• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Self-existence Inherent existence; existence possessed by virtue of a being's own nature, and independent of any other being or cause; -- an attribute peculiar to God.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n self-existence The property or fact of being self-existent.
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  • Sir Walter Scott
    “There never will exist anything permanently noble and excellent in the character which is a stranger to resolute self-denial.”
  • Marcel Proust
    “The bonds that unite another person to our self exist only in our mind.”


In literature:

The State existing now is the outcome of Germany's own self, of the idea, of the soul of Germany.
"The Arena" by Various
Before self-will can be surrendered, its existence must be realised.
"The Idea of God in Early Religions" by F. B. Jevons
Either something very like this takes place, or we cease to exist as a self-conscious individual intelligence.
"The New Avatar and The Destiny of the Soul" by Jirah D. Buck
But alas for such self-deception, if, indeed, it ever existed.
"The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte" by William Milligan Sloane
Self-regard, that is, is essential, and sympathy supposes its existence.
"The English Utilitarians, Volume I." by Leslie Stephen
Still the continued existence of the shire-moot kept up the custom of self-government more than anything else in England.
"A Student's History of England, v. 1 (of 3)" by Samuel Rawson Gardiner
The soul, the self, while in this form of existence, must have a body through which to function.
"The Higher Powers of Mind and Spirit" by Ralph Waldo Trine
Existence is a fight, and has to be fought out; self-defence is a noble art, and must be practiced.
"Shadow and Light" by Mifflin Wistar Gibbs
It is founded on self-government, and self-government is the root from which the existing sentiment of unity has sprung.
"Liberalism" by L. T. Hobhouse
The better self, if it ever existed, got stamped out.
"Christopher Hibbault, Roadmaker" by Marguerite Bryant
Does Mr. Mill really suppose that all noumena are self-existent?
"The Philosophy of the Conditioned" by H. L. Mansel
His 'indolence' and 'self-indulgence,' if they had ever existed, had disappeared completely and for ever.
"The Life of Sir James Fitzjames Stephen, Bart., K.C.S.I." by Sir Leslie Stephen
I don't think I ever loved you; I was loving a man who didn't exist, an illusion I imagined to be Ed Sorenson, not your real self.
"In the Shadow of the Hills" by George C. Shedd
Nations can no longer exist as self-sufficient economic units.
"Prize Orations of the Intercollegiate Peace Association" by Intercollegiate Peace Association
Both recognized existence as the primal fact, self-evident and indisputable.
"Ancient and Modern Celebrated Freethinkers" by Charles Bradlaugh, A. Collins, and J. Watts
There is a substance or self-existence of the psychic states.
"Monophysitism Past and Present" by A. A. Luce
Beauty of form in music is absolute, independent, self-existent.
"The Galaxy, June 1877" by Various
What is it that is the self-existent, independent, self-sustaining and eternal?
"The Galaxy, May, 1877" by Various
Of this self it is true to say that it exists only as it thinks, and that it thinks always.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 4" by Various
Nor can Love and pride exist in the same heart, for love is necessarily unselfish, and the proud soul is essentially bound up in self.
"The Warfare of the Soul" by Shirley C. Hughson

In poetry:

Companioning with angels bright,
Perhaps with kindred spirits join'd,
Adore the self-existent God,
That brought salvation to mankind.
"Retired Hours" by Maria Frances Cecilia Cowper
Second Voice.
What the holy Gospel means
By the Word, is that great Spirit
Who was in Himself for ever,
First, last, always self-existent.
"The Two Lovers Of Heaven: Chrysanthus And Daria - Act I" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
DEMON. 'Tis that passage which declares
(Well I know the words) this dictum:
"God is one supremest good,
One pure essence, one existence,
Self-sustained, all sight, all hands."
"The Wonder-Working Magician - Act I" by Denis Florence MacCarthy

In news:

