94+ 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

Sometimes you can only feel something by its absence. By the empty spaces, it leaves behind. Gayle Forman

In all our searching, the only thing we’ve found that makes the emptiness bearable is each other. Carl Sagan

The rest of my life stretches out as an emptiness before me. Kazuo Ishiguro

There are people in the world, who are just wrong, and then there are the masses of population that are right, or at the very least they lie in the veil of between. I on the other hand, do not belong to any group. I don’t exist. It’s not that I don’t have substance; I have a body like everyone else. I can feel the fire when it burns against my skin, the rain when it caresses my face and the breeze as it fingers my hair. I have all the senses that other people do. I am just empty, inside. J.D. Stroube

Life is empty and meaningless because life is empty and meaningless. Werner Erhard

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

We often feel proud of our knowledge even when it is filled with emptiness. Debasish Mridha

His own opinion, which he does not air, is that the origin of speech lie in song, and the origins of song in the need to fill out with sound the overlarge and rather empty human soul. J.M. Coetzee

A sad soul needs an infinite horizon which can throw all his sorrow into the silence of the eternal emptiness! Mehmet Murat ildan

I decided I would fill the emptiness in me with God and with paint. Kimberly Novosel

Emptiness which is conceptually liable to be mistaken for sheer nothingness is in fact the reservoir of infinite possibilities. D.T. Suzuki

When we zoom freely into the now and surrender readily to a liberating emptiness, we can be instantly overwhelmed by creative surging strength and a flash of enlightenment, expelling the cloudy specters blurring our minds. Erik Pevernagie

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

He knows what he’ll find if he digs deeper there’s no rush to unpack my insides he understands there is nothing special about emptiness, nothing interesting about depression. Jasmine Warga

It was not the feeling of completeness I so needed, but the feeling of not being empty. Jonathan Safran

Isn’t love the emanation of desire or just a statement of emptiness in expectation? As we long for what is missing and finally hold it, could it be that we may not crave it anymore in the end? Still, if we learn to enjoy the precious moments of its presence, it can remain a captivating experience and a mesmerizing adventure. If it keeps on overwhelming us with joy, love can turn into a magic prism and make it possible to discover a rainbow of twinkles and enchanting sceneries. As our imagination constantly discerns new qualities, the sparkle of love does not expire in the boredom of forgetfulness. Erik Pevernagie

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

He suddenly felt nothing, or rather Nothing, a pre tornadic stillness of zero sensation, as if he were the very space he occupied. David Foster Wallace

Every day we used to slip away to talk. We would talk about the goodness of your heart. Now it seems I admit that never exists at all and it leaves me feeling empty with this hollow chord. Regina Belle

Form is emptiness, emptiness is form states the Heart Sutra, one of the best known ancient Buddhist texts. The essence of all things is emptiness. Eckhart Tolle

Good and bad, happy and sad, all thoughts vanish into emptiness like the imprint of a bird in the sky. Chogyam Trungpa

I look at you and my heart pounds, when for years, I don’t think it beat at all. You fill the cracks and crevices, take away the emptiness. And when you’re not by my side, the loss is unimaginable. Kelly Moran

I felt very still and empty, the way the eye of a tornado must feel, moving dully along in the middle of the surrounding hullabaloo. Sylvia Plath

At last the cold crept up my spine; at last it filled me from foot to head; at last I grew so chill and desolate that all thought and pain and awareness came to a standstill. I wasn’t miserable anymore I wasn’t anything at all. I was a nothing a random configuration of molecules. If my heart still beat I didn’t know it. I was aware of one thing only; next to the gaping fact called Death, all I knew was nothing, all I did meant nothing, all I felt conveyed nothing. This was no passing thought. It was a gnawing, palpable emptiness more real than the cold. David James Duncan

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

You are not limited to this body, to this mind, or to this reality you are a limitless ocean of Consciousness, imbued with infinite potential. You are existence itself. Joseph P. Kauffman

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

Nothing has an unlikely quality. It is heavy. Jeanette Winterson

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

I felt myself being invaded through and through, I crumbled, disintegrated, and only emptiness remained. Stanislaw Lem

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

She’d said that revenge was not sweet, that it was bloody. She was wrong. It was sweet. For one fleeting, glorious moment you felt incredible satisfaction. Then it was gone, empty, and you had to go on living. The power high that filled me with her light had faded, and all I tasted now were bitter ashes. Sunny

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

The opposite of faith is not doubt, but certainty. Certainty is missing the point entirely. Faith includes noticing the mess, the emptiness and discomfort, and letting it be there until some light returns. Faith also means reaching deeply within, for the sense one was born with, the sense, for example, to go for a walk. Anne Lamott

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

I don’t know how to describe the sound of a world crashing. Maybe there is no sound, just a great emptiness, an enveloping sorrow, a creeping nothingness that coils itself around you like a stiff wire. Charles Blow

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

Emptiness is a symptom that you are not living creatively. You either have no goal that is important enough to you, or you are not using your talents and efforts in a striving toward an important goal. Maxwell Maltz

