80 Thought-Provoking Nihilism Quotes About Nothingness!

80 Thought-Provoking Nihilism Quotes About Nothingness!
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Tripboba.com - Nihilism is a popular thought and idea brought up by German philosopher, Friedrich Nietzsche. Later, through the years, many people adapted and took this idea into a serious course, especially in academic and social life.

These are some nihilism quotes that may suit your perspective of nothingness.

Optimistic Nihilism Quotes

These nihilism quotes shouldn't be your best thing to hold on, you should be able to see the variety of ideas emerged through the human history. Nihilism was only for those who were "tired" of the complex problematic world. Yet, it is worth learning and exploring. Let's check 'em out!

  • "As a nihilist, I recognize that meaning does not exist. If we exterminate ourselves as a species and vaporize our beautiful world, the universe will not cry with us (a condition called the pathetic fallacy). No gods will intervene. It will just happen and then — and then the universe will go on. We will not be remembered. We will simply not be." ― Vjay Prozak
  • "Certainty is not to be had. But as we learn this, we become not more moral but more resigned. We become nihilists." ― Allen Wheelis
  • "Famously, there’s not really anywhere to go after nihilism. It’s not progressing toward anything, it’s a statement of outrage, however brilliant." ― Alan Moore
  • "For me, the more I think about the problems of the world, I feel I have to be positive. I wouldn’t like to fall into cynicism or nihilism. That’s not in my nature." ― Manu Chao
  • "How obtuse these nihilists are! Because I will die someday, does that mean I shouldn’t enjoy my life now?" ― Marty Rubin
  • "I feel like an expressionist nihilist deep in my heart. And I think nihilism can stop the wheel from going around, around, around, around, around – saying the same thing, reacting the same way." ― Tom Burke
  • "I might be a nihilist except that I don’t believe in anything." ― Mitchell Heisman
  • "Like alcoholism and drug addiction, nihilism is a disease of the soul. It can never be completely cured, and there is always the possibility of relapse. But there is always a chance for conversion — a chance for people to believe that there is hope for the future and a meaning to struggle… Nihilism is not overcome by arguments or analyses; it is tamed by love and care." ― Cornel West
  • "My grandfather was a practicing Quaker. My father was a nihilist. But nihilism, if you like, is the beginning of faith, anyway." ― Sebastian Horsley
  • "Nihilism has no substance. There is no such thing as nothingness, and zero does not exist. Everything is something. Nothing is nothing." ― Victor Hugo
  • "Nihilism is a natural consequence of a culture (or civilization) ruled and regulated by categories that mask manipulation, mastery, and domination of peoples and nature." ― Cornel West
  • "Nihilism is an honest evaluation of what a universe without God would look like. Nietzsche was right about that. Where he went wrong was in thinking this was true of the actual universe." ― Jon Morrison
  • "Nihilism is but the other side of conventionalism; its creed consists of negations of the current so-called positive values, to which it remains bound." ― Hannah Arendt
  • "Nihilism is… not only the belief that everything deserves to perish; but one actually puts one shoulder to the plow; one destroys." ― Friedrich Nietzsche
  • "Nihilism isn’t sustainable as a magic feather. I don’t want to be able to sleep at night because I don’t care about what’s happening tomorrow." ― Liz Harris
  • "Nihilism, denying the significance of our actions, makes no sense. It is a self-fulfilling prophecy. If we believe that we are not going to make it, we will actually not do anything." ― Agustin Argelich
  • "Nihilists embrace life’s existence by the acceptance of nothingness." ― Martijn Budel
  • "The fundamental principle of Nihilism, properly so-called, was absolute individualism. It was the negation, in the name of individual liberty, of all the obligations imposed upon the individual by society, by family life, and by religion. Nihilism was a passionate and powerful reaction, not against political despotism, but against the moral despotism that weighs upon the private and inner life of the individual." ― Stepniak Stepniak
  • "The nihilist sees avoid. I see everything that fills it." ― Marty Rubin
  • "There’s nothing in the dreary, nihilistic, atheistic vision of scientific sophistry peddled by the likes of Sam Harris that could ever transform the human race. Humanity needs the right experts to lead it, not the wrong ones: not the charlatans, gurus and glory hunters." ― Mike Hockney
Keep reading for more optimistic views on the nihilism quotes for your references.

