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A Quote by Dean Koontz on courage, love, friendship, compassion, empathy, humanity, meaning, and drea

Is there some meaning to this life?
What purpose lies behind the strife?
Whence do we come, where are we bound?
These cold questions echo and resound
through each day, each lonely night.
We long to find the splendid light
that will cast a revelatory beam
upon the meaning of the human dream.


Courage, love, friendship,
compassion, and empathy
lift us above the simple beasts
and define humanity.

Dean Koontz

Source: Book Of Counted Sorrows

Contributed by: Jennifer

A Quote by Dean Koontz on purpose, vision, suicide, meaning, and mission

Life without meaning
cannot be borne.
We find a mission
to which we're sworn
--or answer the call
of Death's dark horn.
Without a gleaning
of purpose in life,
we have no vision,
we live in strife,
--or let blood fall
on a suicide knife.

Dean Koontz

Source: Book of Counted Sorrows

Contributed by: Jennifer

A Quote by Lorene Scarfaria on world, life, meaning, and love

We didn't miss it. This is it. C'mon. You wanna go home?

Lorene Scarfaria

Source: Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist

Contributed by: Siona

A Quote by Francis Carbajal on god, humor, jokes, meaning, and life

Sometimes I wonder if God put you where you are just to laugh at the jokes he created.

Francis Carbajal

Contributed by: CentriRitanni

A Quote by Paul Michael Kaiser on reality, life, philosophy, religion, thoughts, words, ideas, meaning, and experience

I'm not entirely sure, but I'm pretty sure that you can be fairly sure that there is absolutely nothing you can be sure of.  If you take the time to think about it all, you start to realize that absolutely everything we experience might not even be real.  For instance, it is actually possible that our thoughts might not be entirely our own.  Our words have no absolute meaning.  In example, when someone mentions the color green it can be assumed that everyone would think of a green color but it can also be assumed that they are not all thinking of the same shade of green.  Any time you come to a conclusion about something you are probably wrong or at least not entirely correct.  Why else would there be so many varying philosophies, religions and social concepts and always more to come.  It can be assumed that we can't know everything about everything for sure.

Paul Kaiser

Source: I'm as sure as I can be that this quote came from my own mind through my finger tips and onto the world wide web.

Contributed by: ataraxia

A Quote by Frederick Buechner on words, writing, clear, make happen, power, and meaning

The magic of words is that they have power to do more than convey meaning; not only do they have the power to make things clear, they make things happen.

Frederick Buechner

Contributed by: Marcella

A Quote by Bertrand Russell on mind, introspection, meaning, life, wisdom, and perception

"The mind is a strange machine which can combine the materials offered to it in the most astonishing ways, but without material from the external world it is powerless, and unlike the sausage machine it must seize its material for itself, since events only become experiences through the interest we take in them; if they do not interest us, we are making nothing of them. The man, therefore, whose attention is turned within finds nothing worthy of his notice, whereas the man whose attention is turned outward can find within, in those rare moments when he examines his soul, the most varied and interesting assortment of ingredients being dissected and recombined into beautiful and instructive patterns."

Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970)

Source: The Conquest of Happiness

Contributed by: James

A Quote by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. on kurt vonnegut, life, reason, meaning, and breakfast of champions

Of course it is exhausting, having to reason all the time in a universe which wasn't meant to be reasonable.

Kurt Vonnegut (1922 -)

Source: Breakfast of Champions

Contributed by: Gilly

A Quote by Anaïs Nin on women s wisdom, living, individuality, story, and meaning

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 (1903 - 1977)

Contributed by: Janet

A Quote by Warren Bennis on groups, leadership, vision, organizations, and meaning

Great Groups are vivid Utopias. They are a picture of the way organizations ought to look -- sort of like a set of aspirations and a graphic illustration of what's possible. So how do we, in our mundane, quotidian organizations, create these things? I think there are a number of factors that we can look at.

Perhaps the key factor, and it's almost a banal thing to say, is finding a meaning in what you do. That is, how do you make people feel that what they're doing is somewhat equivalent to a search for the Holy Grail?

This is more than just having a vision. You can see the difference in the often-cited way in which Steve Jobs brought in John Sculley to take over Apple. At the time, Sculley was destined to be the head of Pepsico. The clincher came when Jobs asked him, "How many more years of your life do you want to spend making colored water when you can have an opportunity to come here and change the world?"

Warren Bennis

Source: An Interview with Warren Bennis: http://www.strategy-business.com/press/16635507/18276

Contributed by: ~C4Chaos

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