“To Live is the Rarest Thing in the World: Most People Exist, That is All” — Oscar Wilde

Andrew Wood
4 min readJun 19, 2024

Oscar Wilde, a master of wit and a keen observer of human nature, once said, “To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.” This poignant statement invites us to reflect deeply on the nature of our existence and the true essence of living. In a world driven by routines, societal expectations, and the relentless pursuit of material success, Wilde’s words challenge us to examine whether we are truly living or merely existing.

The Distinction Between Living and Existing

To exist is to be present in the world, to go through the motions of daily life without genuinely engaging with it. Existing is passive; a lack of passion, purpose, and fulfillment characterizes it. On the other hand, to live is to embrace life fully and to actively participate in the world with enthusiasm and a sense of purpose. Living is about seeking experiences, forming meaningful connections, and finding joy in the journey.

The Pursuit of Authentic Living

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Andrew Wood

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