[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
->''"The world is not beautiful, therefore it is."''
-->-- ''LightNovel/KinosJourney''

->''"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!"''
-->-- '''Jaguar D. Saul''', ''Anime/OnePiece''

->'''[[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''

->''"There can't possibly be any meaning in this world. But isn't that wonderful in its own right? Because if there isn't any, we can find our own."''
-->-- '''2nd Lt. Felicia Heidemann''', a {{Moe}} ShellShockedVeteran, ''Anime/SoundOfTheSky''

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

[[folder:Comic Books]]
->''"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'''

->''"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}}''

[[folder:Fan Works]]
->''"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''', ''FanFic/HarryPotterAndTheMethodsOfRationality''

->''"I can’t see or predict the future, but I can understand the inner workings of many things. Society, the human mind, DNA, aspects of the universe itself. Do you want to know what I’ve learned? Nothing means anything. We cling to the surface of a piece of dust in the void, wedged between molten rock and a thin envelop of gas circling a mass of burning plasma fusing hydrogen into helium. One day destined to burn out. Our society is broken, backward, unjust, filled with exploitation and corruption. Many of us claim to know the truth meaning of this world- parents, governments, religious leaders- but none of them know anything. They are merely people who chose to find their own answers in this indifferent universe. Never able to grasp at the one absolute truth there is in this universe. That there is no truth."''

-> ''"None of us are born on purpose. Not put here for a reason. Nothing exists with a goal. We cry out for a higher power to guide us, but we get no response. There is no god, no fate, and no destiny. Existence is just existence. Everything is born from oblivion, existing for a brief time, then returning to oblivion. There’s no reason for it, but it happens anyway. The concepts many of us hold so dearly in our lives, such as love, peace, kindness, happiness, and justice are meaningless. They are merely ephemeral concepts manifested by our own minds. And yet, it’s precisely because they’re so ephemeral that I value them so much. In my vocabulary, "meaningless" is not synonymous with "worthless." The most meaningless things in the world are, to me, the most valuable and important."''
-->--'''Kyoji Nakamura''', ''Blog/ThePredespairKids''

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
->''"For every horrible thing down here, there's something far more beautiful."''
-->-- '''Kubo''', ''WesternAnimation/KuboAndTheTwoStrings''

->''"Nobody's giving up around here, and don't you forget it. Ever."''
-->-- '''Chief''' to Rex, ''WesternAnimation/IsleOfDogs''

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
->''"Ernest Hemingway once wrote, 'The world is a fine place, and worth fighting for'...I agree with the second part.'"''
-->-- '''Det. Somerset''', ''Film/Se7en''

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

->''"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 bet your parents taught you that you mean something, that you're here for a reason. My parents taught me a different lesson, dying in the gutter for no reason at all. They taught me the world only makes sense if you force it to."''
-->-- '''Bruce Wayne/Batman''', ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice''

->''"We're all out here in this bigass nowhere Series/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?"''

->''"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}}''

->'''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 ''unbearably'' naïve.\\
'''The Vision:''' Well... I ''was'' born yesterday.
-->-- '''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron'''

->''"At some point, everything's gonna go south on you...everything's going to go south and you're going to say, this is it. This is how I end. Now you can either accept that, or you can get to work. That's all it is. You just begin. You do the math. You solve one problem...and you solve the next one...and then the next. And If you solve enough problems, you get to come home. All right, questions?"''
-->-- '''Mark Watney''', ''Film/TheMartian''

->'''Bob''': You're trying to prove that the Universe is all for nothing. All matter, all energy, all life is just one-time only Big Bang which expending universe will eventually contract into a super dense black hole. Gravitation forces will be so strong that everything that's something will get squeezed into a single point of zero dimension and poof, the sun disappears, no space no time no life no afterlife, nothing. Nada, ziltsch, zip, zero.\\
'''Qohen''': Stop! How would anyone believe such a horrible thing ?\\
'''Bob''': What's so horrible ? I believe it. Nothing's perfect, nothing lasts forever, there's nothing to worry about, if you really think about it.

