Quotes of Emptiness

“ Once you fully apprehend the vacuity of a life without struggle, you are equipped with the basic means of salvation. ”

- Tennessee Williams

“ A thing of beauty is a joy for ever: Its loveliness increases; it will never pass into nothingness; but still will keep a bower quiet for us, and a sleep full of sweet dreams, and health, and quiet breathing… ”

- John Keats

“ All the little emptiness of love! ”

- Rupert Brooke

“ Revenge could steal a man's life until there was nothing left but emptiness. ”

- Louis L’Amour

“ Nature abhors a vacuum. When a head lacks brains, nature fills it with conceit. ”

- Unknown

“ One does not kill oneself for love of a woman, but because love — any love — reveals us in our nakedness, our misery, our vulnerability, our nothingness. ”

- Cesare Pavese

“ God made everything out of nothing, but the nothingness shows through. ”

- Paul Valery

“ Nature abhors a vacuum, and if I can only walk with sufficient carelessness I am sure to be filled. ”

- Henry David Thoreau

“ I must have something to engross my thoughts, some object in life which will fill this vacuum and prevent this sad wearing away of the heart. ”

- Elizabeth Blackwell

“ A life of nothing's nothing worth, From that first nothing ere his birth, To that last nothing under earth. ”

- Lord Alfred Tennyson

“ If a due participation of office is a matter of right, how are vacancies to be obtained? Those by death are few: by resignation, none. ”

- Thomas Jefferson

“ The funny thing about having all this so-called success is that behind it is a certain horrible emptiness. ”

- Sam Shepard

“ Nothing happens until something moves. ”

- Sir John Denham

“ He was a solemn, unsmiling, sanctimonious old iceberg who looked like he was waiting for a vacancy in the Trinity. ”

- Mark Twain

“ Nature abhors a vacuum. When a head lacks brains, nature fills it with conceit. ”

- Unknown

“ Gloomy calm of idle vacancy. ”

- Samuel Johnson

“ Well, excuuuuuse me!!!! ”

- Steve Martin

“ It is only the consciousness of a nonexistence which allows us to realize for moments that we are living. ”

- Max Frisch

“ In indolent vacuity of thought. ”

- William Cowper

“ Nothing is more dreadful in life than the profound thought that death may only greet you with eternal nothingness. ”

- Kim Elizabeth

“ Too often, governments have operated in a vacuum, believing they could come up with some magic formula to which they have an exclusive patent. ”

- Kim Campbell

“ The moon is a white strange world, great, white, soft-seeming globe in the night sky, and what she actually communicates to me across space I shall never fully know. But the moon that pulls the tides, and the moon that controls the menstrual periods of women, and the moon that touches the lunatics, she is not the mere dead lump of the astronomer… ”

- D. H. Lawrence

“ We see the universe as it is... and these naked truths are cruel ones. We who believe in life, and treasure it, will die. Afterward there will be nothing, eternal emptiness, blackness, nonexistence. In our living there has been no purpose, no poetry, no meaning… ”

- George R. R. Martin

“ The futility of everything that comes to us from the media is the inescapable consequence of the absolute inability of that particular stage to remain silent. Music, commercial breaks, news flashes, adverts, news broadcasts, movies, presenters — there is no alternative but to fill the screen; otherwise there would be an irremediable void… ”

- Jean Baudrillard

“ Not chaos, not the darkest pit of lowest Erebus, nor aught of blinder vacancy, scooped out by help of dreams — can breed such fear and awe as fall upon us often when we look into our minds, into the mind of man. ”

- William Wordsworth

“ In it he proves that all things are true and states how the truths of all contradictions may be reconciled physically, such as for example that white is black and black is white; that one can be and not be at the same time; that there can be hills without valleys; that nothingness is something and that everything, which is, is not… ”

- Cyrano de Bergerac

“ An educated, well-trained workforce is the key to our state's economic prosperity. We need to take down the no vacancy sign and ensure we are focusing on the needs of both today and tomorrow's employers. ”

- Christine Gregoire

“ Our greatest pretenses are built up not to hide the evil and the ugly in us, but our emptiness. The hardest thing to hide is something that is not there. ”

- Eric Hoffer

“ God is the Celebrity-Author of the World's Best-Seller. We have made God into the biggest celebrity of all, to contain our own emptiness. ”

- Daniel J. Boorstin

“ Whoever finds love beneath hurt and grief disappears into emptiness with a thousand new disguises. ”

- Jalaluddin Rumi
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