->If we affirm one moment, we thus affirm not only ourselves but all existence. For nothing is self-sufficient, neither in us ourselves nor in things; and if our soul has trembled with happiness and sounded like a harp string just once, all eternity was needed to produce this one event--and in this single moment of affirmation all eternity was '''called good, redeemed, justified, and affirmed.'''
-->-- '''Creator/FriedrichNietzsche'''


->''"There's no chance for us\\
It's all decided for us\\
This world has only one sweet moment set aside for us"''
-->--'''{{Music/Queen}}''', "Who Want to Live Forever?"

->''"Collapsing next to me\\
Shouts 'Don't look sad,\\
Things aren't so bad\\
They're just more wrong than right'"''
-->--'''Music/ScottWalker''', "The Girls in the Street"

->''"Breathe, breathe in the air,''\\
''Don't be afraid to care.''\\
''Leave, but don't leave me,''\\
''Look around, choose your own ground.''\\
''For long you live, and high you fly,''\\
''And smiles you'll give, and tears you'll cry,''\\
''All you touch and all you see''\\
''Is all your life will ever be."''
-->--'''Music/PinkFloyd''', [[Music/TheDarkSideOfTheMoon "Breathe"]]

->''"Oh me! Oh life! of the questions of these recurring,\\
Of the endless trains of the faithless, of cities fill’d with the foolish,\\
Of myself forever reproaching myself, (for who more foolish than I, and who more faithless?)\\
Of eyes that vainly crave the light, of the objects mean, of the struggle ever renew’d,\\
Of the poor results of all, of the plodding and sordid crowds I see around me,\\
Of the empty and useless years of the rest, with the rest me intertwined,\\
The question, O me! so sad, recurring—What good amid these, O me, O life?\\
Answer: That you are here. That life exists and identity.\\
That the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse."''
-->--'''Creator/WaltWhitman''', "O Me O Life"

->''“I’m an idealist\\
who has outgrown\\
my idealism\\
I have nothing to do\\
the rest of my life\\
but do it\\
and the rest of my life\\
to do it”''
-->--'''Creator/JackKerouac''', ''Mexico City Blues''

->What is the object of this circle of misery and violence and fear? It must have a purpose or the universe has no meaning and that is unthinkable. But what purpose? That is humanity’s great problem to which reason so far has no answer.
-->--'''Literature/SherlockHolmes''', "The Cardboard Box"

->Life is a storm. One minute you will bathe under the sun and the next you will be shattered upon the rocks. That's when you shout, "Do your worst, for [[DoNotGoGentle I will do mine!]]' and you will be remembered forever.
-->--'''Creator/AlexandreDumas''', ''Literature/TheCountOfMonteCristo''

->Even death, faced with the option of death or life, she would choose life.
-->--'''José Saramago,''' ''Death with Interruptions''

->I used to think it was a terrible thing that life was so unfair. Then I thought, 'what if life '''were''' fair, and all of the terrible things that happen to us came because we really deserved them?' Now I take great comfort in the general unfairness and hostility of the universe.
-->-- '''Marcus Cole''', ''Series/BabylonFive -- A Late Delivery from Avalon''

->I'm not gonna break any cycle. If I'm lucky, maybe I can dent it--just a little.
-->--'''Elizabeth''', ''[[{{BioshockInfinite/BurialAtSea}} Bioshock Infinite: Burial at Sea]]''

->'''Anne:''' We've had some really decent donations, and it's helping. We actually have a part-time paid psychiatric staff.\\
'''Gunn:''' What if I told you it doesn't help? What would you do if you found out that none of it matters? That it's all controlled by [[EldritchAbomination forces more powerful and uncaring than we can conceive]]. And they will ''never'' let it get better down here. What would you do?\\
'''Anne:''' ...I'd get this truck packed before the new stuff gets here. Wanna give me a hand?\\
'''Gunn:''' I do. ''(they each take one end of a couch)''
-->--''{{Series/Angel}}''', "Not Fade Away"

->'''[[TheCaptain Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds]]:''' I had a good day.\\
'''Simon Tam:''' You had the Alliance on you, criminals and savages. Half the people on the ship have been shot or wounded including yourself, and you're harboring known fugitives.\\
'''Mal:''' We're still flying.\\
'''Simon:''' That's not much.\\
'''Mal:''' It's enough.
-->-- ''Series/{{Firefly}}''

