Destroy Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old destroy quotes, destroy sayings, and destroy proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.     

George Orwell

If God doesn't destroy Hollywood Boulevard, he owes Sodom and Gomorrah an apology.     

Jay Leno

Men are destroyed for being rebellious, and women destroy themselves by failing to be rebellious. Unless you can make that next jump to either getting along with people or resisting people, you are ultimately destroying yourself.     

Chuck Palahniuk

What wise men established in 100 years, the fools demolish in 2 days.     


Nothing else so destroys the power to stand alone as the habit of leaning upon others. If you lean, you will never be strong or original. Stand alone or bury your ambition to be somebody in the world.      

Orison Swett Marden

To build may have to be the slow and laborious task of years. To destroy can be the thoughtless act of a single day.      

Sir Winston Churchill

The spirit of envy can destroy; it can never build.     

Margaret Thatcher

If at first you don't succeed, destroy all evidence that you tried.     

Author Unknown

Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends?     

Abraham Lincoln

To banish imperfection is to destroy expression, to check exertion, to paralyze vitality.      

John Ruskin

One to destroy, is murder by the law, and gibbets keep the lifted hand in awe, to murder thousands, takes a specious name, 'War's glorious art', and gives immortal fame.     

Edward Young

That man can destroy life is just as miraculous a feat as that he can create it, for life is the miracle, the inexplicable. In the act of destruction, man sets himself above life; he transcends himself as a creature. Thus, the ultimate choice for a man, inasmuch as he is driven to transcend himself, is to create or to destroy, to love or to hate.      

Erich Fromm

One leak will sink a ship, and one sin will destroy a sinner.     

John Bunyan

If it can be destroyed by the truth, it deserves to be destroyed by the truth.     

Carl Sagan

I demolish my bridges behind me...then there is no choice but to move forward.     

Fridtjof Nansen

Whoever conquers a free town and does not demolish it commits a great error and may expect to be ruined himself.     

Niccolo Machiavelli

Destroy or be destroyed-there is no middle way! Let us then be the destroyers!     

Mikhail Bakunin

Never try to destroy someone else's life with a lie when yours can be destroyed with the truth.     


What does not destroy me, makes me stronger.     

Friedrich Nietzsche

We can destroy ourselves by cynicism and disillusion, just as effectively as by bombs.     

Kenneth Clark

Hatred, which could destroy so much, never failed to destroy the man who hated, and this was an immutable law.     

James A. Baldwin

Others may hate you. But those who hate you don't win, unless you hate them. And then, you destroy yourself.     

Richard Nixon

If people destroy something replaceable made by mankind, they are called vandals; if they destroy something irreplaceable made by God, they are called developers.     

Joseph Wood Krutch

It is not defeat that destroys you,it is being demoralized by defeat that destroy you.     

Imran Khan

Destroy the seed of evil, or it will grow up to your ruin.     


It destroys one's nerves to be amiable everyday to the same human being.     

Benjamin Disraeli

You can chain me, you can torture me, you can even destroy this body, but you will never imprison my mind.     

Mahatma Gandhi

When man meets an obstacle he can't destroy, he destroys himself.     

Ryszard Kapuscinski

If only there were evil people out there insidiously committing evil deeds, and it were just simple, we could separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who among us is willing to destroy a piece of their own heart.     

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

You do not destroy an idea by killing people; you replace it with a better one.     

Edward Keating

It's our nature. We destroy. It's the constant of our kind. No matter the color of blood, man will always fall.     

Victoria Aveyard

To destroy a people, you must first sever their roots.     

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn