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    existentialism Quotes

    Modern Existentialism... is a total European creation, perhaps the last philosophic legacy of Europe to America or whatever other civilization is now on its way to supplant Europe.
    — William Barrett
    The refusal to belong to any school of thought, the repudiation of the adequacy of any body of beliefs whatever, and especially of systems, and a marked dissatisfaction with traditional philosophy as superficial, academic, and remote from life-that is the heart of existentialism.
    — Walter Kaufmann
    We were essentially torn from the Gaian womb, thrust into the birth canal of history, and expelled sometime around the fall of the Roman Empire into the cold hard world of modern science, existentialism and all the rest of it.
    — Terence McKenna
    Like most people of my generation, I fell in love with the philosophy of existentialism. There is no particular religious tradition in my work. There is only one psychological assertion that I would insist upon. That is: the SELF takes precedence.
    — Stanley Elkin
    I belong to that generation who, as students, had before their eyes, and were limited by, a horizon consisting of Marxism, phenomenology and existentialism. For me the break was first Beckett's Waiting for Godot, a breathtaking performance.
    — Michel Foucault
    It's not always easy to distinguish between existentialism and a bad mood.
    — Matthew Woodring Stover
    tags: existentialism  bad  mood 
    The Theatre of the Absurd is a theatrical embodiment and manifestation of existentialism. It is part reality and part nightmare
    — Martin Esslin
    Apparently there is no profit in the unique, or not enough to make it worthwhile to preserve. Ultimately it drains the life out of us, and existentialism starts to make more and more sense.
    — Lewis Black
    I have resigned from the professional undertaking of coin flipping. I am not here to tell you where gold's going to be. I have no idea. That's my existentialism. I am a student of uncertainty, I have no idea where the stock market is going to be. So when I am creating trades in my portfolio for my clients, I am agnostic. I just want to enhance the probability that I make money come what may.
    — Hugh Hendry
    My favorite word is existentialism. I can't say it and I'm not quite sure what it means.
    — Geri Halliwell
    Existentialism is possible only in a world where God is dead or a luxury, and where Christianity is dead.
    — Gabriel Vahanian
    Existentialism isn't so atheistic that it wears itself out showing that God doesn't exist. Rather, it declares that even if God did exist, that would change nothing.
    — Fyodor Dostoevsky
    Existentialism means that no one else can take a bath for you.
    — Delmore Schwartz
    I dropped out of high school when I was 16, after I had a huge argument with my English teacher over the meaning of the word 'existentialism.'
    — Craig Ferguson
    Bergman was the first to bring metaphysics - religion, death, existentialism - to the screen. ... But the best of Bergman is the way he speaks of women, of the relationship between men and women. He's like a miner digging in search of purity.
    — Bertrand Tavernier
    Existentialism is about being a saint without God; being your own hero, without all the sanction and support of religion or society.
    — Anita Brookner
    French intellectual life has, in my opinion, been turned into something cheap and meretricious by the 'star' system. It is like Hollywood. Thus we go from one absurdity to another - Stalinism, existentialism. Lacan, Derrida - some of them obscene ( Stalinism), some simply infantile and ridiculous ( Lacan, Derrida). What is striking, however, is the pomposity and self-importance, at each stage.
    — Noam Chomsky
    I took a test in Existentialism. I left all the answers blank and got 100.
    — Woody Allen
    Existentialism does not offer to the reader the consolations of an abstract evasion: existentialism proposes no evasion. On the contrary, its ethics is experienced in the truth of life, and it then appears as the only proposition of salvation which one can address to men.
    — Simone de Beauvoir
    From the very beginning, existentialism defined itself as a philosophy of ambiguity.
    — Simone de Beauvoir
    Existentialism is the kind of philosophy that makes for legendary children.
    — Norman Mailer
    One fast move or I'm gone,' I realize, gone the way of the last three years of drunken hopelessness which is a physical and spiritual and metaphysical hopelessness you can't learn in school no matter how many books on existentialism or pessimisn you read, or how many jugs of vision-producing Ayahuasca drink, or Mescaline take, or Peyote goop up with -
    — Jack Kerouac
    Existentialism isn't so atheistic that it wears itself out showing that God doesn't exist. Rather, it declares that even if God did exist, that would change nothing.
    — Fyodor Dostoyevsky
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