The sense of unhappiness is so much easier to convey than that of happiness. In misery we seem aware of our own existence, even though it may be in the form of a monstrous egotism: this pain of mine is individual, this nerve that winces belong to me and to no other. But happiness annihilates us: we lose our identity.
We exhort the compromisers to open their hearts to truth, to free themselves of their wretched and blind circumspection, of their intellectual arrogance, and of the servile fear which dries up their souls and paralyzes their movements.Let us therefore trust the eternal Spirit which destroys and annihilates only because it is the unfathomable and eternal source of all life. The passion for destruction is a creative passion, too!mikhail bakunin
By a lie a man throws away and, as it were, annihilates his dignity as a man. A man who himself does not believe what he tells another ... has even less worth than if he were a mere thing. ... makes himself a mere deceptive appearance of man, not man himself.Immanuel Kant
Can wealth give happiness? look round and see What gay distress! what splendid misery! Whatever fortunes lavishly can pour, The mind annihilates, and calls for more.Edward Young
The apocalypse is finished, today it is the precession of the neutral, of forms of the neutral and of indifference . I will leave it to be considered whether there can be a romanticism , an aesthetic of the neutral therein. I don't think so all that remains, is the fascination for desertlike and indifferent forms, for the very operation of the system that annihilates us.
Christian piety annihilates the egotism of the heart; worldly politeness veils and represses it.