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Wise Quotes about Meaning

May you find great value in these Meaning quotes and sayings.

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

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Time, like life itself, has no inherent meaning.
We give our own meaning to time as to life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Life is without meaning.
You bring the meaning to it.
The meaning of life is
whatever you ascribe it to be.
Being alive is the meaning.
- Joseph Campbell

The River of Life has no meaning,
no good, no bad, no better, no worse,
no love, no hate, no fear, no anger, no joy.
The River of Life has no judgment, no expectation.
The River of Life just IS.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

 

The meaning of life is not simply to exist, to survive,
but to move ahead, to go up, to achieve, to conquer.
- Arnold Schwarzenegger

First learn the meaning of what you say, and then speak.
- Epictetus

In the uttermost meaning of the words,
thought is devout, and devotion is thought.
Deep calls unto deep.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

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"To know" is to know that you know nothing.
That is the meaning of true knowledge.
- Confucius

The meaning of Life is whatever we Choose.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

See life as ugly and painful - if you choose,
or see it as beautiful and joyful.
There is no inherent meaning in life.
We give life its meaning.
It's our Choice.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Know that time, like life itself, has no inherent meaning.
You give your own meaning to time, as to life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The least of things with a meaning is worth more in life
than the greatest of things without it.
- Carl Jung

We get to CHOOSE the meaning for our lives.
Our lives mean exactly what we say they do - no more, no less.
Each of us chooses their path in life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A sister is a gift to the heart,
a friend to the spirit,
a golden thread to the meaning of life.
- Isadora James

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 way you get meaning into your life
is to devote yourself to loving others,
devote yourself to your community around you,
and devote yourself to creating something
that gives you purpose and meaning
- Mitch Albom

The River of Life has no meaning, no good, no bad,
no better, no worse, no love, no hate, no fear, no anger, no joy.
The River of Life has no judgment, no expectation.
The River of Life just IS. There is nothing to do.
There is nothing to say.
There is nothing to think.
There is nothing to feel.
The River just flows. The River is the source of all nourishment -
the source of all obstacles.
The River is the source of all life - the source of all death.
The River is the source of all joy - and the source of all sorrow.
Yet the River has no joy - and the River has no sorrow.
The River is just the River.
One can flow harmoniously with the River -
or one can struggle fearfully against the River -
and the River just flows.
One can accept the River - or one can deny the River -
and the River just flows.
One can worship the River of Life - or one can curse the River of Life -
and the River just flows. There is nothing to do - and the River flows.
There is nothing to say - and the River flows.
There is nothing to think - and the River flows.
There is nothing to feel - and the River flows.
The River flows - and all else is our drama.
The River flows - and all else is our invention.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Love is the ultimate meaning of everything around us.
Love is not a mere sentiment.
Love is the ultimate truth at the heart of creation.
- Rabindranath Tagore

The word "happiness" would lose its meaning
if it were not balanced by sadness.
- Carl Jung

Our relationships - love and friendship -
are at the core of the meaning of our lives.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I don't know the meaning of life,
but I know compassion is the key.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Knowing trees, I understand the meaning of patience.
Knowing grass, I can appreciate persistence.
- Hal Borland

Even when poetry has a meaning, as it usually has,
it may be inadvisable to draw it out...
Perfect understanding will sometimes almost extinguish pleasure.
- A. E. Housman

If women didn't exist, all the money in the world would have no meaning.
- Aristotle Onassis

I'm afraid that if you look at a thing long enough,
it loses all of its meaning.
- Andy Warhol

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

Friendship...
is not something you learn in school.
But if you haven't learned the meaning of friendship,
you really haven't learned anything.
- Muhammad Ali

Quotations help us remember the simple yet profound truths
that give life perspective and meaning.
- Criswell Freeman

"Think simple" as my old master used to say -
meaning reduce the whole of its parts
into the simplest terms,
getting back to first principles.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

It is not what we get.
But who we become, what we contribute...
that gives meaning to our lives.
- Tony Robbins

There are many truths of which the full meaning cannot
be realized until personal experience has brought it home.
- John Stuart Mill

Even in the Christian religion,
much of its real meaning is hidden by words
that are misleading and symbols that but few understand.
- Ernest Holmes

Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness,
and the word happy would lose its meaning
if it were not balanced by sadness.
It is far better take things as they come along
with patience and equanimity.
- Carl Jung

A man has made at least a start on discovering the
meaning of human life when he plants shade trees under
which he knows full well he will never sit.
- D. Elton Trueblood

There is no meaning to life except the meaning man
gives his life by the unfolding of his powers.
- Erich Fromm

