"Man cannot endure his own littleness unless he can translate it into meaningfulness on the largest possible level."
~Ernest Becker, 1973, The Denial of Death.
"...hope cannot be said to exist, nor can it be said not to exist. It is just like the roads across the earth. For actually the earth had no roads to begin with, but when many men pass one way, a road is made."
~Lu Xun, 1921/1959, "My Old Home".
"...the individual is defined only by his relationship to the world and to other individuals; he exists only by transcending himself, and his freedom can be achieved only through the freedom of others. He justifies his existence by a movement which, like freedom, springs from his heart but which leads outside of himself."
~Simone de Beauvoir, 1948, The Ethics Of Ambiguity.
"I call a lie: wanting not to see something one does see, wanting not to see something as one sees it... The most common lie is the lie one tells to oneself; lying to others is relatively the exception."
~Friedrich Nietzsche, 1894/1990, The Anti-Christ.
"...despair is suffering without meaning."
~Viktor E. Frankl, 2000, Man's Search for Ultimate Meaning.
"The greatest cause of evil included all human motives in one giant paradox. Good and bad were so inextricably mixed that we couldn't make them out; bad seemed to lead to good, and good motives led to bad. The paradox is that evil comes from man's urge to heroic victory over evil."
~Ernest Becker (1975), Escape from Evil.
"There can be no question of holding forth on ethics. I have seen people behave badly with great morality and I note every day that integrity has no need of rules."
~Albert Camus, 1955, The Myth of Sisyphus: And Other Essays.