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

They say you don’t get over someone until you find someone or something better. As humans, we don’t deal well with emptiness. Any empty space must be filled. Immediately. The pain of emptiness is too strong. It compels the victim to fill that place. A single moment with that empty spot causes excruciating pain. That’s why we run from distraction to distraction and from attachment to attachment. Yasmin Mogahed

I, myself, have tried following people around me, and I’ve got lost and ended up feeling emptiness rather than a sense of accomplishment. I’d like everyone to find their own role models within themselves. Jisoo

A night of crying has silenced me. This morning it seems the whole world is against me. I’ve never before felt so barren, so empty. I’ve never before thought the daylight to be my enemy. My enemy. Shaun Hick

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

Suicidal pain includes the feeling that one has lost all capacity to effect emotional change. The agony is excruciating and looks as if it will never end. There is the feeling of having been beaten down for a very long time. There are feelings of agitation, emptiness, and incoherence. Snap out of it and get on with your life, sounds like a demand to high jump ten feet. David L. Conroy

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

The inner woman is the source of healing. The inner woman is the source of silence. The inner woman is the source of love. The inner woman is the source of belongingness with life. Embracing the inner man and woman is to discover our inner roots and wings. Swami Dhyan Giten

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

Youth always tries to fill the void, an old man learns to live with it. Mark Z. Danielewski

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

I have poured my heart out And now I am empty. Ranata Suzuki

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

That’s for the best. Otherwise they might realize they’re in prison. It can’t be helped. You women are used to harems and prisons. A person can spend his whole life between four walls. If he doesn’t think or feel that he’s a prisoner, then he’s not a prisoner. But then there are people for whom the whole planet is a prison, who see the infinite expanse of the universe, the millions of stars and galaxies that remain forever inaccessible to them. And that awareness makes them the greatest prisoners of time and space. Vladimir Bartol

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

This was the truth at the core of my existence this yawning emptiness, scantily clad in rage. It had been there all along. Hillary Jordan

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

Mine could not be a story about the building of character, but about its erosion, about the slow accumulation of small forces and events that ultimately dries the soul and leaves the heart empty. Gonzalo Munevar

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

We hear only our own voices, still echoes returning to our emptiness. Dejan Stojanovic

Emptiness will always cripple me. Vishwajeet Pradhan

The objects I chose were designed to hold something, but I didn’t fill them up. They remained empty. They were little symbolic shrines to thirst. Margaret Atwood

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

All we had was her room, her stories, and the quiet that settled in as we tried in vain to spread ourselves out and fill the space she’d left behind. Sarah Dessen

Illusion is needed to disguise the emptiness within. Arthur Erickson

Hope is for people who can’t see the Truth. Jeff Lindsay

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

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

What had been quiet and restful was now silent and empty. Frederick Barthelme

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

If emptiness is empty, how can something be borne or awaken from it? Dejan Stojanovic

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

All infants and children require and deserve comfort in order to develop properly. Soft cooing voices, gentle touch, smiles, cleanliness, and wholesome food all contribute to the growing body/mind. And when these basic conditions are absent in childhood, our need for comfort in adulthood can be so profound that it becomes pathological, driving us to seek mothering from anyone who will have us, to use others to fill our emptiness with sex or love, and to risk becoming addicted to a perceived source of comfort. Alexandra Katehakis

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

Eventually, however, the denial turned into emptiness and my childhood ended. Floyd C. Forsberg

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

I got a monster within my own self! John Zea

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

No up. No down. No sky. No ground. Just endless dark shot through with tiny spears of sunlight older than you and your entire species stacked end to end. You want to feel small? Spend sixty seconds in a Cyclone’s cockpit, chum. Look out at the nothing and feel it looking back. Then you know exactly how much you add up to. Jay Kristoff

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

I felt a great emptiness inside, as if I had been searching for some glimpse, not outside but within myself, and had discovered that there was nothing to be found. Bernhard Schlink

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 dizziness in the face of les espaces infinis only overcome if we dare to gaze into them without any protection. And accept them as the reality before which we must justify our existence. For this is the truth we must reach to live, that everything is and we just in it. Dag Hammarskjöld

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

I look for places like me big, hollow, forgotten by almost everyone. Jodi Picoult

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

There’s her silence, loud as a roar, pulling at me like the greatest sadness ever, like I want to take it and press myself into it and just disappear forever down into nothing. What a relief that would feel like right now. What a blessed relief. Patrick Ness

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

When we’re deluded, there’s a world to escape. When we’re aware, there’s nothing to escape. Red Pine

At first, not having Mina with us made us all feel lonely, and there was an emptiness without her. However, Mina is trying her best to participate, so even when she’s not with us in person, she’s still always with us in spirit. Momo Hirai

If there were no emptiness, there would be no life. Margaret Atwood

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

But even in his dissatisfaction he could not quiet the feeling that time was like a flash flood, so full, so brimming with things that must be done at once, but running out all the same, leaving an emptiness, a dry ditch in its wake. Bess Tefft

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