Meaning Quotes

A.J. Darkholme

We are not slaves of the past, nor servants of the present, but masters of the future.

Ralph Ellison

Meaning grows in the mind, but the shape and form of the act remains.

Thomas Merton

Love is our true destiny. We do not find the meaning of life by ourselves alone - we find it with another.

Jodi Picoult

All any of us wanted, really, was to know that we counted. That someone else's life
All any of us wanted, really, was to know that we counted. That someone else's life would not have been as rich without us here.

Rick Riordan

If my life is going to mean anything, I have to live it myself.

Bill Watterson

To invent your own life's meaning is not easy, but it's still allowed, and I think you'll be happier for the trouble.

R. Dawkins

There is something infantile in the presumption that somebody else has a responsibility to give your life meaning and point… The truly adult view, by contrast, is that our life is as meaningful, as full and as wonderful as we choose to make it.

Elizabeth Gaskell

But suppose it was truth double strong, it were no truth to me if I couldna take it in. I daresay there's truth in yon Latin book on your shelves; but it's gibberish and no truth to me, unless I know the meaning o' the words.

Jess C. Scott

Anya looked upon Nin admirably. Having him as a partner-in-crime - if only on this one occasion, which she hoped would only be the start of something more - was more revitalizing than the cheap thrills of a cookie-cutter shallow, superficial romance, where the top priority was how beautiful a person was on the outside.

Stephen King

Words have weight.. Stephen King
Words have weight.

Dejan Stojanovic

Words rich in meaning can be cheap in sound effects.. Dejan Stojanovic
Words rich in meaning can be cheap in sound effects.


Words have value; what is of value in words is meaning. Meaning has something it is pursuing, but the thing that it is pursuing cannot be put into words and handed down.

W.H. Auden

Base words are uttered only by the base
And can for such at once be understood;
But noble platitudes - ah, there's a case
Where the most careful scrutiny is needed
To tell a voice that's genuinely good
From one that's base but merely has succeeded.

Morrie Schwartz

If you've found meaning in your life, you don't want to go back. You want to go forward. You want to see more, do more. You can't wait until you're sixty-five.

A.J. Darkholme

Love is one of the most motivating and self-defining forces in our lives, whether we turn from it or allow ourselves to be drawn to it. If you allow romantic possibilities with others to consume all your time and energy, they will distract you from the things of interest that fill your life with passion and purpose.

Alberto Caeiro

And I find a happiness in the fact of accepting -
In the sublimely scientific and difficult fact of accepting the inevitable natural.

Italo Calvino

A classic is a book that has never finished saying what it has to say.

Markus Zusak

He was the crazy one who had painted himself black and defeated the world. She was
He was the crazy one who had painted himself black and defeated the world.

She was the book thief without the words.

Trust me, though, the words were on their way, and when they arrived, Liesel would hold them in her hands like the clouds, and she would wring them out like rain.

Emily Dickinson

I know nothing in the world that has as much power as a word. Sometimes I write one, and I look at it, until it begins to shine.

Sanhita Baruah

I, sometimes, fear that probably I'll just keep changing cities, and may be someday I'll also
I, sometimes, fear that probably I'll just keep changing cities, and may be someday I'll also travel the world, but never find another soul who thinks exactly the way I do.

Lolly Daskal

Where we fall are the stepping-stones for our journey.

Lolly Daskal

The difference between impossible and possible is a willing heart.

Lolly Daskal

Purpose drives the process by which we become what we are capable of being.

Alberto Caeiro

What comes, when it comes, will be what it is.

Lev Grossman

We're wired to expect the world to be brighter and more meaningful and more obviously interesting than it actually is. And when we realize that it isn't, we start looking around for the real world.

Álvaro De Campos

Superior poets say what they really feel. Mediocre poets say what they decide to feel. Inferior poets say what they think they should feel.

Eric Micha'el Leventhal

Perfection itself is not the ultimate goal
but the ultimate condition of life.

Sandra L. Schneider

The process of leniency involves accepting the reality of the current situation and finding a satisfying meaning therein, as opposed to misconstruing or denying the facts of the situation.

David Cronenberg

We can’t worry about meaning. Ari proposed to us that meaning is a consumer item. Some people manufacture it through religion, philosophy, nationhood, politics, and some people buy it. But an artist is not a manufacturer.

Cristiane Serruya

Sometimes, silence speaks louder than words. Just because it is peaceful, it doesn’t mean it is still and void, as a few may think. It is insightful, powerful and full of meaning. It is when one can’t lie to oneself. You have to learn to listen to what she is not saying. Listen to her silence. And listen to yours, too.

Isidor Isaac Rabi

To me, science is an expression of the human spirit, which reaches every sphere of human culture. It gives an aim and meaning to existence as well as a knowledge, understanding, love, and admiration for the world. It gives a deeper meaning to morality and another dimension to esthetics.


are three words that mean the smae,
and none may exist without the other present.

A.J. Darkholme

The world is changeable, and its ability to change is so fragile that a single person can be responsible for it.


Where words lose their meaning, people lose their lives.

