Quotes about ruin

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Benjamin Disraeli photo

„We moralise among ruins.“

—  Benjamin Disraeli British Conservative politician, writer, aristocrat and Prime Minister 1804 - 1881

Bk. V, Ch. 5.
Books, Coningsby (1844), Tancred (1847)

Benjamin Disraeli photo
Benjamin Disraeli photo

„...Unfortunately, an army of transgenders has infiltrated the industry and ruined it. You can also see some of these as heroes....“

—  Khalil-ur-Rehman Qamar Pakistani writer 1961

Original: Original Urdu :"..."Humaray yahan, badqismati se, hijron ki aik fouj agyi hai. Usne meri industry ka bera garak kardia. Unmai se app kuch hijro ko hero ke roop mai bhi dekh sakte hain..." ~ Khalil-ur-Rehman Qamar
Source: Ref https://tribune.com.pk/story/2174588/khalilur-rehman-qamar-call-adnan-malik-hijra March 12, 2020

Manuel Bandeira photo

„If you want to feel the happiness of loving, forget about your soul.
The soul ruins love.
Only in God can the soul meet satisfaction.
Not in another soul.
Only in God — or out of the world.
Souls cannot communicate.
Let your body talk to another body.
Because bodies understand each other, but souls don’t.“

—  Manuel Bandeira Brazilian writer 1886 - 1968

Se queres sentir a felicidade de amar, esquece a tua alma.
A alma é que estraga o amor.
Só em Deus ela pode encontrar satisfação.
Não noutra alma.
Só em Deus - ou fora do mundo.
As almas são incomunicáveis.
Deixa o teu corpo entender — se com outro corpo.
Porque os corpos se entendem, mas as almas não.
Arte de amar (The Art of Loving)

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„It is the way of the superior man to prefer the concealment of his virtue, while it daily becomes more illustrious, and it is the way of the mean man to seek notoriety, while he daily goes more and more to ruin.“

—  Confucius Chinese teacher, editor, politician, and philosopher -551 - -479 BC

The Analects, The Doctrine of the Mean
Context: It is the way of the superior man to prefer the concealment of his virtue, while it daily becomes more illustrious, and it is the way of the mean man to seek notoriety, while he daily goes more and more to ruin. It is characteristic of the superior man, appearing insipid, yet never to produce satiety; while showing a simple negligence, yet to have his accomplishments recognized; while seemingly plain, yet to be discriminating. He knows how what is distant lies in what is near. He knows where the wind proceeds from. He knows how what is minute becomes manifested. Such a one, we may be sure, will enter into virtue.

John Milton photo

„The end then of learning is to repair the ruins of our first parents.“

—  John Milton English epic poet 1608 - 1674

Tractate of Education (1644)

George Carlin photo

„And now, ladies and gentlemen, that we've enjoyed some good times this evening, and enjoyed some laughter together, I feel it is my obligation to remind you of some of the negative, depressing, dangerous, life-threatening things that life is really all about; things you have not been thinking about tonight, but which will be waiting for you as soon as you leave the theater or as soon as you turn off your television sets. Anal rape, quicksand, body lice, evil spirits, gridlock, acid rain, continental drift, labor violence, flash floods, rabies, torture, bad luck, calcium deficiency, falling rocks, cattle stampedes, bank failure, evil neighbors, killer bees, organ rejection, lynching, toxic waste, unstable dynamite, religious fanatics, prickly heat, price fixing, moral decay, hotel fires, loss of face, stink bombs, bubonic plague, neo-Nazis, friction, cereal weevils, failure of will, chain reaction, soil erosion, mail fraud, dry rot, voodoo curse, broken glass, snake bite, parasites, white slavery, public ridicule, faithless friends, random violence, breach of contract, family scandals, charlatans, transverse myelitis, structural defects, race riots, sunspots, rogue elephants, wax buildup, killer frost, jealous coworkers, root canals, metal fatigue, corporal punishment, sneak attacks, peer pressure, vigilantes, birth defects, false advertising, ungrateful children, financial ruin, mildew, loss of privileges, bad drugs, ill-fitting shoes, widespread chaos, Lou Gehrig's disease, stray bullets, runaway trains, chemical spills, locusts, airline food, shipwrecks, prowlers, bathtub accidents, faulty merchandise, terrorism, discrimination, wrongful cremation, carbon deposits, beef tapeworm, taxation without representation, escaped maniacs, sunburn, abandonment, threatening letters, entropy, nine-mile fever, poor workmanship, absentee landlords, solitary confinement, depletion of the ozone layer, unworthiness, intestinal bleeding, defrocked priests, loss of equilibrium, disgruntled employees, global warming, card sharks, poisoned meat, nuclear accidents, broken promises, contamination of the water supply, obscene phone calls, nuclear winter, wayward girls, mutual assured destruction, rampaging moose, the greenhouse effect, cluster headaches, social isolation, Dutch elm disease, the contraction of the universe, paper cuts, eternal damnation, the wrath of God, and PARANOIAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!“

