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Aristotle OnassisIf women didn’t exist, all the money in the world would have no meaning.

—  Aristotle Onassis, 1900-1975, Greek tycoon

Bette DavisLife is the past, the present and the perhaps.

—  Bette Davis, 1908-1989, American actress

William ShakespeareTo be, or not to be: that is the question.

—  William Shakespeare, 1564-1616, English poet & playwright ‐ Hamlet

Emile M. CioranThe fact that life has no meaning is a reason to live - moreover, the only one.

—  Emile M. Cioran, 1911-1995, French-Romanian philosopher

Emile M. CioranTo be or not to be… Neither one nor the other.

—  Emile M. Cioran, 1911-1995, French-Romanian philosopher

Pablo PicassoThe meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.

—  Pablo Picasso, 1881-1973, Spanish painter

George Bernard ShawLife isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.

—  George Bernard Shaw, 1856-1950, Irish writer, Nobel 1925

David HumeThe life of man is of no greater importance to the universe than that of an oyster.

—  David Hume, 1711-1776, Scottish philosopher

Andy WarholBeing born is like being kidnapped. And then sold into slavery.

—  Andy Warhol, 1928-1987, American artist

Jean-Paul SartreLife has no meaning a priori… It is up to you to give it a meaning, and value is nothing but the meaning that you choose.

—  Jean-Paul Sartre, 1905-1980, French philosopher

Emile M. CioranOne of the greatest delusions of the average man is to forget that life is death's prisoner.

—  Emile M. Cioran, 1911-1995, French-Romanian philosopher

Fernando PessoaBut do we really live? To live without knowing what life is - is that living?

—  Fernando Pessoa, 1888-1935, Portuguese poet & writer

Albert CamusLife is meaningless, but worth living, provided you recognize it's meaningless.

—  Albert Camus, 1913-1960, French writer, Nobel 1957

Jean-Luc GodardTo be or not to be. That's not really a question.

—  Jean-Luc Godard, 1930-, French film director

Will DurantTo give life a meaning, one must have a purpose larger than self.

—  Will Durant, 1885-1981, American historian & philosopher

Karl JungAs far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being.

—  Karl Jung, 1875-1961, Swiss psychiatrist

William JamesWe may be in the Universe as dogs and cats are in our libraries, seeing the books and hearing the conversation, but having no inkling of the meaning of it all.

—  William James, 1842-1910, American philosopher

Arthur SchopenhauerThe more unintelligent a man is, the less mysterious existence seems to him.

—  Arthur Schopenhauer, 1788-1860, German philosopher

Funny Quotes

George CarlinJust when I discovered the meaning of life, they changed it.

—  George Carlin, 1936-2008, American comedian

AnonymousLife is a sexually transmitted disease.

—  Anonymous

Kurt VonnegutI tell you, we are here on Earth to fart around, and don't let anybody tell you different.

—  Kurt Vonnegut, 1922-2007, American writer

Movie Quotes

Quiz Show 1994Sixty-four thousand dollars for a question, I hope they are asking you the meaning of life.

—  from the film Quiz Show 1994


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