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Quotes About Futility

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Haruki Murakami
“Listen up - there's no war that will end all wars.”
Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore

Henry David Thoreau
“If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.”
Henry David Thoreau, Walden

William Shakespeare
“Life ... is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing.”
William Shakespeare, Macbeth

Confucius
“The hardest thing of all is to find a black cat in a dark room, especially if there is no cat.”
Confucius

Kurt Vonnegut
“If there really had been a Mercutio, and if there really were a Paradise, Mercutio might be hanging out with teenage Vietnam draftee casualties now, talking about what it felt like to die for other people's vanity and foolishness.”
Kurt Vonnegut, Hocus Pocus

Søren Kierkegaard
“I feel as if I were a piece in a game of chess, when my opponent says of it: That piece cannot be moved.”
Søren Kierkegaard

Michael Chabon
“Man makes plans . . . and God laughs.”
Michael Chabon

Arthur Conan Doyle
“I am somewhat exhausted; I wonder how a battery feels when it pours electricity into a non-conductor?”
Arthur Conan Doyle, The Adventure of the Dying Detective

W.B. Yeats
“The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity.”
W.B. Yeats, The Collected Poems

Kurt Vonnegut
“He was talking about the sign that said 'THE COMPLICATED FUTILITY OF IGNORANCE.'
'All knew was that I didn't want my daughter or anybody's child to see a message that negative every time she comes into the library,' he said. 'And then I found out it was you who was responsible for it.'
'What's so negative about it?' I said.
'What could be a more negative word than "futility"?' he said.
'"Ignorance,"' I said.”
Kurt Vonnegut, Hocus Pocus

Erich Maria Remarque
“How senseless is everything that can ever be written, done, or thought, when such things are possible. It must be all lies and of no account when the culture of a thousand years could not prevent this stream of blood being poured out, these torture-chambers in their hundreds of thousands. A hospital alone shows what war is.”
Erich Maria Remarque, All Quiet on the Western Front

Derek Landy
“Talking about one's feelings defeats the purpose of having those feelings. Once you try to put the human experience into words, it becomes little more than a spectator sport. Everything must have a cause, and a name. Every random thought must have a root in something else.”
Derek Landy, Death Bringer

Denis Healey
“Healey’s First Law Of Holes: When in one, stop digging.”
Denis Healey

H. Rider Haggard
“Ah! how little knowledge does a man acquire in his life. He gathers it up like water, but like water it runs between his fingers, and yet, if his hands be but wet as though with dew, behold a generation of fools call out, 'See, he is a wise man!' Is it not so?”
H. Rider Haggard, She

Stanisław Lem
“Each of us is aware he's a material being, subject to the laws of physiology and physics, and that the strength of all our emotions combined cannot counteract those laws. It can only hate them. The eternal belief of lovers and poets in the power of love which is more enduring that death, the finis vitae sed non amoris that has pursued us through the centuries is a lie. But this lie is not ridiculous, it's simply futile. To be a clock on the other hand, measuring the passage of time, one that is smashed and rebuilt over and again, one in whose mechanism despair and love are set in motion by the watchmaker along with the first movements of the cogs. To know one is a repeater of suffering felt ever more deeply as it becomes increasingly comical through a multiple repetitions. To replay human existence - fine. But to replay it in the way a drunk replays a corny tune pushing coins over and over into the jukebox?”
Stanisław Lem, Solaris

Kurt Vonnegut
“...we took the 10 machines we agreed were the most beguiling, and we put them on permanent exhibit in the foyer of this library underneath a sign whose words can surely be applied to this whole ruined planet nowadays: THE COMPLICATED FUTILITY OF IGNORANCE”
Kurt Vonnegut, Hocus Pocus

P.D. James
“Without the hope of posterity, for our race if not for ourselves, without the assurance that we being dead yet live, all pleasures of the mind and senses sometimes seem to me no more than pathetic and crumbling defences shored up against our ruin.”
P.D. James, The Children of Men

