„What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight. Build anyway!“

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„Once again, life had a lesson to teach me: It takes years to build up, it takes moments to destroy.“

—  Haruki Murakami, book Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World

Variant: It takes years to build up, it takes moments to destroy.
Source: Hardboiled Wonderland and the End of the World (1985), Chapter 19: Hamburgers,Skyline and Deadline
Source: Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World
Context: Once again, life had a lesson to teach me: It takes years to build up, it takes moments to destroy. Sure, I'd gotten tired of this tiny space, but I'd had a good home here. In the time it takes to swill two cans of beer, all had had sublimed like morning mist. My job, my whiskey, my peace and quiet, my solitude, my Sormerset Maugham, and John Ford collections-all of it trashed and worthless.

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As quoted in Asadollah Alam (1991), The Shah and I: The Confidential Diary of Iran's Royal Court, 1968-77, page 552
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„You can't build a reputation on what you are going to do.“

—  Henry Ford American industrialist 1863 - 1947

As quoted in International Encyclopedia of Prose and Poetical Quotations (1951) by William S. Walsh
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„It has always been easy to hate and destroy. To build and to cherish is much more difficult.“

—  Isabel II do Reino Unido queen of the UK, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, and head of the Commonwealth of Nations 1926

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„May you build a ladder to the stars and climb on every rung. May your song always be sung, May you stay forever young.“

—  Bob Dylan American singer-songwriter, musician, author, and artist 1941

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