usually, a band 20 years into its existence doesn't put out its best records. -Thomas Bangalter

I don't know quite how a story develops in my head. It is a bit chaotic. If I am working on a series, one of the main characters at least is already in existence as well as some setting and minor characters. Finding the other main character can be a challenge. Sometimes this character already exists in a minor role in another book. -Mary Balogh

War is a fundamental aspect of human existence. It's good to know what war entails and what the human sacrifice is. -Tim O'Brien

As humans with egos and feelings, none of us wants to be pilloried. But as thinkers and writers, it's our job to express opinions forthrightly and without qualifying them out of existence. -Meghan Daum

For one who feels compelled, as I do, to accept the existence of the Master Architect, it is important to examine his handiwork for the light it throws on him and on his program for his children. For me, there has been no serious difficulty in reconciling the principles of true science with the principles of true religion. -Henry B. Eyring

Never must the existence or the essence of man as a whole be made a stake in the hazards of action. -Hans Jonas

It is common knowledge now that we depend on insects for our continued existence; that, without key pollinators, the human population would collapse in less than a decade. -John Burnside

This is a truth that should be repeated like a mantra: to have any chance of a ful – filling life, we require not only clean air and a steady climate, but also an abundance of meadows and woodlands, rivers and oceans, teeming with life and the mass existence of other living creatures. -John Burnside

With 'The Flash' in existence, there's no real compelling reason for us to do superpowers on 'Arrow.' -Marc Guggenheim

Try to imagine a character like Batman whose whole life has been about fighting crime, whose whole existence and identity is his war against criminals, and he wakes up one morning to discover there are no criminals. What happens to him? -Marc Guggenheim

Whatever adults don't understand, because they didn't grow up with it, is the thing they're going to be afraid of and try to legislate out of existence. It happened with videogames, it happened with television, it happened with pinball parlours and rock and roll. -Warren Spector

I believe that the plight of life and all existence is to master one's self, you know, one day at a time. -CeeLo Green

Buildings are 'humane' only when they promote peaceful human co-existence. -Frei Otto

What is the Tao Te Ching? Five hundred years before the birth of Jesus, a God-realized being named Lao-tzu in ancient China dictated 81 verses which are regarded by many as the ultimate commentary on the nature of existence. -Wayne Dyer

One of the huge imbalances in life is the disparity between your daily existence, with its routines and habits, and the dream you have within yourself of some extraordinarily satisfying way of living. -Wayne Dyer

During the three decades of its existence, the effectiveness of the United Nations has, on the whole, tended to decrease, particularly in the field of peace and security and, more generally, all issues in which the developed countries feel they have important stakes. -Gunnar Myrdal

To move the picture into our surroundings and give it real existence has been my ideal since I came to abstract painting. -Piet Mondrian

Subjectivity ceases to exist only when the mutation-like leap is made from subjectivity to objectivity, from individual existence to universal existence. -Piet Mondrian

When the Romans in the last age of the republic came into immediate contact with Iran as a consequence of the occupation of Syria, they found in existence the Persian empire regenerated by the Parthians. -Theodor Mommsen

Language, after all, is organic. You can't force words into existence. You can't force new meanings into words. And some words can't or won't or shouldn't be laundered or neutered. Language develops naturally. -Rabih Alameddine

To truly cherish the things that are important to you, you must first discard those that have outlived their purpose. And if you no longer need them, then that is neither wasteful nor shameful. Can you truthfully say that you treasure something buried so deeply in a cupboard or drawer that you have forgotten its existence? -Marie Kondo

I think a lot of Jews make Israel the centerpiece of their Judaism. It becomes the centerpiece of their Jewish existence and of their faith. I have always felt that that's not for me. -David Gregory

As a Jew, I recognize the importance of Israel historically, liturgically: its place in our history and in our sacred texts. I fully recognize and appreciate that. I just think that, for me, a sole focus on Israel gets in the way of the pursuit of a relationship with God and a more spiritual existence within Judaism. -David Gregory

I'm just interested in people on the edges. I feel an affinity for people who haven't had the best breaks in society. I'm always on their side. I find them more human, maybe. What I want to do more than anything is acknowledge their existence. -Mary Ellen Mark

St. Pope John XXIII called for the Second Vatican Council because he understood, as no Holy Father had in a long time, religion spoke to and found its language and symbols – its entire sense of the sacramental nature of existence – in the imagination that reveals not just the penalties of living, but the wonder and awe of our existence. -Eugene Kennedy