To love. To be loved. To never forget your own insignificance. To never get used to the unspeakable violence and the vulgar disparity of life around you. To seek joy in the saddest places. To pursue beauty to its lair. To never simplify what is complicated or complicate what is simple. To respect strength, never power. Above all, to watch. To try to understand. To never look away. And never, never, to forget.
- Arundhati Roy

Dreaming or awake, we perceive only events that have meaning to us.
- Jane Roberts

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

The meaning of our self is not to be found
in its separateness from God and others,
but in the ceaseless realization of yoga, of union.
- Rabindranath Tagore

It all depends on how we look at things,
and not on how things are in themselves.
The least of things with a meaning
is worth more in life than the greatest of things without it.
- Carl Jung

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.
- Anais Nin

A film is - or should be - more like music than like fiction.
It should be a progression of moods and feelings.
The theme, what's behind the emotion,
the meaning, all that comes later.
- Stanley Kubrick

Choose the whole of your environment, things and events,
based upon the value, meaning and function they hold.
Do not allow obligation or immediacy
to bind you to physical things or specific actions.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

A lot of the lyrical ideas do have a lot of meaning in a way,
although it is somewhat abstracted.
- Thurston Moore

We need less posturing and more genuine charisma.
Charisma was originally a religious term,
meaning "of the spirit" or "inspired."
It's about letting God's light shine through us.
It's about a sparkle in people that money can't buy.
It's an invisible energy with visible effects.
To let go, to just love, is not to fade into the wallpaper.
Quite the contrary, it's when we truly become bright.
We're letting our own light shine.
- Marianne Williamson

My life had no meaning at all.
I found only brief interludes of satisfaction.
It was like my whole life had been about my whole basketball career.
- Pete Maravich

Even in this glowering age, morality animates our lives with meaning.
- Armstrong Williams

Klopstock was questioned regarding the meaning of a passage in his poem.
He replied, 'God and I both knew what it meant once;
now God alone knows.'
- Cesare Lombroso

How strangely will the Tools of a Tyrant pervert the plain Meaning of Words!
- Samuel Adams

Without consciousness and intelligence,
the universe would lack meaning.
- Clifford D. Simak

If I am given a formula, and I am ignorant of its meaning,
it cannot teach me anything, but if I already know
it what does the formula teach me?
- Saint Aurelius Augustine

There seems to be this sense among even well-meaning
Americans that Africa is this black hole of murder
and mutilation that can never be fixed,
no matter what aid is brought in.
- Nicholas D. Kristof

Once we have learned to read, meaning of words can
somehow register without consciousness.
- Katherine Mansfield

The simple tableau is so rich with meaning that whether
represented on the mantelpiece or in the mind,
it seems suspended, complete unto itself,
somewhere in eternity.
- Lucinda Franks

I was a drama major also so it's cool to cuss for meaning,
but for no apparent reason, no.
- Kel Mitchell

A book is like a piece of rope; it takes on meaning
only in connection with the things it holds together.
- Norman Cousins

Semantics, or the study of meaning, remained undeveloped,
while phonetics made rapid progress and even came to
occupy the central place in the scientific study of language.
- Roman Jakobson

Only an artist can interpret the meaning of life.
- Novalis

Banal words function as a feeble phenomena that fall
into their own mental bogs of meaning.
- Robert Smithson

The modern meaning of life's end-when does it end?
How does it end? How should it end? What is the value
of life? How do we measure it?
- Don DeLillo

To put meaning in one's life may end in madness,
But life without meaning is the torture Of restlessness
and vague desire-It is a boat longing for the sea and yet afraid.
- Edgar Lee Masters

This awareness instills a fierce desire to protect that heritage and -
in doing so -
to educate Americans in the meaning and importance
of our pivotal documents.
- Allen Weinstein

Over the past few years, many of us have increasingly
begun to question the direction and meaning of our
society as it has developed over the past several centuries.
- Alex Campbell

Ever more people today have the means to live,
but no meaning to live for.
- Viktor E. Frankl

Alabama citizens, like the vast majority of Americans,
respect and value the meaning of decency,
and appreciate public institutions that reflect the
common values of our society.
- Mike Rogers

The old saying that war is a racket has taken on an
even more shameful meaning.
- David Hackworth

Everyone's just extracting meaning and feeling and
emotion from almost every aspect of music,
and I think that for me, it's a huge antidote to that to have a concept album.
- Aimee Mann

It's precisely the disappointing stories,
which have no proper ending and therefore no proper meaning,
that sound true to life.
- Max Frisch

Weapons are like money; no one knows the meaning of enough.
- Martin Amis

Being religious means asking passionately the question
of the meaning of our existence and being willing to receive answers,
even if the answers hurt.
- Paul Tillich

I loved acting, which was never about money,
the fame.
It was about a search for meaning.
It was painful.
- Kim Novak


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