— Will Durant, The Story of Civilization
I'll always be nothing.
I can't even wish to be something.
Aside from that, I've got all the world's dreams inside me.“
— Fernando Pessoa Portuguese poet, writer, literary critic, translator, publisher and philosopher 1888 - 1935
Álvaro de Campos (heteronym), Tabacaria ["The Tobacconist's" or "The Tobacco Shop"] (15 January 1928) Variant translations: I am nothing. Never shall be anything. Cannot will to be anything. This apart, I have in me all the dreams of the world. trans. Jonathan Griffin, in Selected Poems (Penguin Books, 1974), p. 111 I am not nothing. I will never be nothing. I cannot ever want to be nothing. Apart from that, I have in me all the dreams of the world. In Webster's New World Dictionary of Quotations (2005), p. 649 I am nothing. I shall never be anything. I cannot even wish to be anything. Apart from this, I have within me all the dreams of the world.
„The hardest thing is to do something which is close to nothing because it is demanding all of you.“
— Marina Abramović Yugoslav-American artist 1946
„I'm proud that I was able to start with nothing, plan it, and have it work as perfectly as it did... I sleep clearly every night.“
— Paul Tibbets United States Air Force pilot 1915 - 2007
1975 interview [http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/7073441.stm]
„Many adults feel that every children's book has to teach them something.... My theory is a children's book... can be just for fun.“
— R.L. Stine American writer and producer 1943
„There is something else which has the power to awaken us to the truth. It is the works of writers of genius. They give us, in the guise of fiction, something equivalent to the actual density of the real, that density which life offers us every day but which we are unable to grasp because we are amusing ourselves with lies.“
— Simone Weil French philosopher, Christian mystic, and social activist 1909 - 1943
„In the world it is called Tolerance, but in hell it is called Despair... the sin that believes in nothing, cares for nothing, seeks to know nothing, interferes with nothing, enjoys nothing, hates nothing, finds purpose in nothing, lives for nothing, and remains alive because there is nothing for which it will die.“
— Dorothy L. Sayers English crime writer, playwright, essayist and Christian writer 1893 - 1957
„If you want to travel the Way of Buddhas and Zen masters, then expect nothing, seek nothing, and grasp nothing.“
— Dogen Japanese Zen buddhist teacher 1200 - 1253
— Nick Carter singer from the United States 1980
— Blaise Pascal French mathematician, physicist, inventor, writer, and Christian philosopher 1623 - 1662
— Bob Dylan American singer-songwriter, musician, author, and artist 1941
— Susan B. Anthony American women's rights activist 1820 - 1906