->'''Sam Gamgee''': By rights we shouldn’t even be here. But we are. It’s like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger they were. And sometimes you didn’t want to know the end. Because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened. But in the end, it’s only a passing thing, this shadow. Even darkness must pass. A new day will come. And when the sun shines it will shine out the clearer. Those were the stories that stayed with you. That meant something. Even if you were too small to understand why. But I think, Mr. Frodo, I do understand. I know now. Folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back, only they didn’t. They kept going. Because they were holding on to something.
->'''Frodo Baggins''': What are we holding on to, Sam?
->'''Sam Gamgee''': That there’s some good in this world, Mr. Frodo. And it’s worth fighting for.
-->--Film/TheLordOfTheRings'': ''The Two Towers''

->''"Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man."''
-->--'''The Teacher''', ''Literature/BookOfEcclesiastes''

->''"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?\\
The 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"

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

->'''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''

->[[AC:'''Death:''' 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?\\
[[AC: '''Death:''' You need to believe in things that aren't true; how else can they ''become?'']]
-->-- ''Discworld/{{Hogfather}}''

->''“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]]''

->''"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

->''"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''

->''Once, on ancient Earth, there was a human boy walking along a beach. There had just been a storm, and starfish had been scattered along the sands. The boy knew the fish would die, so he began to fling the fish to the sea. But every time he threw a starfish, another would wash ashore. An old Earth man happened along and saw what the child was doing. He called out, 'Boy, what are you doing?' 'Saving the starfish!' replied the boy. 'But your attempts are useless, child! Every time you save one, another one returns, often the same one! You can't save them all, so why bother trying? Why does it matter, anyway?' called the old man.''
->''The boy thought about this for a while, a starfish in his hand; he answered, 'Well, it matters to this one.' And then he flung the starfish into the welcoming sea.''
-->--'''Loren Eiseley''', ''The Star Thrower''

->''I believe life is a game, that life is a cruel joke, and that life is what happens when you're alive and that you might as well lie back and enjoy it''
-->'''Sam''', ''Literature/AmericanGods''

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
->'''Mal:''' We're still flying.\\
'''Simon:''' That's not much.\\
'''Mal:''' It's enough.
-->-- ''Series/{{Firefly}}''

->''"I'm not trying to win. I'm not doing this because I want to beat someone, because I hate someone, or because I want to blame someone. It's not because it's fun. God knows it's not because it's easy. It's not even because it works, because it hardly ever does. I do what I do because it's right! Because it's decent! And above all, because it's kind! It's just that...Just kind. If I run away today, good people will die. If I stay and fight, some of them might live. Maybe not many, maybe not for long. Hey, you know, maybe there's no point to any of this at all. But it's the best I can do. So I'm going to do it. And I'm going to stand here doing it until it kills me. And you're going to die too! Some day...[[ArmorPiercingQuestion And how will that be? Have you thought about it? What would you die for?]] Who I am is where I stand. [[TheLastDance Where I stand is where I fall.]]"''
-->--'''The Twelfth Doctor''', ''Series/{{Doctor Who}}'' ([[{{Recap/DoctorWhoS36E12TheDoctorFalls}} "The Doctor Falls"]])

->''"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")

->''"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 ([[{{Recap/BabylonFiveS03E13ALateDeliveryFromAvalon}} "A Late Delivery from Avalon"]])

->'''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"

->'''Noreen:''' [[Creator/AlbertCamus Camus]] says that knowing we're going to die makes life absurd.
->'''Betsy:''' Well, I don't know who that is. But I'll bet he didn't have a six year old daughter.
->'''Noreen:''' He's French....
->'''Betsy:''' I don't care where he's from, no one with any sense would say something so foolish. We'll all put on this Earth for a reason. And we each get enough time to do it.
-->--{{Series/Fargo}}, "Palindrome"

->''"Death is the enemy. The first enemy and the last. The enemy always wins. And we still need to fight him. That's all I know. You and I won't find much joy while we're here, but we can keep others alive. We can defend those who can't defend themselves. Maybe we don't need to understand any more than that. Maybe that's enough."''
-->--'''Beric Dondarrion,''' ''Series/GameOfThrones''


->''"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 Wants to Live Forever?"

