68 Hollow Man Quotes To Inspire You

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The Most Famous Hollow Man Quotes (Best in 2024)

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We are the hollow men We are the stuffed men Leaning together... — T. S. Eliot

A man is nothing but breath and shadow. — Sophocles

When we become hollow bones there is no limit to what the Higher Powers can do in and through us in spiritual things. — Frank Fools Crow

A human being is only breath and shadow. — Sophocles

Man, a hybrid of plant and ghost. — Friedrich Nietzsche

When a man has lost all happiness, he's not alive. Call him a breathing corpse. — Sophocles

You'd think someone who'd been to medical school would be able to hear through a stethoscope that somebody was empty inside. — Jodi Picoult

A man is a little soul carrying around a courpse. — Marcus Aurelius

After all, what is every man? A horde of ghosts - like a Chinese nest of boxes - oaks that were acorns that were oaks. Death lies behind us, not in front - in our ancestors, back and back until. — Walter de La Mare

Men have died from time to time, and worms have eaten them, but not for love. — William Shakespeare

Short Hollow Man Quotes

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  • Between the conception and the creation, between the emotion and the response, Falls the shadow. — T. S. Eliot
  • It’s amazing what you can do when you stop worrying about failing. — Anne Sweeney
  • Between the idea And the reality Between the motion And the act Falls the Shadow — T. S. Eliot
  • life is long between the desire and the spasm. — T. S. Eliot
  • There are no tricks in plain and simple faith. — William Shakespeare
  • It is not poverty so much as pretense that harasses a ruined man. — Washington Irving
  • Each person feels pain in his own way, each has his own scars. — Haruki Murakami
  • How hollow is the heart of man, and how full of excrement! — Blaise Pascal
  • Down to earth advice about the path that leads away from the kingdom of the hollow men. — Sam Keen
  • To hear the world applaud the hollow ghost Which blamed the living man. — Matthew Arnold
Hollow man quote Do not correct a fool or he will hate you. Correct a wise man and he will apprec
Do not correct a fool or he will hate you. Correct a wise man and he will appreciate you.

Hollow Quotes

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Do you know why people like violence? It is because it feels good. Humans find violence deeply satisfying. But remove the satisfaction, and the act becomes hollow. — Alan Turing

No work or love will flourish out of guilt, fear, or hollowness of heart, just as no valid plans for the future can be made by those who have no capacity for living now. — Alan Watts

Earthly riches are like the reed. Its roots are sunk in the swamp, and its exterior is fair to behold; but inside it is hollow. If a man leans on such a reed, it will snap off and pierce his soul. — Anthony of Padua

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Better than a thousand hollow words, is one word that brings peace. — Buddha

All things on earth point home in old October; sailors to sea, travellers to walls and fences, hunters to field and hollow and the long voice of the hounds, the lover to the love he has forsaken. — Thomas Wolfe

Shape without form, shade without color, Paralyzed force, gesture without motion; Those who have crossed With direct eyes, to death's other Kingdom Remember us-if at all-not as lost Violent souls, but only As the hollow men The stuffed men. — T. S. Eliot

Hollow man quote Let no man pull you low enough to hate him.
Let no man pull you low enough to hate him.

Dripping water hollows out stone, not through force but through persistence. — Ovid

Four snakes gliding up and down a hollow for no purpose that I could see - not to eat, not for love, but only gliding. — Ralph Waldo Emerson

In all of us there is a hunger, marrow-deep, to know our heritage- to know who we are and where we have come from. Without this enriching knowledge, there is a hollow yearning. No matter what our attainments in life, there is still a vacuum, an emptiness, and the most disquieting loneliness. — Alex Haley

As one hollows in the woods, so it echoes back. — Hungarian Proverbs

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More Hollow Man Quotes

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Experiencing the present purely is being empty and hollow; you catch grace as a man fills his cup under a waterfall. — Annie Dillard

Ever note, Lucilius, When love begins to sicken and decay It useth an enforced ceremony. There are no tricks in plain and simple faith; But hollow men, like horses hot at hand, Make gallant show and promise of their mettle; But when they should endure the bloody spur, They fall their crests, and like deceitful jades Sink in the trial. — William Shakespeare

A hollow edifice erected for the habitation of man, rat, mouse, beetle, cockroach, fly, mosquito, flea, bacillus, and microbe. — Ambrose Bierce

The laughter of man is more terrible than his tears, and takes more forms -hollow, heartless, mirthless, maniacal. — James Thurber

It is not poverty so much as pretence that harasses a ruined man--the struggle between a proud mind and an empty purse--the keeping up a hollow show that must soon come to an end. Have the courage to appear poor, and you disarm poverty of its sharpest sting. — Anna Brownell Jameson

