Collapse Quotes

Collapse Quotes by Ai Weiwei, Logan Pearsall Smith, Gary Zukav, Dan Barber, Paul of the Cross, Richard Estes and many others.

Imagine one day, the hateful world around you collapses

Imagine one day, the hateful world around you collapses. And it is your attitude, words and actions that put an end to it. Will you be excited?
Ai Weiwei
If they lost the incredible conviction that they can change their wives or husbands, marriage would collapse at once.
Logan Pearsall Smith
A power struggle collapses when you withdraw your energy from it. Power struggles become uninteresting to you when you change your intention from winning to learning about yourself.
Gary Zukav
If you look at the carrying capacity of agricultural areas throughout the world, their ecological habitats are changing. So I think we’re looking at – in our lifetime – great collapses of food services.
Dan Barber
Entrust yourself entirely to God. He is a Father and a most loving Father at that, who would rather let heaven and earth collapse than abandon anyone who trusted in him.
Paul of the Cross
I think the popular concept of the artist is a person who has this great passion and enthusiasm and super emotion. He just throws himself into this great masterpiece and collapses from exhaustion when it’s finished. It’s really not that way at all.
Richard Estes
Man, wonderful man, must collapse, into nature’s cauldron, he is no deity, he is no exception.
Charles Darwin
The welfare state is collapsing all around us. There are people that realize that we can’t go on this way, but I’m not sure how many people realize how close we are to the collapse of the U.S. financial system.
Rush Limbaugh
Some people wait so long for their ship to come in, their pier collapses.
John Goddard
i cried when i saw those buildings collapse on themselves like a broken heart.
Suheir Hammad
You know what happens when windmills collapse into the sea? A splash.
Bill Maher
The history of the outbreak of war 100 years ago and of the collapse of the fragile balance of power in Europe in the summer of 1914 is a disturbing tale of the failure of the governing elites and the military, but also of diplomacy.
Frank-Walter Steinmeier
Look at your body— A painted puppet, a poor toy Of jointed parts ready to collapse, A diseased and suffering thing With a head full of false imaginings. —The Dhammapada
Thomas Ligotti
Without legal aid, and the dedicated lawyers who deliver it, our system of justice would quite simply collapse.
Kenneth Clarke
One must live in the middle of contradiction, because if all contradiction were eliminated at once life would collapse.
Barry Lopez
The dangers of an Afghan collapse are many: Afghan deaths, a loss of American prestige, a loss of NATO prestige, a moral blow to U.S. troops and veterans, a Taliban resurgence, huge setbacks for women, and greater power for Pakistan and Pakistani extremists.
Richard Engel
Looking back as an historian, I find myself having great respect for Ronald Reagan’s consistency: his absolute conviction that the Soviet Union – the only competing world empire at the time – was bound to collapse!
Nigel Hamilton
Every day there comes a moment when a person lays his hands in his lap and all his busyness collapses like ashes. The work accomplished is, from the soul’s point of view, entirely imaginary.
Robert Musil
Social bonds have given way under the collapse of social protections and the attack on the welfare state. Moreover, all solutions to socially produced problems are now relegated to the mantra of individual solutions.
Henry Giroux
We can change so many times in our lives. We’re born into a family, and it’s the only life we can imagine, but it changes. Buildings collapse. Fires burn. And the next second we’re someplace else entirely, going through different motions and trying to keep up with this new person we’ve become.
Lauren DeStefano
Marriage is like a well-built porch. If one of the two posts leans too much, the porch collapses. So each must be strong enough to stand on its own.
Deb Caletti
I’m a big believer in the system, but I just don’t think we follow our own system and laws very well. I think ultimately we’ll see the system collapse. Because no system has ever stayed around forever.
Matt Lindland
The collapse of Enron was devastating to tens of thousands of people and shook the public’s confidence in corporate America.
Robert Mueller
If the present economic structure can change only by collapsing, then it had better collapse as soon as possible.
Germaine Greer
I’m feeling incredibly Botox-tempted as my face collapses around my shoulders.
Sally Phillips
Oh, we are but soft and squishy bags of mortality rolling in a bin of sharp circumstance, leaking life until we collapse, flaccid, into our own despair.
Christopher Moore
What was new was the symbolic force of the targets struck. The attackers did not just physically cause the highest buildings in Manhattan to collapse; they also destroyed an icon in the household imagery of the American nation.
