We come from an inconceivable nothingness. We stay a while in something which seems equally inconceivable, only to vanish again into the inconceivable nothingness.

— Peter Wessel Zapffe

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Man is a tragic animal. Not because of his smallness, but because he is too well endowed. Man has longings and spiritual demands that reality cannot fulfill. We have expectations of a just and moral world. Man requires meaning in a meaningless world.


In accordance with my conception of life, I have chosen not to bring children into the world. A coin is examined, and only after careful deliberation, given to a beggar, whereas a child is flung out into the cosmic brutality without hesitation.


Each new generation asks – What is the meaning of life? A more fertile way of putting the question would be – Why does man need a meaning to life?


To bear children into this world is like carrying wood to a burning house.


The more a human being in his worldview approaches the goal, the hegemony of love in a moral universe, the more has he become slipshod in the light of intellectual honesty.


When a human being takes his life in depression, this is a natural death of spiritual causes. The modern barbarity of 'saving' the suicidal is based on a hair-raising misapprehension of the nature of existence.


If one regards life and death as natural processes, the metaphysical dread vanishes, and one obtains peace of mind.


Man beholds the earth, and it is breathing like a great lung;

whenever it exhales, delightful life swarms from all its pores and reaches out toward the sun, but when it inhales, a moan of rupture passes through the multitude, and corpses whip the ground like bouts of hail.


The immediate facts are what we must relate to. Darkness and light, beginning and end.


The seed of a metaphysical or religious defeat is in us all.

For the honest questioner, however, who doesn't seek refuge in some faith or fantasy, there will never be an answer.


For me, a desert island is no tragedy, neither is a deserted planet.


Why does man need a meaning to life?


About Peter Wessel Zapffe

Quotes 18 sayings
Profession Metaphysician
Birthday December 18, 1899

As long as humankind recklessly proceeds in the fateful delusion of being biologically fated for triumph, nothing essential will change.


Know yourselves- be infertile and let the earth be silent after ye.


Jesus must have been a psychopath


A coin is turned around before it is handed to the beggar, yet a child is unflinchingly tossed into cosmic bruteness.


Mankind ought to end its existence of its own will.

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