The truth of faith is a slender, glowing element that runs through even the seemingly ordinary and undramatic moments of existence. Even at low intensity, it is a steady source of illumination. Such religious truth is powerful even when it seems faint, even when it seems obscured by the larger events of history. -Eugene Kennedy

Once, the world was full of mysteries, some of them frightening, some of them wonderful, some of them merely fascinating. Now, it can be a banal and predictable place, the tracks of daily life so well-beaten and defined, our culture awash with the imbecile obvious, our existence suffocating in safety. But mysteries remain. -Nick Davies

I've had some terrible jobs, but working in a kitchen at Cracker Barrel is probably the worst I've ever had. I was a grill cook – awful! It wasn't the smell, it was the people. The music, too. We had to be 'country fresh,' so they played this terrible country music eight hours during the shift. It was a bleak existence – a very dark time. -Brittany Howard

I went into the sciences very early on, but to me, economics pervades so much more of our lives and our existence. -Dambisa Moyo

Like all holy figures whose earthly existence separates them from the broad mass of humanity, a saint is a story, and Joan of Arc's is like no other. -Kathryn Harrison

The possibility that lysosomes might accidentally become ruptured under certain conditions, and kill or injure their host-cells as a result, was considered right after we got our first clues to the existence of these particles. -Christian de Duve

There are two evil futurities and one good. A miserable future existence is evil; and annihilation, or nigban, is an evil – a fearful evil. A happy future existence is alone good. -Adoniram Judson

In every new generation, the impulses supposed to have been rooted out by discipline in the child break forth again when the struggle for existence – of the individual in society, of the society in the life of the state – begins. These passions are not transformed by the prevalent education of the day, but only repressed. -Ellen Key

Every young person has to bear the burden – heavier in proportion as the individuality is richer – of accommodating himself to existence now that it is no longer seen with the eyes of a child, the eyes to which everything is as it should be. -Ellen Key

The existence of the Taliban, in my view, is a tragedy for Afghanistan. We as Americans need to understand our role in helping bring that tragedy about. So I think it's important to look at the stories about why these people are fighting. -Anand Gopal

The existence of symmetry laws is in full accordance with our daily experience. The simplest of these symmetries, the isotropy and homogeneity of space, are concepts that date back to the early history of human thought. -Chen-Ning Yang

How we come to be, and how we are what we are, is beyond any understanding. I have been obsessed by this, trying to understand the very nature of my existence. -John Eccles

I, at the age of 17 or 18 as a medical student, suddenly came up against a problem: 'What am I? What is the meaning of my existence as I experience it?' -John Eccles

I can explain my body and my brain, but there's something more. I can't explain my own existence – what makes me a unique human being. -John Eccles

No matter how committed a marriage, there will always be other people – those we have chemistry with and those we don't, those we are attracted to, and those who shop for functional outdoors wear. The sooner a couple can accept the existence of the former and exchange a few basic reassurances concerning them, the easier life gets. -Lynn Coady

The existence of common features in different forms of life indicates some relationship between the different organisms, and according to the concept of evolution, these relations stem from the circumstance that the higher organisms, in the course of millions of years, have gradually evolved from simpler ones. -Hans Adolf Krebs

The concept of evolution postulates that living organisms have common roots, and in turn, the existence of common features is powerful support for the concept of evolution. -Hans Adolf Krebs

Bad reviews are the bane of an author's post-publication existence. -Nigel Hamilton

When I was young, my ambitions were very modest. I thought, 'If only I could play at the battle of the bands at the Y, that would be the culmination of existence!' And then the roller rink, and you work your way up branch by branch. -Neil Peart

In 1969, John Iliopoulos and Luciano Maiani came to Harvard as research fellows. Together, we found the arguments that predicted the existence of charmed hadrons. -Sheldon Lee Glashow

I believe that the question of the existence of God is an impenetrable mystery and beyond human comprehension. -Vincent Bugliosi

Me and my brother lived in kind of a shed behind our house, and it was cold. We really lived kind of a dirty existence. It was tough to move away from my father and grandfather in California. I wore socks that were so dirty they were hard and black, and I would go into the lost and found box at school and look for clothes. -Mark Schultz

Digital texts are all well and good, but books on shelves are a presence in your life. As such, they become a part of your day-to-day existence, reminding you, chastising you, calling to you. Plus, book collecting is, hands down, the greatest pastime in the world. -Michael Dirda

In its first 30 years of existence, up to the mid 1970s, the practical applications of game theory were very limited, probably as a result of excessive preoccupation by game theorists with cooperative solution concepts. -John Harsanyi

I have been afraid of guns, I have sworn I would never use a gun on another person and so did not need one, and I have wanted to deny the existence of evil. -Taya Kyle

