Vanity of Existence

“The vanity of existence is revealed in the whole form existence assumes; in the infiniteness of time and space contrasted with the finiteness of the individual in both; in the fleeting present as the sole form in which actuality exists; in the contingency and relativity of all things; in continual becoming without being; in continual desire without satisfaction; in the continual frustration of striving of which life consists.”

– Arthur Schopenhauer, On the Vanity of Existence.