—  George Carlin American stand-up comedian 1937 - 2008

Playing With Your Head (1986)

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„Pathans! Your house has fallen into ruin. Arise and rebuild it and remember to what race you belong.“

—  Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan Indian independence activist 1890 - 1988

Quoted in Eknath Easwaran, A Man to Match his Mountains: Bacha Khan, Nonviolent Soldier of Islam (Nilgiri Press, Petaluma, 1984), p. 25.

John Locke photo
Andrew Jackson photo
Andrew Jackson photo

„Gentlemen! I too have been a close observer of the doings of the Bank of the United States. I have had men watching you for a long time, and am convinced that you have used the funds of the bank to speculate in the breadstuffs of the country. When you won, you divided the profits amongst you, and when you lost, you charged it to the bank. You tell me that if I take the deposits from the bank and annul its charter I shall ruin ten thousand families. That may be true, gentlemen, but that is your sin! Should I let you go on, you will ruin fifty thousand families, and that would be my sin! You are a den of vipers and thieves. I have determined to rout you out, and by the Eternal, (bringing his fist down on the table) I will rout you out!“

—  Andrew Jackson American general and politician, 7th president of the United States 1767 - 1845

Reputedly from the original minutes of the Philadelphia committee of citizens sent to meet with President Jackson (February 1834), according to Andrew Jackson and the Bank of the United States (1928) by Stan V. Henkels as published by his son Stan V. Henkels Jr. - online PDF http://kenhirsch.net/money/AndrewJacksonAndTheBankHenkels.pdf. John Carney at Business Insider https://www.businessinsider.com/sorry-andrew-jackson-probably-never-said-that-den-of-theives-quote-2010-1 has disputed its authenticity alleging Henkels made unreliable claims about historical documents.
A different version of this quote is provided by Henkels in a 1912 copy of Publisher's Weekly https://books.google.com/books?id=IyYzAQAAMAAJ&newbks=1&newbks_redir=0&printsec=frontcover#v=onepage&q&f=false (p. 2039).
Disputed

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Raphael photo
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Jean Paul Sartre photo

„Smooth and smiling faces everywhere, but ruin in their eyes.“

—  Jean Paul Sartre French existentialist philosopher, playwright, novelist, screenwriter, political activist, biographer, and literary cri… 1905 - 1980

Billie Eilish photo

„You ruined everything good
Always said you were misunderstood
Made all my moments your own
Just fucking leave me alone.“

—  Billie Eilish American singer-songwriter 2001

Source: Happier Than Ever (2021)

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Mwanandeke Kindembo photo
Thomas Hobbes photo

„and where men build on false grounds, the more they build, the greater is the ruine:“

—  Thomas Hobbes, book Leviathan

The Second Part, Chapter 26, p. 140
Leviathan (1651)

Camille Paglia photo
Mwanandeke Kindembo photo
Karl Marx photo

„Catch a man a fish, and you can sell it to him. Teach a man to fish, and you ruin a wonderful business opportunity“

—  Karl Marx German philosopher, economist, sociologist, journalist and revolutionary socialist 1818 - 1883

Attributed to Marx (possibly in jest) in W. C. Privy's Original Bathroom Companion (2003).
Misattributed

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Mohsin Hamid photo
Savitri Devi photo
Ghalib photo
A. P. J. Abdul Kalam photo
John Dryden photo

„In friendship false, implacable in hate,
Resolved to ruin or to rule the state.“

—  John Dryden, Absalom and Achitophel

Pt. I, lines 173–174.
Absalom and Achitophel (1681)

Daniel Handler photo
Paracelsus photo

„We have Divine Wisdom in the mortal body. Whatever does harm to the body, ruins the House of the Eternal.“

—  Paracelsus Swiss physician and alchemist 1493 - 1541

Paracelsus - Doctor of our Time (1992)

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Clint Eastwood photo

„Let's not go and ruin it by thinking too much.“

—  Clint Eastwood actor and director from the United States 1930

Dmitri Shostakovich photo
Muhammad Iqbál photo
Periyar E. V. Ramasamy photo
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Emil M. Cioran photo

„The skepticism which fails to contribute to the ruin of our health is merely an intellectual exercise.“

—  Emil M. Cioran Romanian philosopher and essayist 1911 - 1995

All Gall Is Divided (1952)

Emil M. Cioran photo
Sia (musician) photo

„I may cry, ruining my makeup
Wash away all the things you've taken
And I don't care if I don't look pretty
Big girls cry when their hearts are breaking“

—  Sia (musician) Australian singer 1975

Big Girls Cry, 1000 Forms of Fear (2014). Cowritten with Christopher Braide
Songs

James A. Garfield photo
William Wilberforce photo
Stephen King photo
Stephen King photo
Sai Baba of Shirdi photo
Gaio Valerio Catullo photo

„Idleness ere now has ruined both kings and wealthy cities.“
Otium et reges prius et beatas perdidit urbes.

