Famous Quotes About Nihilism
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Top Quotes About Nihilism
1. "For a politics of emancipation, the enemy that is to be feared most is not repression at the hands of the established order. It is the interiority of nihilism, and the unbounded cruelty that can come with its emptiness."
Author: Alain Badiou
2. "Famously, there's not really anywhere to go after nihilism. It's not progressing toward anything, it's a statement of outrage, however brilliant."
Author: Alan Moore
3. "I thought more and more about impermanence and death - not in the form of a depressing nihilism, but as a contemplation on the transitory nature of the bodies we cling to so dearly. Why was I so attached to something that will inevitably return to dust? Why am I not more focused on the pure and eternal soul - the only true form of life - within this fleshy cage?"
Author: Andrew Bowen
4. "The atheism and nihilism of my earlier years now seems shallow, and even a bit cocky."
Author: Anne Rice
5. "Somethingism is better than nihilism."
Author: Anthony Marais
6. "Courage is impulsive; it is narcissism tempered with nihilism."
Author: Ayelet Waldman
7. "And then, on September 11, the world fractured.It's beyond my skill as a writer to capture that day and the days that would follow--the planes, like specters, vanishing into steel and glass; the slow-motion cascade of the towers crumbling into themselves; the ash-covered figures wandering the streets; the anguish and the fear. Nor do I pretend to understand the stark nihilism that drove the terrorists that day and that drives their brethren still. My powers of empathy, my ability to reach into another's heart, cannot penetrate the blank stares of those would murder innocents with abstract, serene satisfaction."
Author: Barack Obama
8. "He was simply someone who floated through our lives and didn't seem to care how flatly he perceived everyone or that he'd shared our secret failures with the world, showcasing the youthful indifference, the gleaming nihilism, glamorizing the horror of it all."
Author: Bret Easton Ellis
9. "He wasn't, I realized when I read those scenes concerning Blair and myself, close to any of us-- except of course to Blair, and really not even to her. He was simply someone who floated through our lives and didn't seem to care how flatly he perceived everyone or that he'd shared our secret failures with the world, showcasing the youthful indifference, the gleaming nihilism, glamorizing the horror of it all. But there was no point in being angry with him."
Author: Bret Easton Ellis
10. "Like the Nazis, the cadres of jihad have a death wish that sets the seal on their nihilism. The goal of a world run by an oligarchy in possession of Teutonic genes, who may kill or enslave other 'races' according to need, is not more unrealizable than the idea that a single state, let alone the globe itself, could be governed according to the dictates of an allegedly holy book. This mad scheme begins by denying itself the talents (and the rights) of half the population, views with superstitious horror the charging of interest, and invokes the right of Muslims to subject nonbelievers to special taxes and confiscations. Not even Afghanistan or Somalia, scenes of the furthest advances yet made by pro-caliphate forces, could be governed for long in this way without setting new standards for beggary and decline."
Author: Christopher Hitchens
11. "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."
Author: Cornel West
12. "Nihilism is a disease of the soul. It can never be completely cured, and there is always the possibility of relapse. 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. Any disease of the soul must be conquered by a turning of one's soul. This turning is done through one's own affirmation of one's worth--an affirmation fueled by the concern of others. A love ethic must be at the center of a politics of conversion.A love ethic has nothing to do with sentimental feelings or tribal connections. Rather it is a last attempt at generating a sense of agency among a downtrodden people."
Author: Cornel West
13. "For indeed Christianity was complicit in the death of antiquity, and in the birth of modernity, not because it was an accomplice of the latter, but because it, alone in the history of the West, constituted a rejection of and alternative to nihilism's despair, violence, and idolatry of power; as such, Christianity shattered the imposing and enchanting facade behind which nihilism once hid, and thereby, inadvertently, called it forth into the open."
Author: David Bentley Hart
14. "Nihilism, there's really nothing to it."
Author: Dean Cavanagh
15. "Din filozof de nopti albe ajungi o curva a azurului. Cam asta e tranzitia mea — în conditiile fericirii intra, în primul rînd, marea si femeia. Si apoi nihilismul. Cînd nu crezi în nimic, în umbra sanilor si în alinarile marine încerci iresponsabilitatea lui Dumnezeu înainte de creatie. Intinderile si îmbratisarile mi-au descoperit dulceata nimicului. Imagineaza-ti un budism senzual."
Author: Emil Cioran
16. "If you live today, you breath 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."
Author: Flannery O'Connor
17. "In face of this modern nihilism, Christians are often lacking in courage. We tend to give the impression that we will hold on to the outward forms whatever happens, even if God really is not there. But the opposite ought to be true of us, so that people can see that we demand the truth of what is there and that we are not dealing merely with platitudes. In other words, it should be understood that we take this question of truth and personality so seriously that if God were not there we would be among the first of those who had the courage to step out of the queue."
Author: Francis August Schaeffer
18. "This is Europe's true predicament: together with the fear of man we have also lost the love of man, reverence for man, confidence in man, indeed the will to man. Now the sight of man makes us weary. What is nihilism today if not that?"
