It’s Nothing, Really

Sunday, August 30, 2009 – It’s Nothing, Really

Doing nothing is very hard to do … you never know when you’re finished. ~ Leslie Nielsen

Any time you’ve got nothing to do and lots of time to do it come on up. ~ Mae West

Nothing is improbable until it moves into past tense. ~ George Ade

We are born charming, fresh and spontaneous and must be civilized before we are fit to participate in society. ~ Judith Martin

If living conditions don’t stop improving in this country, we’re going to run out of humble beginnings for our great men. ~ Russell P. Askue

No matter what side of the argument you are on, you always find people on your side that you wish were on the other. ~ Jascha Heifetz

Great people talk about ideas, average people talk about things, and small people talk about wine. ~ Fran Lebowitz

For most men life is a search for the proper manila envelope in which to get themselves filed. ~ Clifton Fadiman

When two men in business always agree, one of them is unnecessary. ~ William Wrigley Jr.

Every word is like an unnecessary stain on silence and nothingness. ~ Samuel Beckett

God made everything out of nothing, but the nothingness shows through. ~ Paul Valery

If it is nothingness that awaits us, let us make an injustice of it; let us fight against destiny, even though without hope of victory. ~ Miguel de Unamuno

If you give people nothingness, they can ponder what can be achieved from that nothingness. ~ Tadao Ando

Religion enables us to ignore nothingness and get on with the jobs of life. ~ John Updike

I have only the idea I have made of myself to sustain me on oceans of nothingness. ~ Henry De Montherlant

If you want to know all about Andy Warhol, just look at the surface of my paintings and films and me, and there I am. There’s nothing behind it. ~ Andy Warhol

A very quiet and tasteful way to be famous is to have a famous relative. Then you can not only be nothing, you can do nothing too. ~ P. J. O’Rourke

If all great minds thought alike, we’d be stuck in perpetual nothingness. ~ Josh Holman

It is, no doubt, an immense advantage to have done nothing, but one should not abuse it. ~ Antoine de Rivarol, Petit Almanach de nos Grands Hommes (preface)

I love talking about nothing. It is the only thing I know anything about. ~ Oscar Wilde

Drawing on my fine command of language, I said nothing. ~ Robert Benchley

Nothing is built on stone; all is built on sand, but we must build as if the sand were stone. ~ Jorge Luis Borges

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. ~ Bobby Case

From within or from behind, a light shines through us upon things and makes us aware that we are nothing, but the light is all. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

It’s not true that I had nothing on. I had the radio on. ~ Marilyn Monroe

Ah, the patter of little feet around the house. There’s nothing like having a midget for a butler. ~ W. C. Fields

Half the world is composed of people who have something to say and can’t, and the other half who have nothing to say and keep on saying it. ~ Robert Frost

He knows nothing and thinks he knows everything. That points clearly to a political career. ~ George Bernard Shaw

The universe we observe has precisely the properties we should expect if there is, at bottom, no design, no purpose, no evil, no good, nothing but blind, pitiless indifference. ~ Charles Darwin

I have noticed even people who claim everything is predestined, and that we can do nothing to change it, look before they cross the road. ~ Stephen Hawking

What if everything is an illusion and nothing exists? In that case, I definitely overpaid for my carpet. ~ Woody Allen