On the meaning of life…

As found in Terry Eagleton's The Meaning of Life:

"Truth is ugly. We possess art lest we perish of the truth."
     Friedrich Nietzsche, The Will to Power

"…Out, out, brief candle!
Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player,
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage,
And then is heard no more; it is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing."
     William Shakespeare, Macbeth, Act 5, Scene 5

"Uncreated, without reason for being, without any connection with another being, being-in-itself is superfluous for all eternity."
     Jean-Paul Sartre, Being and Nothingness

"Not how the world is, is the mystical, but that it is."
     Ludwig Wittgenstein, Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus 6.44

"Sigmund Freud, for example, came to believe that the meaning of life was death – that the whole effort of Eros or the life-instincts was to return to a condition of death-like stasis, where the ego could no longer be harmed."
     Terry Eagleton, The Meaning of Life, pg. 115

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