Existential Quotes

Posted on January 7th, 2014

Collection of my favourite quotes about meaning of life.

“People say that what we’re seeking is a meaning for life. I don’t think that’s what we’re really seeking. I think that what we’re seeking is an experience of being alive, so that our life experiences on the purely physical plane will have resonances within our own innermost being and reality, so that we actually feel the rapture of being alive.

The effect of the successful adventure of the hero is the unlocking and release again of the flow of life into the body of the world.” - Joseph Campbell

“When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: ‘If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you’ll most certainly be right.’ It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” And whenever the answer has been “No” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.” - Steve Jobs

“If you knew you were going to die in a year, would you continue to live in this way?” – Lawrence Epp

“If you want to live a long life, focus on making contributions.” – Hans Selye

“The desire to do something because you find it deeply satisfying and personally challenging inspires the highest levels of creativity, whether it’s in the arts, sciences, or business.” – Teresa Amabile

“It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live.” – Marcus Aurelius

“One cannot lead a life that is truly excellent without feeling that one belongs to something greater and more permanent than oneself.” – Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

“Do you have to do, what is destined will happen.” – Anonymous

“A worthy life is defined by what you give to life, not what you get from it. It’s defined by what we do and don’t do.” – Anonymous

“I think that evolution has had a hand in selecting people who had a sense of doing something beyond themselves.” – Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

“Effort is one of the things that gives meaning to life. Effort means you care about something, that something is important to you and you are willing to work for it. It would be an impoverished existence if you were not willing to value things and commit yourself to working toward them.” – As Carol Dweck

“Figure out for yourself what you want to be really good at, know that you’ll never really satisfy yourself that you’ve made it, and accept that that’s okay.” – Robert “Purpose provides activation energy for living.” – Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

“Almost everything, all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure, these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.”- Steve Jobs’ Stanford Commencement Address

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma â which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” - Steve Jobs’ Stanford Commencement Address

“The key question to keep asking is, Are you spending your time on the right things? Because time is all you have.” - Randy Pausch

“The meaning of life is that it will end.” - Kafka

“Can you imagine what it feels like to have someone sit you down and tell you that you’re dying? The gravity of that, hmm? Then the clock’s ticking for you. In a split second your awe is cracked open. You look at things differently - smell things differently. You savor everything be it a glass of water or a walk in the park.

But most people have the luxury of not knowing when that clock’s going to go off. And the irony of it is that that keeps them from really living their life. It keeps them drinking that glass of water but never really tasting it.” - Saw II (2005)

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