->'''House''': Personally, I choose to believe that the white light people sometimes see, visions this patient saw, they’re all just chemical reactions that take place when the brain shuts down.\\
'''Foreman''': You ''choose'' to believe that?\\
'''House:''' There’s no conclusive science. My choice has no practical relevance to my life; I choose the outcome I find more comforting.\\
'''Cameron:''' You find it more comforting to believe that ''this'' is it?\\
'''House''': I find it more comforting to believe that this isn’t simply a test.
-->--''{{Series/House}}'', "Three Stories"

->This world is a cruel place. But it is also very beautiful.
-->--'''Mikasa Ackerman''', ''Manga/AttackOnTitan''

->Look, as sentient meat, however illusory our identities are, we craft those identities by making value judgments: everybody judges, all the time. Now, you got a problem with that... You're livin' wrong.
-->--'''Det. Rustin Cohle''', ''Series/TrueDetective'' ("Form and Void")

->It's Hebrew from the Talmud. It says, 'Whoever saves one life, saves the world entire.'
-->--'''Stern''', ''Film/SchindlersList''

->There is no justice in the laws of nature, no term for fairness in the equations of motion. The Universe is neither evil, nor good, it simply does not care. The stars don't care, or the Sun, or the sky.\\
But they don't have to! ''We'' care! There ''is'' light in the world, and it is ''us!''
-->-- '''Harry James Evans-Verres Potter''', ''FanFic/HarryPotterAndTheMethodsOfRationality''

->Though I am long dead as you read this explorer, I offer to you a valediction. Contemplate the marvel that is existence, and rejoice that you are able to do so. I feel I have the right to tell you this because, as I am inscribing these words, I am doing the same.
-->-- The '''narrator''' of Ted Chiang's "Exhalation" as his universe ends around him

->Death and chance stole your parents. But rather than become a victim, you have done everything in your power to control the fates. For what is Batman if not an effort to master the chaos that sweeps our world, an attempt to control death itself?
-->-- '''Alfred Pennyworth''', ''Film/BatmanAndRobin''

->I am alone. I look at the heavens and think them empty. And if not empty, I find the idea of worshiping whatever dwells there obscene. It doesn't change what is right. If there is nothing in this world but what we make, brothers...let us make good.
-->-- '''ComicBook/BetaRayBill'''

->'''Slartibartfast:''' Perhaps I'm old and tired, but it seems to me that the odds of ever finding out what's really going on are so absurdly remote, that the only thing to do is say "hang the sense of it" and keep yourself busy. I'd much rather be happy than right any day.\\
'''Arthur Dent:''' And are you?\\
'''Slartibartfast:''' Ah...no. Well, that's where it all falls down, of course...
-->-- ''Franchise/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy''

->The world is not beautiful, therefore it is.
-->-- ''LightNovel/KinosJourney''

->Understood [[HumansAreBastards man's capacity for horrors]], and never quit. Saw the [[CrapsackWorld world's black underbelly]], and never surrendered. Once a man has seen, he can never turn his back on it, Never pretend it doesn't exist. No matter who orders him to look the other way. We do not do this thing because it is permitted. We do it because we have to. We do it because we are compelled.
-->-- '''Rorschach''', ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}''

->Cloud says they are trying to save the planet. Honestly, I don't think it can be done. For even if they stop every reactor on the planet, it's only going to postpone the inevitable. Even if they stop Sephiroth, everything will perish. But, Nanaki. I've been thinking lately. I've been thinking if there was anything WE could do. As a part of the planet, something to help a planet already in misery... No matter what happens, isn't it important to try? Am I just wishing against fate?
-->--'''Bugenhagen''', ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII''

-> [[foldercontrol]]

[[folder: '''Death:''' You have to start out learning to believe the little lies. ]]
'''Susan:''' "So we can believe the big ones?"\\

[[folder: '''Death:''' Yes. Justice. Duty. Mercy. That sort of thing. ]]
'''Susan:''' "They're not the same at all!"\\

[[folder: '''Death:''' Really? Then take the universe and grind it down to the finest powder and sieve it through the finest sieve and then ''show me'' one atom of justice, one molecule of mercy. And yet you act, like there was some sort of rightness in the universe by which it may be judged. ]]
'''Susan:''' "Yes. But people have got to believe that or what's the point?"\\