Existential Nihilism Quotes

Existential Nihilism Quotes
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Nihilism is seen as the opposite of Jean Paul Sartre's existentialism, which it sees the existence of this physical thing comes last after the ideas, well, this is just personal thoughts.

You can explore deeper on it. But, here are some others of the nihilism quotes on existentialism you should know. Let's find out!

  • "I believe that we are all, openly or secretly, struggling against one or another kind of nihilism." ― Ellen Willis
  • "I think there is an element of nihilism about, but I don’t think most artists feel their work is meaningless." ― Leonard Baskin
  • "I think you can get to a point where nihilism if that’s the right word, is overwhelming, and the basic laws that society has set up – either religious or social laws – become meaningless." ― Bruce Springsteen
  • "If we believe in nothing, if nothing has any meaning and if we can affirm no values whatsoever, then everything is possible and nothing has any importance." ― Albert Camus
  • "If you could be either God’s worst enemy or nothing, which would you choose?" ― Chuck Palahniuk
  • "If you live today, you breathe in nihilism … it’s the gas you breathe. If I hadn’t had the Church to fight it with or to tell me the necessity of fighting it, I would be the stinkingest logical positivist you ever saw right now." ― Flannery O’Connor
  • "In many ways, anti-anti-Trumpism mirrors Donald Trump himself because, at its core, there are no fixed values, no respect for constitutional government, or ideas of personal character ― only a free-floating nihilism cloaked in insult, mockery, and bombast." ― Charlie Sykes
  • "It’s time for the human race to escape the nihilism of scientism. It’s time for meaning, purpose, life, mind, and qualia to be restored to their rightful, primary, defining place. Amazingly, it’s mathematics that allows the universe to be a living organism once again rather than a dead machine." ― Mike Hockney
  • "Lack of originality, everywhere, all over the world, from time immemorial, has always been considered the foremost quality and the recommendation of the active, efficient and practical man." ― Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • "Liberal capitalism is not at all the Good of humanity. Quite the contrary; it is the vehicle of savage, destructive nihilism." ― Alain Badiou
  • "Nearly half of the American population is eagerly anticipating the end of the world. This dewy-eyed nihilism provides absolutely no incentive to build a sustainable civilization. Many of these people are lunatics, but they are not the lunatic fringe." ― Sam Harris
  • "Nihilism brings us down to earth by forcing us to confront our puniness, our failures, and our finitude. It reminds us that we are not gods and thus helps to put us back into our appropriate place." ― John Marmysz
  • "Our own civilization has lost its way, and this makes us even more vulnerable to Islamist nihilism." ― Tom Tancredo
  • "Scientists are skeptics. It’s unfortunate that the word ‘skeptic’ has taken on other connotations in the culture involving nihilism and cynicism. Really, in its pure and original meaning, it’s just thoughtful inquiry." ― Michael Shermer
  • "Some kind of philosophical mission, something that would push back, if only for a moment, against the inescapable nihilism of this place." ― Marie Brennan
  • "The middle way is a view of life that avoids the extreme of misguided grasping born of believing there is something we can find, or buy, or cling to that will not change. And it avoids the despair and nihilism born from the mistaken belief that nothing matters, that all is meaningless." ― Sharon Salzberg
  • "The modern mind is in complete disarray. Knowledge has stretched itself to the point where neither the world nor our intelligence can find any foot-hold. It is a fact that we are suffering from nihilism." ― Albert Camus
  • "The philosophy that prepares a revolution and the sentiment that underpins the philosophy have, in every case the two pillars of nihilism and mysticism." ― Yukio Mishima
  • "There must be somebody there, because somebody must have said "Nobody.”" ― A.A. Milne
  • "There were many slippery slopes to nihilism in this new world, and the higher up you were, the easier it was to fall down one of them." ― Tom B. Night

Nihilist Quote

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Then there are these people who believe in the idea of nihilism. They extend and put the idea in any context such as society, civilization, industry, and so on. These are the other nihilism quotes from nihilists for you. Let's take a look!

