Life is meaningless unless you bring meaning to it…

Everything in this world has a hidden meaning.

Nikos Kazantzakis (1883 – 1957)

It’s in responsibility that most people find the meaning that sustains them through life. It’s not in happiness. It’s not in impulsive pleasure.”

Jordan Peterson (b. 1962)

Death gives meaning to our lives. It gives importance and value to time. Time would become meaningless if there were too much of it.

Raymond Kurzweil (b. 1948)

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

Thomas Merton (1915 – 1968)

A good song gathers the years in. It’s why you can sing it with such conviction 40 years after it’s been written. A good song takes on more meaning as the years pass by.

Bruce Springsteen (b. 1949)

You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are look for the meaning of life.

Albert Camus (1913 – 1960)

Life has meaning only in the struggle. Triumph or defeat is in the hands of the Gods. So let us celebrate the struggle!

Stevie Wonder (b. 1950)

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

John Stuart Mill (1806 – 1873)

From a motivation perspective, helping others enriches the meaning and purpose of our own lives, showing us that our contributions matter and energizing us to work harder, longer, and smarter.

Adam Grant (b. 1981)

Life is meaningless unless you bring meaning to it; … it is up to us to create our own existence. Unless you do something, unless you make something it’s as though you aren’t there.

Alan Alda (b. 1936)

P.S. Shabbat Shalom!

I’m offline for the Jewish Sabbath for ~25 hours from sunset on Friday to sunset on Saturday. I look forward to reconnecting with you soon!

27 thoughts on “Life is meaningless unless you bring meaning to it…”

  1. I’m with Bruce. And also Stevie in this respect–without problems to solve, life would be boring. That’s why Heaven has absolutely no appeal to me. So I’m glad I’m not going to end up there. (K)

      1. I don’t know whether Hofstadter knew he was channeling Ginsberg when he wrote that American sentence about where the meaning of a haiku lies, but I tend to doubt that it was coincidence.
        ““Where There’s Pattern, There’s Reason The key thought in the preceding few lines is the article of faith that this pattern cannot merely be a coincidence. A mathematician who finds a pattern of this sort will instinctively ask, “Why? What is the reason behind this order?” Not only will all mathematicians wonder what the reason is, but even more importantly, they will all implicitly believe that whether or not anyone ever finds the reason, there must be a reason for it. Nothing happens “by accident” in the world of mathematics.”
        ― Douglas R. Hofstadter, I Am a Strange Loop

          1. Having paged through, not to say plumbed, Hofstadter’s ‘Godel, Escher, Bach – An Eternal Golden Braid,’ a few decades ago, I am biased toward the non-coincidence scenario, and never cease to be amazed. ; )

  2. “Unless you do something, unless you make something it’s as though you aren’t there.” Truth. I don’t feel alive unless I’m creating something, whether it’s writing or, in years past, music or nature photography. Bringing life to a new creation brings life to me–one can’t exist without the other.

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