Quotes with destruction
Religious discord has lost her sting; the cumbrous weapons of theological warfare are antiquated: the field of politics supplies the alchymists of our times with materials of more fatal explosion, and the butchers of mankind no longer travel to another world for instruments of cruelty and destruction.
Oration at Plymouth (December 22, 1802)
There are so many benefits to be derived from space exploration and exploitation; why not take what seems to me the only chance of escaping what is otherwise the sure destruction of all that humanity has struggled to achieve for 50,000 years?
Behind the black portent of the new atomic age lies a hope which, seized upon with faith, can work out salvation ... Let us not deceive ourselves: we must elect world peace or world destruction.
Address to the United Nations Atomic Energy Commission (June 14, 1946)
I propose the immediate launching of a nuclear strike on the United States. The Cuban people are prepared to sacrifice themselves for the cause of the destruction of imperialism and the victory of world revolution.
Quoted in The New York Times (October 23, 1992)
Universal education is the most corroding and disintegrating poison that liberalism has ever invented for its own destruction.
Steersman, here are my orders, and take them to heart, since the hollow ship’s steering oar is in your control. Keep the ship out of the surf and spray, and hug the cliff, or before you know it the ship will veer to the far side, and plunge us to destruction.
The horn of plenty poured its fruits on the Western world in the 1950s. Like a volcano World War II had brought death and destruction, but it left behind such enrichment of the soil that a new civilization rose out of it in tropic opulence.
I want to say, and this is very important: at the end we lucked out. It was luck that prevented nuclear war. We came that close to nuclear war at the end. Rational individuals: Kennedy was rational; Khrushchev was rational; Castro was rational. Rational individuals came that close to total destruction of their societies. And that danger exists today.
The Fog of War
The indefinite combination of human fallibility and nuclear weapons will lead to the destruction of nations.
Believing that fundamental conditions of the country are sound and there is nothing in the business situation to warrant the destruction of values that has taken place on the exchanges during the past week, my son and I have for some days been purchasing sound common stocks. We are continuing and will continue our purchases in substantial amounts at levels which we believe represent sound investment values.
I wonder why progress looks so much like destruction.
Travels With Charley: In Search of America (1962)
In its effect upon war and peace, electricity offers still much greater and more wonderful possibilities. To stop war by the perfection of engines of destruction alone, might consume centuries and centuries. Other means must be employed to hasten the end.
"The Transmission of Electrical Energy without wires as a means for furthering Peace" in Electrical World and Engineer (January 7, 1905).
The worst possible enemy to society is that man...is cut loose in his standards of judgment from the past; and universities which train men to use their minds without carefully establishing the connection of their thought with that of the past, are instruments of social destruction.
Markets as well as mobs respond to human emotions; markets as well as mobs can be inflamed to their own destruction.