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exist on borrowed time

To live or exist in a temporary and/or tenuous position, which may come to an end suddenly and abruptly. The small aboriginal population has been existing on borrowed time since the invaders began colonizing their land. Accidents and disease can strike so unexpectedly that it feels like we're all existing on borrowed time.
See also: borrow, exist, on, time

pardon me for (living, breathing, existing, etc.)!

An angry, exasperated response to a criticism or rebuke that one feels is unwarranted or unjustified. (Any gerund verb that approximately means "living" can be used after "for.") A: "Would you please just sit down and stop trying to help? You're only getting in my way!" B: "Well, pardon me for breathing!" You don't need to get so upset, I was just suggesting you ask for directions. Pardon me for living!
See also: pardon

Pardon me for existing!

An angry, exasperated response to a criticism or rebuke that one feels is unwarranted or unjustified. A: "Would you please just sit down and stop trying to help? You're only getting in my way!" B: "Well, pardon me for existing!" You don't need to get so upset, I was just suggesting you ask for directions. Pardon me for existing!
See also: pardon

If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent Him.

Prov. People need a deity to worship. (This is an English translation of a quote from Voltaire. It is often parodied, using a person's name instead of God and implying that the person is somehow necessary.) The atheist tried to convince Jerry that God does not exist, and that people should not waste their time worshiping Him. "But you can't stop people from worshiping God," Jerry replied. "If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent Him." The unscrupulous mayor was such a convenient scapegoat for the city's problems that if she had not existed, it would have been necessary to invent her.
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References in classic literature ?
Hence the chance of discovering species with transitional grades of structure in a fossil condition will always be less, from their having existed in lesser numbers, than in the case of species with fully developed structures.
Another Proof: Furthermore, it was always in His power to create these things-and nothing could or did prevent Him from doing so--they must therefore have existed with Him eternally (abadan).
Most group disability policies include a provision that excludes coverage for illness or physical conditions that existed before the policy took effect.
Caltrans is looking at variations of the design that would keep the highway work clear of the Llano del Rio Colony ruins - rock pillars and a chimney from a hotel plus rock walls and a silo from a dairy barn that represents the remnants of a socialist settlement that existed between 1914 and 1918.
If his intent was to explain to Virginia that Santa Claus existed in some special, metaphorical sense, he didn't spend any words doing that.
Therefore], it is not strange to speak of an infinite action in the past as if it existed in an infinite time, just as we talk about the time in future.