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"You’re beautiful when you’re nihilistic," says the smirker.
Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
  the belief that there is no universal truth or underlying reality that undergirds moral values, and that ultimately existence is meaningless
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  • "You’re beautiful when you’re nihilistic," says the smirker.
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
  • And if some keenly sick man could have committed the act in a flash, for reason of mere possibility or nihilistic whim or curiosity, a man like me would have done so for the avoidance of a future day, whose complications—whether happy or not—might simply overwhelm.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • For me—and I’ll keep repeating it doggedly till I die, till I fall over on my ungrateful nihilistic face and am too weak to say it: better never born, than born into this cesspool.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • He made a great show of his education, droning on about nihilism and giving pompous lectures on French literature at NCO meetings.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken

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  • The negation of the infinite leads straight to nihilism.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • I. I have not committed the ultimate act of nihilism: I have not killed the queen.
    John Gardner  --  Grendel
  • We just sat there quiet for a long time, which was fine, and I was thinking about way back in the very beginning in the Literal Heart of Jesus when Gus told us that he feared oblivion, and I told him that he was fearing something universal and inevitable, and how really, the problem is not suffering itself or oblivion itself but the depraved meaninglessness of these things, the absolutely inhuman nihilism of suffering.
    John Green  --  The Fault in Our Stars
  • He was not what we call a nihilist.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • One of my teachers told me I was a nihilist.
    Susanna Kaysen  --  Girl Interrupted
  • ’And that is called nihilism?’
    Ivan Turgenev  --  Fathers and Sons

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  • But now we know that these little pills of classical learning possess the medicinal property of anti-nihilism, and we boldly prescribe them to our patients….
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • The law is completely nihilistic.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • She used to wonder: Should she believe in God or be a nihilist?
    Amy Tan  --  The Bonesetter’s Daughter
  • From the point of view of the present there is such a recklessness in this deliverance of the future that it appears to be nihilistic.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • The truce with pessimism-bordering-on-nihilism was a very tenuous one.
    Jay Allison, et al.  --  This I Believe II
  • I tell you Arrowsmith’s a medical nihilist and a notoriety-seeker, that’s what he is.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • Even atheists reproach me with infidelity and anarchists with nihilism because I cannot endure their moral tirades.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Man And Superman
  • With nihilistic bitterness that sounded absurd coming from anyone so young, the kid with the buzz cut said, "Screw the system."
    Dean Koontz  --  Sole Survivor
  • They had a moment of cohesion, a moment of tragic affection and union, which drew them together like small jets of flame against all the senseless nihilism of life.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • The already frantic crowd went rabid; the ranks of uniformed "American" soldiers broke, and if chaos had ruled previously, nihilistic mobocracy now reigned supreme.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • When it is not employed as an honest device of classical rhetoric, the purpose of which no healthy mind can doubt for a moment, it becomes a source of depravity, a barrier to civilization, a squalid flirtation with inertia, nihilism, and vice.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • But we thought…. you are not a Nihilist of course?
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • Be God, it’s not to Bakunin’s ghost you ought to pray in your dreams, but to the great Nihilist, Hickey!
    Eugene O’Neill  --  The Iceman Cometh
  • Is she a Nihilist, or simply a fool?
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Idiot
  • To give arms to all men who offer an honest price for them, without respect of persons or principles: to aristocrat and republican, to Nihilist and Tsar, to Capitalist and Socialist, to Protestant and Catholic, to burglar and policeman, to black man white man and yellow man, to all sorts and conditions, all nationalities, all faiths, all follies, all causes and all crimes.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Major Barbara
  • "You’re only saying that because you don’t know what nihilistic means."
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
  • ’And that’s called nihilism,’ Bazarov repeated again, this time with peculiar rudeness.
    Ivan Turgenev  --  Fathers and Sons
  • ’He’s a nihilist,’ repeated Arkady.
    Ivan Turgenev  --  Fathers and Sons
  • Nihilism is to cure all our woes, and you, you are our heroes and saviours.
    Ivan Turgenev  --  Fathers and Sons
  • ’A nihilist,’ said Nikolai Petrovitch.
    Ivan Turgenev  --  Fathers and Sons
  • ’He’s a nihilist.’
    Ivan Turgenev  --  Fathers and Sons
  • ’Here is Sir Nihilist coming towards us,’ he said in an undertone.
    Ivan Turgenev  --  Fathers and Sons
  • ’You are certainly a nihilist, I see that,’ thought Nikolai Petrovitch.
    Ivan Turgenev  --  Fathers and Sons
  • ’It’s that high and mighty gentleman, that nihilist, who’s knocked all that into his head.
    Ivan Turgenev  --  Fathers and Sons
  • He was not a nihilist for nothing!
    Ivan Turgenev  --  Fathers and Sons
  • A nihilist is a man who does not bow down before any authority, who does not take any principle on faith, whatever reverence that principle may be enshrined in.’
    Ivan Turgenev  --  Fathers and Sons
  • With nihilism, no discussion is possible; for the nihilist logic doubts the existence of its interlocutor, and is not quite sure that it exists itself.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Freedom is the law of brotherly love, not of nihilism and malice.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • With nihilism, no discussion is possible; for the nihilist logic doubts the existence of its interlocutor, and is not quite sure that it exists itself.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • After a childhood in Kobe, Mutsuhiro attended Tokyo’s prestigious Waseda University, where he studied French literature and cultivated an infatuation with nihilism.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • The movement is, properly speaking, a derivative from Nihilism—though they are only known indirectly, and by hearsay, for they never advertise their doings in the papers.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Idiot
  • Nikolai Petrovitch was rather afraid of the young ’nihilist,’ and was doubtful whether his influence over Arkady was for the good; but he was glad to listen to him, and was glad to be present at his scientific and chemical experiments.
    Ivan Turgenev  --  Fathers and Sons
  • However, a week ago, I called in a medical student, Kislorodoff, who is a Nationalist, an Atheist, and a Nihilist, by conviction, and that is why I had him.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Idiot
  • Nihilism has no point.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • A Nihilist!
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Idiot
  • Then the doctor, a young man, not quite a Nihilist perhaps, but you know, eats with his knife…. but a very good doctor.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • The nihilism of the Church, had he said?
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • The nihilism of the most realistic system for exercising authority in the history of the world?
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • Here, negation and the cult of nihilism—there, the eternal yes and the Spirit’s loving inclination toward life!
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • To wit, the insight that realism was true nihilism.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
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