Quotes About Meaninglessness

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Kahlil Gibran
“Half of what I say is meaningless; but I say it so that the other half may reach you.”
Kahlil Gibran, Sand and Foam

Alan W. Watts
“And people get all fouled up because they want the world to have meaning as if it were words... As if you had a meaning, as if you were a mere word, as if you were something that could be looked up in a dictionary. You are meaning.”
Alan W. Watts

Criss Jami
“I would rather have strong enemies than a world of passive individualists. In a world of passive individualists nothing seems worth anything simply because nobody stands for anything. That world has no convictions, no victories, no unions, no heroism, no absolutes, no heartbeat. That world has rigor mortis.”
Criss Jami, Killosophy

Philip K. Dick
“Just tell me why; why the fucking why?" To which the universe would hollowly respond, "My ways cannot be known, oh man." Which is to say, "My ways do not make sense, nor do the ways of those who dwell in me.”
Philip K. Dick, VALIS

Ayn Rand
“If you write a line of zeroes, it´s still nothing.”
Ayn Rand, We the Living

Bret Easton Ellis
“I come to a red light, tempted to go through it, then stop once I see a billboard sign that I don’t remember seeing and I look up at it. All it says is 'Disappear Here' and even though it’s probably an ad for some resort, it still freaks me out a little and I step on the gas really hard and the car screeches as I leave the light.”
Bret Easton Ellis, Less Than Zero

Tao Lin
“There was an enjoyment to being alive, he felt, that because of an underlying meaninglessness–like how a person alone for too long cannot feel comfortable when with others; cannot neglect that underlying the feeling of belongingness is the certainty, really, of loneliness, and nothingness, and so experiences life in that hurried, worthless way one experiences a mistake–he could no longer get at.”
Tao Lin, Eeeee Eee Eeee

Chad Harbach
“People thought becoming an adult meant that all your acts had consequences; in fact it was just the opposite.”
Chad Harbach, The Art of Fielding

C. JoyBell C.
“Many things that don't really mean so much of anything, are wonderful.”
C. JoyBell C.

Janne Teller
“The reason dying is so easy is because death has no meaning... And the reason death has no meaning is because life has no meaning. All the same, have fun!
Pierre Anthon”
Janne Teller, Nothing

Tao Lin
“A world without right or wrong was a world that did not want itself, anything other than itself, or anything not those two things, but that still wanted something. A world without right or wrong invited you over, complained about you, and gave you cookies. Don't leave, it said, and gave you a vegan cookie. It avoided eye contact, but touched your knee sometimes. It was the world without right or wrong. It didn't have any meaning. It just wanted a little meaning.”
Tao Lin, Eeeee Eee Eeee

Cormac McCarthy
“In the neuter austerity of that terrain all phenomena were bequeathed a strange equality and no one thing nor spider nor stone nor blade of grass could put forth claim to precedence. The very clarity of these articles belied their familiarity, for the eye predicates the whole on some feature or part and here was nothing more luminous than another and nothing more enshadowed and in the optical democracy of such landscapes all preference is made whimsical and a man and a rock become endowed with unguessed kinship.”
Cormac McCarthy, Blood Meridian, or the Evening Redness in the West

Hakan Günday
“Düşün! Bize, matematik dünyasının kurgusal ve sonsuz olduğu öğretildi. Bunu kabul ederim, 1'den sonra 2 gelir dendi. Bunu da kabul ederim. Ama sonra, 1 ile 2 arasındaki sonsuzluğu düşündüm. Peki o nereye gitti? İrrasyonel sayılar varken bir sayıdan sonra diğer bir tam sayı nasıl gelebilir? Eğer 1'den sonra virgül konursa ve bunun da kıçına sonsuz sayı konabiliyorsa 2 nasıl gelir? İşte! Soru bu! Yanıtsız bir soru. Ve işte matematiğin hatası! Dolayısıyla matematik yok. Onun üzerine kurulmuş dünya düzeni de yok... Ama ben anlayabilirim. Anlayabilirim bu sorunu. Ve o zaman ortaya yaklaşık sayılar çıkar. Yani hiçbir sayı tam değildir. Hepsi tama yaklaşır. Ama varamaz. Demektir ki, 1,999...9'u bize 2 diye yutturmaya çalışan bir dünyanın çocuklarıyız. Ve dünya da aslında tam gibi görünürken, aslmda bir irrasyonellik harikası. İşte bunun için hayat yoktur. Olsa dahi o da irrasyoneldir! Yani anlamsızdır. Ne bir başlama nedeni, ne de bir oluş nedeni vardır. Evrende uçuşan kocaman bir irrasyonellik. Tabiî ki dünyanın bir anlamı olması gerekmiyor. Belki de onu anlamlandıran üzerinde yaşayan akıl sahibi yaratıklardır. Ama onların da bizi getirdiği nokta ortada!”
Hakan Günday, Kinyas ve Kayra

