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

—  Winston Churchill, 1874-1965, British Prime Minister, Nobel 1953

Lao-TzuHe who acts, destroys; he who grasps, loses. Therefore the Sage does not act, and so does not destroy; he does not grasp, and so he does not lose.

—  Lao-Tzu, 6th cent. BC, Chinese philosopher

Pablo PicassoEvery act of creation is first an act of destruction.

—  Pablo Picasso, 1881-1973, Spanish painter

Georges ClemenceauWar is a series of catastrophes that results in a victory.

—  Georges Clemenceau, 1841-1929, French Prime Minister

Kurt VonnegutDear future generations: Please accept our apologies. We were rolling drunk on petroleum.

—  Kurt Vonnegut, 1922-2007, American writer

Ronald ReaganMr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!

—  Ronald Reagan, 1911-2004, American President [1981-1989]

Ernest HemingwayA man can be destroyed but not defeated.

—  Ernest Hemingway, 1899-1961, American writer, Nobel 1954

Peter DruckerA management decision is irresponsible if it risks disaster this year for the sake of a grandiose future.

—  Peter Drucker, 1909–2005, Austrian management guru

Dwight EisenhowerYou just can't have this kind of war. There aren't enough bulldozers to scrape the bodies off the streets.

—  Dwight Eisenhower, 1890-1969, American general & President

     (speaking about nuclear war)


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Ronald ReaganWe may be the generation that sees Armageddon.

—  Ronald Reagan, 1911-2004, American President [1981-1989]

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