You spend your whole lifetime in your occupation, actually making life clever, easy and convenient for white people. But when you have to get transportation home, you are denied an equal accommodation. Our existence was for the white man's comfort and well-being; we had to accept being deprived of just being human. -Rosa Parks

Many traditions date the existence of angels and demons from a remote period before the creation of the world, but some connect the fall of Satan and his host with the creation of man. -Sabine Baring-Gould

Unlike uranium, plutonium was created in an American lab in 1940, but scientists soon realized that it could produce even wilder chain reactions and even bigger explosions. In fact, fearing another country would create it, too, the American government went to great lengths to keep even the existence of plutonium a secret. -Sam Kean

Like 'God's Not Dead,' the fundamentalist Christian movie that has become a popular hit, 'Transcendence' is essentially a dramatized debate. And as 'God's Not Dead' stacks the rhetorical cards for the Deity's existence, the Pfister film eventually hangs back with the Luddites. -Richard Corliss

The United States is proud to be the first country to recognize the existence of a Jewish State – just 11 minutes after Israel's independence was declared. -Denis McDonough

We should perceive that man's period of historical existence, a period so short that his physical constitution has not been altered in the slightest degree, is insufficient to allow of any considerable mental change. -H. P. Lovecraft

In the final analysis, poverty is a condition of helplessness – of inability to cope with the conditions of existence in our complex society. -Robert Kennedy

Stories and narratives are one of the most powerful things in humanity. They're devices for dealing with the chaotic danger of existence. -Wes Craven

I think, that if you can prove the existence of God, it can only be proven through love. -Shakira

We've all recognized the moment when the world has handed us a situation that is bigger than our youth can handle, and we have to grow up in a second. And when you do get to the other side, all it does is take us to this new level of existence that is more beautiful and more complex and, in some ways, more painful. -Brie Larson

The colonial period has been the proving ground in America for the new social history, which concentrates on the ordinary doings of ordinary people rather than on high culture and high politics. Unfortunately ordinary people, almost by definition, leave behind only faint traces of their existence. -Edmund Morgan

Born with blue spectacles, you would think the world was blue and never be conscious of the existence of the distorting glass. -T. E. Hulme

I didn't want to be the best at anything; I just wanted to blend in. And that was kind of my existence throughout my family experiences at home of just kind of blending in in the background through my other siblings, which was easy to do. -Misty Copeland

I'm sometimes mystified by people who keep diaries. I never thought of my existence as being that important. -Saul Leiter

I wouldn't trivialize my existence into a hashtag. -Halsey

For us as Asian-Americans, I think the bane of our existence is one stereotype – 'Sixteen Candles,' the Long Duk Dong character. -Daniel Wu

The kids don't really have any part of my television life. Fortunately, there aren't many times when show business intrudes on our family existence. -James Arness

Only individuals can desire and act. The existence of an institution such as government becomes meaningful only through influencing the actions of those individuals who are and those who are not considered as members. -Murray Rothbard

The State lives by its very existence on the two-fold and pervasive employment of aggressive violence against the very liberty and property of individuals that it is supposed to be defending. -Murray Rothbard

I have undertaken vengeance. I want Liberty and Equality to reign in Saint-Domingue. I work to bring them into existence. Unite yourselves to us, brothers, and fight with us for the same cause. -Toussaint Louverture

Even if a sense of honor and duty were not the primary motivating factors in the Warren Commission's work, simple self-interest would naturally have induced its members not to try to cover up the existence of a conspiracy if, in fact, they found one. -Vincent Bugliosi

You are literally never alone. While there are roughly 6.7 billion people on Earth, you may not feel that many of them at all care very much about your existence. But within your colon alone are living at least 1012 billion organisms, or roughly a thousand times the number of people on the planet. Stop your metabolic processes, and you stop theirs. -Eliot Schrefer

Censorship is the tool of those who have the need to hide actualities from themselves and from others. Their fear is only their inability to face what is real, and I can't vent any anger against them; I only feel this appalling sadness. Somewhere in their upbringing, they were shielded against the total facts of our existence. -Charles Bukowski

A man who becomes conscious of the responsibility he bears toward a human being who affectionately waits for him, or to an unfinished work, will never be able to throw away his life. He knows the 'why' for his existence, and will be able to bear almost any 'how.' -Viktor E. Frankl

