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Friedrich NietzscheThere may be Herostratoi who set fire to the temples in which their image is worshiped.

—  Friedrich Nietzsche, 1844-1900, German philosopher

Wolfgang GoetheWe are our own devils; we drive ourselves out of our Edens.

—  Wolfgang Goethe, 1749-1832, German poet & philosopher

Friedrich NietzscheWhen you stare into the abyss the abyss stares back at you.

—  Friedrich Nietzsche, 1844-1900, German philosopher

Ayn RandMan is the only living species that has the power to act as his own destroyer—and that is the way he has acted through most of his history.

—  Ayn Rand, 1905-1982, American writer & philosopher

Stanislaw Jerzy LecNever saw off the branch you are on, unless you are being hanged from it.

—  Stanislaw Jerzy Lec, 1906-1966, Polish author of maxims

Will DurantA great civilization is not conquered from without until it has destroyed itself within.

—  Will Durant, 1885-1981, American historian & philosopher

Fyodor DostoyevskyYour worst sin is that you have destroyed and betrayed yourself for nothing.

—  Fyodor Dostoyevsky, 1821-1881, Russian writer

Karl JungThe secret is that only that which can destroy itself is truly alive.

—  Karl Jung, 1875-1961, Swiss psychiatrist

Elbert HubbardI believe that no one can harm you but yourself.

—  Elbert Hubbard, 1856-1915, American writer

Will DurantThe essential cause of the Roman conquest of Greece was the disintegration of Greek civilization from within. No great nation is ever conquered until it has destroyed itself.

—  Will Durant, 1885-1981, American historian & philosopher


Proverbs

English proverbGive a man enough rope and he will hang himself.

—  English proverb

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International proverbDon’t saw off the branch you are sitting on.

—  International proverb

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