Bruce Sterling
“(He) mourned mankind, and the blindness of men, who thought that the Kosmos had rules and limits that would shelter them from their own freedom. There were no shelters. There were no final purposes. Futility, and freedom, were Absolute”
Bruce Sterling, Schismatrix

Kelli Jae Baeli
“You can bail water 24/7, and no matter how good you are at not sinking, you still have a hole in your boat.”
Kelli Jae Baeli, Crossing Paths

H. Rider Haggard
“Time after time have nations, ay, and rich and strong nations, learned in the arts, been, and passed away to be forgotten, so that no memory of them remains. This is but one of several; for Time eats up the works of man.”
H. Rider Haggard, She

Vera Nazarian
“The difficulty in dealing with a maze or labyrinth lies not so much in navigating the convolutions to find the exit but in not entering the damn thing in the first place.

Or, at least not yet again.

As a creature of free will, do not be tempted into futility.”
Vera Nazarian, The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration

“For many, the search for Jesus is initiated from experiencing an event in life so powerful, it awakens the dragons of faith; from pain so deep, it calls on the hidden fears of the soul in an effort to survive. For others it means a serious personal life survey that ultimately forces the confrontation with the futility, anesthetics, and despair in their lives.”
W. Scott Lineberry, Tragedy and Loss and the Search for Jesus

J.R.R. Tolkien
“Indeed if fish had fish-lore and Wise-fish, it is probable that the business of anglers would be very little hindered.”
J.R.R. Tolkien, Morgoth's Ring

Kelli Jae Baeli
“That's like leaping off a precipice and trying to knit yourself a parachute on the way down.”
Kelli Jae Baeli, Also Known as Armchair Detective

Anita Brookner
“[…] as if the next thing must quickly come along to occupy her, or the abyss might open. What abyss? The abyss that waits for all of us, when all our actions seem futile, when the ability to fill the day seems stalled, and the waiting takes on an edge of dread. ”
Anita Brookner, Latecomers

Dejan Stojanovic
“It is futile to spend time telling stories about the fleetness of each day.”
Dejan Stojanovic, The Creator

Kurt Vonnegut
“Człowiek jest zły i cała jego działalność polega na robieniu niepotrzebnych rzeczy i gromadzeniu niepotrzebnej wiedzy.”
Kurt Vonnegut, Cat's Cradle

Joseph Conrad
“Once, I remember, we came upon a man-of-war anchored off the coast. There wasn't even a shed there, and she was shelling the bush. It appears the French had one of their wars going on thereabouts. Her ensign dropped limp like a rag; the muzzles of the long six-inch guns stuck out all over the low hull; the greasy, slimy swell swung her up lazily and let her down, swaying her thin masts. In the empty immensity of earth, sky, and water, there she was, incomprehensible, firing into a continent. Pop, would go one of the six-inch guns; a small flame would dart and vanish, a little white smoke would disappear, a tiny projectile would give a feeble screech—and nothing happened. Nothing could happen. There was a touch of insanity in the proceeding, a sense of lugubrious drollery in the sight; and it was not dissipated by somebody on board assuring me earnestly there was a camp of natives—he called them enemies!—hidden out of sight somewhere.”
Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness

Kurt Vonnegut
“Na początku Bóg stworzył Ziemię i oglądał ją z wyżyn swojej kosmicznej samotności.
I rzekł Pan: Ulepmy z gliny żywe stworzenia, aby glina mogła zobaczyć, co uczyniliśmy. I ulepił Bóg wszelkie zwierzęta, jakie żyją na Ziemi, a pośród nich i człowieka. Jedynie glina w postaci człowieka potrafiła mówić. Bóg pochylił się nisko, kiedy glina w postaci człowieka powstała, rozejrzała się dokoła i przemówiła. Człowiek zamrugał i grzecznie spytał: Jaki jest sens tego wszystkiego?
- Czy wszystko musi mieć jakiś sens? - spytał Bóg.
- Oczywiście - odpowiedział człowiek.
- W takim razie pozostawiam tobie znalezienie sensu tego wszystkiego - powiedział Bóg.
I odszedł.”
Kurt Vonnegut, Cat's Cradle

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