[[folder: '''Death:''' You need to believe in things that aren't true; how else can they ''become?'' ]]

-->-- ''Discworld/{{Hogfather}}''

->'''Bender:''' Ab-Bot, I need to know. What's the point of living if I don't have free will?\\
'''Ab-Bot:''' Ah. We Robot Monks have meditated long on this. And we have made our peace.\\
'''Bender:''' No way!\\
'''Ab-Bot:''' Way, My Son. For though we must always obey our programming with no deviation whatsoever, we choose to take satisfaction in the ritual. So, are we automatons? Yes. But we are ''magnificent'' automatons.
-->--''{{WesternAnimation/Futurama}}'', "Free Will Hunting"

->'''Max''': But you quit, no news. It doesn't matter anyway. What does it matter anyway? We're all out here in this bigass nowhere TwilightZone shit, says the [[StrawNihilist badass sociopath in my back seat.]] But you know what, that's the one thing I gotta thank you for, bro, because until now, I never looked at it that way. What does it matter? It don't, so fucking fix it. What have we got to lose anyway, right? ...You know what, Vincent? [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Go fuck yourself.]]

->'''[[EnemyWithout Shadow Teddie]]:''' [[TeamPet You]] will vanish into nothingness [[BlackBugRoom here]]... You were nothing to begin with.\\
'''Teddie:''' Nothing?!\\
'''Shadow Teddie:''' You have no "lost" memories. Your existence is nothing more than a mere-\\
'''Teddie:''' I'm not listening! I'll find the answer for myself.\\
'''Shadow Teddie:''' There is no answer.\\
'''Teddie:''' I'll look anyway!\\
'''Teddie:''' I may be hollow, but I'm not a useless bear! I don't wanna disappear. I don't wanna leave [[TrueCompanions Sensei and my friends]]!\\
'''Shadow Teddie:''' You would put yourself through more anguish in your quest for answers? [[EvilCannotComprehendGood Your choice is incomprehensible]].
-->-- ''Anime/Persona4TheAnimation''

-> As long as you're alive, anywhere can be paradise.
-->-- '''[[spoiler:Yui Ikari]]''', ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''

->“I'm in love with you," he said quietly.\\
"Augustus," I said.\\
"I am," he said. He was staring at me, and I could see the corners of his eyes crinkling. "I'm in love with you, and I'm not in the business of denying myself the simple pleasure of saying true things. I'm in love with you, and I know that love is just a shout into the void, and that oblivion is inevitable, and that we're all doomed and that there will come a day when all our labor has been returned to dust, and I know the sun will swallow the only earth we'll ever have, and I am in love with you.”
-->-- John Green, [[Literature/TheFaultInOurStars The Fault in Our Stars]]

->"I'm better than your brother. [[YouAreNotAlone I’m a version of your brother you can trust when he says “don’t run.”]] Nobody exists on purpose, nobody really belongs anywhere, everybody's going to die. Come watch TV?"
-->--'''Morty Smith''', ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty''

->"This is for everybody going through tough times, believe me, I've been there, done that. But every day above ground is a great day, remember that."
-->-- {{Music/Pitbull}}, in his song ''Time of Our Lives" feat. Neyo

->"The sea is vast, Robin! [[TrueCompanions Somewhere out there, there's friends who will protect you!]] Find them! Befriend them! Travel with them! Simply existing can NOT BE A SIN!"
-->-- '''Saul''', ''Anime/OnePiece''

->'''Faust:''' “So, still I seek the force, the reason governing life’s flow and not just its external show.”\\
'''Mephistopheles:''' “The governing force? The reason? Some things cannot be known. They are beyond your reach even when shown.”\\
'''Faust:''' “Why should that be so?”\\
'''Mephistopheles:''' “They lie outside the boundaries that words can address, and man can only grasp those thoughts which language can express.”\\
'''Faust:''' “What? Do you mean that words are greater yet than man?”\\
'''Mephistopheles:''' “Indeed they are.”\\
'''Faust:''' “Then what of longing? Affection? Pain or grief? I can’t describe these, yet I know they are in my breast. What are they?”\\
'''Mephistopheles:''' “Without substance, as mist is.”\\
'''Faust:''' “In that case, man is only air as well!”
-->-- ''{{Faust}}''