Jurgen Habermas
The human organism has only so much energy at its disposal. If you divert a great deal of it into any one channel, you can expect the others to collapse or atrophy. If you squander your vital energies on your emotional life, as you have been doing, plan to be physically and mentally bankrupt, as it were.
Lisa Alther
Support for Saddam, including within his military organization, will collapse after the first whiff of gunpowder.
Richard Perle
We believe we are creating the beginning of a new world order coming out of the collapse of the US-Soviet antagonisms.
Brent Scowcroft
I’ll be honest, watching the music industry collapse has been demoralizing and disheartening at times.
Trent Reznor
…the collapse of tsarism, while not improbably, was certainly not inevitable.
Richard Pipes
The ecosystem of our world is a closed system: it would run out of gas, collapse of its own weight.
Joan D. Vinge
I usually doze off between 7:30 and 9 p.m. while putting my baby to sleep. Then I suddenly wake up remembering I’m an adult with no bedtime. I spend the next four hours catching up on reading, e-mails, and other adult pursuits until I collapse for good until sunrise.
Padma Lakshmi
The corporate revolution will collapse if we refuse to buy what they are selling – their ideas, their version of history, their wars, their weapons, their notion of inevitability. Remember this: We be many and they be few. They need us more than we need them.
Arundhati Roy
I’ve always wanted to make a big apocalypse movie. I love 28 Weeks Later, I think it’s great but Cell is totally different. It’s about people’s dependence on technology, the collapse of society and watching everything fall apart. That’s something I’ve always wanted to do, which I believe it can!
Eli Roth
If you see there is no meaning to anything that you are doing, your ego collapses; so you are trying to find all kinds of fake meanings.
Jaggi Vasudev
In a nuclear age, and in an age of serious environmental degradation, apocalyptic belief creates a serious second order danger. The precarious logic of self-interest that saw us through the Cold War would collapse if the leaders of one nuclear state came to welcome, or ceased to fear mass death.
Ian Mcewan
People in Russia say that those who do not regret the collapse of the Soviet Union have no heart, and those that do regret it have no brain.
Vladimir Putin
The interest on our debt is going to collapse this country.
Ted Yoho
I can feel it in my bones that no matter what we do, even if we do not do anything, the revolutionary government of Madame Cory Aquino will collapse.
Ferdinand Marcos
In the zone of perdition where my youth went as if to complete its education, one would have said that the portents of an imminent collapse of the whole edifice of civilization had made an appointment.
Guy Debord
China is not going to become a liberal democracy; if it did, it would collapse. I do not believe you can impose on other countries standards which are alien and totally disconnected with their past.
Lee Kuan Yew
If all women on earth woke up tomorrow feeling truly positive and powerful in their own bodies, the economies of the globe would collapse overnight.
Laurie Penny
Burn, baby, burn,” she muttered in a hard, satisfied voice. I cleared my throat. “As much as I hate to interrupt the supreme satisfaction you’re taking in watching the mansion blaze to the ground, I’d really like to get out of here before the whole house collapses on top of us.
Jennifer Estep
Why are you breaking down, incidentally? I mean if you’re able to go into a collapse with all your might, why can’t you use the same energy to stay well and busy?
J. D. Salinger
Is the economy going to collapse if we continue down this road? Yes. Should Americans be self-reliant? Yes. Absolutely. … I think loving our neighbors is being prepared to give them food. Loving our neighbors is being prepared to protect them.
Matt Shea
do you fix a wheel that isn’t broken, or do you wait until the cart collapses?
Jodi Picoult
The roof cannot collapse when the value pillars of government and society are sound and strong.
Gloria Macapagal Arroyo
My latest tendency is to collapse about 11:00 and with the tears flowing from my eyes or the gin rising to their level and leaking over, and tell interested friends or acquaintances that I haven’t a friend in the world and likewise care for nobody.
F. Scott Fitzgerald
British fans are exceptional, but the American fans are something else. Some of them fly 500 miles to stand in line for three hours, just to meet me, then when they do they collapse.
Craig Charles
If there is not a united policy, this mechanism will not work: it will collapse, and it will… undoubtedly be the end of Schengen, the return of national borders.
Francois Hollande
It is terrifying to see how easily, in certain people, all dignity collapses. Yet when you think about it, this is quite normal since they only maintain this dignity by constantly striving against their own nature.
Albert Camus
A couple of flop plays, a death in the family, and it could all collapse.
Patrick Marber
Political leaders in capitalist countries who cheer the collapse of socialism in other countries continue to favor socialist solutions in their own. They know the words, but they have not learned the tune.
