C.N. Douglas, comp. Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical. 1917.


Gratiano speaks an infinite deal of nothing.


  • Nothing! thou elder brother ev’n to shade!
  • Thou hadst a being ere the world was made,
  • And, well-fix’d, art alone of ending not afraid.
  • Rochester.

  • O mighty nothing! unto thee,
  • Nothing, we owe all things that be;
  • God spake once when He all things made,
  • He saved all when He nothing said,
  • The world was made of nothing then;
  • ’Tis made by nothing now again.
  • Crashaw.

    If any man thinks that he can conceive well enough how there should be nothing, I will engage that what he means by nothing is as much something as anything that he ever thought of in his life; and I believe that if he knew what nothing was, it would be intuitively evident to him that it could not be.***Absolute nothing is the aggregate of all the contradictions in the world.

    Jonathan Edwards.