The Meaning of Existence

Human existence has been long pondered. What does it truly mean to exist? People have sought the answer to this question since the beginning of time. The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy defines the two major issues when trying to grasp the concept of existence: Is existence an inherent property of humans, and if it is indeed a property, might then some people lack existence? The problem that lies therein is that if there are humans who lack existence there is no way to tell, as they don’t exist. See the conundrum? Not only does this raise debate in the field of metaphysics, but also in the philosophy of language and logic. The word itself fails to describe whatever this intangible property is. As such, the concept of existence and its meaning, both literally and figuratively, has been the inspiration behind many quotes on the matter.

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

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

Whatever in creation exists without my knowledge exists without my consent.
-Cormac McCarthy

I think, therefore I am.
-Renee Descartes

We don’t exist unless we are deeply and sensually in touch with that which can be touched but not known.
– D.H. Lawrence

There is but one truly serious philosophical problem, and that is suicide.
– Albert Camus

The only thing I know is that I know nothing.
-Socrates

I took a deep breath and listened to the old brag of my heart. I am, I am, I am.
-Sylvia Plath

I go to seek a Great Perhaps.
François Rabelais

Here is the test to find whether your mission on earth is finished. If you’re alive, it isn’t.
-Richard Bach

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

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