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The meaning of life
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Published Monday, February 15, 2016 @ 9:18 PM EST
Feb 15 2016

As each situation in life represents a challenge to man and presents a problem for him to solve, the question of the meaning of life may actually be reversed. Ultimately, man should not ask what the meaning of his life is, but rather he must recognize that it is he who is asked. In a word, each man is questioned by life; and he can only answer to life by answering for his own life; to life he can only respond by being responsible.
-Viktor Frankl

Human life has no meaning independent of itself. There is no cosmic force or deity to give it meaning or significance. There is no ultimate destiny for man. Such a belief is an illusion of humankind's infancy. The meaning of life is what we choose to give it.
-Paul Kurtz

I don't believe people are looking for the meaning of life as much as they are looking for the experience of being alive.
-Joseph Campbell

The meaning of life consists of the flaws in one's conceptions and what one does about them. Life can be seen as a fertile fallacy.
-George Soros

The meaning of life differs from man to man, from day to day and from hour to hour. What matters, therefore, is not the meaning of life in general but rather the specific meaning of a person's life at a given moment.
-Viktor Frankl

The meaning of life is contained in every single expression of life. It is present in the infinity of forms and phenomena that exist in all of creation.
-Michael Jackson

The meaning of life is not to be discovered only after death in some hidden, mysterious realm; on the contrary, it can be found by eating the succulent fruit of the Tree of Life and by living in the here and now as fully and creatively as we can.
-Paul Kurtz

The meaning of life is that it stops.
-Franz Kafka

The meaning of life is that nobody knows the meaning of life.
-Woody Allen

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

The meaning of life is to give life meaning.
-Viktor Frankl

The more we live by our intellect, the less we understand the meaning of life.
-Leo Tolstoy

The only meaning of life worth caring about is one that can withstand our best efforts to examine it.
-Daniel Dennett

The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit.
-Nelson Henderson

These tasks, and therefore the meaning of life, differ from man to man, and from moment to moment. Thus it is impossible to define the meaning of life in a general way. Questions about the meaning of life can never be answered by sweeping statements. 'Life' does not mean something vague, but something very real and concrete, just as life's tasks are also very real and concrete. They form man's destiny, which is different and unique for each individual. No man and no destiny can be compared with any other man or any other destiny. No situation repeats itself, and each situation calls for a different response. Sometimes the situation in which a man finds himself may require him to shape his own fate by action. At other times it is more advantageous for him to make use of an opportunity for contemplation and to realize assets in this way. Sometimes man may be required simple to accept fate, to bear his cross. Every situation is distinguished by its uniqueness, and there is always only one right answer to the problem posed by the situation at hand.
-Viktor Frankl

To live is to experience things, not sit around pondering the meaning of life.
-Paulo Coelho

We die. That may be the meaning of life. But we do language. That may be the measure of our lives.
-Toni Morrison

What's the meaning of life? Other people.
-John Green


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