71+ Best Emptiness Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Emptiness is a sad feeling of having no emotion or purpose. Profoundly inspirational emptiness quotes will challenge the way you think, and make your life worth living.

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Famous Emptiness Quotes

Once I realized the emptiness of life apart from knowing God, when I embraced God and the truth of the gospel and the truth of the Bible, it was a no-brainer decision to see that that was a treasure that was infinitely more valuable than some sort of an atheistic Hollywood party life. — Kirk Cameron

It’s a great excuse and luxury, having a job and blaming it for your inability to do your own art. When you don’t have to work, you are left with the horror of facing your own lack of imagination and your own emptiness. A devastating possibility when finally time is your own. — Julian Schnabel

Narcissism is not about self love. It’s a clinical trait that belies a deep sense of emptiness, low self-esteem, emotional detachment, self-loathing, extreme problems with intimacy. — Drew Pinsky

Nothingness not being nothing, nothingness being emptiness. — Isabelle Adjani

I’ve found that using historical material and being rooted in historical material is liberating because I always think to myself, ‘Well, this actually happened, and this is fantastic!’ That’s why I don’t like fantasy, in a way. Because it’s sort of in emptiness. — Michael Hirst

It’s more fun to write villains. They are more of a challenge, and I get a sick kind of pleasure out of delving into their minds. There’s rarely emptiness, and there is almost always deep intelligence. — Nnedi Okorafor

As the scene of life would be more the cold emptiness of space than the warm, dense atmosphere of planets, the advantage of containing no organic material at all, so as to be independent of both these conditions, would be increasingly felt. — John Desmond Bernal

Illusion is needed to disguise the emptiness within. — Arthur Erickson

Once conform, once do what other people do because they do it, and a lethargy steals over all the finer nerves and faculties of the soul. She becomes all outer show and inward emptiness; dull, callous, and indifferent. — Virginia Woolf

The difficulty with big cities does not lie in skyscrapers or high-rises per se; rather, it is the values concealed within those buildings which lead to the loss of our humanity and our sense of spiritual emptiness. — Ma Yansong

You know that day after day of, Oh God what am I going to do with myself feeling? The fear of the emptiness that it implies keeps me going. — Anish Kapoor

Fame was never something I was seeking in my artistic journey. It’s to be used as a tool for an artist to break open doors and keep creating. That’s how I enjoyed fame in ’74; it was not just for the emptiness of being famous. — Philippe Petit

Positive emotion alienated from the exercise of character leads to emptiness, to inauthenticity, to depression, and, as we age, to the gnawing realization that we are fidgeting until we die. — Martin Seligman

What I was trying to convey there was the kind of waste land that was left after the war. It was a bit like one always thinks of war, you know, stark scenery and no birds, no trees, no leaves, nothing living. And just emptiness. — George Martin

And they write innumerable books; being too vain and distracted for silence: seeking every one after his own elevation, and dodging his emptiness. — T. S. Eliot

I think probably one of the important things that happened to me was growing up in Idaho in the mountains, in the woods, and having a very strong presence of the wilderness around me. That never felt like emptiness. It always felt like presence. — Marilynne Robinson

When I was 22 years old, and I first got to Nashville, women or girls were objects. It was a conquest. My emptiness inside and the external manifestation of my ego was to somehow conquer women. — Rodney Crowell

It was a place without a single feature of the space-time matrix that he knew. It was a place where nothing yet had happened – an utter emptiness. There was neither light nor dark: there was nothing here but emptiness. — Clifford D. Simak

Right after ‘Raymond’ I had a world-is-my-oyster attitude, but I found out I don’t like oysters. I had this existential emptiness. ‘What is my purpose? Who am I?’ I had a big identity crisis. — Ray Romano

The beginning of love is a horror of emptiness. — Robert Bly

Social media has colonized what was once a sacred space occupied by emptiness: the space reserved for thought and creativity. — Mahershala Ali

Our greatest pretenses are built up not to hide the evil and the ugly in us, but our emptiness. The hardest thing to hide is something that is not there. — Eric Hoffer