  • "A nihilist is not one who believes in nothing , but one who does not believe in what exists." – Albert Camus
  • "All good things were formerly bad things; every original sin has turned into an original virtue." – Friedrich Nietzsche
  • "Destroy or be destroyed-there is no middle way! Let us then be the destroyers!" – Mikhail Bakunin
  • "Do you know what punishments I've endured for my crimes, my sins? None. I am proof of the absurdity of men's most treasured abstractions. A just universe wouldn't tolerate my existence." – Brent Weeks
  • "Everything in the world displeases me: but, above all, my displeasure in everything displeases me." – Friedrich Nietzsche
  • "God is Dead; but given the way of men, there may still be caves for thousands of years in which his shadow will be shown. And we - we still have to vanquish his shadow, too." – Friedrich Nietzsche
  • "Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player, that struts and frets his hour upon the stage, and then is heard no more; it is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing." – William Shakespeare
  • "Nihilism is not only despair and negation, but above all the desire to despair and to negate." – Albert Camus
  • "No system has ever as yet existed which did not in some form involve the exploitation of some human beings for the advantage of others." – John Dewey
  • "Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal." – Albert Camus
  • "Say what you want about the deaf." – Jimmy Carr
  • "The modern mind is in complete disarray. Knowledge has stretched itself to the point where neither the world nor our intelligence can find any foot-hold. It is a fact that we are suffering from nihilism." – Albert Camus
  • "The point is there ain't no point." – Cormac McCarthy
  • "The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently." – Friedrich Nietzsche
  • "There is no one as dangerous as he or she who has nothing to lose." – Rebecca Solnit
  • "There is no other world. Nor even this one. What, then, is there? The inner smile provoked in us by the patent nonexistence of both." – Emile M. Cioran
  • "Those who believe in nothing are very, very jealous and angry at those who believe in something." – Dennis Prager
  • "We love life, not because we are used to living but because we are used to loving." – Friedrich Nietzsche
  • "What are you looking for? There is no Truth. There's only action, action obeying a million different impulses, ephemeral action, action subjected to every possible and imaginable contingency and contradiction, Life. Life is crime, theft, jealousy, hunger, lies, disgust, stupidity, sickness, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, piles of corpses. what can you do about it, my poor friend?" – Blaise Cendrars
  • "What can be broken, should be broken." – Dmitry Pisarev

Nihilism Quotes Nietzsche

Nihilism Quotes Nietzsche
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Friedrich Nietzsche was the initiator of the nihilism idea and it was followed by many scholars who criticized and extended this idea.

These lists of nihilism quotes should be your best source to learn about nothingness that seems to be real and unreal at the same time. Let's check 'em out!

  • "All good things were formerly bad things; every original sin has turned into an original virtue."
  • "And we should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once. And we should call every truth false which was not accompanied by at least one laugh."
  • "Blessed are the forgetful: for they get the better even of their blunders."
  • "Everything in the world displeases me: but, above all, my displeasure in everything displeases me."
  • "God is Dead; but given the way of men, there may still be caves for thousands of years in which his shadow will be shown. And we - we still have to vanquish his shadow, too."
  • "He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you."
  • "He who has a why to live can bear almost any how."
  • "I teach you beyond Man (superman). Man is something that shall be surpassed. What have you done to surpass him?"
  • "Nihilism: any aim is lacking, any answer to the question "why" is lacking. What does nihilism mean?--that the supreme values devaluate themselves."
  • "One must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star."
  • That is the most extreme form of nihilism: nothingness (the "meaningless") eternally!"
  • "That which does not kill us makes us stronger."
  • "The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently."
  • "There are no facts, only interpretations."
  • "Those are my enemies: they want to overthrow and to construct nothing themselves. They say: "All that is worthless"--and want to create no value themselves."
  • "To live is to suffer, to survive is to find some meaning in the suffering."
  • "We love life, not because we are used to living but because we are used to loving."
  • "When you stare into the abyss the abyss stares back at you."
  • "Without music, life would be a mistake."
  • "Woman was God's second mistake."
Those are the 80 nihilism quotes for you to see the world from different perspectives! Good luck!

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