->''"It's easy to say, when you're so down,\\
that everything's pointless;\\
your eyes burn, your ears howl,\\
your limbs are disjointed.\\
Barren fields, the barren earth, never more will it flower.\\
Rub your face and your hands in the dirt:\\
now is the hour!\\
So stand straight, looking over your shoulder;\\
walk on, though you fear to arrive;\\
don't wait till you know that it's over,\\
be strong - it's your place to survive."''
-->-- '''Music/VanderGraafGenerator''', "A place to survive"

->''"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"''
-->-- '''Music/ThirtySecondsToMars''', "100 Suns"

->''"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"]]

->''“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"

->''"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}}, ''Time of Our Lives" feat. Neyo

->''"It doesn't matter if we turn to dust;"''\\
''Turn and turn and turn we must!''\\
''I guess I'll see you dancin' in the ruins tonight!"''
-->-- '''Music/BlueOysterCult''', "Dancin' In The Ruins"

->''"There are no stories told in a vacuum.\\
There is no prophecy lighting our away.\\
There's just a lot of darkness to be afraid of.\\
Good thing we are not afraid.\\
There is no Superman in that phone booth.\\
There is no rewarding our faith.\\
There is no one who can save us.\\
Good thing we don't need to be saved.\\
There are no starships in low-earth orbit.\\
No aliens to save us from ourselves.\\
There's no voice willing to speak for us.\\
Good thing we know how to yell!\\
There is no Chosen One, no destiny, no fate.\\
There is no such thing as magic.\\
There's no light at the end of this tunnel.\\
Good thing we brought matches."''
-->-- '''Sifu Hotman''', "Matches"

->"Though there are times when I can't stop crying
->and times when I stumble
->I want to keep walking to tomorrow"
-->-- '''iDOLM@STER''', [[http://www.project-imas.com/wiki/Tsubomi_(Cinderella_Girls) Tsubomi]]

[[folder:Video Games]]
-> '''[[ThePowersThatBe Igor]]''': Death is not a hunter unbeknownst to its prey. One is always aware that it lies in wait. Though life is merely a journey to the grave, it must not be undertaken without hope. Only then will a traveler's story live on, cherished by those who bid him farewell.
-->-- ''VideoGame/Persona3''

-> '''Solas''': You truly are content to sit in the sun, never wondering what you could've been, never fighting back?\\
'''Varric''': Ha, you've got it all wrong, Chuckles. This ''is'' fighting back.\\
'''Solas''': How does passively accepting your fate constitute a fight?\\
'''Varric''': In that story of yours -- the fisherman watching the stars, dying alone -- you thought he gave up right? [...] But he went on living. He lost everyone, but he still got up every morning. He made a life, even if it was alone. That's the world. Everything you build, it tears down. Everything you've got, it takes -- and it's gone forever. The only choices you get are to lie down and die or keep going. He kept going. That's as close to beating the world as anyone gets.\\
'''Solas''': ... [[{{Touche}} Well said]]. Perhaps I was mistaken.
-->-- ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition''

->''"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]]''

->''"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''

->''"Get it into your head, Kais. [[BrutalHonesty The tau'va isn't real]]. Nobody ever reached it. We're always getting closer, always approaching, but [[PerfectionIsImpossible never arriving]]. As long as we go in the right direction, as long as everything we do is done in the name of [[TheNeedsOfTheMany the Greater Good]]--''[[YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre then it doesn't matter how far from the path you are]]''."''
-->--'''El'Lusha''', the {{Novelisation}} of ''VideoGame/FireWarrior''

