— James K. Polk American politician, 11th President of the United States (in office from 1845 to 1849) 1795 - 1849
Inaugural Address (4 March 1845).
„The fear of death in the one place was not as strong as another kind of fear, the fear of a world gone crazy, a place where anything could happen, where nothing could be trusted, where nothing was certain. A terrible place.“
— Orson Scott Card American science fiction novelist 1951
„We Germans fear God, but nothing else in the world; and it is the fear of God, which lets us love and foster peace.“
— Otto von Bismarck German statesman, Chancellor of Germany 1815 - 1898
Speech to the Reichstag (6 February 1888) reichstagsprotokolle.de 1887/88,2 http://www.reichstagsprotokolle.de/Blatt3_k7_bsb00018648_00043.html p. 733 (D)
„Enlightenment says the world is nothing
Nothing but a dream, everything's an illusion
And nothing is real.“
— Van Morrison Northern Irish singer-songwriter and musician 1945
— Martin Joseph Routh Classical scholar and college head 1755 - 1854
Remarked to William Palmer, on the eve of his 1840-1 journey to Russia to improve Anglican-Orthodox relations. The trip reaped little success; quoted in Notes of a Visit to the Russian Church in the Years 1840, 1841, by William Palmer, 1882, p. 10.
— Swami Vivekananda Indian Hindu monk and phylosopher 1863 - 1902
„The chief objection I have to Pantheism is that it says nothing. To call the world "God" is not to explain it; it is only to enrich our language with a superfluous synonym for the word "world".“
— Arthur Schopenhauer German philosopher 1788 - 1860
On Pantheism as quoted in Faiths of Famous Men in Their Own Words (1900) by John Kenyon Kilbourn; also in Religion: A Dialogue and Other Essays (2007), p. 40
„Fear tends to come from ignorance. Once I knew what the problem was, it was just a problem, nothing to fear.“
— Patrick Rothfuss, The Name of the Wind
Chapter 32, “Coppers, Cobblers and Crowds” (p. 227)
— George Raymond Richard Martin American writer, screenwriter and television producer 1948
„Do you say it is incomprehensible that there is nothingness in the world and that we are partly composed of nothing?“
— Cyrano de Bergerac French novelist, dramatist, scientist and duelist 1619 - 1655
Context: Do you say it is incomprehensible that there is nothingness in the world and that we are partly composed of nothing? Well, why not? Is not the whole world enveloped by nothingness? Since you concede that point, admit as well that it is just as easy for the world to have nothingness within as without.