What is the Meaning of Life?

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What is the Meaning of Life? on #cosmicquotes :: “There is not one big cosmic meaning for all; there is only the meaning we each give to our life, an individual meaning, an individual plot, like an individual novel, a book for each person.”

Meaning of Life on Cosmic Quotes

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“Here is the world. Beautiful and terrible things will happen. Don’t be afraid.” ― Frederick Buechner

“‎All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on.” ― H. Havelock Ellis

“Numerous metaphors have been used to describe life. Among them is the metaphor of life as a battle. Try not to think of life in these terms because, if you regard life as a struggle, it will become one, and you will have little joy. It is far better to think of life as a journey in which the difficulties are hills to climb. The hills are there for a reason (even if you don’t know what that reason is), and the sense of satisfaction after climbing the hill is almost always worth the effort.” ― Richard E. Turner

“You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life.” ― Albert Camus

“I’ve had sex with lots of guys, but I think I did it mostly out of fear. I was scared not to have somebody putting his arms around me, so I could never say no. That’s all. Nothing good ever came of sex like that. All it does is grind down the meaning of life a piece at a time.” ― Haruki Murakami, After Dark

“I have a simple philosophy: Fill what’s empty. Empty what’s full. Scratch where it itches.” ― Alice Roosevelt Longworth

“And we should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once. And we should call every truth false which was not accompanied by at least one laugh.” — Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra

“There is only one meaning of life: the act of living itself.” ― Erich Fromm

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“Love is our true destiny. We do not find the meaning of life by ourselves alone – we find it with another.” ― Thomas Merton, Love and Living

“Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.” ― Buddha

“There is not one big cosmic meaning for all; there is only the meaning we each give to our life, an individual meaning, an individual plot, like an individual novel, a book for each person.” ― Anaïs Nin, The Diary of Anaïs Nin, Vol. 1: 1931-1934

“Life is a long road on a short journey.” ― James Lendall Basford

“Just living is not enough… one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.” ― Hans Christian Andersen

“Life has no meaning. Each of us has meaning and we bring it to life. It is a waste to be asking the question when you are the answer.” ― Joseph Campbell

“I believe that I am not responsible for the meaningfulness or meaninglessness of life, but that I am responsible for what I do with the life I’ve got.”

“It is not our purpose to become each other; it is to recognize each other, to learn to see the other and honor him for what he is.” ― Hermann Hesse

“You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean in a drop.” ― Rumi

“Learn to light a candle in the darkest moments of someone’s life. Be the light that helps others see; it is what gives life its deepest significance.” ― Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

“Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.” – Maya Angelou

“Life has to be given a meaning because of the obvious fact that it has no meaning.” ― Henry Miller

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“The secret to life is meaningless unless you discover it yourself.” ― W. Somerset Maugham, Of Human Bondage

“What is the essence of life? To serve others and to do good.” ― Aristotle

“Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.” ―The Dalai Lama

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

“The man who is born with a talent which he is meant to use finds his greatest happiness in using it.” ―Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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“Stop acting so small. You are the universe in ecstatic motion.” ― Rumi

“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.” ― Eleanor Roosevelt

“Every moment of your life is infinitely creative and the universe is endlessly bountiful. Just put forth a clear enough request, and everything your heart desires must come to you.” ―Mahatma Gandhi

“The mystery of human existence lies not in just staying alive, but in finding something to live for.” ― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov

“It is not that we have so little time but that we lose so much. … The life we receive is not short but we make it so; we are not ill provided but use what we have wastefully.” ― Seneca, On the Shortness of Life

“Life has meaning only if one barters it day by day for something other than itself.” — Antoine de Saint-Exupery

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You can find more artworks on Neva Hosking’s Flickr and follow the artist on Instagram, cheers! ♥ #cosmicorgasm

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