->''"We all know the underground has problems, but we smile anyway. Why? We can't do anything, so why be morose about it?"''
-->-- '''Snowdin NPC''', ''Videogame/{{Undertale}}''

-> ''"Merlina...every world has its end. I know that's kinda sad, but that's why we've got to live life to its fullest in the time we have." (hands her a flower) "At least that's what I figure"''
-->-- '''Sonic''' after defeating Merlina, ''[[VideoGame/SonicStorybookSeries Sonic and the Black Knight]]''

->''"Life is something that ends. Life is a pilgrimage that accrues suffering. But it is by no means just a story of death and extinction."''
-->--[[spoiler:'''Dr. Roman, aka King Solomon,''']] ''VideoGame/FateGrandOrder''

->''"I believe in a universe that doesn't care and people who do."''
-->--'''Angus Delaney''', ''VideoGame/NightInTheWoods''

[[folder:Web Animation]]
->''Hey sis, I hope my letters have been reaching you and Dad. Hand-written stuff's never been super reliable, but I guess it's all we've got these days. Anyway, in case you haven't been getting them, I want to say I'm sorry for leaving the way I did. I know you told me it was a reckless idea, and after everything I've been through, I can definitely say you were right. It's been hard, on all of us, and I'm not just talking about the monsters we fought out here. Every step we made took us further and further from the things we knew. And every morning we woke up wondering, if just over the next hill would be something good or something terrible. It's scary not knowing what's going to happen next. And the things we do know now - just how bad it can get - it almost makes it all worse.''\\
''[[Recap/RWBYV3E12EndOfTheBeginning You told me once that bad things just happen. You were angry when you said it, and I didn't want to listen.]] But you were right, bad things do happen, all the time, every day. Which is why I'm out here, to do whatever I can, wherever I can, and hopefully do some good. We've all lost something, and I've seen what loss can do to people. [[Recap/RWBYV3E4LessonsLearned But if we gave up every time we lost, then we'd never be able to move forward.]] We'd never have a chance to see what beautiful things the future might have waiting for us. We'd never have the strength to change; whether it's ourselves, or the world around us. And we'd never be there for other people who might one day be lost without us. This is what we were training for, Yang, to become Huntresses, to be the ones to stand up and do something about all the bad in the world. Because there are plenty of people out there who are still lost and even more who will try to gain everything they can from their sorrow. Believe me when I say, I know it can feel impossible, like every single day is a struggle against some unstoppable monster we can never hope to beat. But we have to try, if not for us, then for the people we haven't lost yet.''\\
''I miss you so much. I miss Weiss and Blake too. But I think you'd all be proud to know that I made it to Mistral. All of us did, and we even ran into Uncle Qrow along the way. He's going to take us to see Professor Lionheart, the headmaster of Haven Academy. And he told us some things that you're gonna wanna hear, things I can't trust will make it to you in this letter. But maybe, if you join us, he could tell you himself. With Beacon gone they'll need Dad at Signal more than ever, and I know you need to focus on yourself before I can expect you to come out with me. But it sure would be great to get Team RWBY back together again.''\\
''Until next time, your loving sister, Ruby Rose.''\\
''Oh! Uh, PS. I'll be sure to give you the address of where we're staying in Mistral! I'd love to hear back from you and Dad, and I can't wait to fill you in on whatever's going to happen next! Now that we've made it across Anima I really think things are gonna start going our way.''
-->-- '''Ruby Rose''''s letter to '''Yang Xiao Long''', ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'', "[[Recap/RWBYV4E12NoSafeHaven No Safe Haven]]"

->Nothing matters at all.
->Might as well be nice to people.
-->-- ''Webcomic/ASofterWorld''

