40 Nihilism Quotes King Lear


- "Religion itself cannot but be dynamic which is why "return" is an incorrect term. A return to the forms of religion which perhaps existed a couple of centuries ago is absolutely impossible. On the contrary, in order to combat modern materialistic mores, as religion must, to fight nihilism and egotism, religion must also develop, must be flexible in its forms, and it must have a correlation with the cultural forms of the epoch." - Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

- "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." - Friedrich Nietzsche

- "The weird nihilism that permeates Mellon Collie is extremely relevant to what's going on right now. So many kids are intelligent and articulate, but they don't know what to do with themselves." - Billy Corgan

- "...What is at stake is civilization and humanity, nothing less. The idea that everything is permitted, as Nietzsche put it, rests on the premise of nihilism and has nihilistic implications. I will not pretend that the case against nihilism and for civilization is an easy one to make. We are here confronting the most fundamental of philosophical questions, on the deepest levels. In short, the matter of pornography and obscenity is not a trivial one, and only superficial minds can take a bland and untroubled view of it." - Irving Kristol

Nihilism Quotes In Grendel

- "The negative always wins at last, but I like it none the better for that." - Mason Cooley

- "Nihilism, there's really nothing to it." - Dean Cavanagh

- "Science investigates, religion interprets. Science gives man knowledge which is power, religion gives man wisdom which is control. Science deals mainly with facts, religion deals with values. The two are not rivals. They are complementary." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

- "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

- "Suicide attacks are the actions of losers who have nothing left to lose. In this case, Islam serves as a mask, a cover for desperation and nihilism, but not for religion." - Walter Kasper

- "Nihilism is.not only the belief that everything deserves to perish; but one actually puts one shoulder to the plough; one destroys." -  

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- "Courage is impulsive; it is narcissism tempered with nihilism." - Ayelet Waldman

Nihilism Quotes Nietzsche

- "Philosophy would do well to desist from issuing any further injunctions about the need to re-establish the meaningfulness of existence, the purposefulness of life, or mend the shattered concord between man and nature. It should strive to be more than a sop to the pathetic twinge of human self-esteem. Nihilism is not an existential quandary but a speculative opportunity." - Ray Brassier

- "Traditional history appears to be the defacto recognition of every evil deed that failed to be stopped or eliminated." - Dagobert D. Runes

- "What can be broken, should be broken." - Dmitry Pisarev

- "the problem is not suffering itself or oblivion itself but the depraved meaninglessness of these things, the absolutely inhuman nihilism of suffering." - John Green

- "All good things were formerly bad things; every original sin has turned into an original virtue." - Friedrich Nietzsche

- "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." - David Bentley Hart

- "We love life, not because we are used to living but because we are used to loving." - Friedrich Nietzsche

- "In Nietzsche's view nihilism is not a Weltanschauung that occurs at some time and place or another; it is rather the basic character of what happens in Occidental history." - Martin Heidegger

- "Like other lifeforms, we [humans] exist only to replicate ourselves." - George Monbiot

- "Meanings generating meanings - the process has backed us into a particular corner, a kind of cave, where sunlight seldom enters." - Tarthang Tulku

- "Those who believe in nothing are very, very jealous and angry at those who believe in something." - Dennis Prager

Nihilism Quotes Goodreads

- "Today's terrorism is not the product of a traditional history of anarchism, nihilism, or fanaticism. It is instead the contemporary partner of globalization." - Jean Baudrillard

- "The precise moment at which a great belief is doomed is easily recognisable; it is the moment when its value begins to be called in question." - Gustave Le Bon

- "It is of note that for a long time moral nihilism was a kind of unquestioned default position in analytic moral philosophy." - Torbjorn Tannsjo

- "If critics and fanboys weren't suckers for simplistic nihilism and high-pressure marketing, Afterlife would be universally acclaimed as a visionary feat, superior to Inception and Avatar on every level." - Armond White

- "The point is there ain't no point." - Cormac McCarthy

- "When I was in college, I remember fearing that the dreary grind of adulthood would feature infinitely more existential dread than frat parties had, but the opposite has been true for me. I'm much less likely to feel that gnawing fear of aimlessness and nihilism than I used to be and that's partly because education gave me job opportunities, but it's mostly because education gave me perspective and context." - John Green

- "Peter had a genius for imitation; but he lacked true genius, which is creative and makes all from nothing." - Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Nihilism Quotes About Death

- "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

- "[S]ince there is no wrong or right, you just reap what you sow." - Peter Murphy

- "The attack against dogmas as such, therefore, strongly resembles the struggle against the general legal foundations of a state, and , as the latter would end in a total anarchy of the state, the former would end in a worthless religious nihilism." - Adolf Hitler

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- "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

- "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." - Steven Pinker

- "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

- "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." -  

- "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." -  

Nihilism Quotes Crime And Punishment

- "The moral nihilism of celebrity culture is played out on reality television shows, most of which encourage a dark voyeurism into other people's humiliation, pain, weakness, and betrayal." - Chris Hedges

- "The philosophy that prepares a revolution and the sentiment that underpins the philosophy have, in every case the two pillars of nihilism and mysticism." -  

- "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


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