quote by Alan Turing

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

Perspective Hollowness quotations

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.


Hollowness quote Dripping water hollows out stone, not through force but through persistence.
Dripping water hollows out stone, not through force but through persistence.

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.

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

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

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.


We are the hollow men We are the stuffed men Leaning together...

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.

A good leg will fall; a straight back will stoop; a black beard will turn white; a curl'd pate will grow bald; a fair face will wither; a full eye will wax hollow: but a good heart, Kate, is the sun and the moon; or, rather, the sun, and not the moon, — for it shines bright, and never changes, but keeps his course truly.

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

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


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.

Between the conception and the creation, between the emotion and the response, Falls the shadow.

Constant dripping hollows out a stone.

In the end the great truth will have been learned that the quest is greater than what is sought, the effort finer that the prize (or rather, that the effort is the prize), the victory cheap and hollow were it not for the rigor of the game.

Experiencing the present purely is being empty and hollow;

you catch grace as a man fills his cup under a waterfall.


Thou spring'st a leak already in thy crown, A flaw is in thy ill-bak'd vessel found; 'Tis hollow, and returns a jarring sound, Yet thy moist clay is pliant to command, Unwrought, and easy to the potter's hand: Now take the mould; now bend thy mind to feel The first sharp motions of the forming wheel.

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.

I should be happy, but instead I feel nothing.

I feel a lot of nothing these days. I've cried a few times, but mostly I'm empty, as if whatever makes me feel and hurt and laugh and love has been surgically removed, leaving me hollowed out like a shell.

Water continually dropping will wear hard rocks hollow.

Don't we all look back in longing, those of us who had happy childhoods? Because the greatest loss we ever know is not the loss of family or place or money, it is the loss of innocence. There is forever a hollow place in our hearts once we realize that darkness rings the campfire.


Now hollow fires burn out to black, And lights are fluttering low: Square your shoulders, lift your pack And leave your friends and go. O never fear, lads, naught's to dread, Look not to left nor right: In all the endless road you tread There's nothing but the night.

They seemed to have taken all of their smoothly cultivated ignorance, their exquisitely learned self-hatred, their elaborately designed hopelessness and sucked it all up into a fiery cone of scorn that had burned for ages in the hollows of their minds― cooled ―and spilled over lips of outrage, consuming whatever was in its path.

There is in all this cold and hollow world, No fount of deep, strong,deathless love ;save that within a mother's heart

Without trust, words become the hollow sound of a wooden gong. With trust, words become life itself.

The West's post-Holocaust pledge that genocide would never again be tolerated proved to be hollow, and for all the fine sentiments inspired by the memory of Auschwitz, the problem remains that denouncing evil is a far cry from doing good.


Grief loves the hollow; all it wants is to hear its own echo.

My friends tell me that I've calmed down, that I seem more centered.

I don't know, I think my inner self was more hollow before, which made me more scattered, and more needy to get laughs.

I think you can tell, when you meet someone, whether they read novels or not.

There is some little hollowness if they don't.

We do not make beams from the hollow, decaying trunk of the fallen oak.

We use the upsoaring tree in the full vigor of its sap.

Literature is a cake with many toys baked inside--and even if you find them all, if you don't enjoy the path that leads you to them, it will be a hollow accomplishment.


One learns that the world, though made, is yet being made;

that this is still the morning of creation; that mountains long conceived are now being born, channels traced for coming rivers, basins hollowed for lakes.

The idea of democracy has been stripped of it moral imperatives and come to denote hollowness and hypocrisy.

Sex without love is as hollow and ridiculous as love without sex.

To an honest judge, the alleged convergence between religion and science is a shallow, empty, hollow, spin-doctored sham.