To exist is equivalent to an act of faith, a protest against the truth, an interminable prayer. . . . As soon as they consent to live, the unbeliever and the man of faith are fundamentally the same, since both have made the only decision that defines a being
-E. M. Cioran (b. 1911), Rumanian-born French philosopher. The Temptation to Exist, title essay (1956).