I give the name of cosmic sense to the more or less confused affinity that binds us psychologically to the All which envelops us. The existence of this feeling is indubitable, and apparently as old as the beginning of thought… The cosmic sense must have been born as soon as man found himself facing the forest, the sea and the stars. -Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Certain though I am – and ever more certain – that I must press on in life as though Christ awaited me at the term of the universe, at the same time I feel no special assurance of the existence of Christ. Believing is not seeing. As much as anyone, I imagine, I walk in the shadows of faith. -Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Pierre Curie came to see me and showed a simple and sincere sympathy with my student life. Soon he caught the habit of speaking to me of his dream of an existence consecrated entirely to scientific research, and he asked me to share that life. -Marie Curie

However great the exertion of our mind may be to comprehend the Divine Being or any of the ideals, we find a screen and partition between Him and ourselves. Thus the prophets frequently hint at the existence of a partition between God and us. -Maimonides

All the great evils which men cause to each other because of certain intentions, desires, opinions, or religious principles, are likewise due to non-existence, because they originate in ignorance, which is absence of wisdom. -Maimonides

I don't think I would be here in an interview if YouTube wasn't in existence, if social media hadn't been developed, or if these platforms for artists to promote and develop their own careers hadn't become available. -Ryan Lewis

I take nothing away from my existence in the 'hood, because it sharpened my instincts. We had a different way of living that developed our survival instincts, and I use those to this day when I make films. You can't buy that. -F. Gary Gray

The physician's duty is not to stave off death or return patients to their old lives, but to take into our arms a patient and family whose lives have disintegrated and work until they can stand back up and face – and make sense of – their own existence. -Paul Kalanithi

The question is, really, does the nonexistence of another attack prove that the programs that are in place are working? -Matt Apuzzo

Germany wants peaceful coexistence of Muslims and members of other religions. -Angela Merkel

The individualists stare into each other's eyes and yet deny each other's existence. We walk in circles, so limited by our own anxieties that we can no longer distinguish between true and false, between the gangster's whim and the purest ideal. -Ingmar Bergman

Why do I write? To investigate the mystery of existence. To tolerate myself. To get closer to everything that is outside of me. -Jhumpa Lahiri

I think one of the things that attracted me about theater and the stage was the ability to escape reality. And that is what I do in my work as a writer, but in a different way. And the freedom to put your own existence on ice and become another person. -Jhumpa Lahiri

It's very hard to live in an environment where you're reminded, constantly told that your existence just happens to be here… That you are not meant to be here. -Kangana Ranaut

To expect this larger-than-life, holier-than-thou sort of existence from us is not possible. We as much want to make our own mistake as a man does. -Kangana Ranaut

Overhead costs are far too high, state support is dropping, and college tuition is far too expensive. Colleges are pricing themselves out of existence. -Thomas Frey

The mountains seem to have conquered us long before we set foot on them, and they will remain long after our brief existence. This indomitable force of the mountains gives us humans a blank canvas on which to paint the drive of discovery and, in the process, test the limits of human performance. -Conrad Anker

One of the things that hold together a human society is the existence of basic politeness among its members. -Yair Lapid

Jewish existence in the Land of Israel depends only on the Jews, and on what the Jews think of themselves. -Yair Lapid

The Tower of David is important for Israel's heritage and existence because it is more than a tower, it is a symbol. It is more important than the Azrieli Towers. -Yair Lapid

Ahmed Tibi does not recognize the existence of the state of Israel, and letting him into the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee is a serious danger to its security. -Eli Yishai

It's their choice, the choice of the people of Gaza, to create the real peace or at least to create conditions of coexistence. -Avigdor Lieberman

We must draw a distinction between understanding and supporting Israel's values and existence, and criticising any Israeli government's policy. -Tzipi Livni

Israel fits into the zeitgeist of our era. It is true that there are demographic threats to its existence. That is why a separation from the Palestinians is a compelling imperative. -Ehud Barak

I like to think we're not the only thing that exists on the plane of existence. I like to think that just because we don't see it doesn't mean it's not there. -James Wan

The family is the focal point of our existence. And up until Jane and Lucy's death, there were always 16 of us together for Christmas. -Richard Attenborough

According to some tallies, since 1776, the United States has been at war 93 percent of its existence, passing through a mere 21 years of peace. -Greg Grandin

Science and technology are the keys to both our longevity and our demise. Our entire existence on this planet is a double-edged sword. -Rhys Darby

The richest people are those who have life arranged so they have food for the family and the rent or mortgage paid. After that, at least in my case, it can become a pretty boring existence if wealth is the only objective. -Gary Burghoff

I think kids in every minority need to see people like themselves in books; that's an acknowledgment of their existence on this planet and in this society. -Nancy Garden

