Top 10 Quotes by Existentialists

Have you ever come across the term “Existentialism”? In simple words, it’s a philosophy which states that our lives have no inherent meaning per se, no predetermined purpose and we, through our own choices and actions, give them a meaning.

I’ve always been fascinated by existentialism. Frankly, it provided me with a deeper understanding of myself and my emotions. Often, I could draw parallels between my own experience and the philosophy which made me feel relieved, remarkably.

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There are famous thinkers, philosophers and writers who are associated with existentialism. Here is my list of top ten famous quotes by existentialists.

1. I am free and that is why I am lost.

Franz Kafka

2. Pain and suffering are always inevitable for a large intelligence and a deep heart. The really great men must, I think, have great sadness on earth.

Fyodor Dostoevsky

3. We are our choices.

Jean-Paul Sartre

4. If you know the why, you can live any how.

Friedrich Nietzsche

5. The most common form of despair is not being who you are.

Søren Kierkegaard

6. In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.

Albert Camus

7. The mystery of human existence lies not in just staying alive, but in finding something to live for.

Fyodor Dostoevsky

8. Don’t bend; don’t water it down; don’t try to make it logical; don’t edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly.

Franz Kafka

9. The most painful state of being is remembering the future, particularly the one you’ll never have.

Søren Kierkegaard

10. When I discover who I am, I’ll be free.

 Ralph Ellison

Do you believe in existentialism? Do these quotes speak to you? Don’t forget to share your thoughts with me.

Thank you for reading! P.S I promise I’ll be regular now …

© Tryst with mind-26/07/2020

Source of the quotes: Goodreads

26 thoughts on “Top 10 Quotes by Existentialists

  1. The most common form of despair is not being who you are.This is the most common happening with most men and women.It is very difficult to be who you are ,it’s useless to blame people for this because most of the time circumstances won’t allow a person to be what he or she should be.Thank you for the lovely post.🌹👍🙏

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    1. Yes, I agree with you. It is both the easiest and the most difficult to be who we are. And no one can blame others for it. It’s a choice we have to make.

      Thank you so much for visiting and your valuable comment. Take care😂

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  2. Wow!!! These are really powerful! I think I do believe in existentialism. I think we have no purpose. See, since birth we have not actually wanted to do anything, school college, everything was being forced upon us. We actually don’t need to become “successful” ti survive. But everyone wants to become successful. We can do less than ordinary normal things ti survive to.

    I dunno if this really makes sense regarding existentialism though. Uhhh..

    Also Franz Kafka is 🥺🥺🥺♥️

    Great post 🧁🧁🧁🍓

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    1. Sid, this really makes all the sense to me and this is the basic idea of Existentialism as well. I agree with you!
      We have been forced to internalize what “we should do” in order to live. People can actually find their own purpose but it’s hard.. right now, I don’t know why I am alive, frankly.
      And Kafka is ❤️❤️❤️
      Thank you so much Sid. Keep supporting me! Take care 🌸

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  3. Your commentary on existentialism, brief as it is, is I believe spot on. Also, great selection of quotes.

    I think it helps, when searching for a purpose for one’s life, to seek something that you regard as greater and more important than yourself.

    Thank you for a great post!

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    1. Thank you Paul. I’ve been reading about existentialism and the other philosophies.
      I agree with you, but seeking something greater than myself is the most difficult proposition. Currently I can’t think of any real purpose to my life.

      Take care Paul and I will write to you soon❤️

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  4. I don’t hold with a predetermined existence. I believe our choices map out our lives, but that we are able to change ourselves and our future… within the narrow confines of living in an overcrowded society

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    1. Yes. I agree with you. The main idea of Existentialism is “Existence precedes essence” that is, we exist first and then find out purpose or design our lives.
      Also, it does conflict with my idea of destiny, so I am trying to figure it all out 🌸
      Thank you for stopping by❤️

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  5. First of all I am sorry for being late😂😂 the first Comment should have been mine…. Koi baat nahi! Next time.

    Coming to the main thing. Yeah existentialism. Well according to many philosophers across time and history, 2 of the most important questions are , Who and What! Even I believe our choices chalk out our life. In science we call it Cause and Effect. It’s like a hallway of numerous choices, with uncountable possibilities and different probable aftermaths. You sharing this post has stricken a chord in the mind. I am very much impressed. It looks like the time has come to go do some old school research on some old topics which I left mid way

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      1. Thank you for getting back to us. Yes, we would still love to feature you. As soon as the topic for the next one is decided we will get the ball rolling and let you know when to expect a feature card and when the feature video is posted for your viewing. So good to hear from you 🙂

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  6. Just checking in… our feature rolls out soon and we didn’t want to exclude you if we have your permission to include you. But, we haven’t heard back. Do you have any questions we could answer about featuring you?

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    1. I am sorry. I wasn’t active on my blog for a few weeks. I am very glad that you want to feature me, given it’s still possible.
      But these quotes are not mine and I gave credit to each one of the authors/thinkers. If you still want to feature me, then please do reply. I am active on my blog now.
      Sorry for the inconvenience caused.

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