We believe strongly in Israel's right to exist and right to self defense and don't apologize for it.
As I read through another self-righteously indignant news release from NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr, it struck me that the NHL's players and the equally self-righteous and indignant owners truly exist in a kind of bubble.
Creating a Boutique Records-Storage Center in Your Existing Self-Storage Operation: High Yield at Very Little Cost.
Adding a boutique records-storage center to your existing self-storage operation can yield a high return per square foot with long-term contracts.
No self respecting hip and modern, self aware urban garden loving household could exist without bees.
MSC says lesser self-defense claim doesn't exist.
We're looking for a self motivated, high energy team player, who can work existing station accounts, as well as develop new direct business.
A request to rezone a property and allow the conversion of an existing building to self-storage was denied by the planning commission in Mobile, Ala .
HiQube works in concert with an organization's existing IT business infrastructure to deliver self-driven, advanced analytics capabilities throughout the enterprise.
When a seed self-sows and grows after being released from an existing plant, bird, or blowing in from the neighbor's yard, you now have a volunteer seedling.
Hunter Hayes may have played every single instrument on his self-titled debut, but that doesn't mean that he is able to take command of every instrument in existence.
Performance of self- leveling mortars containing gypsum plaster that are used to improve the levelness, smoothness, and flatness of existing floors.
Sixty-five yr old Arthur Jones served a self-imposed existence sentence – in his individual home.
Adding Portable -Storage to an Existing Self Storage Business.
Less famous but no less powerful than his proofs for the existence of God is Aquinas's beautiful explanation of why a self-sufficient God created the world.

In science:

Proposition 2.9. — For any n > 0 there exists a simply connected symplectic fourfold containing n smooth symplectic nonintersecting curves with positive self-intersection.
Simple examples of symplectic fourfolds with exotic properties
Self-adjoint extensions of A exist if and only if n+ = n− =: n, in which case they are parametrized by the group U (n).
Dynamics in Stationary, Non-Globally Hyperbolic Spacetimes
The proponents of CAS would certainly argue that the existence of emergent properties, which is to say self-organization, is partly the reason for the development of their theory.
From Knowledge, Knowability and the Search for Objective Randomness to a New Vision of Complexity
Now we will show that the existence of different functional forms for the effective conductivity denotes a nonuniversal character of this value for self-dual two-phase systems with different random structures.
On universality of conductivity of planar random self-dual systems
Using Flory type free energy arguments we analyzed the statistics of these conformational shapes, and showed the existence of localization-delocalization transition as a function of the strength of the self-avoiding interaction.
Localization of Polymers in Random Media: Analogy with Quantum Particles in Disorder
Suppose there exists a non-adjointable bounded A-linear mapping f : X → X , (so X cannot be self-dual by [15, 8]).
Superstability of adjointable mappings on Hilbert $C^*$-modules
If limn→∞ P ω n exists ω -a.s. and is non-random, then we say that the property P is self-averaging.
Localization transition for a copolymer in an emulsion
Martin et al proved the existence of a localization transition for a self-avoiding walk model and obtained qualitative results about the shape of the phase transition curve.
Localization transition for a copolymer in an emulsion
The fact that free energy is self-averaging, meaning that f (β ) (if the limit exists) is also the almost sure limit of the FN , is a simple consequence of the Gaussian concentration inequality.
On a nonhierarchical version of the generalized random energy model
On the existence of self-intersections for quasi-every Brownian path in space.
A special set of exceptional times for dynamical random walk on $\Z^2$
In a more general class of self-adjoint Anderson-type models it has been shown that the existence of critical energies with vanishing Lyapunov exponents can lead to the coexistence of spectral localization and suitable forms of dynamical delocalization, e.g. .
Lyapunov Exponents for Unitary Anderson Models
We also note, in the case β = 0, a more general graph process, allowing cycles and self-loops, can be formed in terms of the “tree” model above (cf. and Ch. 4 ) where several sets of edges are added to possibly different existing vertices at each step preferentially.
Growth of preferential attachment random graphs via continuous-time branching processes
Furthermore, there exists a sequence (hn ) of elements hn of the self-adjoint part Asa of A such that δ |An = ad(ihn )|An (see , Example 3.2.25).
Approximately inner derivations
Xiong, A simple proof of Sharkovski˘ı’s theorem on the existence of periodic points of continuous self-maps of an interval, J.
A collection of simple proofs of Sharkovsky's theorem
Since it is self-adjoint there exists an orthonormal basis of L2 (X , m) that is formed by eigenvectors of R.
On the characterization of isotropic Gaussian fields on homogeneous spaces of compact groups