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.
And of course it can't ever be alive, because it is made of wood.
This is live paper,' she said, 'and all the dolls you cut out of it will be alive, and able to think and to talk.
With all this the Irishman decided to stay; but that night there were three at him for every one that was there the two nights before, and it looked very unlikely that he would be alive in the morning after all that he got.
She was happy to be alive and breathing, when her whole being seemed to be one with the sunlight, the color, the odors, the luxuriant warmth of some perfect Southern day.
There were days when she was unhappy, she did not know why,--when it did not seem worth while to be glad or sorry, to be alive or dead; when life appeared to her like a grotesque pandemonium and humanity like worms struggling blindly toward inevitable annihilation.
And that other dreadful person--the girl who is all patches--seems to be alive, too.
THE West Brom fan who suffered a cardiac arrest whilst watching his beloved Baggies beat Chelsea says he wouldn't be alive had it not been for the fact a heart specialist was sitting two rows in front of him.
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.
In the shoot out, Gujjar lost two of his colleagues but considers himself lucky to be alive despite being hospitalised for bullet wounds.