|Hoyt & Roberts, comps. Hoyts New Cyclopedia of Practical Quotations. 1922.|
| Nothing proceeds from nothingness, as also nothing passes away into non-existence.|
Marcus AureliusMeditations. IV. 4.
|Why and Wherefore set out one day,|
To hunt for a wild Negation.
They agreed to meet at a cool retreat
On the Point of Interrogation.
|Nothing to do but work,|
Nothing to eat but food,
Nothing to wear but clothes,
To keep one from going nude.
Ben KingThe Pessimist.
| Nil actum credens, dum quid superesset agendum.|
Believing nothing done whilst there remained anything else to be done.
LucanusPharsalia. Bk. II. 657.
|Nil igitur fieri de nilo posse putandum es|
Semine quando opus est rebus.
We cannot conceive of matter being formed of nothing, since things require a seed to start from.
LucretiusDe Rerum Natura. Bk. I. L. 206.
|Haud igitur redit ad Nihilum res ulla, sed omnes|
Discidio redeunt in corpora materiai.
Therefore there is not anything which returns to nothing, but all things return dissolved into their elements.
LucretiusDe Rerum Natura. Bk. I. 250.
| Nothings new, and nothings true, and nothing matters.|
Attributed to Lady Morgan.
De nihilo nihil, in nihilum nil posse reverti.
Nothing can be born of nothing, nothing can be resolved into nothing.
PersiusSatires. I, 111. 83.
|Gratis anhelans, multa agendo nihil agens.|
Sibi molesta, et aliis odiosissima.
Out of breath to no purpose, in doing much doing nothing. A race (of busybodies) hurtful to itself and most hateful to all others.
PhædrusFables. Bk. II. 5. 3.
| It is, no doubt, an immense advantage to have done nothing, but one should not abuse it.|
RivarolPreface to Petit Almanach de nos Grands Hommes.
|Nothing, thou elder brother een to shade.|
RochesterPoem on Nothing.
|Operose nihil agunt.|
They laboriously do nothing.
SenecaDe Brev. Vitæ. Bk. I. 13.
|Where every something, being blent together|
Turns to a wild of nothing.
Merchant of Venice. Act III. Sc. 2.
|A life of nothings nothing worth,|
From that first nothing ere his birth,
To that last nothing under earth.