One cannot long remain so absorbed in contemplation of emptiness without being increasingly attracted to it. In vain, one bestows on it the name of infinity; this does not change its nature. — Emile Durkheim

The world, when you look at it, it just can’t be random. I mean, it’s so different than the vast emptiness that is everything else, and even all the other planets we’ve seen, at least in our solar system, none of them even remotely resemble the precious life-giving nature of our own planet. — Chris Hadfield

I think when tragedy occurs, it presents a choice. You can give in to the void: the emptiness that fills your heart, your lungs, constricts your ability to think or even breathe. Or you can try to find meaning. — Sheryl Sandberg

Henry Blodget does occasionally have a new idea. If you’re making a point about aggregation or the emptiness of modern journalism, he’s far from the best target. Try Huffpo – or Gawker writers whose souls have been corroded by irony. — Nick Denton

Every time I stray away from the Lord’s word, I find emptiness and darkness. — Tyson Fury

There’s a disappointment there because I still feel there’s an emptiness in my career that just wasn’t filled. — Alonzo Mourning

After I won the Olympics, like any gold medalist, I did feel some emptiness in my heart. I did think about coming back to the ice for a long time. What motivated me is skating is something I am best at and I love the most. So I want to give it one more try. — Kim Yuna

I feel very short-attention span for like accomplishment. It’s like ‘oh that felt really good’ and then it’s kind of like an immediate emptiness of I need to make something else – I don’t like to dwell on things too long. — Borns

It wasn’t a conscious decision to search for my Asian self; it was an urgency born out of an emptiness I was trying to fill. — Alex Tizon

I feel this emptiness in me, like I still got something to prove and I still got so much stuff to work on in my game. — Willie Cauley-Stein

Bowed by the weight of centuries he leans upon his hoe and gazes on the ground, the emptiness of ages in his face, and on his back the burden of the world. — Edwin Markham

Reality is like a doughnut: Everything that is good and funny and juicy is outside the center, which is just emptiness. — Olga Tokarczuk

If you have been suffering with physical ailments or even a spiritual emptiness, I want to share with you what I know to be true: The more love and reverence you give your body, the better you will feel. — Debbie Ford

When I was growing up, I’d study for days trying to get good grades. When I’d get an ‘A,’ I’d feel elation for about 30 seconds, and then a feeling of emptiness. — Andrew Yang

Men’s need to dominate women may be based in their own sense of marginality or emptiness; we do not know its root, and men are making no effort to discover it. — Marilyn French

If I look at my old lyrics, they seem to be full of rage, but empty. There was an emptiness in my life. — Billie Joe Armstrong

From the Buddhist point of view, it is true that emptiness is a characteristic of all of life – if we look carefully at any experience we will find transparency, insubstantiality, with no solid, unchanging core to our experience. But that does not mean that nothing matters. — Sharon Salzberg

When you are a footballer, you eat, sleep, and breathe football. If I have a bad training session, I can go home and do whatever I want, but you still feel an emptiness. — Divock Origi

Everything that’s created comes out of silence. Your thoughts emerge from the nothingness of silence. Your words come out of this void. Your very essence emerged from emptiness. All creativity requires some stillness. — Wayne Dyer

Every time we make a new invention, we think we’re going to save the world, but eventually, we understand that the real virtues of that new invention have mostly to do with commerce. Then we feel a huge emptiness, and we want to fill it with beauty. — Robert Lepage

The more space and emptiness you can create in yourself, then you can let the rest of the world come in and fill you up. — Jeff Bridges

You prep, you prep, you prep. And on the day that you film, you let all of that go. I try to achieve emptiness as much as possible – the Zen thing – to let the deal come out of that nothing. — Jeff Bridges

There is a sense of emptiness when you finish any film because you’re empty and you can’t give anything more to it anymore. — James Marsh

While one might laugh at the meaningless boredom of people a decade or two ago, the emptiness has for many now moved from the state of boredom to a state of futility and despair, which holds promise of dangers. — Rollo May

I want to tell you what it was really like to think death is imminent, but I can’t. It’s a taste in your mouth. And an emptiness. — Aaron Huey

