Ruins Quotes

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Sophie Kinsella
“There’s no such thing as ruining your life. Life’s a pretty resilient thing, it turns out.”
Sophie Kinsella, The Undomestic Goddess

“Everybody is equally weak on the inside, just that some present their ruins as new castles and become kings –”
Simona Panova, Nightmarish Sacrifice

Janet Fitch
“Nobody had forgotten anything here. In Berlin, you had to wrestle with the past, you had to build on the ruins, inside them. It wasn't like America where we scraped the earth clean, thinking we could start again every time. ”
Janet Fitch, White Oleander

Susan         Hill
“They told of dripping stone walls in uninhabited castles and of ivy-clad monastery ruins by moonlight, of locked inner rooms and secret dungeons, dank charnel houses and overgrown graveyards, of footsteps creaking upon staircases and fingers tapping at casements, of howlings and shriekings, groanings and scuttlings and the clanking of chains, of hooded monks and headless horseman, swirling mists and sudden winds, insubstantial specters and sheeted creatures, vampires and bloodhounds, bats and rats and spiders, of men found at dawn and women turned white-haired and raving lunatic, and of vanished corpses and curses upon heirs.”
Susan Hill

Andrzej Sapkowski
“You can't stop a soldier from being frightened but you can give him motivation to help him overcome that fear. I have no such motivation. I can't have. I'm a witcher: an artificially created mutant. I kill monsters for money. I defend children when their parents pay me to. If Nilfgaardian parents pay me, I'll defend Nilfgaardian children. And even if the world lies in ruin - which does not seem likely to me - I'll carry on killing monsters in the ruins of this world until some monster kills me. That is my fate, my reason, my life and my attitude to the world. And it is not what I chose. It was chosen for me.”
Andrzej Sapkowski, Krew elfów

Heinrich Heine
“The stones here speak to me, and I know their mute language. Also, they seem deeply to feel what I think. So a broken column of the old Roman times, an old tower of Lombardy, a weather-beaten Gothic piece of a pillar understands me well. But I am a ruin myself, wandering among ruins.”
Heinrich Heine
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Gustave Flaubert
“He loved the extensive vaults where you could hear the night birds and the sea breeze; he loved the craggy ruins bound together by ivy, those dark halls, and any appearance of death and destruction. Having fallen so far from so high a position, he loved anything that had also fallen from a great height”
Gustave Flaubert

Georg Cantor
“My beautiful proof lies all in ruins.”
Georg Cantor

Kathy Acker
“Why am I begging you, who parades your suffering over the ruins like a king in order to ensure that you will never be touched deeply, you who're always laughing.”
Kathy Acker, My Mother: Demonology

Santiago Ramón y Cajal
“Heroes and scholars represent the opposite extremes... The scholar struggles for the benefit of all humanity, sometimes to reduce physical effort, sometimes to reduce pain, and sometimes to postpone death, or at least render it more bearable. In contrast, the patriot sacrifices a rather substantial part of humanity for the sake of his own prestige. His statue is always erected on a pedestal of ruins and corpses... In contrast, all humanity crowns a scholar, love forms the pedestal of his statues, and his triumphs defy the desecration of time and the judgment of history.”
Santiago Ramón y Cajal, Advice for a Young Investigator

Alain de Botton
“It seems, in fact, that the more advanced a society is, the greater will be its interest in ruined things, for it will see in them a redemptively sobering reminder of the fragility of its own achievements. Ruins pose a direct challenge to our concern with power and rank, with bustle and fame. They puncture the inflated folly of our exhaustive and frenetic pursuit of wealth.”
Alain de Botton, The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work

Scott Westerfeld
“The Rusty Ruins were the remains of an old city, a hulking reminder of back when there'd been way too many people, and everyone was incredibly stupid. And ugly.”
Scott Westerfeld, Uglies

Traci Brimhall
“These are the ruins
I mapped onto my body so I might always be lost.”
Traci Brimhall

Gustave Flaubert
“The sight of so many ruins destroys any desire to build shanties; all this ancient dust makes one indifferent to fame.”
Gustave Flaubert, Flaubert in Egypt: A Sensibility on Tour

Rose Macaulay
“The ascendancy over men's minds of the ruins of the stupendous past, the past of history, legend and myth, at once factual and fantastic, stretching back and back into ages that can but be surmised, is half-mystical in basis. The intoxication, at once so heady and so devout, is not the romantic melancholy engendered by broken towers and mouldered stones; it is the soaring of the imagination into the high empyrean where huge episodes are tangled with myths and dreams; it is the stunning impact of world history on its amazed heirs.”
Rose Macaulay, The Pleasure of Ruins

Mehmet Murat ildan
“If you are delighted to be in ancient ruins, you are either a curious historian or a romantic person!”
Mehmet Murat ildan

Pétrus Borel
“Shame on those who remain unmoved, whose pace fails to quicken, on entering one of these old habitations, a manor-house falling to wrack and ruin or a desecrated church!”
Petrus Borel
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Corinne Beenfield
“There are places in this world often believed to be empty, such as old homes or the sea, but the people who believe this are wrong. It is precisely because of what fills these places right up to the brim that we are drawn to them, and it’s for these very same reasons that we fear them.”
Corinne Beenfield, The Ocean's Daughter

Mehmet Murat ildan
“Some people call structures like the Egyptian Pyramids as 'Ancient Ruins', but we call them 'Perfect Bridges' where we can reach and touch the wonderful masters of the past!”
Mehmet Murat ildan

“There is, I find, something very evocative about ruins - particularly recent ones. (introduction to "Calico Black, Calico Blue")”
Joel Knight
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Mehmet Murat ildan
“You must respect all the ruins you met - these stubborn and mysterious visitors of ancient times - because they are still with us with wisdom-loaded messages from the distant past!”
Mehmet Murat ildan

Mehmet Murat ildan
“When people whose lives have turned into ruins wander through the ruins, we can easily see that life has treated the ruins much better!”
Mehmet Murat ildan

Mehmet Murat ildan
“The best way to fully acquire the wisdom of the ruins is to do exactly the same journey they did!”
Mehmet Murat ildan

Mehmet Murat ildan
“As night falls on the ruins, the full moon emerges, adding an extraordinary mysticism to the ruins' extraordinary beauty!”
Mehmet Murat ildan

Shane Claiborne
“Repair my church which is in ruins.”
Shane Claiborne

Mehmet Murat ildan
“States have collapsed, empires have disappeared, epochs ended, new eras have begun, but the Egyptian Pyramids are still standing! Why? Because those who built these pyramids had an endless desire to become a permanent part of eternity!”
Mehmet Murat ildan

“The arrogant man is seen by no one but himself Pride ruins our relationship and love.”
Srinivas Mishra

“In the midst of ruins and lies,

I rise, I rise, I rise!”
Md. Ziaul Haque

Deyth Banger
“What ruins comedy material is pure levels of being fragile.”
Deyth Banger

Walter Scott
“A ruin should always be protected but never repaired - thus may we witness full the lingering legacies of the past.”
Walter Scott

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