Milton Friedman
When someone is good, but it doesn’t seem like their world will collapse if they don’t get the part, it’s more appealing. It’s like dating someone: You don’t want someone who’s too into you.
Steve Carell
We’re finally going to get the bill for the Industrial Age. If the projections are right, it’s going to be a big one: the ecological collapse of the planet.
Jeremy Rifkin
By any measure, CapitalSource outperformed both our direct competitors and the financial services industry in general, particularly in the context of the near collapse of the financial services industry where 19 of the 20 largest financial institutions in the country either failed or were bailed out by the government.
John Delaney
Rose Tyler: Can’t you come through properly? The Doctor: Then the whole thing would fracture. The two universes would collapse. Rose Tyler: So?
Russell T Davies
Putin himself made his original fortune in the early 1990s, when he stole the funds that had been entrusted to him to buy food in Europe to relieve the starvation in Leningrad that occurred during the economic collapse following the fall of the Soviet Union.
Robert Zubrin
Your home is regarded as a model home, your life as a model life. But all this splendor, and you along with it… it’s just as though it were built upon a shifting quagmire. A moment may come, a word can be spoken, and both you and all this splendor will collapse.
Henrik Ibsen
An American of the present day reading his Sunday newspaper in a state of lazy collapse is one of the most perfect symbols of the triumph of quantity over quality that the world has yet seen.
Irving Babbitt
I want to make something that is breathtaking. Of course, you can’t make something that is always breathtaking, or you would never be able to breathe. You would collapse.
Brian Eno
Whatever the country, whatever the culture, whatever the time, when you become a big enough organization, you start to collapse and slow down.
Masayoshi Son
The last three decades have seen the collapse of the family wage system.
Christopher Lasch
Climate change is not a discrete issue; it’s a symptom of larger problems. Fundamentally, our society as currently designed has no future. We’re chewing up the planet so fast, in so many different ways, that we could solve the climate problem tomorrow and still find that environmental collapse is imminent.
Alex Steffen
It’s almost sickening now that the regulators ‘on the beat’ while the biggest credit collapse in modern financial history unfolded are now patting themselves on the back for their ‘brave’ stance on short-selling!
James Chanos
Facts are all accidents. They all might have been different. They all may become different. They all may collapse altogether.
George Santayana
Isn’t the only hope for the planet that the industrialized civilizations collapse? Isn’t it our responsibility to bring this about?
Maurice Strong
I certainly wouldn’t say that we loved the arms race. Trillions of dollars were used to stoke it. For our economy, which was smaller in size than the American economy, it was a burden. But one cannot agree with the statement that the arms race played the key role in the collapse of the Soviet Union.
Mikhail Gorbachev
As great edifices collapse of their own weight, so Heaven sets a similar limit to the growth of prosperous states.
We are no longer dealing with historical events, but with places of collapse.
Jean Baudrillard
My heart and my trust were in the process of collapsing. And that collapse created a vacuum in my chest.
Jay Asher
We must support government coercion over enforcing international protocols and speed limits on motorways if we want the global economy not to collapse and millions, billions of people to die.
Rowan Williams
I come from a country in which I experienced economic collapse.
Angela Merkel
We may get to the point where the only way of saving the world will be for industrial civilization to collapse.
Maurice Strong
There will come a day, when all the lies will collapse under their own weight, and truth will again triumph.
Joseph Goebbels
Once we start deliberately messing with the climate systems, we could inadvertently shift rainfall patterns (climate models have shown that rainfall in the Amazon might be particularly vulnerable), causing collapse of ecosystems, drought, famine, and more.
Jeff Goodell
Being a journalist got me to meet with children who had witnessed all their beliefs, all their faith in the world collapse.
Roselyne Bosch
He snatched the book from me and replaced it hastily on its shelf, muttering that if one brick was removed the whole library was liable to collapse.
F. Scott Fitzgerald
Where do we invest our trust now? In politicians? Most people would say not. In banks, in religion, in a sense of nationhood? In each other? Even that has been complicated. It feels like there’s a total collapse of trust, but without trust, it’s impossible to have any sense of who one is.
Mike Bartlett
If you died it would be like my bones had been removed. No one would know why, but I would collapse.
Sarah Kane
I have always thought that if we began for one moment to say what we thought, society would collapse.
Charles Augustin Sainte-Beuve
If we tried to rely entirely on reason, and pressed it hard, our lives and beliefs would collapse – a form of madness that may actually occur if the inertial force of taking the world and life for granted is somehow lost. If we lose our grip on that, reason will not give it back to us.
