"I love talking about nothing. It is the only thing I know anything about."
..... said Oscar Wilde
"This I know - that I know nothing."
.... said Plato
Out of nothing we will imagine our values,
and by this act of invention we shall live.
(..."ontological anarchy in a nutshell")
"The only thing that we know is that we know nothing and that is the highest flight of human wisdom."
....said Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoy
"The study of theology, as it stands in the Christian churches, is the study of nothing; it is founded on nothing; it rests on no principles; it proceeds by no authority; it has no data; it can demonstrate nothing; and it admits of no conclusion."
.... said Thomas Paine
"The more I read, the more I meditate; and the more I acquire, the more I am enabled to affirm that I know nothing"
.... said Voltaire
"Dada means nothing"
.... Dada manifesto 1918:
"To know, is to know that you know nothing. That is the meaning of true knowledge."
In "The Book of Nothing" J. D. Barrow explores thousands of years of philosophy, mathematics, physics and theology organized around the concept of Nothingness. How Nothing went from a Babylonian place holder, a Mayan decoration in the empty space where no number fell and an Indian dot signifying all the current aspects of zero, to one of the most essential elements in mathematics, physics and cosmology, is the subject of this history text.
"To do nothing at all is the most difficult thing in the world, the most difficult and the most intellectual"
.... said Oscar Wilde
The Art of Doing Nothing by Veronique Vienne
Catnapping, daydreaming, breathing deeply, and otherwise going with the flow are among life's greatest joys. Here's how to find the time, lose the guilt, and reap the rewards of doing nothing much at all. Like Ira Gershwin, you will be delighted to discover that you've got plenty of nothin', and that nothin's plenty for you.
"The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing."
"And in knowing that you know nothing, that makes you the smartest of all." ....said Socrates
"The ancient oracle said that I was the wisest of all the Greeks. It is because I alone, of all the Greeks, know that I know nothing."
"To know nothing is the happiest life"
....said Desiderius Erasmus
"One's condition on marijuana is always existential. One can feel the importance of each moment and how it is changing one. One feels one's being, one becomes aware of the enormous apparatus of nothingness -- the hum of a hi-fi set, the emptiness of a pointless interruption, one becomes aware of the war between each of us, how the nothingness in each of us seeks to attack the being of others, how our being in turn is attacked by the nothingness in others."
Meditation hasn't got a damn thing to do with anything, 'cause all it has to do with is nothing. Nothingness. Okay? It doesn't develop the mind, it dissolves the mind. Self-improvement? Forget it, baby. It erases the self. Throws the ego out on its big brittle ass. What good is it? Good for nothing. Excellent for nothing. Yes, Lord, but when you get down to nothing, you get down to ultimate reality. It's then and exactly then that you're sensing the true nature of the universe, you're linked up with the absolute Absolute, son, and unless you're content with blowing smoke up your butt all your life, that there's the only place to be.
....said Bobby Case
Those who have everything appreciate nothing.
Those who have nothing appreciate everything.
"Better know nothing than half-know many things"
....said Friedrich Nietzsche
"if you know life is nothing, then what are you living for?"
(From: 'The Philosophy of Andy Warhol' by A. Warhol, 1975.)
"Nothing is permanent."
nothing lasts forever