destruction

A Quote by Charles Alexis Henri Clérel de Tocqueville on acting, animals, community, destruction, existence, force, government, guidance, energy, men, nations, originality, people, power, rules, society, and timidity

After having thus successively taken each member of the community in its powerful grasp and fashioned him at will, the government then extends its arm over the whole community. It covers the surface of society with a network of small, complicated rules, minute and uniform, through which the most original minds and the most energetic characters cannot penetrate, to rise above the crowd. The will of man is not shattered, but softened, bent, and guided; men are seldom forced by it to act, but they are constantly restrained from acting. Such a power does not destroy, but it prevents existence: it does not tyrannize, but it compresses, enervates, extinguishes, and stupefies a people, till each nation is reduced to nothing better than a flock of timid and industrious animals, of which the government is the shepherd.

Alexis de Tocqueville (1805 - 1859)

Source: 1831

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A Quote by Alexander Pope on ambition, destruction, and patriotism

The same ambition can destroy or save, And makes a patriot as it makes a knave.

Alexander Pope (1688 - 1744)

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A Quote by Baron Friedrich Heinrich Alexander von Humboldt on destruction, evil, fate, freedom, and nature

Insight into universal nature provides an intellectual delight and sense of freedom that no blows of fate and no evil can destroy.

Alexander Humboldt (1769 - 1859)

Source: Statement, 1805

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A Quote by Alexander Hamilton on destruction, men, profit, and war

There can be no profit in the making or selling of things to be destroyed in war. Men may think that they have such profit, but in the end the profit will turn out to be a loss.

Alexander Hamilton (c.1756 - 1804)

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A Quote by Albert Einstein on action, certainty, communication, destruction, future, energy, and work

Some recent work by E. Fermi and L. Szilard, which has been communicated to me in manuscript, leads me to expect that the element uranium may be turned into a new and important source of energy in the immediate future. Certain aspects of the situation which has arisen seem to call for watchfulness and, if necessary, quick action on the part of the Administration. This new phenomena would also lead to the construction of bombs. . . . A single bomb of this type, carried by boat and exploded in a port, might very well destroy the whole port, together with some of the surrounding territory. However, such bombs might very well prove to be too heavy for transportation by air.

Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955)

Source: Ltr. to Pres. F.D. Roosevelt, Aug.2,1939, resulting in funds to develop the atom bomb

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A Quote by Alan Cross on aristocracy, culture, destruction, evolution, and theory

There is a theory of societal evolution that goes like this: Barbarians invent a new culture. A middle class emerges to manage and help perpetuate the culture. An aristocracy eventually develops out of the middle class and devotes their energies to making things comfortable for themselves. Finally, a new set of barbarians smash everything apart and destroy the status quo so that the process must start all over again.

Alan Cross

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A Quote by Aesop on death, destruction, foolishness, justice, and pleasure

Aesop, that master storyteller of old, told this fable: A jar of honey was upset in a housekeeper's room, and a number of flies were attracted by its sweetness. Placing their feet in it, the flies ate greedily. Their feet, however, became so smeared with honey that they could not use their wings, nor release themselves, and they were suffocated. Just as they were dying, they exclaimed: "Oh, foolish creatures that we are, for the sake of a little pleasure we have destroyed ourselves."

Aesop (620 - 560 BC)

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A Quote by Aesop on destruction and enemies

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.

Aesop (620 - 560 BC)

Source: The Eagle And The Arrow

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A Quote by Aesop on destruction and enemies

We often give enemies the means of our own destruction.

Aesop (620 - 560 BC)

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A Quote by Aesop on conceit and destruction

Self conceit may lead to self destruction.

Aesop (620 - 560 BC)

Source: The Frog and the Ox

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