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C.N. Douglas, comp.  Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical.  1917.
 
Nothing
 
  Gratiano speaks an infinite deal of nothing.
Shakespeare.    
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        Nothing! thou elder brother ev’n to shade!
Thou hadst a being ere the world was made,
And, well-fix’d, art alone of ending not afraid.
Rochester.    
  2
        O mighty nothing! unto thee,
Nothing, we owe all things that be;
God spake once when He all things made,
He saved all when He nothing said,
The world was made of nothing then;
’Tis made by nothing now again.
Crashaw.    
  3
  If any man thinks that he can conceive well enough how there should be nothing, I will engage that what he means by nothing is as much something as anything that he ever thought of in his life; and I believe that if he knew what nothing was, it would be intuitively evident to him that it could not be.  *  *  *  Absolute nothing is the aggregate of all the contradictions in the world.
Jonathan Edwards.    
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