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I worked my way up from nothing to a state of extreme poverty. Groucho Marx
To talk of immaterial existences, is to talk of nothings. To say that the human soul, angels, God, are immaterial, is to say they are nothings, or that there is no God, no angels, no soul. I cannot reason otherwise. But I believe that I am supported in my creed of Materialism by the Locks, the Traceys, and the Stewarts. Thomas Jefferson
I suppose therefore that all things I see are illusions; I believe that nothing has ever existed of everything my lying memory tells me. I think I have no senses. I believe that body, shape, extension, motion, location are functions. What is there then that can be taken as true? Perhaps only this one thing, that nothing at all is certain. Rene Descartes
It is contrary to reason to say that there is a vacuum or space in which there is absolutely nothing. Rene Descartes
Death isn’t peaceful; it is just nothing. Everything is gone. No more sunrises, no more hopes, no more fears. Nothing. Linda Howard, Kill and Tell
Eternal nothingness is fine if you happen to be dressed for it. Woody Allen
What if everything is an illusion and nothing exists? In that case I definitely overpaid for my carpet. Woody Allen
Bartender: What are you looking for, Shane?
Shane: Nothing. Shane 1953 starring Alan Ladd & Jean Arthur & Van Heflin & Brandon deWilde & Jack Palance & Ben Johnson & Edgar Buchana & Emile Meyer & Elisha Cook & Douglas Spencer & John Dierkes & Ellen Corby et al, director George Stevens
Joey: Shane! Look out! ibid.
Politics is action and all action is but a flaw in the perfection of inaction, which is peace, just as all being is but a flaw in the perfection of non-being. Which is God. For if God is perfection and the only perfection is in non-being, then God is non-being. Then God is nothing. Nothing can give no basis for the criticisms of Thing in its thingness. Then where do you get anything to say? Robert Penn Warren, All the King’s Men
Spontaneous creation is the reason there is something rather than nothing, why the universe exists, why we exist. Because there is a law such as gravity, the universe can and will create itself from nothing. It is not necessary to invoke God. Stephen Hawking, The Grand Design 2010
If it’s true that we’re all from the centre of a star, every atom of us from the centre star, then we’re all the same thing ... all been recycled thousands of times ... therefore it’s only me out there. So what is there to be afraid of? What is there that needs solace-seeking? Nothing. There’s nothing to be afraid of because it’s all us. The trouble is, we have been separated by being born and given a name, an identity, being individuated. We’ve been separated from the oneness and that’s what religion exploits – that people have this yearning to be part of the overall one again – so they exploit that, they call it God, they say he has rules, and I think that’s cruel. I think you do it absent religion. George Carlin
What is nothing? ... Nothing lies at the heart of physics. Dara O’Briain’s Science Club II, BBC 2012
There is no such thing as the Ether. ibid.
Gravitational waves: the hunt … ripples in space-time. ibid.
In the beginning there was nothing, which exploded. Terry Pratchett, Lords and Ladies
They understand death, they stand there in the church under the skies that have a beginningless past and go into the never-ending future, waiting themselves for death, at the foot of the dead, in a holy temple. – I get a vision of myself and the two little boys hung up in a great endless universe with nothing overhead and nothing under but the Infinite Nothingness, the Enormousness of it, the dead without number in all directions of existence whether inward into the atom-worlds of your own body or outward to the universe which may only be one atom in an infinity of atom-worlds and each atom-world only a figure of speech – inward, outward, up and down, nothing but emptiness and divine majesty and silence for the two little boys and me. Jack Kerouac, Lonesome Traveler
Once you can accept the universe as matter expanding into nothing that is something, wearing stripes with plaid comes easy. Professor Albert Einstein
The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing. Albert Einstein, attributions & variations
The heart dies a slow death, shedding each hope like leaves until one day there are none. No hopes. Nothing remains. Arthur Golden, Memoirs of a Geisha
Art is making something out of nothing, and selling it. Frank Zappa
Nothing is that which fills no place. Leonardo da Vinci, notebooks
There is no such things as good painting about nothing. Mark Rothko
‘The hardest thing is to actually do something that is close to nothing.’ The Goddess of Art: Marina Abramovic, exhibition at Museum of Modern Art, BBC 2012
Don’t expect happiness … it’s all a big Nothing. The Sopranos s2e7: D-Girl, Gran, HBO 2000
I didn’t do nothing. The Sopranos s3e10: To Save Us All From Satan’s Power, Tony to Carmela
Now you got nothing. The Sopranos s5e6: Sentimental Education s5e6, Tony to AJ
I’m not saying there’s nothing out there. The Sopranos s6e21: Made In America
Fredo, you’re nothing to me now. The Godfather II 1974 starring Robert De Niro & Al Pacino & Robert Duvall & Diane Keaton & Talia Shire & Morgana King & John Cazale & Marianna Hill & Lee Strasberg et al, director Francis Ford Coppola, Michael to Fredo
Kirk: What you are describing is ...?
Spock: Non-existence. Star Trek s1e27: The Alternative Factor
No. There’s nothing. Nothing. I sense nothing. No, you don’t understand. I don’t sense anything. Not out there. Not in here. All of you – you’re all blank to me. Star Trek: The Next Generation s4e10: The Loss, Troi
Nausea, dizziness, unspeakable dread: nihilophobia – the fear of nothingness ... The existential horror of it all. Star Trek: Voyager: Night s5e1, Doctor to Neelix