Quotes About Self Destruction

Quotes tagged as "self-destruction" (showing 1-30 of 86)
Giacomo Casanova
“Be the flame, not the moth.”
Giacomo Casanova

Fernando Pessoa
“In order to understand, I destroyed myself.”
Fernando Pessoa

Hermann Hesse
“I will no longer mutilate and destroy myself in order to find a secret behind the ruins.”
Hermann Hesse

Donna Tartt
“Sometimes we want what we want even if we know it’s going to kill us.”
Donna Tartt, The Goldfinch

“Having a low opinion of yourself is not 'modesty.' It's self-destruction. Holding your uniqueness in high regard is not 'egotism.' It's a necessary precondition to happiness and success.”
Bobbe Sommer

Russell Brand
“Be led by your talent, not by your self-loathing; those other things you just have to manage.”
Russell Brand, My Booky Wook

Garth Stein
“I suddenly realized. The zebra. It is not something outside of us. The zebra is something inside of us. Our fears. Our own self-destructive nature. The zebra is the worst part of us when we are face-to-face with our worst times. The demon is us!”
Garth Stein, The Art of Racing in the Rain

Cassia Leo
“The quickest path to self-destruction is to push away the people you love.”
Cassia Leo, Pieces of You

Michael Bassey Johnson
“Those who pray for your downfall are concentrating negative thoughts towards you, without taking cognisance of the slippery ground in which they are standing, which could lead to their downfall.”
Michael Bassey Johnson

“Sometimes you hit a point where you either change or self destruct.”
Sam Stevens

Mike  Norton
“One of the greatest evils is the foolishness of a good man. For the giving man to withhold helping someone in order to first assure personal fortification is not selfish, but to elude needless self-destruction; martyrdom is only practical when the thought is to die, else a good man faces the consequence of digging a hole from which he cannot escape, and truly helps no one in the long run.”
Mike Norton, Just Another War Story

Leah Raeder
“Falling for someone is like pulling a loose thread. It happens stitch by stitch. You feel whole most of the time even while the seams pop, the knots loosen, everything that holds you together coming undone. It feels incredible, this opening of yourself to the world. Not like the unraveling it is. Only afterward do you glance down at the tangle of string around your feet that used to be a person who was whole and self-contained and realize that love is not a thing that we create. It's an undoing.”
Leah Raeder, Black Iris

Brandon Mull
“Sometimes the best offense was avoiding self-destruction.”
Brandon Mull, Seeds of Rebellion

Sade Andria Zabala
“I understood myself only after I destroyed myself. And only in the process of fixing myself, did I know who I really was.”
Sade Andria Zabala

Jean-Paul Sartre
“One could only damage oneself through the harm one did to others. One could never get directly at oneself.”
Jean-Paul Sartre

Sarah Ban Breathnach
“This is how women self-sabotage and self-destruct. Unless we have constant witnesses to our hard work, we are convinced we pull off every day of our lives through smoke and mirrors. (27)”
Sarah Ban Breathnach, Peace and Plenty: Finding Your Path to Financial Serenity

Dan Simmons
“Luckily, even as a young man not yet become himself, John Bridgens had two things besides indecision that kept him from self-destruction - books and a sense of irony.”
Dan Simmons, The Terror

Etienne de L'Amour
“You know, we worry about the Bomb, a thought interceded, and yet just look around: there are millions of people out there, just like you and me, with their thumb on the self-destruct button.”
Etienne de L'Amour, Thank You, I Understand

Irvine Welsh
“N it's fuckin well beyond violence, it's beyond even sexual; it's a kind ay love, a fuckin bizarre, vain-glorious self-adoration, way past the fuckin ego even. Ah'm findin somethin...ah'm...but it's what bein a hard man is aboot; it's a journey, a fuckin self-destructive quest tae find yir limits, cause they fuckin limits eywis come in the form ay a harder man. A big, stong, stiff-hard man whae can dae it for ye, whae can teach ye, show ye whaire ye stand, where yir fuckin parameters ur.”
Irvine Welsh, Porno

Criss Jami
“The emphasis and the reason for a pure humility is to result in love for others; not always necessarily the belittlement of self. When there is pride and self-righteousness and being pretentiously too far above, generally, one has a difficult time reaching the compassionate side of love for others, the side that understands (or at least attempts to understand): 'I am aware that I am not so far from falling in the same way.' Humility seeks to understand, and sometimes even relate; and in result, the love lovingly, properly, effectively wills the removal of the destructive sins of another as from oneself.”
Criss Jami, Killosophy

“Freeways flickering; cell phones chiming a tune
We're riding to Utopia; road map says we'll be arriving soon
Captains of the old order clinging to the reins
Assuring us these aches inside are only growing pains
But it's a long road out of Eden
(...)
Behold the bitten apple, the power of the tools
But all the knowledge in the world is of no use to fools
And it's a long road out of Eden”
Eagles, Long Road Out of Eden

Herman Melville
“Thou hast but enraged, not insulted me, sir; but for that I ask thee not to beware of Starbuck; thou wouldst but laugh; but let Ahab beware of Ahab; beware of thyself, old man.”
Herman Melville, Moby-Dick; or, The Whale

Criss Jami
“The denial of truth does not harm the Truth; it only harms that which denies the Truth.”
Criss Jami

“The world brazenly touts freedom as both the inalienable right and morally liberating justification to mindlessly play in the filth that lies all around me. And the slight bit of sanity that yet remains within me asks, ‘what raging madness would prompt me to incessantly wallow in the very things that will eventually swallow me?”
Craig D. Lounsbrough, An Intimate Collision: Encounters with Life and Jesus

Chris Kraus
“I got together with Sylvère because I saw how I could help him get his life together. I'm drawn to you cause I see how you can help me take my life apart...”
Chris Kraus

A.S. Byatt
“But if you write a version of Ragnarok in the twenty-first century, it is haunted by the imagining of a different end of things. We are a species of animal which is bringing about the end of the world we were born into. Not out of evil or malice, or not mainly, but because of a lopsided mixture of extraordinary cleverness, extraordinary greed, extraordinary proliferation of our own kind, and a biologically built-in short-sightedness.”
A.S. Byatt, Ragnarok

Criss Jami
“There are those who feel that the world is ultimately moving closer to Truth and to prosperity as the times evolve; then there are those who feel that it is ultimately moving farther away from Truth and into self-destruction. From this, and if it were really that simplistic, one might get the impression that life gravitates slightly into two types of people whom which are diametrically opposed in spirit.”
Criss Jami

Fyodor Dostoyevsky
“The instinct of self-preservation and the urge to self-destruction are equally strong in man! The Devil has equal a sway over humanity as God until a time still unknown to us.”
Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Willy Brandt
“Seit Jahr und Tag ist notorisch, daß unsere Erde das vorausberechenbare Wachstum der Bevölkerung, die Erschöpfung der natürlichen Ressourcen und die Auszehrung der Umwelt nicht lange erträgt. Wir leben seit geraumer Zeit auf Kosten kommender Generationen. [...] Die Gefahr, daß die Menschheit sich selbst zerstört, ist auch dann nicht gebannt, wenn der Atomkrieg ausbleibt."

("It has been an obvious fact for the longest time that our earth will not be able to sustain for long the foreseeable growth of its population, the exhaustion of its natural resources, and the emaciation of its natural environment. We have been living for quite a while at the expense of our future generations. [...] The absence of a nuclear war does not, by itself, diminish the danger of humanity's self-destruction.")
Willy Brandt, Erinnerungen

“We are our own destruction”
Hiba Fatima Ahmad

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