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nihilism

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Definition the belief that there is no universal truth or underlying reality that undergirds moral values, and that ultimately existence is meaningless
  • But we thought.... you are not a Nihilist of course?
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • One of my teachers told me I was a nihilist.
    Susanna Kaysen  --  Girl Interrupted
  • 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
  • He was not what we call a nihilist.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie's World
  • 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
  • I. I have not committed the ultimate act of nihilism: I have not killed the queen.
    John Gardner  --  Grendel
  • Is she a Nihilist, or simply a fool?
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Idiot
  • I tell you Arrowsmith's a medical nihilist and a notoriety-seeker, that's what he is.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • 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
  • She used to wonder: Should she believe in God or be a nihilist?
    Amy Tan  --  The Bonesetter's Daughter
  • The truce with pessimism-bordering-on-nihilism was a very tenuous one.
    Jay Allison, et al.  --  This I Believe II
  • The negation of the infinite leads straight to nihilism.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • "You're beautiful when you're nihilistic," says the smirker.
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
  • The law is completely nihilistic.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • 'And that is called nihilism?'
    Ivan Turgenev  --  Fathers and Sons
  • 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
  • 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 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
  • 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

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