Abyss Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old abyss quotes, abyss sayings, and abyss proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness.     

Honoré de Balzac

It is by going down into the abyss that we recover the treasures of life. Where you stumble, there lies your treasure.     

Joseph Campbell

We come from a dark abyss, we end in a dark abyss, and we call the luminous interval life.     

Nikos Kazantzakis

Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And if you gaze long enough into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you.     

Friedrich Nietzsche

The human being is flesh and consciousness, body and soul; his heart is an abyss which can only be filled by that which is godly.     

Olivier Messiaen

We know nothing in reality; for truth lies in an abyss.     

Democritus

The fear is the abyss between failure and success.      

Alexander Zalan

Hypocrisy can plunge the mind of a man into a dark abyss, when he believes his own self-flattery instead of God's verdict.      

John Calvin

There comes a time when the cup of endurance runs over, and men are no longer willing to be plunged into the abyss of despair.      

Martin Luther King, Jr.

The only way to escape the abyss is to look at it, gauge it, sound it out and descend into it.     

Cesare Pavese

Faith is a process of leaping into the abyss not on the basis of any certainty about where we shall land, but rather on the belief that we shall land.     

Carter Heyward

The cradle rocks above an abyss, and common sense tells us that our existence is but a brief crack of light between two eternities of darkness.     

Vladimir Nabokov

The gaps in power, the gaps in wealth, the gaps in ideology which hold the nations apart also make up the abyss into which mankind can fall to annihilation.     

Barbara Ward

One mustn't look at the abyss, because there is at the bottom an inexpressible charm which attracts us.      

Gustave Flaubert

We must prepare and study truth under every aspect, endeavoring to ignore nothing, if we do not wish to fall into the abyss of the unknown when the hour shall strike.      

H. P. Blavatsky

If you understand hallucination and illusion, you don't blindly follow any leader. You must know if the person is sane or insane, over the abyss.      

Marguerite Young

Man looks in the abyss, there's nothing staring back at him. At that moment, man finds his character. And that is what keeps him out of the abyss.      

Hal Holbrook

Thoughts are like an open ocean, they can either move you forward within its waves, or sink you under deep into its abyss.     

Anthony Liccione

What can we gain by sailing to the moon if we are not able to cross the abyss that separates us from ourselves? This is the most important of all voyages of discovery, and without it, all the rest are not only useless, but disastrous.     

Thomas Merton

Let me be strong, for to be anything else is to languish in the abyss of compromise and to descend to places of impoverishment so destitute that they will squelch my soul and crush my heart.     

Craig D. Lounsbrough

He is free to evade reality, he is free to unfocus his mind and stumble blindly down any road he pleases, but not free to avoid the abyss he refuses to see.     

Ayn Rand

There are no words to express the abyss between isolation and having one ally. It may be conceded to the mathematician that four is twice two. But two is not twice one; two is two thousand times one.     

G.K. Chesterton

The process of delving into the black abyss is to me the keenest form of fascination.     

H.P. Lovecraft

You need tremendous spirituality to stop yourself falling into the abyss.     

Ingrid Betancourt

To leap across an abyss, one is better served by faith than doubt.      

William James

Creation pulls something from an abyss of nothing. Startups take the something and give it to those in the dark, at first, perhaps, for nothing.      

Ryan Lilly

Meditation gives you the wherewithal to pause, observe how easily the mind can exaggerate the severity of a setback, and resist getting drawn into the abyss.      

Richard Davidson

There's a thing you confront when you're going into something new and you come to this sort of abyss, and then you push yourself. It makes you try different things.      

Forest Whitaker

Follow humbly wherever and to whatever abyss Nature leads, or you shall learn nothing.      

Thomas Huxley

I could see that everything I had identified as really me, was not really me, but was just a pattern of strategies to avoid some kind of abyss or emptiness.      

Gangaji