If you go through life, and you don't find the beauty in an unexpected place, then you really have a sad existence. -Octavia Spencer

When our weaknesses affect health and friendship, we are very much aware of their existence. -Mother Angelica

For me, a thing must exist before I know it, but with God, it is different – he must know it before it has existence. -Mother Angelica

If there is ever to be an end to the conflict, the Palestinians must recognize the Jewish people's right to a homeland and the existence of an independent Jewish state in the homeland of the Jewish people. -Ariel Sharon

I have found myself under a wave of investigation and criticism from the moment I was elected. Since my first days in the Prime Minister's Office I have had to fight against evil attacks while I have been busy making decisions on crucial matters related to Israel's security and existence. -Ehud Olmert

History is like Santa Claus: a language construction. We have some registers about the existence of Santa and history – the presents under the tree, the archives – but none have really seen them. -Alvaro Enrigue

Certainly in the theatre, you never have to get up before 10 A.M., and when filming, though you do have to get up terribly early, you usually get to lie down a lot during the working day. I thought my semi-bedridden existence was a choice. But now I think that actually, in fact, I must always have been depressed. -Tom Hollander

Teenagers are philosophers. They are thinking about the big things like existence and identity at a time when their identities are changing so fast. -Matt Haig

I want life. I want to feel it and live it. I want, for as much of the time as possible in this blink-of-an-eye existence we have, to feel all that can be felt. -Matt Haig

One person has a responsibility not just for himself but for inter-relationships with the existences of others and the world. -Haskell Wexler

However dark, however demanding the realities of existence are, artists provide the lift, the light, the ways to make it through. They help us find the joys and delights, the hopes we need for our days and hours. I am grateful for their gifts. -Agnes Gund

I will say, there's not an episode in existence where whatever didn't come out the way I wanted it to or is an actual mistake that won't nag at me until the end of the time. -Christopher McCulloch

However superficial prevailing views of heredity seem to be, it must be admitted that a person is indeed the bearer of inherited characteristics. This is the one aspect. He must often battle against these inherited traits and rid himself of them in order to bring to fulfillment the talents laid into him before he entered earthly existence. -Rudolf Steiner

The main difference in the effectiveness of teaching comes from the thoughts the teacher has had during the entire time of his or her existence and brings into the classroom. A teacher concerned with developing humans affects the students quite differently from a teacher who never thinks about such things. -Rudolf Steiner

Our thoughts do not actually exist; they are only pictures. A great error was made at the end of the last human developmental period when existence was equated with thinking. 'Cogito ergo sum' is the greatest error ever placed at the head of the modern world view. -Rudolf Steiner

The beauty of man's being, fashioned as he is in the fairest of forms, demonstrates the existence of the Maker, while at the same time the fact that, together with his comprehensive abilities, lodged in that fairest of forms, he soon declines and dies, demonstrates the existence of the resurrection. -Said Nursi

The Qur'an, throughout all of its verses, aims mainly to establish and confirm four basic, universal truths: the existence and Oneness of the Maker of the universe; Prophethood; bodily Resurrection; and worship and justice. -Said Nursi

In all great epochs of history, the existence of standards – that is, the conscious adoption of type-forms – has been the criterion of a polite, well-ordered society; for it is a commonplace that repetition of the same things for the same purpose exercises a settling and civilizing influence on men's minds. -Walter Gropius

A world of derived beings, an immense, wide creation, requires an extended scale with various ranks and orders of existence. -William Godwin

I believe in this being, not because I have any proper or direct knowledge of His existence, but I am at a loss to account for the existence and arrangement of the visible universe, and, being left in the wide sea of conjecture without a clue from analogy or experience, I find the conjecture of a God easy, obvious, and irresistible. -William Godwin

God is a being who is himself the cause of his own existence. His prerogative is to perceive before there was anything to be perceived. He is the creator of the universe; He operated upon nothing and turned it into something. -William Godwin

Religion is the most important of all things: the great point of discrimination that divides the man from the brute. It is our special prerogative that we can converse with that which we cannot see and believe in that the existence of which is reported to us by none of our senses. -William Godwin

It is necessary for him who would endure existence with patience that he should conceive himself to be something – that he should be persuaded he is not a cipher in the muster-roll of man. -William Godwin

Up to this day, there has been no proof of the existence of any intelligence other than the human. -Emile Zola

By enriching the carbon-dioxide content of the atmosphere from its impoverished pre-industrial levels, human beings have increased the productivity of the entire biosphere – so much so that roughly one out of every seven living things on the planet owes its existence to the marvelous improvement in nature that humans have effected. -Robert Zubrin