T.H. White
“Perhaps man was neither good nor bad, was only a machine in an insensate universe--his courage no more than a reflex to danger, like the automatic jump at the pin-prick. Perhaps there were no virtues, unless jumping at pin-pricks was a virtue, and humanity only a mechanical donkey led on by the iron carrot of love, through the pointless treadmill of reproduction.”
T.H. White, The Once and Future King

Anne Rice
“It was over now, and the meaningless world was tolerable and need not be explained. And never would it be, and how foolish I had ever been to think so.”
Anne Rice, Pandora: New Tales of the Vampires

John Darnielle
“In video games you sometimes run into what they call a side quest, and if you don't manage to figure it out you can usually just go back into the normal world of the game and continue on toward your objective. I felt like I couldn't find my way back to the world now: like I was somebody locked in a meaningless side quest, in a stuck screen.”
John Darnielle, Wolf in White Van

Criss Jami
“Yes, be different, but not for the vanities of being different.”
Criss Jami, Killosophy

William Shakespeare
“What infinite heart's-ease
Must kings neglect, that private men enjoy!
And what have kings, that privates have not too,
Save ceremony, save general ceremony?
And what art thou, thou idle ceremony?
What kind of god art thou, that suffer'st more
Of mortal griefs than do thy worshippers?
What are thy rents? what are thy comings in?
O ceremony, show me but thy worth!
What is thy soul of adoration?
Art thou aught else but place, degree and form,
Creating awe and fear in other men?
Wherein thou art less happy being fear'd
Than they in fearing.
What drink'st thou oft, instead of homage sweet,
But poison'd flattery? O, be sick, great greatness,
And bid thy ceremony give thee cure!
Think'st thou the fiery fever will go out
With titles blown from adulation?
Will it give place to flexure and low bending?
Canst thou, when thou command'st the beggar's knee,
Command the health of it? No, thou proud dream,
That play'st so subtly with a king's repose;
I am a king that find thee, and I know
'Tis not the balm, the sceptre and the ball,
The sword, the mace, the crown imperial,
The intertissued robe of gold and pearl,
The farced title running 'fore the king,
The throne he sits on, nor the tide of pomp
That beats upon the high shore of this world,
No, not all these, thrice-gorgeous ceremony,
Not all these, laid in bed majestical,
Can sleep so soundly as the wretched slave,
Who with a body fill'd and vacant mind
Gets him to rest, cramm'd with distressful bread;
Never sees horrid night, the child of hell,
But, like a lackey, from the rise to set
Sweats in the eye of Phoebus and all night
Sleeps in Elysium; next day after dawn,
Doth rise and help Hyperion to his horse,
And follows so the ever-running year,
With profitable labour, to his grave:
And, but for ceremony, such a wretch,
Winding up days with toil and nights with sleep,
Had the fore-hand and vantage of a king.
The slave, a member of the country's peace,
Enjoys it; but in gross brain little wots
What watch the king keeps to maintain the peace,
Whose hours the peasant best advantages.”
William Shakespeare, Henry V

Bangambiki Habyarimana
“You may sit home and be safe. But danger and adventure is what makes your life meaningful”
Bangambiki Habyarimana, The Great Pearl of Wisdom

Maureen F. McHugh
“The Second Koran tells us that the darkness in ourselves is a sinister thing. It waits until we relax, it waits until we reach the most vulnerable moments, and then it snares us. I want to be dutiful. I want to do what I should. But when I go back to the tube, I think of where I am going; to that small house and my empty room. What will I do tonight? Make more paper flowers, more wreaths? I am sick of them. Sick of the Nekropolis.