Doug Cooper

There’s a drive in a lost soul - in one that is searching for acceptance, companionship, belonging, whatever you want to call it. The slightest coincidence ignites a spark that one hopes will lead to something meaningful.

Robert S. Mulliken

I decided that life rationally considered seemed pointless and futile, but it is still interesting in a variety of ways, including the study of science. So why not carry on, following the path of scientific hedonism? Besides, I did not have the courage for the more rational procedure of suicide.

Dejan Stojanovic

Through words to the meaning of thoughts with no words.

Maya Angelou

Words mean more than what is set down on paper. It takes the human voice to
Words mean more than what is set down on paper. It takes the human voice to infuse them with shades of deeper meaning.

Patricia A. McKillip

Words, he decided, were inadequate at best, impossible at worst. They meant too many things. Or they meant nothing at all.

Unknown Author

Better than a thousand sayings
Made up of useless words
Is one word of meaning
Which calms you to hear it.

José Saramago

Life is like that, full of words that are not worth saying or that were worth saying once but not any more, each word that we utter will take up the space of another more deserving word, not deserving in its own right, but because of the possible consequences of saying it.

Charlotte Lamb

Words were only an approximation of meaning. The meaning escaped between the words, dissolved, disappeared, like fog fading away between iron bars.

Marty Rubin

Words alone mean nothing, because they can do nothing.

Samuel Adams

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

Anna Lyndsey

Joy lurks in every mundane thing, just waiting to be found. Love is impervious to reason. And words are wonderful.

Pascal Mercier

Sometimes I go to the beach and stand facing the wind, which I wish were icy, colder than we know it in these parts. I wish it would blow all the hackneyed words, all the insipid habits of language out of me so that I could come back with a cleansed mind, cleansed of the banalities of the same talk.

Richard Jackson

The thing is to sift out
the important sounds, little syllables and vowels that bring
hints of their lost words, and not to mistake the fossil for
the life, or the kiss for the love, not to mistake the fragment
for the sentence.

David J. Martinez

how you feel in words is still an action.. because it takes years to express them, time to get them just right, effort to mean them, courage to show them, & dedication to live up to them.

Leo Tolstoy

Spiritual activity, education, civilization, culture, the idea are all vague, indefinite concepts, under the banner of which it is quite convenient to use words that have a still less clear meaning and therefore can easily be plugged into any theory.

Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Faeces by any other name would smell as gross


I will not impress you with words, I will prove to you their definition. It’s a genuine vocabulary.

Jennifer Ott

People don't follow words; they follow conviction and without conviction the words are meaningless.

John R. Dallas Jr.

Words have meaning beyond the obvious. Words have consequences beyond intentions. Civil words align risk and reward of such unknowns.

Adel Sakura

YES and NO is just a word but it have big meanings inside it.

Victor Hugo

Friend' is sometimes a word devoid of meaning; enemy, never.. Victor Hugo
Friend' is sometimes a word devoid of meaning; enemy, never.

Bill Courtney

Many men beg for a job but have no clue what hard work really means.

Howard Schultz

Work should be personal. For all of us. Not just for the artist and entrepreneur. Work should have meaning for the accountant, the construction worker, the technologist, the manager and the clerk.

Fyodor Dostoyevsky

If one wanted to crush and destroy a man entirely, to mete out to him the
If one wanted to crush and destroy a man entirely, to mete out to him the most terrible punishment ... all one would have to do would be to make him do work that was completely and utterly devoid of usefulness and meaning.

Jared Brock

Work is easy when it’s full of meaning and shared with others.. Jared Brock
Work is easy when it’s full of meaning and shared with others.

Matthew B. Crawford

Both as workers and as consumers, we feel we move in channels that have been projected from afar by vast impersonal forces. We worry that we are becoming stupider, an begin to wonder if getting an adequate grasp on the world, intellectually, depends on getting a handle on it in some literal and active sense.

A.J. Darkholme

When you give meaning to even the most meaningless of things around you, you will always stand to be taught something new, have what you already know reinforced, or be reminded of what you've forgotten.

Dean Koontz

It's immeasurably easier to live in a world that's all surfaces, that means nothing and demands
It's immeasurably easier to live in a world that's all surfaces, that means nothing and demands nothing of you.

Tom Hayes

We don't experience our professional and personal lives as separate worlds; they are intertwined and holistic.

Skadi Winter

Everything we do and think has consequences and everything is connected by this web and has a meaning. When we touch the web on one side of the world, it ripples through it to the other - and so on.

Edith Wharton

There is one friend in the life of each of us who seems not a separate person, however dear and beloved, but an expansion, an interpretation, of one's self, the very meaning of one's soul.

Viktor E. Frankl

The attempt to develop a sense of humor and to see things in a humorous light is some kind of a trick learned while mastering the art of living.

Stephenie Meyer

When you can live forever what do you live for?

J.D. Stroube

Life is filled with unanswered questions, but it is the courage to seek those answers that continues to give meaning to life. You can spend your life wallowing in despair, wondering why you were the one who was led towards the road strewn with pain, or you can be grateful that you are strong enough to survive it.