Unfortunately, it is human nature for us to only learn and grow from a place of emptiness. It’s hard to learn when we are winning and on top of the world. — Yehuda Berg

We cannot let another person into our hearts or minds unless we empty ourselves. We can truly listen to him or truly hear her only out of emptiness. — M. Scott Peck

I think about that ’empty’ space a lot. That emptiness is what allows for something to actually evolve in a natural way. I’ve had to learn that over the years – because one of the traps of being an artist is to always want to be creating, always wanting to produce. — Meredith Monk

A certain number of people seek power over other people in a desperate attempt to find themselves. They fail, for self-discovery is spiritual in nature, not social or political. Authoritatively telling other people what to do is their distraction from an inner emptiness they can never fill. — Vernon Howard

Over the centuries, Chinese bureaucrats perfected the dark arts of emptiness to such an extent that when they deliver speeches these days, they often recite verbatim speeches that they have previously delivered, with the sparest of adjustments. — Evan Osnos

I began to think that if you’re a stutterer, it’s about inhabiting silence, emptiness, and nothingness. — Tom Hooper

It may sound surprising when I say, on the basis of my own clinical practice as well as that of my psychological and psychiatric colleagues, that the chief problem of people in the middle decade of the twentieth century is emptiness. — Rollo May

There are thousands of ragas, and they are all connected with different times of the day, like sunrise or night or sunset. It is all based on 72 of what we call ‘mela’ or scales. And we have principally nine moods, ranging from peacefulness to praying, or the feeling of emptiness you get by sitting by the ocean. — Ravi Shankar

Once I knew only darkness and stillness… my life was without past or future… but a little word from the fingers of another fell into my hand that clutched at emptiness, and my heart leaped to the rapture of living. — Helen Keller

Turner – whether on canvas or paper – can create almost measurable distances of space and air – air that you can draw, in which you can work out what the section through it would be. The space he creates is not emptiness; it is filled with ‘solid’ atmosphere. — Henry Moore

A quarter of America is a dramatic, tense, violent country, exploding with contradictions, full of brutal, physiological vitality, and that is the America that I have really loved and love. But a good half of it is a country of boredom, emptiness, monotony, brainless production, and brainless consumption, and this is the American inferno. — Italo Calvino

The funny thing about having all this so-called success is that behind it is a certain horrible emptiness. — Sam Shepard

The loss of my father left a great emptiness in my heart. — John Candy

To fake it is to stand guard over emptiness. — Arthur Herzog

Painting picture by picture, I followed the impressions my eye took in at heightened moments. I painted only memories, adding nothing, no details that I did not see. Hence the simplicity of the paintings, their emptiness. — Edvard Munch

The honors of this world, what are they but puff, and emptiness, and peril of falling? — Saint Augustine

Pain can be vitalising; it gives intensity in the place of vagueness and emptiness. If we don’t suffer, how do we know that we live? — Sebastian Horsley

Television has been the single greatest shaper of emptiness. — Ravi Zacharias

Loving can cost a lot but not loving always costs more, and those who fear to love often find that want of love is an emptiness that robs the joy from life. — Merle Shain

Terri’s death brings to a close a very tragic, human and personal event that has left everyone with a feeling of emptiness, regardless of what side of the issue you may have been on. — Bob Beauprez

I was a weird teenager. My mother was actually worried because I didn’t have any interest in dating in my teenage years. I had all this desire to pursue my passions like ballet, then sailing, then music, so I didn’t have any emptiness to fill. — Kiesza

When I talk to some of the younger filmmakers, they are so worried about their films that, eventually, this state of being worried reflects itself in and helps the final work. Whereas, with projects that are meticulously planned, you look at the end result and it is full of emptiness. — Abbas Kiarostami

It’s often difficult for those who are lucky enough to have never experienced what true depression is to imagine a life of complete hopelessness, emptiness and fear. — Susan Polis Schutz

If the spectrum linking everyday depression to Major Depression sometimes hinders understanding of it, it also offers an opportunity for empathy. Because almost everyone, at some point, experiences feelings of sadness, of hopelessness, of emptiness, not to mention lethargy and irritability. — Gayle Forman

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