Thomas Nagel
Cyprus was a breath away from economic collapse. It was a big battle in which we came out wounded, but upright and determined to make a fresh start.
Nicos Anastasiades
I went to India as a missionary to save England from spiritual collapse.
William Carey
You can’t tell the story of the thousands of people whose lives were destroyed by Bernie Madoff because there are thousands of stories. What you can do is to start inside, and that’s the picture that you do, which becomes like a Greek tragedy in that regard – that whole collapse.
Barry Levinson
For something to collapse, not all systems have to shut down. In most cases, just one system is enough. For example, the human body is a system of systems. If just one system, such as the cardiovascular system, shuts down, death follows.
Robert Kiyosaki
I didn’t understand that playing roles in any relationship is false and will inevitably lead to the relationship’s collapse. No one can be any one thing all the time.
Portia de Rossi
If your theory is found to be against the second law of theromodynamics, I give you no hope; there is nothing for it but to collapse in deepest humiliation.
Arthur Eddington
Armaments, universal debt, and planned obsolescence – those are the three pillars of Western prosperity. If war, waste, and moneylenders were abolished, you’d collapse. And while you people are overconsuming the rest of the world sinks more and more deeply into chronic disaster.
Aldous Huxley
The collapse of communism in essence added tens and tens of millions of people to the world labor supply, and the people who were added had previously been getting very low income, but they were not unskilled. Many of them were fairly well educated.
Milton Friedman
School-leavers unfortunately will come away thinking the First World War consisted simply of ‘going over the top’ on the Western Front to slaughter in no-man’s-land, when the conflict extended so much further, to the collapse of four empires and numerous civil wars.
Antony Beevor
Then there’s politics. Just imagine politics with its dumbbell element subtracted. There would be no Republican candidates. There would be no Democratic voters. The whole system would collapse.
P. J. O’Rourke
Our society is dependent on some precarious mechanisms, and they are very dicey. They can easily collapse.
Doris Lessing
What is needed for a sound expansion of production is additional capital goods, not money or fiduciary media. The credit expansion is built on the sands of banknotes and deposits. It must collapse.
Ludwig von Mises
Without good drawing, the foundation of a painting will collapse.
Ken Danby
but even if we survive the collapse of our sun, we will not survive forever.
John Green
If nations join together now, before the big collapse and share their resources, they can maintain a level of sustainability. Sustain the people that is, and not banks and businesses.
Jacque Fresco
I had this dream in my head of, if I got hired by ‘SNL, what that moment would be like. And I dreamed that I would, like, collapse on the sidewalk and cry to the heavens. I got this call, and it didn’t happen naturally. But I did it anyway because I wanted to have that moment. So I did collapse.
Kate McKinnon
If, at some future point, my face collapses around my eyes, I’d probably do something about it. My eyes are where I live, and if people couldn’t see them, no one would know me.
Heidi Julavits
Everything might scatter. You might be right. I suppose it’s something we can’t easily get away from. People need to feel they belong. To a nation, to a race. Otherwise, who knows what might happen? This civilisation of ours, perhaps it’ll just collapse. And everything scatter, as you put it.
Kazuo Ishiguro
The crisis of Western values has many aspects, many faces. There is a decline in faith in liberal democracy, a loss of confidence in universal human rights, a collapse in support for all kinds of transnational projects.
Anne Applebaum
Civilization must stand up and combat the current collapse of governance, the rise of violence, and the spread of chaos and fear in many parts of the world.
Rudy Giuliani
I didn’t expect to be so tired sometimes on stage. There are moments when you’re so tired you could pretty much collapse.
Francesca Hayward
At the crash of economic collapse of which the rumblings can already be heard, the sleeping soldiers of the proletariat will awake as at the fanfare of the Last Judgment and the corpses of the victims of the struggle will arise and demand an accounting from those who are loaded down with curses.
Karl Liebknecht
The progressive Left can be in favor of Big Government or population control but not both. The mutual incompatibility is about to plunge Europe into societal collapse. There is no precedent in human history for economic growth on declining human capital – and that’s before anyone invented unsustainable welfare systems.
Mark Steyn
The original project began because we know the universe is expanding. Everybody had assumed that gravity would slow down the expansion of the universe and everything would come to a halt and collapse. The big surprise was it was actually speeding up.