C.S. Lewis

If the whole universe has no meaning, we should never have found out that it has no meaning: just as, if there were no light in the universe and therefore no creatures with eyes, we should never know it was dark. Dark would be without meaning.

K-Ske Hasegawa

It's all crap.
Living is crap.
Life has no meaning.
None. Nowhere to be found.
Why doesn't anybody realize this?

Viktor E. Frankl

I do not forget any good deed done to me & I do not carry a grudge for a bad one.

Virginia Woolf

It might be possible that the world itself is without meaning.

Edgar Lee Masters

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.

Jackie Robinson

A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.

Henry David Thoreau

The language of Friendship is not words, but meanings.


Why do you so earnestly seek
the truth in distant places?
Look for delusion and truth in the
bottom of your own heart.

Thomas Pynchon

Behind the hieroglyphic streets there would either be a transcendent meaning, or only the earth.

Sameh Elsayed

Make her smile, make her laugh and make her happy; because this is the only Truth, Meaning & Beauty act any human can ever achieve.

Tom McNeal

Well, it is true. Sometimes avoiding something can give it more and more meaning rather than less and less.

Julian Barnes

Later on in life, you expect a bit of rest, don't you? You think you deserve it. I did, anyway. But then you begin to understand that the reward of merit is not life's business.

Leo Tolstoy

One must try to make one's life as pleasant as possible. I'm alive and it's not my fault, which means I must somehow go on living the best I can, without bothering anybody, until I die.'
'But what makes you live? With such thoughts, you'll sit without moving, without undertaking anything...'
'Life won't leave one alone as it is.

Marty Rubin

Nothing is more futile than looking for meaning in things that have none.

Aniekee Tochukwu

Blessed are the doubters: for they shall not be easily fooled.. Aniekee Tochukwu
Blessed are the doubters: for they shall not be easily fooled.

Vera Nazarian

I am happy.

I have something to accomplish, create, and achieve.

I am happy.

Nikki Rowe

Were all trying to find meaning to make sense of our realities; in search of happiness within,
Without realising our happiness within; is the only reality that gives life a meaning.

Rebecca McNutt

photographs are very interesting, and you can look into them a million times and still find a new meaning in them, something in the past that was caught in the film itself…

Paulo Coelho

Death is our constant companion, and it is death that gives each person's life its true meaning.

Iris Murdoch

So we live; a spirit that broods and hovers over the continual death of time, the lost meaning, the unrecaptured moment, the unremembered face, until the final chop that ends all our moments and plunges that spirit back into the void from which it came.

L.M. Browning

The cure for our modern maladies is dirt under the fingernails and the feel of thick grass between the toes. The cure for our listlessness is to be out within the invigorating wind. The cure for our uselessness is to take back up our stewardship; for it is not that there has been no work to be done, we simply have not been attending to it.

Craig D. Lounsbrough

Purpose declares that the trajectory of my existence and the course of human history were intentionally set to collide at this precise moment in time because what I have to offer human history is desperately needed at this precise time.

Craig D. Lounsbrough

To say that my existence is entirely inconsequential is to utterly ignore the amazing reality that life is a masterful story penned by a brilliant God who wrote me into the story in such a way that my absence would literally diminish the whole of the story.

Morris R. Gates

I'm left with the pages of my life just turning,
The story being filled slowly day by day,
But the end is approaching and it is out of my hands,
Hopefully I will reach my climax,
Hopefully I will be able to draw my conclusions,
Until then …
All I can do is just turn the page

Lewis Carroll

Must a name mean something?" Alice asked doubtfully.

Of course it must," Humpty Dumpty said with a short laugh; "my name means the shape I am - and a good handsome shape it is, too. With a name like yours, you might be any shape, almost.

Lewis Carroll

What do you suppose is the use of a child without any meaning? Even a joke should have some meaning- and a child's more imporant than a joke, I hope. You couldn't deny that, even if you tried with both hands.

Stephen Crane

A Man Said to the Universe

A man said to the universe:
“Sir, I exist!”
“However,” replied the universe,
“The fact has not created in me
A sense of obligation.

Paul Celan

Don't sign your name
between worlds,

the manifold of meanings,

trust the tearstain,
learn to live.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Imagination is a very high sort of seeing, which does not come by study, but by the intellect being where and what it sees, by sharing the path, or circuits of things through forms, and so making them translucid to others.

Jared Brock

Man’s desire is to know the mind of God.

William Barrett

In teaching the young you have to satisfy the schoolchild in yourself and enter the region where all meanings start. That is where, in any case, the philosopher has perpetually to start.

Susan Griffin

The world of fundamental religion does not recognize even the slightest variation in meaning should this meaning fall outside its own definition of truth.

Terry Tempest Williams

Faith is not about finding meaning in the world, there may be no such thing - faith is the belief in our capacity to create meaningful lives.

Robertson Davies

The little boy nodded at the peony and the peony seemed to nod back. The little boy was neat, clean and pretty. The peony was unchaste, dishevelled as peonies must be, and at the height of its beauty.(...) Every hour is filled with such moments, big with significance for someone.

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