[[folder:Web Original]]
->''"Within ''True Detective'', this is always framed with the idea that this is a fallen world. The edges of it are always rotting into an unspeakable barbarism; something that cannot quite be displayed and seen... The truth of being a detective is the act of seeing the unspeakable and fundamental rot; of knowing the truth of the fallen world, and being condemned to live with that vision."''
-->--'''[[http://www.eruditorumpress.com/blog/meat-is-murder-hannibal-true-detective-and-the-anthropocene-extinction/ El Sandifer]]'''

->''The galaxy is dark, empty and cold. It spins inevitably toward death. You will die too, one day. Perhaps you will have longer than we have. We hope so. But one day you too must vanish. Until that time, you must light the darkness. You must make the night less empty. We are all small, and the universe is vast. But a universe filled with voices saying "I am here" is far greater than a universe silent. One voice is small, but the difference between zero and one is as great as one and infinity. And when your time is passing, please send this message on, so the next voice can speak against the darkness.''
-->-- '''[[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-1281 SCP-1281]]''', Wiki/SCPFoundation

->''Is the known universe 99.9999999999999999999958% empty? Or is it 0.0000000000000000000042% full?''
-->-- ''[[http://joshworth.com/dev/pixelspace/pixelspace_solarsystem.html If The Moon Were One Pixel.]]''

->''"BUT, sometimes you will lose a friend. Sometimes… even your best friend. Maybe you grow apart, maybe you get into a fight, [[ItMakesSenseInContext maybe they are destroyed in an electromagnetic pulse.]] These things happen. It’s just a sad, saaad, saaaaaad, sad, saaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaad, saaad, sad, sad part of life. But, you know, I think the very best part about friends - well, the thing most people forget about, at least - is that no matter how many friends you do lose, you can always make more. And that’s pretty neat.''"
-->-- '''Caboose ''', ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'' Season 14, Episode 15 - Caboose's Guide to Making Friends.

->''"My inevitable death and disintegration makes me fucking chill."''
-->-- '''Dan Avidan''', ''WebVideo/GameGrumps", "Everything: Existentialist Grumps - PART 3"

[[folder:Web Video]]
->''"[[Creator/LarsVonTrier He]] can go on and on about how hollow our culture is and how shallow life is, but what of it? I'm alive, and I can experience the new, and share it. Here, now, I'm alive. And what happier thing can be said? We should all keep creating and sharing. Because, in the words of [[Creator/OrsonWelles a better filmmaker]], 'Our songs will all be silenced, but what of it? Go on singing.' "''
-->-- '''[[WebVideo/BrowsHeldHigh Kyle Kallgren]]''' on ''Film/{{Melancholia}}''

->''"In ten years, the clouds will clear. The soot will fall down from above and the temperatures will begin to rise. And what will be left of us? You could say that the world had ended, you could say that we've given up hope, or you can say something else. Where we stand is not destroyed. We are not in ruins, but in something waiting to be built. Waiting to begin again. From these ashes, we can rise and create beauty. The crumbling walls are not a representation of our failures, but a reminder of the lessons we have learned. So we continue on not because we want to, but because we have to. In the words of Carl Sagan, a new consciousness is developing which sees the Earth as a single organism and recognizes that an organism at war with itself is doomed. One of the great revelations of the age of space exploration is the image of the Earth finite and lonely. We are one planet. [[SigningOffCatchphrase And, as always, thanks for watching.]]"''
--->-- '''[[WebVideo/{{Vsauce}} Jake Roper]]''', ''What if the world ended?''

