Quotation Explorer - 'Destroying'

I have seen the science I worshipped, and the aircraft I loved, destroying the civilization I expected them to serve. - Charles Lindbergh
The purpose of a writer is to keep civilization from destroying itself. - Albert Camus
My first thought, as a child, was that the artist brings something into the world that didn't exist before, and that he does it without destroying something else. A kind of refutation of the conservation of matter. That still seems to me its central magic, its core of joy. - John Updike
in life it is better to be a supporting pillar than a destroying caterpillar - Ikechukwu Joseph
Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them? - Abraham Lincoln
The world is a hellish place, and bad writing is destroying the quality of our suffering. - Tom Waits
Criticism, like rain, should be gentle enough to nourish a man's growth without destroying his roots. - Frank A. Clark
The point is not for women simply to take power out of men’s hands, since that wouldn’t change anything about the world. It’s a question precisely of destroying that notion of power. - Simone de Beauvoir
The question is whether any civilization can wage relentless war on life without destroying itself, and without losing the right to be called civilized. - Rachel Carson
A nation that does not provide a proper education for women is destroying their nation. - Debasish Mridha M.D.
We shouldn't live in a world where we live in constant terror. We need less dying and more living. We need less destroying and more building. We need less hate and more love. - Imania Margria
A witty vicar once said that a good marriage is like a pair of scissors with the couple inseparable joined, often moving in opposite directions, yet always destroying anyone who comes between them. The trick is for the blades to learn to work smoothly together, so as not to cut each other. - Mary Jo Putney
Sometimes while you are so passionately busy building, there will be others as busy destroying. Do not stop. One day you will notice how high above you get, and how down below they end up - Sameh Elsayed
Ethics, too, are nothing but reverence for life. That is what gives me the fundamental principle of morality, namely, that good consists in maintaining, promoting, and enhancing life, and that destroying, injuring, and limiting life are evil. - Albert Schweitzer
The seasons are colliding together, storms are destroying lives, and love is a dangerous curse.-The Vangeretta Curse - Christina Mobley
I believe that love is better than hate. And that there is more nobility in building a chicken coop than in destroying a cathedral. - Betty Greene
Every time you suppress some part of yourself or allow others to play you small, you are in essence ignoring the owner's manual your creator gave you and destroying your design. - Oprah Winfrey
When we were monkeys, we were more human because we were at least not destroying the nature those days! - Mehmet Murat ildan
Torturing innocents, murdering civilians and destroying public property; they are all the gifts we have been given by religion. - M.F. Moonzajer
I propose that the forces of corporate totalitarianism are deliberately destroying this entire world in order to sell their simulated version of it back to us at a profit. - Diane Harvey
Enjoy the present, bid defiance to the future, laugh at all those reasonable beings who exercise their reason to avoid the misfortunes which they fear, destroying at the same time the pleasure that they might enjoy. - Giacomo Casanova
The concept of portraying evil and then destroying it - I know this is considered mainstream, but I think it is rotten. This idea that whenever something evil happens someone particular can be blamed and punished for it, in life and in politics is hopeless. - Hayao Miyazaki
We do not destroy religion by destroying superstition. - Cicero
Man is the most insane species. He worships an invisible God and destroys a visible Nature. Unaware that this Nature he’s destroying is this God he’s worshiping. - Hubert Reeves
[The public school system is] usually a twelve year sentence of mind control.Crushing creativity, smashing individualism, encouraging collectivism andcompromise, destroying the exercise of intellectual inquiry, twisting itinstead into meek subservience to authority. - Walter Karp
What are humans meant to do; why are we here? Are we a mutation on the earth destroying its host? Are we a cancer destined to kill what supports us? I think not. So exploring this question is a powerful exercise in meaning; what is the meaning of human existence? - David W. Earle
More often than not, the foolishness of our humanity drives us to destroy the very things that we need to keep ourselves from destroying ourselves. And because that’s the case, God will never allow us to destroy Christmas. - Craig D. Lounsbrough
I wish that people would stop destroying other people just because they were once destroyed. - Karen Salmansohn
The most effective way of destroying art is the canonization of one given form. And one philosophy. - Yevgeny Zamyatin
What are we doing? Are we talking? Are we having fun? Are we building, destroying, remembering, or forgetting love? - Antonia Perdu
Kids born today will see us navigate past the first greatest test of humanity, which is: can we actually be smart enough to live on a planet without destroying it? - Alex Steffen
Religion grants its adherents malign, intoxicating and morally corrosive sensations. Destroying intellectual freedom is always evil, but only religion makes doing evil feel quite so good. - Philip Pullman
...ultimately it come down to, are you making or are you destroying? If you try very hard to create ways of living, create dreams of what is possible, then you win. If you don't, you may make a fortune in ten years, but you're not going to be read in twenty years, and that's that. - John Gardner
... it is because we have acquired technical knowledge without understanding the total process of life that technology has become a means of destroying ourselves - Krishnamurti
Anxiety is the rust of life, destroying its brightness and weakening its power. A childlike and abiding trust in Providence is its best preventive and remedy.
The alleged short-cut to knowledge, which is faith, is only a short-circuit destroying the mind. - Ayn Rand
You can hide memories, but you can't erase the history that produced them.Sara looked directly into his eyesI nothing else, you need to remember that. you can't erase history, or change it. it would be like destroying yourself. - Haruki Murakami
She has the most bizarre and beautiful soul I had ever seen. Her eyes shined always like a sky full of stars, While a huge storm was destroying everything she had in her heart and ripping her soul apart. - Akshay Vasu
Freedom has a way of destroying things. - Scott Westerfeld
Destroying a book is not the same as destroying a human lif. It is much more serious. For when you end the life of a book you destroy the ideas of countless thinkers who inspired it, and condemn future generations to darkness and ignorance. - Photozeiger
It is precisely democracy which is destroying the American political structure, American law, and the American economy. - Rose Wilder Lane
Kindness is as simple as being grateful for the love anyone has shown you, by not destroying them because it isn't on your terms. - Shannon L. Alder
Few things a doctor does are more important than relieving pain. . . pain is soul destroying. No patient should have to endure intense pain unnecessarily. The quality of mercy is essential to the practice of medicine; here, of all places, it should not be strained. - Marcia Angell
Never glorify anger; as anger is only destructive! You can never be happy destroying something! - Ravi Samuel
No woman is required to build the world by destroying herself. - Rabbi Sofer
world is not destroying because the standard of living has been deteriorated, it is destroying because the standard of faith is deteriorated. - S.M.
Time is, in fact, a cross to bear, it passes on inexorably and remorselessly, destroying everything in its wake, save art and works of the intellect. - Jack Schmitt
As societies grow decadent, the language grows decadent, too. Words are used to disguise, not to illuminate, action: you liberate a city by destroying it. Words are to confuse, so that at election time people will solemnly vote against their own interests. - Gore Vidal
Addiction is the primary way people escape the modern world. Unfortunately, it is destroying the modern world. - Christyl Rivers
We are effectively destroying ourselves by violence masquerading as love. - R.D. Laing
Forgiveness doesn’t excuse their behaviour. It prevents their behaviour from destroying your heart. - Hemant Smarty
The purpose of a writer is to keep civilisation from destroying itself."(Interview, New York Post Magazine, September 14, 1958) - Bernard Malamud
Reasoning with a child is fine, if you can reach the child's reason without destroying your own. - John Mason Brown
TYPE, n. Pestilent bits of metal suspected of destroying civilization and enlightenment, despite their obvious agency in this incomparable dictionary. - Ambrose Bierce
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