Saul Perlmutter
The collapse of the Soviet Union could not have been a source of national pride for many in Russia. The one person who has capitalized on this the most has been Vladimir Putin.
Brandon Webb
I think as a business it would be amazing if the euro was to collapse, but financially and economically I think that would be a bit of a tsunami for everybody to cope with.
Lloyd Dorfman
Faith is one of the forces by which men live, and the total absence of it means collapse
William James
Across the continent, political divisions are deepening. For all of these reasons, the specter of a euro zone collapse has not been dispatched.
Barry Eichengreen
The more the history of the World War and what led up to it is studied, the more clearly those tragic years become revealed as a vast collapse of civilization.
Arthur Henderson
At some point, my body will collapse. But I hope that my brain will still be working so that I can carry on with writing.
Jane Goodall
If there is one positive takeaway from the collapse of Mt.Gox, it is the willingness of a new generation of Bitcoin companies to work together to ensure the future of Bitcoin and the security of customer funds.
Brian Armstrong
A Christian fellowship lives and exists by the intercession of its members for one another, or it collapses.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Journalism took me around the world. I worked in London for ten years and reported on the collapse of the Soviet Union, the troubles in Northern Ireland, and the first Gulf War.
Michael Robotham
…the chief cause for the impending collapse of the world – the cause sufficient in and by itself – is the enormous growth of the human population: the human flood. The worst enemy of life is too much life: the excess of human life.
Pentti Linkola
There’s S-VOD, which is 3 1/2 months after the theatrical release. The windows are going to get closer and closer, and the sooner they collapse in my mind the better it’ll be for everybody. It’s coming, but change is hard. It will be more profitable for everybody, including exhibitors.
Jason Blum
The consequences of a collapse would not be pretty. Whichever country precipitated it – Germany by threatening to abandon the euro, or Greece or Spain by actually doing so – would trigger economic chaos and incur its neighbours’ wrath.
Barry Eichengreen
When Texans suffered from the collapse of the oil market in the 1980s, they could rely on the fiscal union to help them. When Texas boomed with rising oil prices in the 2000s, it contributed to the union to help harder hit regions.
Austan Goolsbee
No piecemeal solution is going to prevent the collapse of whole societies and ecosystems … a radical re-thinking of our values, priorities and political systems is urgent.
Maude Barlow
The so-called second New Deal of 1935 – including the Works Progress Administration, Social Security and the Wagner Act legalizing union labor – represented an effort to meet the rising voices demanding a more aggressive government approach to the collapse of national prosperity.
Robert Dallek
The work of memory collapses time.
Walter Benjamin
If the tonal collapses completely, then you’re crazy functionally, you’re psychotic.
Frederick Lenz
Communism in Cuba will collapse sooner or later because you can’t control the free flow of information. Communism prevents organizations from developing by stopping the flow of information. The system is based on police and listening devices and triggers the worst characteristics in humans.
Lech Walesa
Are we amateurs and not professionals? We know the lessons of history, we know the mistakes and we either act accordingly or collapse. Salvation lies in clarity and the courage to implement change
Thomas S. Power
Millennials – who will soon be a full one-third of American adults – may be especially ready to become engaged in politics with a candidate who wants to give them a government that will leave them alone and get its finances in order so that they don’t inherit an economic collapse.
Gary Johnson
Sometimes when someone says something stupid, my friends and I just read the reviews out loud and collapse with laughter at the stupidity of it all.
Jamaica Kincaid
What is most important to the history of the world? The Taliban or the collapse of the Soviet empire? Some stirred-up Moslems or the liberation of Central Europe and the end of the Cold War?
Zbigniew Brzezinski
This is the Cuzco asking you to pull on your armor and, mounted on the ample back of a powerful horse, cleave a path through the defenseless flesh of a naked Indian flock whose human wall collapses and disappears beneath the four hooves of the galloping beast.
Che Guevara
Before the New York Times starts running “Portraits in Grief” of former Enron employees, it’s worth remembering that even after the collapse, Enron stock is still worth more than the entire Social Security “trust fund.”
Ann Coulter
Regimes collapse when people are no longer afraid and think they’re no longer alone.
Gordon G. Chang
We are part of the world creation, and we ourselves create nothing. Our knowledge allows us to make use of all the forces already in existence, our art to interpret emotions already felt. One big war, an epidemic, and we collapse into ignorance and darkness, fit sons of chimpanzees.
Arshile Gorky
The collapse of Russia was the second great event of 1917.