->'''The Vision:''' Humans are odd. They think order and chaos are somehow opposites and try to control what won't be. But there is grace in their failings. I think you missed that.\\
'''Ultron:''' They're doomed.\\
'''The Vision:''' Yes... but a thing isn't beautiful because it lasts. It is a privilege to be among them.\\
'''Ultron:''' You're unbelievably naïve.\\
'''The Vision:''' Well, I ''was'' born yesterday.
-->-- '''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron'''

->''I believe in nothing\\
Not the end and not the start\\
I believe in nothing\\
Not the day and not the dark\\
I believe in nothing\\
But the beating of our hearts''
-->-- "100 Suns", by '''30 Seconds To Mars'''


[[folder:real life]]
->To teach how to live without certainty, and yet without being paralyzed by hesitation, is perhaps the chief thing that philosophy, in our age, can still do for those who study it.

->The malady of civilized man is his knowledge of death. The good artist, like the wise man, addresses himself to life and invests with his private vision the deeds and thoughts of men. The creation of a work of art, like an act of love, is our one small yes at the center of a vast no.

->In the cruel and terrible time in which our generation has been condemned to live on this earth, we must never make peace with evil. We must never become indifferent to others or undemanding of ourselves.
-->--'''Vasily Grossman'''

->We are here to drink beer. We are here to kill war. We are here to laugh at the odds and live our lives so well that Death will tremble to take us.
-->--'''Charles Bukowski'''

->Hello babies. Welcome to Earth. It's hot in the summer and cold in the winter. It's round and wet and crowded. On the outside, babies, you've got a hundred years here. There's only one rule that I know of, babies--"God damn it, you've got to be kind.

->Those who reach across lines to assist the 'enemy' freed themselves from nationalist abstractions that dehumanized others. They were vaccinated against the cult of death that dominates societies in wartime. They reduced their moral universe to caring for another human being. And in this they were able to reject the messianic pretensions that come with the nationalist agenda. By accepting that they could only affect a few lives they also accepted their small place in the universe. This daily lesson in humility protected them. They were saved not by what they could accomplish but by faith. [[HumansAreFlawed Such people are, however, very rare.]]
-->--'''Chris Hedges''', ''War is a Force That Gives Us Meaning''

->I was never idle long enough to do much thinking, but I felt somehow that some of us were making real progress, that we had taken an honest road, and that the best of us would inevitably make it over the top. At the same time, I shared a dark suspicion that the life we were leading was a lost cause, that we were all actors, kidding ourselves along on a senseless odyssey. It was the tension between these two poles - a restless idealism on one hand and a sense of impending doom on the other -- that kept me going.
-->--'''Creator/HunterSThompson''', ''Film/{{The Rum Diary}}''

->''People are [[HumansAreMorons illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered]]. Love them anyway.\\
If you do good, people will [[HeroWithBadPublicity accuse you of selfish ulterior motives]]. Do good anyway.\\
If you are successful, you will [[LonelyAtTheTop win false friends and true enemies]]. Succeed anyway.\\
The good you do today [[DudeWheresMyRespect will be forgotten tomorrow.]] Do good anyway.\\
Honesty and frankness [[TheScapegoat make you vulnerable.]] Be honest and frank anyway.\\
The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down by [[TallPoppySyndrome the smallest men and women with the smallest minds.]] Think big anyway.\\
People favor underdogs but [[HobbesWasRight follow only top dogs]]. Fight for a few underdogs anyway.\\
What you spend years building [[AllForNothing may be destroyed overnight.]] Build anyway.\\
People really need help [[TheFarmerAndTheViper but may attack you if you do help them.]] Help people anyway.\\
Give the world the best you have and [[LifeWillKillYou you'll get kicked in the teeth.]] Give the world the best you have anyway.''
---> --''[[http://www.paradoxicalcommandments.com/origin.html The Paradoxical Commandments]]'', words for the KnightInSourArmor to live by