As one of its first acts after coming into existence, the EPA banned the vital pesticide DDT. -Robert Zubrin

Sometimes I want to withhold judgement on whether something is good or bad, but I do feel like identifying with TV characters – connecting to them emotionally more than you connect to literal, physical people in your life – causes problems. They just don't have the same existence or boundaries as you do. They resemble us, but they are not us. -Alexandra Kleeman

For me, learning music and playing music and learning your instrument has incredible parallels for our day-to-day existence as human beings. All the ideas of discipline, and having a sense of yourself and translating that to music, that's all part of life's journey. -Arturo O'Farrill

Making fake biography, false history, concocting a half-imaginary existence out of the actual drama of my life is my life. -Philip Roth

We can't deny the existence of caste in India. We have to live with it. -Pawan Kalyan

Emotional life is – alongside work – one of the great challenges of existence and is a theme that I keep returning to. -Alain de Botton

There are those who believe that the existence of gender differences at very early ages is evidence that these differences are biological or generic in origin. -Deborah Tannen

I was absolutely blown away when I first talked to Lisa Joy and Jonah Nolan at how ambitious they wanted 'Westworld' to be in looking at the drives that are leading human beings over the cliff of existence. -Thandie Newton

Risk analysis can cater to any sort of hazard, but their profession owes its existence to a relatively narrow band of possible dangers. -Ian Hacking

My feeling, of course, is that it's ludicrous to try to prove God's existence by science. God has nothing to do with science. God has all to do with soul, and who can explain that? -Jeremy Irons

We all see that, today, man can destroy the foundation of his existence: his Earth. -Pope Benedict XVI

I was not the son of a worker or lacking in material or social resources for a relatively comfortable existence; I could say I miraculously escaped wealth. -Fidel Castro

You may agree or not with Gaddafi's political ideas, but no one has the right to question the existence of Libya as an independent state and member of the United Nations. -Fidel Castro

Music is an art that touches the depth of human existence; an art of sounds that crosses all borders. -Daniel Barenboim

News-free existence is not a serious proposal, but it is worth noting that while today's 24/7 media environment is wonderful in many ways, it can also be like drinking out of a fire hose and intensify a downward reinforcing cycle of despair. -Elaine Chao

You're not going to have something set on a council estate that explores all elements of human existence, the variety of experience inherent in any community. -Eddie Marsan

Mothers are so awesome. They do so much. They wear so many hats and have very passionate relationships with their kids, and with life, and I think it's a real balance having your own existence and then being this responsible, kind of loving person in someone else's life or several other people's lives. -Toni Collette

In what purports to be an egalitarian society, the existence of class is the secret about which no one speaks. -John Gregory Dunne

This wonderful elixir of light is the thing that actually connects the immaterial with the material – that connects the cosmic to the plain everyday existence that we try to live in. -James Turrell

None of the black abolitionist newspapers, the first of which appeared in 1827, was in existence after the Civil War. -Darryl Pinckney

To be critical of television is almost like questioning the fact of God's existence. -Sayed Kashua

The movie – any sports movie – becomes a praise song to life here on earth, to physical existence itself, beyond striving, beyond economic necessity. -David Shields

Honesty is the best policy; the only way out is deeper in: a candid confrontation with existence is dizzying, liberating. -David Shields

I want the reader to join me on an intellectual and emotional journey into some major aspect of existence. -David Shields

As failures go, attempting to recall the past is like claiming to grasp the meaning of existence. Both make one feel like a baby clutching at a basketball: one's palms keep sliding off. -Joseph Brodsky

There are large numbers of people in India below the poverty line; there are large numbers of people who lead a meager existence. They want to find a little escape from the hardships of life and come and watch something colorful and exciting and musical. Indian cinema provides that. -Amitabh Bachchan

We have spent our entire existence adapting. -Rex Tillerson

Before the tribunal of nature, a man has no more right to life than a rattlesnake; he has no more right to liberty than any wild beast; his right to the pursuit of happiness is nothing but a license to maintain the struggle for existence, if he can find within himself the powers with which to do it. -William Graham Sumner

I deny the very existence of that Almighty Supreme Being. -Bhagat Singh

The chief characteristic of 'The Tribune' under Greeley was an aggressive and even ostentatious purity. 'Immoral and degrading police reports,' and any notices of the existence of the theater, whether in news or advertising, were at first scrupulously excluded. -Elmer Davis

The necessary thing for anyone to be happy and contented as long as he lives is working for the ones who will come after him rather than working for himself… One can reach the true delight and happiness in the life only by working for the existence, honor, and happiness of the future generations. -Mustafa Kemal Ataturk

