Fire and swords are slow engines of destruction, compared to the tongue of a Gossip.
To build may have to be the slow and laborious task of years.
To destroy can be the thoughtless act of a single day.
Every act of creation is first of all an act of destruction.
We often give our enemies the means to our own destruction.
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Temptation is like a knife, that may either cut the meat or the throat of a man;
it may be his food or his poison, his exercise or his destruction.
Woman is the salvation or the destruction of the family.
She carries its destiny in the folds of her mantle.
Destroy what destroys you
Destruction, hence, like creation, is one of Nature's mandates.
The most powerful force ever known on this planet is human cooperation - a force for construction and destruction.
Derivatives are financial weapons of mass destruction.
It was only natural to want to destroy something you could never have.
Art is the symbol of the two noblest human efforts: to construct and to refrain from destruction.
The destruction of the past is perhaps the greatest of all crimes.
Destroy what destroys you
The essential act of war is destruction, not necessarily of human lives, but of the products of human labor.
Our power does not know liberty or justice.
It is established on the destruction of the individual will.
The smallest pain in our little finger gives us more concern than the destruction of millions of our fellow beings.
The shaft of the arrow had been feathered with one of the eagle's own plumes.
We often give our enemies the means of our own destruction.
The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only object of good government.
Imagine, a September 11 with weapons of mass destruction.
It's not 3,000. It's tens of thousands of innocent men, women and children.
Once destroyed, nature's beauty cannot be repurchased at any price.
I believe our biggest issue is the same biggest issue that the whole world is facing, and that's habitat destruction.
Living substance conquers the frenzy of destruction only in the ecstasy of procreation.
The destruction of the poor is their poverty.
When God desires to destroy a thing, he entrusts its destruction to the thing itself. Every bad institution of this world ends by suicide.
A human being is a being who is constantly 'under construction,' but also, in a parallel fashion, always in a state of constant destruction.
Religions that teach brotherly love have been used as an excuse for persecution, and our profoundest scientific insight is made into a means of mass destruction.
War means blind obedience, unthinking stupidity, brutish callousness, wanton destruction, and irresponsible murder.
Living wild species are like a library of books still unread.
Our heedless destruction of them is akin to burning the library without ever having read its books.
Real victories are those that protect human life, not those that result from its destruction or emerge from its ashes.
Pride goeth before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.
Only by the good influence of our conduct may we bring salvation in human affairs; or like a fatal comet we may bring destruction in our train.
The most spiritual men, as the strongest, find their happiness where others would find their destruction: in the labyrinth, in hardness against themseleves and others, in experiments. Their joy is self-conquest. Difficult tasks are a priviledge to them; to play with burdens that crush others, a recreation. They are the most venerable kind of man: that does not preclude their being the most cheerful and the kindliest.
The passion for destruction is also a creative passion.
All futurity seems teeming with endless destruction never to be repelled;
Desperate remorse swallows the present in a quenchless rage.
To attempt the destruction of our passions is the height of folly.
What a noble aim is that of the zealot who tortures himself like a madman in order to desire nothing, love nothing, feel nothing, and who, if he succeeded, would end up a complete monster!
Sun-bleached bones were most wonderful against the blue - that blue that will always be there as it is now after all man's destruction is finished.
Universal education is the most corroding and disintegrating poison that liberalism has ever invented for its own destruction.
Sometimes power is all a person has, so they will protect it even unto their own destruction, for without power they have nothing.
Only one thing can conquer war - that attitude of mind which can see nothing in war but destruction and annihilation.
The thinker dies, but his thoughts are beyond the reach of destruction.
Men are mortal; but ideas are immortal.
We would fight not for the political future of a distant city, rather for principles whose destruction would ruin the possibility of peace and security for the peoples of the earth.
Once there were brook trout in the streams in the mountains.
You could see them standing in the amber current where the white edges of their fins wimpled softly in the flow. They smelled of moss in your hand. Polished and muscular and torsional. On their backs were vermiculate patterns that were maps of the world in its becoming. Maps and mazes. Of a thing which could not be put back. Not be made right again. In the deep glens where they lived all things were older than man and they hummed of mystery.
It's a beautiful thing, the destruction of words.
No, men and women of the Irish race, we shall not fight for England.
We shall fight for the destruction of the British Empire and the construction of an Irish republic.
All of the important acts of creation and destruction involve the issuance of words and the application of signature.
If, in my retirement to the humble station of a private citizen, I am accompanied with the esteem and approbation of my fellow citizens, trophies obtained by the bloodstained steel, or the tattered flags of the tented field, will never be envied. The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only legitimate object of good government.
At what point then is the approach of danger to be expected? I answer, if it ever reach us, it must spring up amongst us. It cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide.
Luckless is the country in which the symbols of procreation are the objects of shame, while the agents of destruction are honored! And yet you call that member your pudendum, or shameful part, as if there were anything more glorious than creating life, or anything more atrocious than taking it away.
Humanity has passed through a long history of one-sidedness and of a social condition that has always contained the potential of destruction, despite its creative achievements in technology. The great project of our time must be to open the other eye: to see all-sidedly and wholly, to heal and transcend the cleavage between humanity and nature that came with early wisdom.
The development of civilization and industry in general has always shown itself so active in the destruction of forests that everything that has been done for their conservation and production is completely insignificant in comparison.
Modern man's capacity for destruction is quixotic evidence of humanity's capacity for reconstruction. The powerful technological agents we have unleashed against the environment include many of the agents we require for its reconstruction.
If Nature denies eternity to beings, it follows that their destruction is one of her laws. Now, once we observe that destruction is so useful to her that she absolutely cannot dispense with it from this moment onward the idea of annihilation which we attach to death ceases to be real what we call the end of the living animal is no longer a true finish, but a simple transformation, a transmutation of matter. According to these irrefutable principles, death is hence no more than a change of form, an imperceptible passage from one existence into another.