be alive

See: exist
References in classic literature ?
"Well," said the Cowardly Lion, drawing a long breath of relief, "I see we are going to live a little while longer, and I am glad of it, for it must be a very uncomfortable thing not to be alive. Those creatures frightened me so badly that my heart is beating yet."
The TV anchor is grateful to be alive. He said: "I remember walking towards the front door and opening it and that is all.
Till I am alive, the committee will be alive," he said.
APPRENTICE star Panos Zambetakis has revealed that he is lucky to be alive after he collapsed during a business trip.
I am the one who decide to make sense out of life, because even though I felt dead, I fought to be alive ...
But she is glad to be alive and just wants to get on with getting better."