For Texas, a wise and prudent administration in the commencement of her national existence will be universally expected, imposing upon me the difficult and delicate task of setting in complete and successful operation a political body based upon principles so hazardously asserted and so gloriously maintained. -Sam Houston

On the whole, infinity is a fairly palpable aspect of this business of publishing, if only because it extends a dead author's existence beyond the limits he envisioned, or provides a living author with a future he cannot measure. In other words, this business deals with the future which we all prefer to regard as unending. -Joseph Brodsky

In one thousand years of Russia's existence, its first popular national election ever to be held occurred in June 1991. Six days later, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir performed in Moscow! -Russell M. Nelson

Ours is a multi-religious country, a multi-lingual country; we have many different modes of worship. We believe in peaceful and harmonious co-existence. -Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Everyone thinks I land in a chopper on top of my building and I have the most cushy existence. Could you understand that I might have the most messed up life myself? -Karan Johar

I will never answer that question of what are the challenges I face. You speak it into existence, and I choose to use that air for other things. -Tamron Hall

The Bible has multiple accounts of people who were born with various conditions and in various states of existence, only to meet Jesus and be healed or delivered from whatever was their concern. Truly, there isn't a human ever born into this life without having to contend with one issue or another along life's journey. -Alveda King

How do we describe the fact of human existence? At a certain point, perhaps, style fails us. Language, even and in particular at its most evocative, becomes less of an aid and more of a difficulty. -Katie Kitamura

Wherever you repress people, they get hold of a crayon and a bit of scrap paper, and they chronicle their lives and their existence and their history. -Michael Horse

It was just a fairly normal high school existence, riding our bikes around and hanging out in parks and down in the village. -Sherilyn Fenn

Our countries have been friends dating to the very existence of the United States. France is the only power that has never been at war with the United States. -Marine Le Pen

A troll's life is a no-physical-contact existence. You will die alone, as you die daily, online. -Greg Gutfeld

Most of what happens in the world is far beyond a dog's comprehension, so they must turn to their faith in us to help them navigate life's treacheries. Don't we, also, have unanswerable questions about the vagaries of modern existence for which the answer is beyond human grasp, so that only our faith can guide us? -W. Bruce Cameron

I suffer the mortification of seeing myself attacked right and left by people at home professing patriotism and love of country who never heard the whistle of a hostile bullet. I pity them and the nation dependent on such for its existence. I am thankful, however that, though such people make a great noise, the masses are not like them. -Ulysses S. Grant

I grew up with Woody Allen and early Spike Lee movies in which New York was such a specific character. The city has a certain vibe and beat which really informs your entire existence. -Jonathan Levine

How is Maggie Rowe compensating for her decision to not have a child? Is what she is doing instead enough to justify that decision? What is she doing instead, and why can't she be better at it? What's keeping her from getting a better overall existence score in comparison to an arbitrary sampling of other human beings? -Maggie Rowe

The war of choice in Iraq could never have gained the congressional support it got without the psychological linkage between the shock of 9/11 and the postulated existence of Iraqi weapons of mass destruction. -Zbigniew Brzezinski

Sometimes I feel like being an intellectual. Sometimes I like to just be aggressive and all the way in my feelings. Sometimes I might be emotional, or sometimes I might drag on the track and be lazy. I just like to share the different states of existence of Kevin Gates with the rest of the world. -Kevin Gates

The Western media is a Ministry of Truth that operates full-time in support of the artificial existence that Westerners live inside The Matrix where Westerners exist without thought. Considering their inaptitude and inaction, Western peoples might as well not exist. -Paul Craig Roberts

I feel like, in the Czars, for example, I was afraid. I couldn't express myself. I didn't have a connection to myself. That's one of the huge reasons why it was such a difficult existence. I put a lot of that on myself. I couldn't access myself. I couldn't look at myself, because I was too ashamed. -John Grant

I start writing with only the vaguest idea about who my characters are and what is going to happen, and the characters and plot come into existence as I go. I've tried doing it the other way, but for me, outlining is a waste of time because I never follow the outline. -Karen Robards

Pluralism is no longer simply an asset or a prerequisite for progress and development; it is vital to our existence. -Aga Khan IV

I grew up in a lot of stage managers' booths, memorizing the lines. I'm sure I was the most annoying child in existence. -Betty Gilpin

Political life is like this – elections go back and forth. Representative democracy can only be successful if one sits down and says, 'That's it. I will connect myself,' – as I did – 'connect my existence to a political project.' Then you automatically have in your party a lot of people who say, 'If that fails, so do I'. -Helmut Kohl