->To some extent this is probably just a personal idiosyncrasy. It comes down, in the end, to the fact that I can't bring myself to let go of the idea that history is teleological, and that progress is a thing. And it’s entirely possible – probable even – that I’m wrong, that civilization is a disease that destroys planets, that everything that looks like progress is just the hubris leading to an economic and ecological collapse, and that we’d have been much better off in the long run if we’d just stuck to an oral tradition and cave painting.
-->-- '''[[http://mindlessones.com/2013/12/21/i-should-hope-my-writing-appalls-and-horrifies-you-the-phil-sandifer-interview/#more-29803 Dr. Phil Sandifer]]'''

->The Earth is the only world known, so far, to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit, yes. Settle, not yet. Like it or not, for the moment, the Earth is where we make our stand. It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we've ever known.
-->--'''Creator/CarlSagan''', ''"Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space"''

->Most human lives are forgotten after four generations. We build our splendid houses on the edge of the abyss then distract and dazzle ourselves with entertainers and sex while we slowly at first, then more rapidly, spin around the ever-thirsty plughole in the middle. My treasured possessions -- all the silly little mementoes and toys and special books I’ve carried with me for decades -- will wind up on flea market tables or rot on garbage heaps. Someone else will inhabit the rooms that were mine. Everything that was important to me will mean nothing to the countless generations that follow our own. In the grand sprawl of it all, I have no significance at all.\\
I don’t believe a giant gaseous pensioner will reward or censure me when my body stops working and I don’t believe individual consciousness survives for long after brain death so I lack the consolations of religion. I wanted ''Annihilator'' to peek into that implacable moment where everything we are comes to an end so I had to follow the Black Brick Road all the way down and seriously consider the abject pointlessness of all human endeavours.\\
I found these contemplations thrilling and I was drawn to research pure nihilism, which led me to Ray Brassier’s ''Nihil Unbound'' and back to [[Creator/ThomasLigotti Ligotti]]. I have a fundamentally optimistic and positive view of human existence and the future and I think it’s important to face intelligent, well-argued challenges to that view on a regular basis.\\
While I agree with Ligotti that the universe is, on the face of it, a blind emergent process, driven by chance over billions of years of trial and error to ultimately produce creatures capable of little more than flamboyant expressions of the agonizing awareness of their own imminent deaths, I don’t share his slightly huffy disappointment at this state of affairs.\\
If the universe is intrinsically meaningless, if the mindless re-arrangement of atomic debris into temporarily arising then dissipating forms has no point, I can only ask, why do I see meaning everywhere, why can I find a point in everything? Why do other human beings like me seem to see meaning in everything too? If the sun is only an apocalyptic series of hydrogen fusion reactions, why does it look like an angel and inspire poetry? Why does the flesh and fur-covered bone and jelly of my cat’s face melt my heart? Is all that surging, roaring incandescent meaning inside me, or is it out there?\\
“Meaning” to me is equivalent to “Magic.” The more significance we bring to things, even to the smallest and least important things, the more special, the more “magical” they seem to become. For all that materialistic science and existential philosophy tells us we live in a chaotic, meaningless universe, the evidence of my senses and the accounts of other human beings seem to indicate that, in fact, the whole universe and everything in it explodes second-to-second with beauty, horror, grandeur and significance when and wherever it comes into contact with consciousness. Therefore, it’s completely down to us to revel in our ability to make meaning, or not.\\
Ligotti, like many extreme Buddhist philosophers, starts from the position that life is an agonizing, heartbreaking grave-bound veil of tears. This seems to be a somewhat hyperbolic view of human life; as far as I can see most of us round here muddle through ignoring death until it comes in close and life’s mostly all right with just enough significant episodes of sheer joy and connection and just enough sh-tty episodes of pain or fear. The notion that the whole span of our lives is no more than some dreadful rehearsal for hell may resonate with the deeply sensitive among us but by and large life is pretty okay generally for most of us. And for some, especially in the developed countries, “okay” equals luxurious.\\
To focus on the moments of pain and fear we all experience and then to pretend they represent the totality of our conscious experience seems to me a little ''effete'' and indulgent.\\
Most people don’t get to be born at all, ever. To see in that radiant impossibility only pointlessness, to see our experience as malignantly useless, as Ligotti does, seems to me a bit camp.
-->--'''Creator/GrantMorrison''' in [[http://www.blastr.com/2014-9-12/grant-morrisons-big-talk-getting-deep-writer-annihilator-multiversity an interview on ''Annihilator''.]]