Quotation by Samuel Beckett

I know those little phrases that seem so innocuous and, once you let them in, pollute the whole of speech. Nothing is more real than nothing. They rise up out of the pit and know no rest until they drag you down into its dark.
Samuel Beckett (1906–1989), Irish dramatist, novelist. First published in 1953. Malone, in Malone Dies, p. 16, Grove Press (1970).

The italicized phrase in this passage, "Nothing is more real than nothing," is attributed to Democritus of Abdera.
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