—  Gaio Valerio Catullo, list of poems by Catullus

LI, last lines
Carmina

François de La Rochefoucauld photo

„In the human heart there is a perpetual generation of passions, such that the ruin of one is almost always the foundation of another.“

—  François de La Rochefoucauld, book Reflections; or Sentences and Moral Maxims

Il y a dans le coeur humain une génération perpétuelle de passions, en sorte que la ruine de l'une est presque toujours l'établissement d'une autre.
Maxim 10.
Reflections; or Sentences and Moral Maxims (1665–1678)

Georges-Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon photo

„[F]rom the earliest periods of time [man] alone has divided the empire of the world between him and Nature. …[H]e rather enjoys than possesses, and it is by constant and perpetual activity and vigilance that he preserves his advantage, for if those are neglected every thing languishes, changes, and returns to the absolute dominion of Nature. She resumes her power, destroys the operations of man; envelopes with moss and dust his most pompous monuments, and in the progress of time entirely effaces them, leaving man to regret having lost by his negligence what his ancestors had acquired by their industry. Those periods in which man loses his empire, those ages in which every thing valuable perishes, commence with war and are completed by famine and depopulation. Although the strength of man depends solely upon the union of numbers, and his happiness is derived from peace, he is, nevertheless, so regardless of his own comforts as to take up arms and to fight, which are never-failing sources of ruin and misery. Incited by insatiable avarice, or blind ambition, which is still more insatiable, he becomes callous to the feelings of humanity; regardless of his own welfare, his whole thoughts turn upon the destruction of his own species, which he soon accomplishes. The days of blood and carnage over, and the intoxicating fumes of glory dispelled, he beholds, with a melancholy eye, the earth desolated, the arts buried, nations dispersed, an enfeebled people, the ruins of his own happiness, and the loss of his real power.“

—  Georges-Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon French natural historian 1707 - 1788

Buffon's Natural History (1797) Vol. 10, pp. 340-341 https://books.google.com/books?id=respAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA340, an English translation of Histoire Naturelle (1749-1804).

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Albert Pike photo

„All that is done and said and thought and suffered upon the Earth combine together, and flow onward in one broad resistless current toward those great results to which they are determined by the will of God.
We build slowly and destroy swiftly. Our Ancient Brethren who built the Temples at Jerusalem, with many myriad blows felled, hewed, and squared the cedars, and quarried the stones, and car»ed the intricate ornaments, which were to be the Temples. Stone after stone, by the combined effort and long toil of Apprentice, Fellow-Craft, and Master, the walls arose; slowly the roof was framed and fashioned; and many years elapsed, before, at length, the Houses stood finished, all fit and ready for the Worship of God, gorgeous in the sunny splendors of the atmosphere of Palestine. So they were built. A single motion of the arm of a rude, barbarous Assyrian Spearman, or drunken Roman or Gothic Legionary of Titus, moved by a senseless impulse of the brutal will, flung in the blazing brand; and, with no further human agency, a few short hours sufficed to consume and melt each Temple to a smoking mass of black unsightly ruin.
Be patient, therefore, my Brother, and wait!
The issues are with God: To do,
Of right belongs to us.
Therefore faint not, nor be weary in well-doing! Be not discouraged at men's apathy, nor disgusted with their follies, nor tired of their indifference! Care not for returns and results; but see only what there is to do, and do it, leaving the results to God! Soldier of the Cross! Sworn Knight of Justice, Truth, and Toleration! Good Knight and True! be patient and work!“

—  Albert Pike, book Morals and Dogma of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry

Source: Morals and Dogma of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry (1871), Ch. XIX : Grand Pontiff, p. 321

Ayrton Senna photo
Thomas De Quincey photo
Thomas De Quincey photo

„Dyspepsy is the ruin of most things: empires, expeditions, and everything else.“

—  Thomas De Quincey English author 1785 - 1859

Letter to Hessey (1823).

