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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, especially since they believe they did something very minimal or nothing at all. (Any verb that approximately means "living" can be used after "for.") A: "Would you please just sit down and stop 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!

Pardon me for existing!

An angry, exasperated response to a criticism or rebuke that one feels is unwarranted or unjustified, especially since they believe they did something very minimal or nothing at all. A: "Would you please just sit down and stop 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.
See also: did, god, if, invent, necessary, not
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If they did not exist with Him eternally, but came into existence temporally, then there must be another cause for their existence.
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For a millennia the brightest intellects of the age turned their efforts toward proving that God exists and that, consequently, faith in Him is reasonable and logical.
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Either Church was telling Virginia that Santa Claus (the person in the red suit whom she was asking about) truly exists (a falsehood), or he was telling her that Santa Claus stands for generosity and love and the like, and therefore exists but not as a real person in the sense that she meant But he failed to add the last part of this thought and thus evaded her question.
Limited liability exists if under local law there is no member personally liable for the debts of, or claims against, the organization.
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However, we have established that the two [entities] in a correlation should coincide in existence--if one of them exists in potentiality, the other should also exist in potentiality, and if one of them exists in actuality, the other should also exist in actuality--therefore, what remains is that the existence of time should coincide with the existence of the period in order for both to exist in actuality, [for otherwise] the existence of the period before the time would require a time in the past before it and this goes on ad infinitum.