The Human Mind

What is the Meaning of Life?

and also...
Why Are We Here?

What is the meaning of life? What is the purpose of life? Why are we here?
Here are the answers and opinions of some of the greatest minds of all time.

(Most of the names are clickable.)

"Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart.
Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakens."

Carl Gustav Jung

"The sole meaning of life is to serve humanity by contributing to the establishment of the kingdom of God, which can only be done by the recognition and profession of the truth by every man."

Leo Tolstoy

"Vain are the beliefs and teachings that make man miserable, and false is the goodness that leads him into sorrow and despair, for it is man's purpose to be happy on this earth and lead the way to felicity and preach its gospel wherever he goes.
He who does not see the kingdom of heaven in this life will never see it in the coming life."

Khalil Gibran

"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."

Martin Luther King

"You must understand the whole of life, not just one little part of it.
That is why you must read, that is why you must look at the skies, that is why you must sing and dance,
and write poems, and suffer, and understand, for all that is life."

Jiddu Krishnamurti

"As a well-spent day brings happy sleep, so a life well used brings happy death."

Leonardo da Vinci

"Your work is to discover your work and then with all your heart to give yourself to it."

Gautama Buddha

"In the attitude of silence the soul finds the path in a clearer light, and what is elusive and deceptive resolves itself into crystal clearness. Our life is a long and arduous quest after Truth."

Mahatma Gandhi

"The fear of death follows from the fear of life.
A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time."

Mark Twain

"Life is a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint you can on it."

Danny Kaye

"I slept and dreamt that life was Joy.
I woke and saw that life was Duty.
I acted, and behold, Duty was Joy."

Rabindranath Tagore

"The unexamined life is not worth living."


"Wealth is the ability to fully experience life."

Henry David Thoreau

"Where your talents and the needs of the world cross lies your calling."


"What lies behind us and what lies before us
are tiny matters compared to what lies within us."

Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Life without Liberty is like a body without spirit.
Liberty without thought is like a disturbed spirit
... Life, liberty, and thought
- three persons in one substance, eternal, never-ending, and unceasing."

Kahlil Gibran

"The secret of being miserable is to have the leisure to bother about whether you are happy or not.
The cure is occupation."

George Bernard Shaw

"You must be the change you wish to see in the world."

Mahatma Gandhi

"The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past,
worry about the future, or anticipate troubles,
but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly."

Gautama Buddha

"Your living is determined not so much by what life brings to you
as by the attitude you bring to life;
not so much by what happens to you
as by the way your mind looks at what happens."

Kahlil Gibran

"Life's most urgent question is: What are you doing for others?"

Martin Luther King, Jr.

"Live as if you were to die tomorrow.
Learn as if you were to live forever."

Mahatma Gandhi

Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going?

"Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going?", by Paul Gauguin, 1897 (decolorized version)

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