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  • Abel was a dog poisoner. It sometimes works out that way. A man wants to have some direct connection with life. If he can't bring life into being, he'll put an end to it. In that way he's not completely powerless. Some men can start it. Others can end it.

  • Those who cannot live fully often become destroyers of life.

    • Anaïs Nin,
    • The Diary of Anaïs Nin, vol. 4 ()
  • If you can't create, you destroy.

    • Anaïs Nin,
    • 1959, The Diary of Anaïs Nin, vol. 6 ()
  • ... destruction is ultimately self-destruction.

    • Anaïs Nin,
    • 1961, The Diary of Anaïs Nin, vol. 6 ()
  • Constructive destruction is one of the most delightful employments in the world, and in civilized life the opportunities for it are only too rare.

  • People like blowing things up these days, thought Len. They prefer blowing up to building.

  • And it's the educated barbarian who is the worst: he knows what to destroy.