Do they merit vitriol, even a drop of it? Yes, because they corrupt the young, persuading them that the mature world, which produced Beethoven and Schweitzer, sets an even higher value on the transient anodynes of youth than does youth itself.... They are the Hollow Men. They are electronic lice. — Anthony Burgess

Tom said to himself that it was not such a hollow world, after all. He had discovered a great law of human action, without knowing it -- namely, that in order to make a man or a boy covet a thing, it is only necessary to make the thing difficult to attain. — Mark Twain

Between the desire And the spasm, Between the potency And the existence, Between the essence And the descent, Falls the Shadow. — T. S. Eliot

Wealth often takes away chances from men as well as poverty. There is none to tell the rich to go on striving, for a rich man makes the law that hallows and hollows his own life. — Sean O'Casey

It is not poverty so much as pretense that harasses a ruined man - the struggle between a proud mind and an empty purse - the keeping up of a hollow show that must soon come to an end. — Washington Irving

Oh, father's gone to market-town, he was up before the day, And Jamie's after robins, and the man is making hay, And whistling down the hollow goes the boy that minds the mill, While mother from the kitchen door is calling with a will, "Polly!-Polly!- The cows are in the corn! Oh, where's Polly?" — Richard Watson Gilder

Even the West has known the architecture of empty space, whose object, for thousands of years, has been less to construct divine houses, than to create sacred places, to seize upon mystery and to immerse man in it-whether by raising the cyclopean pedestal that surrounds him with stars, or by hollowing out the sanctuary that wraps him in haunted night. — Andre Malraux

The stillness of the calm is awful. His voice begins to grow strange and portentous. He feels it in him like something swallowed too big for the esophagus. It keeps up a sort of involuntary interior humming in him, like a live beetle. His cranium is a dome full of reverberations. The hollows of his very bones are as whispering galleries. He is afraid to speak loud, lest he be stunned; like the man in the bass drum. — Herman Melville

When the voices of democracy are silenced, freedom becomes a hollow concept. No man or woman should be sentenced to the shadows of silence for something he or she has said or written. — Al Neuharth

'Tis solitude should teach us how to die; It hath no flatterers; vanity can give, No hollow aid; alone - man with God must strive. — Lord Byron

How were friendship possible? In mutual devotedness to the good and true; otherwise impossible, except as armed neutrality or hollow commercial league. A man, be the heavens ever praised, is sufficient for himself; yet were ten men, united in love, capable of being and of doing what ten thousand singly would fail in. Infinite is the help man can yield to man. — Thomas Carlyle

It is - last stage of all When we are frozen up within, and quite The phantom of ourselves To hear the world applaud the hollow ghost Which blamed the living man — Matthew Arnold

A vital Christian, radiating that hidden beauty of the heart, is more attractive to the right sort of Christian man (the only kind you want) than the raving beauty who is hollow within. A woman who is developing her domestic abilities, who is reasonably attractive, and who is a vital Christian in her own right is an irresistible person. — Jay E. Adams

Golf is the Great Mystery. Like some capricous goddess, it bestows its favours with what would appear an almost fat-headed lack of method and discrimination. On every side we see big two-fisted he-men floundering round in three figures, stopping every few minutes to let through little shrimps with knock-knees and hollow cheeks, who are tearing up snappy seventy-fours. — P. G. Wodehouse

Imagine now a man who is deprived of everyone he loves, and at the same time of his house, his habits, his clothes, in short, of everything he possesses: he will be a hollow man, reduced to suffering and needs, forgetful of dignity and restraint, for he who loses all often loses himself. — Primo Levi

When the white man turns tyrant it is his own freedom that he destroys.He becomes a sort of hollow,posing dummy,the conventional figure of a sahib.For it is the condition of his rule that he shall spend his life in trying to impress the "natives",and so in every crisis he has got to do what the "natives" expect of him.He wears a mask and his face grows to fit it. — George Orwell

His universal compassion was due less to natural instinct, than to a profound conviction, a sum of thoughts that in the course of living had filtered through to his heart: for in the nature of man, as in rock, there may be channels hollowed by the dropping of water, and these can never be destroyed. — Victor Hugo

I was tired of chasing ghosts, hollow men who were outside my comfort zone, men who had nothing to give me except a rush. It was all I asked for, and all I ever got. — Terry McMillan

The king lifted a hand to her cheek and kissed her. It was not a kiss between strangers, not even a kiss between a bride and groom. It was a kiss between a man and his wife, and when it was over, the king closed his eyes and rested his forehead in the hollow of the queen's shoulder, like a man seeking respite, like a man reaching home at the end of the day. — Megan Whalen Turner

Elodin proved a difficult man to find. He had an office in Hollows, but never seemed to use it. When I visited Ledgers and Lists, I discovered he only taught one class: Unlikely Maths. However, this was less than helpful in tracking him down, as according to the ledger, the time of the class was 'now' and the location was 'everywhere. — Patrick Rothfuss

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