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The Meaning of Life in 15 Wise Quotes

Hermann Hesse
“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

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Joseph Campbell

Joseph Campbell

“The meaning of life is whatever you ascribe it to be. Being alive is the meaning.”

Philip Appleman

Philip Appleman

“Whatever we are, whatever we make of ourselves, is all we will ever have—and that, in its profound simplicity, is the meaning of life.”

The Dalai Lama

The Dalai Lama

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

Anais Nin

Anais Nin

“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.”

Nelson Henderson

Nelson Henderson

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

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Arnold Schwarzenegger

“The meaning of life is not simply to exist, to survive, but to move ahead, to go up, to achieve, to conquer.”

Whoopi Goldberg

Whoopi Goldberg

“We’re here for a reason. I believe a bit of the reason is to throw little torches out to lead people through the dark.”

Jim Henson

Jim Henson

“Life is meant to be fun, and joyous and fulfilling. May each of yours be that.”

Eliza Farnham

Eliza Farnham

“The ultimate aim of the human mind, in all its efforts, is to become acquainted with truth.”

George Bernard Shaw

George Bernard Shaw

“I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the community, and as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can.”

Pablo Casals

Pablo Casals

“I feel the capacity to care is the thing which gives life its deepest significance.”

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“The man who is born with a talent which he is meant to use, finds his greatest happiness in using it.”

Hermann Hesse

Hermann Hesse

“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.”

Seneca

Seneca

“Begin at once to live, and count each day as a separate life.”

Mahatma Gandhi

Mahatma Gandhi

“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.”

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