I can take the tube to my mistress' house, or I can go by the street where Mardin's house is. I'm tired. I'm ready to go to my little room and relax. Oh, Holy One, I dread the empty evening. Maybe I should go by the street just to fill up time. I have all this empty time in front of me. Tonight and tomorrow and the week after and the next month and all down through the years as I never marry and become a dried-up woman. Evenings spent folding paper. Days cleaning someone else's house. Free afternoons spent shopping a bit, stopping in tea shops because my feet hurt. That is what lives are, aren't they? Attempts to fill our time with activity designed to prevent us from realizing that there is no meaning?”
Maureen F. McHugh, Mothers & Other Monsters: Stories

H.P. Lovecraft
“When Kleiner showed me the sky-line of New York I told him that man is like the coral insect — designed to build vast, beautiful, mineral things for the moon to delight in after he is dead.”
H.P. Lovecraft

“Such dreams provide this temporary illusion of a life that has meaning.”
Anna Jae

Bangambiki Habyarimana
“You win even if you lose. You will be celebrated to have dared to confront those terrible odds instead of crossing your arms against danger.”
Bangambiki Habyarimana, The Great Pearl of Wisdom

Oli Anderson
“I decided to give up meaningless sex, but then I remembered that everything is meaningless.”
Oli Anderson

Viktor E. Frankl
“As to the causation, of the feeling of meaningless, one may say, albeit in an oversimplifying way, that people have enough to live by but nothing to live for; they have the means but no meaning.”
Viktor E. Frankl

Anne Rice
“And this notion of the meaninglessness of our lives here began to enflame us.

I took up the theme again that music and acting were good because they drove back chaos. Chaos was the meaninglessness of day-to-day life, and if we were to die now, our lives would have been nothing but meaninglessness.”
Anne Rice, The Vampire Lestat

“Meaningless! Meaningless!”
says the Teacher.
“Utterly meaningless!
Everything is meaningless.”
What do people gain from all their labors
at which they toil under the sun?
Generations come and generations go,
but the earth remains forever.
The sun rises and the sun sets,
and hurries back to where it rises.
The wind blows to the south
and turns to the north;
round and round it goes,
ever returning on its course.
All streams flow into the sea,
yet the sea is never full.
To the place the streams come from,
there they return again.
All things are wearisome,
more than one can say.
The eye never has enough of seeing,
nor the ear its fill of hearing.
What has been will be again,
what has been done will be done again;
there is nothing new under the sun.
Is there anything of which one can say,
“Look! This is something new”?
It was here already, long ago;
it was here before our time.
No one remembers the former generations,
and even those yet to come
will not be remembered
by those who follow them.”
Anonymous, Holy Bible: New International Version

Adelheid Manefeldt
“He lived a quiet existence where the future was easy to predict and the past was a cancer in remission. It was meaningful, of course. But it was lonely.”
Adelheid Manefeldt, Consequence

“Meaningless! Meaningless!”
says the Teacher.
“Utterly meaningless!
Everything is meaningless.”
What do people gain from all their labors
at which they toil under the sun?
Generations come and generations go,
but the earth remains forever.
The sun rises and the sun sets,
and hurries back to where it rises.
The wind blows to the south
and turns to the north;
round and round it goes,
ever returning on its course.
All streams flow into the sea,
yet the sea is never full.
To the place the streams come from,
there they return again.
All things are wearisome,
more than one can say.
The eye never has enough of seeing,
nor the ear its fill of hearing.
What has been will be again,
what has been done will be done again;
there is nothing new under the sun.
Is there anything of which one can say,
“Look! This is something new”?
It was here already, long ago;
it was here before our time.
No one remembers the former generations,
and even those yet to come
will not be remembered
by those who follow them.”
Anonymous

“She rebelled against the emptiness and meaninglessness of her life. She hoped that when Bruce was her age he too would rebel if he found his life intolerable. She hoped he would want to do something about it; anything was better than to submit to your fate supinely.”
Emilie Loring

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