„How can assured destruction deter those who glorify self-destruction and call it martyrdom?“
„I see self-destruction now on a grand scale. That is, the unwillingness to pay for the things society needs. That's the most basic kind of self-destruction.“
— Charles A. Reich American lawyer 1928
Context: I see self-destruction now on a grand scale. That is, the unwillingness to pay for the things society needs. That's the most basic kind of self-destruction. That we're not prepared to pay for schools, we're not prepared to pay for highways. That is self-destruction. What are we doing to ourselves? It is nuts.
„Even if we are spared destruction by war, our lives will have to change if we want to save life from self-destruction.“
— Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn Russian writer 1918 - 2008
Context: Even if we are spared destruction by war, our lives will have to change if we want to save life from self-destruction. We cannot avoid revising the fundamental definitions of human life and human society. Is it true that man is above everything? Is there no Superior Spirit above him? Is it right that man's life and society's activities have to be determined by material expansion in the first place? Is it permissible to promote such expansion to the detriment of our spiritual integrity? If the world has not come to its end, it has approached a major turn in history, equal in importance to the turn from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance. It will exact from us a spiritual upsurge, we shall have to rise to a new height of vision, to a new level of life where our physical nature will not be cursed as in the Middle Ages, but, even more importantly, our spiritual being will not be trampled upon as in the Modern era. This ascension will be similar to climbing onto the next anthropologic stage. No one on earth has any other way left but — upward.
— Ursula K. Le Guin American writer 1929
Chapter 8 (alien)
— Brandon Mull, Seeds of Rebellion
„Even soul-force, when it is effective, destroys. Only those who have used it with eyes open, know how much more destructive it can be than the sword and the cannon“
— Sri Aurobindo Indian nationalist, freedom fighter, philosopher, yogi, guru and poet 1872 - 1950
Context: Even soul-force, when it is effective, destroys. Only those who have used it with eyes open, know how much more destructive it can be than the sword and the cannon; and only those who do not limit their view to the act and its immediate results, can see how tremendous are its after-effects, how much is eventually destroyed and with that much all the life that depended upon it and fed upon it. Evil cannot perish without the destruction of much that lives by the evil, and it is no less destruction even if we personally are saved the pain of a sensational act of violence. "Kurukshetra" in Essays on the Gita (1995), p. 39
— Ludovico Ariosto Italian poet 1474 - 1533
Canto XXIV, stanza 1 (tr. B. Reynolds)
„The days of the digitals are numbered. The metaphor is built into them like a self-destruct mechanism.“
— Tom Stoppard British playwright 1937
Max, Act I, scene I. Often misquoted as "The days of the digital watch are numbered."
„if i could be assured of your destruction, i would in the interest of the public, cheerfully accept my death.“
— Arthur Conan Doyle, The Complete Sherlock Holmes
— Greg Bear American writer best known for science fiction 1951
Chapter 52 (p. 352)
— Jiddu Krishnamurti Indian spiritual philosopher 1895 - 1986