[[folder:Western Animation]]
->''"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'', "Rixty Minutes"

->'''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"

->''"Look, real life stinks sometimes, okay, I'm not gonna lie. But there's a better way to get through it than denial, and that's with help from people who care about you. It's how we've gotten through our whole lives."''
-->-- '''Dipper''', ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'', "Weirdmageddon Part 2: Escape From Reality"

->'''Xyler:''' Are we ''real?'' Is ''this'' reality? Jean-Paul Sartre postulated that every existing thing is born without reason, prolongs itself out of weakness, and dies by chance.\\
'''Craz:''' Totally righteous, bro!\\
'''Xyler:''' I knoooow!
-->-- ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'', "Weirdmageddon Part 2: Escape From Reality"

->''"The universe is a cruel, uncaring void. The key to being happy isn't a search for meaning, it's to just keep yourself busy with unimportant nonsense, and eventually you'll be dead."''
-->-- '''Mr. Peanutbutter''', ''WesternAnimation/BojackHorseman'', "Later"

[[folder:Real Life]]
->''"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'''

->''"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."''
-->-- '''Creator/BertrandRussell'''

->''"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."''
-->-- '''Creator/GoreVidal'''

->''"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."''
-->-- '''Creator/KurtVonnegut'''

->''"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''

->''"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"''

->''"After a lifetime of writing, teaching, broadcasting and happily torturing people with my jokes, I will leave behind more memes than many. They will all eventually die as well, but so it goes."''


->''"“Kindness” covers all of my political beliefs. No need to spell them out. I believe that if, at the end of it all, according to our abilities, we have done something to make others a little happier, and something to make ourselves a little happier, that is about the best we can do."''
-->-- '''Creator/RogerEbert'''

->''"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''.]]

->''"The struggle itself toward the heights is enough to fill a man's heart. One must imagine Sisyphus happy."''[[note]]Original French: ''"La lutte elle-même vers les sommets suffit à remplir un cœur d'homme; il faut imaginer Sisyphe heureux."''[[/note]]
-->-- '''Creator/AlbertCamus''', ''The Myth of Sisyphus''

->''"Knowing the truth which is that nothing matters, can save you in those moments. Once you get through the terrifying threshold of accepting that, then every place is the center of the universe, and every moment is the most important moment, and everything is the meaning of life."''

->''"There is a point. Is there a point to all this? Let's find a point. Is there a point to my act? I would say there is. I have to. The world is like a ride in an amusement park, and when you choose to go on it you think it's real because that's how powerful our minds are. The ride goes up and down, around and around, it has thrills and chills, and it's very brightly colored, and it's very loud, and it's fun for a while. Many people have been on the ride a long time, and they begin to wonder, "Hey, is this real, or is this just a ride?" And other people have remembered, and they come back to us and say, "Hey, don't worry; don't be afraid, ever, because this is just a ride." And we … kill those people. "Shut him up! I've got a lot invested in this ride, shut him up! Look at my furrows of worry, look at my big bank account, and my family. This has to be real." It's just a ride. But we always kill the good guys who try and tell us that, you ever notice that? And let the demons run amok … But it doesn't matter, because it's just a ride. And we can change it any time we want. It's only a choice. No effort, no work, no job, no savings of money. Just a simple choice, right now, between fear and love. The eyes of fear want you to put bigger locks on your doors, buy guns, close yourself off. The eyes of love instead see all of us as one. Here's what we can do to change the world, right now, to a better ride. Take all that money we spend on weapons and defenses each year and instead spend it feeding and clothing and educating the poor of the world, which it would pay for many times over, not one human being excluded, and we could explore space, together, both inner and outer, forever, in peace.''"

-->--'''Creator/BillHicks''' concluding his stand-up "''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZEZDeaFkpK4 Revelations]]''"

->''Where There’s Life, There’s Hope. This is the tragedy of everything that happens under the sun: Everyone shares the same destiny. Moreover, the hearts of mortals are full of evil. Madness is in their hearts while they are still alive. After that, they join the dead. But all who are among the living have hope, because a living dog is better than a dead lion. The living know that they will die, but the dead don’t know anything. There is no more reward for the dead when the memory of them has faded.''

-->--'''Ecclesiastes 9:3-5'''