I'm a unique person, as everyone is, but none of us has more of a right to existence or a right to specialness or uniqueness than anyone else. -Jordan Gavaris

As a German, in view of the history of World War II and the terrible deeds of the Nazi period, I feel a special obligation to help as much as I can to develop European-Israeli relations and thus contribute to ensuring Israel's future and existence. -Helmut Kohl

The bane of every TV writer's existence is the likability note. -Marti Noxon

In days of yore, Opening Day of the baseball season was special, signifying that spring had come at last. Today, however, Opening Day sort of dribbles into existence, and the spiritual start of spring now belongs to the Masters golf tournament, where the azaleas and magnolias and dogwood bloom. -Frank Deford

As it happens, Cumberland was on the verge of bankruptcy and had to give up football. But the villainous Heisman made it play a game that had been scheduled when Cumberland still had a team, or Heisman threatened to demand a $3,000 forfeiture fee that could well have put the school out of existence. -Frank Deford

Hard as it is to believe, there were three magazines fighting over me. 'Newsweek' wanted to keep me, 'ESPN The Magazine' was coming into existence and wanted me, and 'SI' wanted to bring me back. Isn't that amazing? I had a choice, like a free agent. -Frank Deford

One billion grains of sand come into existence in the world each second. That's a cyclical process. As rocks and mountains die, grains of sand are born. Some of those grains may then cement naturally into sandstone. And as the sandstone weathers, new grains break free. Some of those grains may then accumulate on a massive scale, into a sand dune. -Magnus Larsson

Bringing the astronaut's nightmare to life so vividly is a remarkable accomplishment but Alfonso and Jonas Cuaron want more than just the adrenaline ride – they're feeding our wonder and inviting us to think deeply about profound questions of existence. -Nick Sagan

The cooperative, loving side of existence goes hand in hand with coping and power, but neither the one nor the other can be neglected if life is to be gratifying. -Rollo May

A myth is a way of making sense in a senseless world. Myths are narrative patterns that give significance to our existence. -Rollo May

Many modern people have gone so far in their dependence on others for their feeling of reality that they are afraid that without it they would lose the sense of their own existence. -Rollo May

We are rearing a generation of kids who are more equitable and more understanding about the existence of language variety and why it is there. -David Crystal

We filmmakers are control freaks. For us, it's about bending the elements of a story into existence. -Richard Linklater

The credit derivative market would never have evolved but for the preexistence of the derivative markets because so much of the technology was borrowed. -Blythe Masters

Each new generation needs to commit again to the foundations of our peaceful coexistence. -Federica Mogherini

Business models that are relevant today are not relevant tomorrow and were not in existence yesterday. -Chanda Kochhar

Gender presentation should reflect the person that you are. When you lose control of your gender presentation, you lose an important aspect of your identity and existence. -Chelsea Manning

Unfortunately, prisons try very hard to make us inhuman and unreal by denying our image, and thus our existence, to the rest of the world. -Chelsea Manning

I take the good with the bad. I always wanted to be a comic, and part of that, for me, was that I wanted to be on the road. It's a lonely existence, but it is what it is. -Erik Griffin

In their war against Israel's existence, the Arab governments took advantage of the Cold War. They enlisted the military, economic, and political support of the communist world against Israel, and they turned a local, regional conflict into an international powder keg. -Yitzhak Shamir

People wanted Bitcoin to live so much, they basically willed it back into existence. That showed me how passionate this community was about it. -Adam Draper

We want a money that some government mandarin can't just whisk into existence with a pen stroke. -Patrick M. Byrne

Having a credible existence in the private sector frees people to be able to be better public servants. You're less concerned with… toeing the party line and more concerned with doing what is right. -Walker Stapleton

Genes are mysterious things, still unpredictable after all of our research, flecks of humanity that can destroy lives but, just as often, can teach us to appreciate the strange wonder of our existence. -Monica Hesse

My existence is fuller of other people's experiences than my own. If they cut open my brain, these are what I would retain most. -David Tang

If, to the end of its existence, America harbors white supremacy, I don't know how remarkable that would be. France has dealt with anti-Semitism since its inception. -Ta-Nehisi Coates

Women are women, and so are men, and the delusion that we are spiritually separate from or are about to spiritually separate from the rest of existence is a psychosis that spins us into virulence. -Anohni

Most people cherish their very existence and try their best to live a life worth living. In spite of the seemingly insurmountable obstacles in our way, we somehow hope against hope and find a way to be as life-affirming as humanly possible! How? Love! -Richard Belzer

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