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The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us, the less taste we shall have for destruction. Rachel Carson
Must I destroy this man? No. I won’t. House of Cards US s3e4: Chapter 30, Frank with retiring Justice, Netflix 2017
We now live in a nation where doctors destroy health, lawyers destroy justice, universities destroy knowledge, governments destroy freedom, the press destroys information, religion destroys morals, and our banks destroy the economy. Chris Hedges
Whom the gods would destroy they first make mad. Euripides, 484-406 B.C.
And here we must observe that men must either be flattered or crushed; for they will revenge themselves for slight wrongs, whilst for grave ones they cannot. The injury therefore that you do to a man should be such that you need not fear his revenge. Niccolo Machiavelli, The Prince chIII
The sky calls to us. If we do not destroy ourselves, we will one day venture to the stars. Carl Sagan
How come then that this so-intellectual being is destroying its only home? ... We are destroying, we are polluting, we are damaging the future of our own species. Jane Goodall, primatologist
How far destruction may go is not easy to guess. John Muir
That anyone would try to destroy such a place seems incredible. But sad experiences shows that there are people good enough and bad enough for anything. John Muir
These temple destroyers, devotees of ravaging commercialism, seem to have a perfect contempt for Nature, and instead of lifting their eyes to the god of the mountains, lift them to the almighty dollar. John Muir
Every act of creation is first an act of destruction. Pablo Picasso
Who would cause devastation on that order? Star Trek: The Next Generation s3e3: The Survivors, Riker on bridge
The urge for destruction is also a creative urge! Michael Bakunin, 1814-1876, Russian revolutionary & anarchist
Whom the gods wish to destroy they first call promising. Cyril Connolly, Enemies of Promise, 1938
To the destructive element submit yourself. Joseph Conrad, Lord Jim
’Tis safer to be that which we destroy
Than be destruction dwell in doubtful joy. William Shakespeare, The Tragedy of Macbeth III ii 8-9, Lady Macbeth
To destroy is always the first step in any creation. e e cummings
We can destroy ourselves by cynicism and disillusion, just as effectively as by bombs. Kenneth Clark
I don’t want to know the men I’m trying to destroy. The Enemy Below 1957 starring Robert Mitchum & Curt Jurgens & Theodore Bikel & Al Hedison & Russell Collins & Kurt Kreuger & Ralph Manza & Frank Albertson & Biff Elliot & Doug McClure et al, director Dick Powell, captain to doctor
I destroy my enemy when I make him my friend. Abraham Lincoln
All that happens is that the destruction of human beings – unless they’re Americans – is called collateral damage. Harold Pinter
I desire the things which will destroy me in the end. Sylvia Plath
Why do we desire, above all other things, that which has the greatest power to destroy us? Margaret Rogerson, An Enchantment of Ravens
And when the Lord saw it, he abhorred them, because of the provoking of his sons, and of his daughters.
And he said, I will hide my face from them, I will see what their end shall be: for they are a very froward generation, children in whom is no faith.
They have moved me to jealousy with that which is not God; they have provoked me to anger with their vanities: and I will move them to jealousy with those which are not a people; I will provoke them to anger with a foolish nation.
For a fire is kindled in mine anger, and shall burn unto the lowest hell, and shall consume the earth with her increase, and set on fire the foundations of the mountains.
I will heap mischiefs upon them; I will spend mine arrows upon them.
They shall be burnt with hunger, and devoured with burning heat, and with bitter destruction: I will also send the teeth of beasts upon them, with the poison of serpents of the dust.
The sword without, and terror within, shall destroy both the young man and the virgin, the suckling also with the man of gray hairs.
I said, I would scatter them into corners, I would make the remembrance of them to cease from among men. Deuteronomy 32:19-26
And they utterly destroyed all that was in the city, both man and woman, young and old, and ox, and sheep, and ass, with the edge of the sword. Joshua 6:21
Am I now come up without the Lord against this place to destroy it? The Lord said to me, Go up against this land, and destroy it. II Kings 18:25
The Lord hath purposed to destroy the wall of the daughter of Zion: he hath stretched out a line, he hath not withdrawn his hand from destroying: therefore he made the rampart and the wall to lament; they languished together.
Her gates are sunk into the ground; he hath destroyed and broken her bars: her king and her princes are among the Gentiles: the law is no more; her prophets also find no vision from the Lord. Lamentations 2:8&9
I smote you with blasting and with mildew and with hail in all the labours of your hands; yet ye turned not to me, saith the Lord.
Speak to Zerubbabel, governor of Judah, saying, I will shake the heavens and the earth;
And I will overthrow the throne of kingdoms, and I will destroy the strength of the kingdoms of the heathen; and I will overthrow the chariots, and those that ride in them; and the horses and their riders shall come down, every one by the sword of his brother. Haggai 2:17&21&22
Before the decree bring forth, before the day pass as the chaff, before the fierce anger of the Lord come upon you, before the day of the Lord's anger come upon you.
Seek ye the Lord, all ye meek of the earth, which have wrought his judgment; seek righteousness, seek meekness: it may be ye shall be hid in the day of the Lord’s anger.
For Gaza shall be forsaken, and Ashkelon a desolation: they shall drive out Ashdod at the noon day, and Ekron shall be rooted up.
Woe unto the inhabitants of the sea coast, the nation of the Cherethites! The word of the Lord is against you; O Canaan, the land of the Philistines, I will even destroy thee, that there shall be no inhabitant.
Therefore as I live, saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, Surely Moab shall be as Sodom, and the children of Ammon as Gomorrah, even the breeding of nettles, and saltpits, and a perpetual desolation: the residue of my people shall spoil them, and the remnant of my people shall possess them.
This shall they have for their pride, because they have reproached and magnified themselves against the people of the Lord of hosts.
The Lord will be terrible unto them: for he will famish all the gods of the earth; and men shall worship him, every one from his place, even all the isles of the heathen.
Ye Ethiopians also, ye shall be slain by my sword.
And he will stretch out his hand against the north, and destroy Assyria; and will make Nineveh a desolation, and dry like a wilderness. Zephaniah 2:2-5&9-13