53+ Best Nihilism Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Nihilism is a belief that all political and religious organizations are bad, or a system of thought that says that there are no principles or beliefs that have any meaning or can be true. Profoundly inspirational nihilism quotes will encourage you to think a little deeper than you usually would and broaden your perspective.

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Famous Nihilism Quotes

Nihilism is best done by professionals. Iggy Pop

Everything in the world displeases me: but, above all, my displeasure in everything displeases me. Friedrich Nietzsche

Even nihilists put sugar in their coffee to make it more sweet. Marty Rubin

Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player, that struts and frets his hour upon the stage, and then is heard no more; it is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing. William Shakespeare

I am a superhero! I am the Nihilist! My superpowers include logical detachment, emotional invincibility, and the ability to blend in anywhere. I work alone and am never compromised by romantic entanglements, and I don’t have a costume because who the f*ck cares? Lianne Oelke

Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal. Albert Camus

Nihilism is a subject for comedy. Marty Rubin

Nihilism, there’s really nothing to it. Dean Cavanagh

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What can be broken, should be broken. Dmitry Pisarev

Somethingism is better than nihilism. Anthony Marais

There is no other world. Nor even this one. What, then, is there? The inner smile provoked in us by the patent nonexistence of both. Emile M. Cioran

Nihilism in American comedy came along way before ‘The Simpsons.’ There was a fairly nihilistic point of view to ‘Saturday Night Live,’ for instance, back in the beginning, and a lot of really dark comedy had a really anti-sentimental take on life. Matt Groening

The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently. Friedrich Nietzsche

Unmitigated Blackness is coming to the realization that as f*cked up and meaningless as it all is, sometimes it’s the nihilism that makes life worth living. Paul Beatty

Inspiring Nihilism Quotes

The point is there ain’t no point. Cormac McCarthy

My father has taught me not to succumb to nihilism, and my mother has taught me the value of hard work and determination. Michael Tubbs

The modern mind is in complete disarray. Knowledge has stretched itself to the point where neither the world nor our intelligence can find any foot-hold. It is a fact that we are suffering from nihilism. Albert Camus

Horror, almost better than any of the other genres, pits the will to live against the will toward nihilism. I just think that’s worth exploring. I don’t know what is more important, actually, to explore than that very dynamic. Karyn Kusama

This is what our essential being-in-the-world is—nihilistic annihilation. Arvydas Šliogeris

There is no one as dangerous as he or she who has nothing to lose. Rebecca Solnit

Destroy or be destroyed-there is no middle way! Let us then be the destroyers! Mikhail Bakunin

Nihilism is a natural consequence of a culture (or civilization) ruled and regulated by categories that mask manipulation, mastery, and domination of peoples and nature. Cornel West

Nihilism is an honest evaluation of what a universe without God would look like. Nietzsche was right about that. Where he went wrong was in thinking this was true of the actual universe. Jon Morrison

We love life, not because we are used to living but because we are used to loving. Friedrich Nietzsche

Nihilism is but the other side of conventionalism; its creed consists of negations of the current so-called positive values, to which it remains bound. Hannah Arendt

Nihilism is… not only the belief that everything deserves to perish; but one actually puts one shoulder to the plow; one destroys. Friedrich Nietzsche

The fundamental principle of Nihilism, properly so-called, was absolute individualism. It was the negation, in the name of individual liberty, of all the obligations imposed upon the individual by society, by family life, and by religion. Nihilism was a passionate and powerful reaction, not against political despotism, but against the moral despotism that weighs upon the private and inner life of the individual. Stepniak Stepniak

All good things were formerly bad things; every original sin has turned into an original virtue. Friedrich Nietzsche

Top Nihilism Quotes

Do you know what punishments I’ve endured for my crimes, my sins? None. I am proof of the absurdity of men’s most treasured abstractions. A just universe wouldn’t tolerate my existence. Brent Weeks

Nihilism is not only despair and negation but above all the desire to despair and to negate. Albert Camus

Like alcoholism and drug addiction, nihilism is a disease of the soul. It can never be completely cured, and there is always the possibility of relapse. But there is always a chance for conversion — a chance for people to believe that there is hope for the future and a meaning to struggle… Nihilism is not overcome by arguments or analyses; it is tamed by love and care. Cornel West

Nihilism has no substance. There is no such thing as nothingness, and zero does not exist. Everything is something. Nothing is nothing. Victor Hugo

A nihilist is not one who believes in nothing, but one who does not believe in what exists. Albert Camus

Those who believe in nothing are very, very jealous and angry at those who believe in something. Dennis Prager

Famously, there’s not really anywhere to go after nihilism. It’s not progressing toward anything, it’s a statement of outrage, however brilliant. Alan Moore

Nihilism, denying the significance of our actions, makes no sense. It is a self-fulfilling prophecy. If we believe that we are not going to make it, we will actually not do anything. Agustin Argelich

God is Dead; but given the way of men, there may still be caves for thousands of years in which his shadow will be shown. And we – we still have to vanquish his shadow, too. Friedrich Nietzsche

No system has ever as yet existed which did not in some form involve the exploitation of some human beings for the advantage of others. John Dewey

Nihilism isn’t sustainable as a magic feather. I don’t want to be able to sleep at night because I don’t care about what’s happening tomorrow. Liz Harris

I feel like an expressionist nihilist deep in my heart. And I think nihilism can stop the wheel from going around, around, around, around, around – saying the same thing, reacting the same way. Tom Burke

My grandfather was a practicing Quaker. My father was a nihilist. But nihilism, if you like, is the beginning of faith, anyway. Sebastian Horsley

Certainty is not to be had. But as we learn this, we become not more moral but more resigned. We become nihilists. Allen Wheelis

Say what you want about the deaf. Jimmy Carr

The problem is not suffering itself or oblivion itself but the depraved meaninglessness of these things, the absolutely inhuman nihilism of suffering. John Green

Science keeps religion from sinking into the valley of crippling irrationalism and paralyzing obscurantism. Religion prevents science from falling into the marsh of obsolete materialism and moral nihilism. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The nihilist sees avoid. I see everything that fills it. Marty Rubin

How obtuse these nihilists are! Because I will die someday, does that mean I shouldn’t enjoy my life now? Marty Rubin

Nihilists embrace life’s existence by the acceptance of nothingness. Martijn Budel

As a nihilist, I recognize that meaning does not exist. If we exterminate ourselves as a species and vaporize our beautiful world, the universe will not cry with us (a condition called the pathetic fallacy). No gods will intervene. It will just happen and then — and then the universe will go on. We will not be remembered. We will simply not be. Vjay Prozak

And we should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once. And we should call every truth false which was not accompanied by at least one laugh. Friedrich Nietzsche

Since there is no wrong or right, you just reap what you sow. Peter Murphy

For me, the more I think about the problems of the world, I feel I have to be positive. I wouldn’t like to fall into cynicism or nihilism. That’s not in my nature. Manu Chao

I might be a nihilist except that I don’t believe in anything. Mitchell Heisman

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