Cornelius Vanderbilt photo

„Gentlemen,
You have undertaken to cheat me. I won't sue you, for law is too slow. I'll ruin you.
Yours truly,
Cornelius Vanderbilt“

—  Cornelius Vanderbilt American businessman, philanthropist, and tycoon 1794 - 1877

Said to be the entirety of a letter to Charles Morgan and C. K. Garrison, quoted in an obituary, "Commodore Vanderbilt's Life" (5 January 1877) New York Times. Stiles, in The First Tycoon (2009) doubts this. He notes that there is no earlier source, that Vanderbilt was no stranger to the courts, and that he never otherwise closed letters with "yours truly."
Disputed

Mike Shinoda photo
Homér photo

„Too many kings can ruin an army“

—  Homér Ancient Greek epic poet, author of the Iliad and the Odyssey

William Morris photo

„Love is enough: cherish life that abideth,
Lest ye die ere ye know him, and curse and misname him;
For who knows in what ruin of all hope he hideth,
On what wings of the terror of darkness he rideth?“

—  William Morris author, designer, and craftsman 1834 - 1896

Love is Enough (1872), Song VI: Cherish Life that Abideth
Context: Love is enough: cherish life that abideth,
Lest ye die ere ye know him, and curse and misname him;
For who knows in what ruin of all hope he hideth,
On what wings of the terror of darkness he rideth?
And what is the joy of man's life that ye blame him
For his bliss grown a sword, and his rest grown a fire?

P.T. Barnum photo

„Dr. Franklin says "it is the eyes of others and not our own eyes which ruin us. If all the world were blind except myself I should not care for fine clothes or furniture.“

—  P.T. Barnum American showman and businessman 1810 - 1891

Source: The Art of Money Getting; Or, Golden Rules for Making Money

Woodrow Wilson photo

„Reality continues to ruin my life.“

—  Bill Watterson American comic artist 1958

Homicidal Psycho Jungle Cat
Source: The Complete Calvin and Hobbes

Oscar Wilde photo

„A kiss may ruin a human life“

—  Oscar Wilde Irish writer and poet 1854 - 1900

Sophie Kinsella photo
Nicholas Sparks photo
Anne Lamott photo
Richard Siken photo
Lev Grossman photo
Chang-rae Lee photo

„For sometimes you can't help but crave some ruin in what you love.“

—  Chang-rae Lee Novelist 1965

Source: On Such a Full Sea

Ernest Hemingway photo
Oscar Wilde photo
Sylvia Plath photo
Khushwant Singh photo
William Shakespeare photo
Francesca Lia Block photo
Arundhati Roy photo
Michael Chabon photo
T.S. Eliot photo

„These fragments I have shored against my ruins
Why then Ile fit you. Hieronymo's mad againe.
Datta. Dayadhvam. Damyata.
Shantih shantih shantih“

—  T.S. Eliot, book The Waste Land

The final lines of the poem.
The Waste Land (1922)
Source: The Waste Land and Other Poems

Marshall McLuhan photo

„Many a good argument is ruined by some fool who knows what he is talking about.“

—  Marshall McLuhan Canadian educator, philosopher, and scholar-- a professor of English literature, a literary critic, and a communicatio… 1911 - 1980

Ray Bradbury photo

„We earth men have a talent for ruining big, beautiful things.“

—  Ray Bradbury, book The Martian Chronicles

Source: The Martian Chronicles

Victor Hugo photo

„The straight line, a respectable optical illusion which ruins many a man.“

—  Victor Hugo, book Les Misérables

Source: Les Misérables

Jodi Picoult photo
Henry Adams photo

„The chief wonder of education is that it does not ruin everybody concerned in it, teachers and taught.“

—  Henry Adams, book The Education of Henry Adams

The Education of Henry Adams (1907)
Source: The Education of Henry Adams

George Washington photo

„Paper money has had the effect in your state that it will ever have, to ruin commerce, oppress the honest, and open the door to every species of fraud and injustice.“

—  George Washington first President of the United States 1732 - 1799

Letter to Jabez Bowen https://founders.archives.gov/GEWN-04-04-02-0428 (9 January 1787)
1780s

Sherrilyn Kenyon photo
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Greg Behrendt photo

„An excuse is a polite rejection. Men are not afraid of 'ruining the friendship.“

—  Greg Behrendt American comedian 1963

Source: He's Just Not That Into You: The No-Excuses Truth to Understanding Guys

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Cormac McCarthy photo

„All progressions from a higher to a lower order are marked by ruins and mystery and a residue of nameless rage.“

—  Cormac McCarthy American novelist, playwright, and screenwriter 1933

Source: Blood Meridian (1985), Chapter XI, Judge Holden
Source: Blood Meridian, or the Evening Redness in the West

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