Author: Friedrich Nietzsche
19. "Nihilism is…not only the belief that everything deserves to perish; but one actually puts one shoulder to the plough; one destroys."
Author: Friedrich Nietzsche
20. "S-ar putea sa existe chiar fanatici puritani ai constiintei care sa doreasca a muri culcati mai degraba pe un Nimic cert decât pe un Ceva nesigur. Dar acesta e nihilism, însemnul unui suflet deznadajduit si dezgustat de moarte, oricât de curajoase ar parea atitudinile unei astfel de virtuti."
Author: Friedrich Nietzsche
21. "What has come to light is neither nihilism nor cynicism, as one might have expected, but a quite extraordinary confusion over elementary questions of morality—as if an instinct in such matters were truly the last thing to be taken for granted in our time."
Author: Hannah Arendt
22. "In account after account of exorcisms the demonic voices will propound nihilism of one variety or another."
Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
23. "Humans cannot live without illusions. For the men and women of today, an irrational faith in progress may be the only antidote to nihilism. Without the hope that the future will be better than the past, they could not go on."
Author: John Nicholas Gray
24. "It is complete nihilism to propose laying down arms in a world where atom bombs are around. It is very simple: there is no way of achieving peace other than with weapons."
Author: Karl Popper
25. "I think there is an element of nihilism about, but I don't think most artists feel their work is meaningless."
Author: Leonard Baskin
26. "... the twin concepts of nihilism and the antihero have had it. What began with The Wild One and James "nobody understands me" Dean, ran with increasing vehement negativism up through the Stones and Velvets and Iggy ... [I]t may be time, in spite of all indications to the contrary from the exterior society, to begin thinking in terms of heroes again, of love instead of hate, of energy instead of violence, of strength instead of cruelty, of action instead of reaction."
Author: Lester Bangs
27. "Ihmisen usko jumaliin on kehittynyt evoluution myötä, joten meidän taipumuksessamme uskoon täytyy olla jotain etua evoluution kannalta. Ankaran materialistinen käsitys - että me olemme koe, jota eläinproteiini suorittaa itsellään - on useimpien mielestä aivan liian tyly ja lohduton ja johtaa nihilismiin."
Author: Margaret Atwood
28. "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."
Author: Michael Shermer
29. "But despair and nihilism had been eating into me for years. The more I saw of the sad and futile dead, hovering at the edge of life like beggars at the door of a fancy restaurant, the grimmer and more hopeless the whole universe looked to me. If there was a God, my reasoning went, he was either a psychopath or a fuck-up-nobody you could respect would ever have created a universe where you got one chance to warm your hands at the fire, and then you spent the rest of eternity out in the cold."
Author: Mike Carey
30. "I should go so far as to say that embedded in the surrealistic frame of a television news show is a theory of anticommunication, featuring a type of discourse that abandons logic, reason, sequence and rules of contradiction. In aesthetics, I believe the name given to this theory is Dadaism; in philosophy, nihilism; in psychiatry, schizophrenia. In the parlance of the theater, it is known as vaudeville."
Author: Neil Postman
31. "Fat heard in her rational tone the harp of nihilism, the twang of the void."
Author: Philip K. Dick
32. "Nihilism, she thought, is solely a privilege of the living. Respect will be the courtesy I extend to the dead."
Author: R. Curtis Venture
33. "Qu'est-ce que le nihilisme ? Rozanov répond parfaitement à la question quand il écrit : "La représentation est terminée. Le public se lève. Il est temps d'enfiler son manteau et de rentrer à la maison. On se retourne : plus de manteau ni de maison."
Author: Raoul Vaneigem
34. "The nihilist makes one mistake: he does not realise that other people are also nihilists, and that the nihilism of other people is now an active historical factor. He has no consciousness of the possibility of transcendence. The fact is, however, that the present reign of survival, in which all the talk about progress expresses nothing so much as the fear that progress may be impossible, is itself a product of history, is itself the outcome of all the renunciations of humanity that have been made over the centuries. Indeed, the history of survival is the historical movement which will eventually undo history itself. For clear awareness of just how nightmarish life has become is on the point of fusing with a consciousness of the successive renunciations of the past, and thus too with the real desire to pick up the movement of transcendence everywhere in space and time where it has been prematurely interrupted."
Author: Raoul Vaneigem
35. "She soon learned, though, that giving weight to other people's opinions was creative nihilism; it was like being banished from the Land of No Words and exiled to the Land of All Bullshit."
Author: Stephanie Kallos
36. "When it comes to explaining human thought and behavior, the possibility that heredity plays any role at all still has the power to shock. To acknowledge human nature, many think, is to endorse racism, sexism, war, greed, genocide, nihilism, reactionary politics, and neglect of children and the disadvantaged. Any claim that the mind has an innate organization strikes people not as a hypothesis that might be incorrect but as a thought it is immoral to think."
Author: Steven Pinker
37. "With nihilism, no discussion is possible; for the nihilist logic doubts the existence of its interlocutor, and is not quite sure that it exists itself."
Author: Victor Hugo
38. "The philosophy that prepares a revolution and the sentiment that underpins the philosophy have, in every case the two pillars of nihilism and mysticism."
Author: Yukio Mishima
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