Kelly Miller
If your theory is found to be against the second law of thermodynamics I give you no hope; there is nothing for it but to collapse in deepest humiliation.
Arthur Eddington
What is most important to the history of the world? The Taliban or the collapse of the Soviet empire? Some stirred-up Moslems or the liberation of Central Europe and the end of the cold war?
Zbigniew Brzezinski
The blowback against a bailout of Lehman would have been fierce. It is often forgotten, but the prevailing wisdom the day after Lehman fell was that its collapse was a good thing.
Andrew Ross Sorkin
You could remove the powerful preaching from our church and it would still continue. You could remove the administration of pastoral care through the cell group system and the church would still continue. But if you remove the prayer life of our church it would collapse.
David Yonggi Cho
…the limitations of my endurance were expanded over and over. At times I felt that if I did not sit down I would collapse. Then something would happen to attract my attention…miraculously, the distraction always provided wings, carrying new strength, a second wind.
Marlo Morgan
The only way Brexit might have worked without an economic collapse is the Norway model of close integration with the structure of the European customs union and single market without being part of the formal E.U. institutions.
Andrew Adonis, Baron Adonis
With the advent of genetic engineering the time required for the evolution of new species may literally collapse.
Dee Hock
After the collapse of socialism, capitalism remained without a rival. This unusual situation unleashed its greedy and – above all – its suicidal power. The belief is now that everything – and everyone – is fair game.
Gunter Grass
All Dickens’s humour couldn’t save Dickens, save him from his overcrowded life, its sordid and neurotic central tragedy and its premature collapse. But Dickens’s humour, and all such humour, has saved or at least greatly served the world.
Stephen Leacock
For anyone inclined to caricature environmental history as ‘environmental determinism,’ the contrasting histories of the Dominican Republic and Haiti provide a useful antidote. Yes, environmental problems do constrain human societies, but the societies’ responses also make a difference.
Jared Diamond
I see the collapse of the Soviet Union as a great tragedy of the XX century.
Vladimir Putin
Above all, we should acknowledge that the collapse of the Soviet Union was a major geopolitical disaster of the century. As for the Russian nation, it became a genuine drama. Tens of millions of our co-citizens and co-patriots found themselves outside Russian territory.
Vladimir Putin
I wanted to do an action-y thing, purely because I’m the least fit, healthy person in the world. I wanted to prove to myself that I could actually run and not get out of breath and collapse. I wanted to push myself, in that way.
Kaya Scodelario
In my mind I am eloquent; I can climb intricate scaffolds of words to reach the highest cathedral ceilings and paint my thoughts. But when I open my mouth, everything collapses.
Isaac Marion
I’ve been in on the beginning, the rise, peak, collapse and end of the talking picture.
Joseph L. Mankiewicz
The negative way [of describing God] is a cardboard prop of Christianity to conceal its unknowable God. When this prop collapses, theistic agnosticism emerges, complete with its package of contradictions and non-sensical utterances.
George H. Smith
That eerie hissing you hear may well be the air beginning to seep out of the green energy bubble. The sound is similar to the pfffffft and sshhhhsssssp noises we heard in the early days of the dot-com bubble collapse or the subprime mortgage meltdown.
Terence Corcoran
Actually I can’t imagine Nato troops on the ground and I think it’s also important to send that very clear message to the UN and other organisations right now so that appropriate plans can be in place in due time and the Gaddafi regime can collapse soon.
Anders Fogh Rasmussen
I’m not saying we’re going to win. I am saying rebellion becomes a way to protect your own dignity. Corporations are, theologically speaking, institutions of death. They commodify everything – the natural world, human beings – that they exploit until exhaustion or collapse. They know no limits.
Chris Hedges
Unhappy voters thought the anemic economy, Obamacare, the collapse of U.S. foreign policy, the scandals in government, and the incompetent handling of everything from the Islamic State to Ebola were the only real issues. Democrats’ВЂВ™ refusal to acknowledge them did not make these failures go away.
Victor Davis Hanson
Our economy is at war with many forms of life on earth, including human life. What the climate needs to avoid collapse is a contraction of humanity’s use of resources; what our economic model demands to avoid collapse is unfettered expansion. Only one of these sets of rules can be changed, and it’s not the laws of nature
Naomi Klein
It’s Obama’s bad luck that he got elected just as the mayhem of the foreclosures, the banking collapse, and the General Motors disaster was accelerating the surge in unemployment to warp speed.
Tina Brown
Together, they would watch everything that was so carefully planned collapse, and they would smile at the beauty of destruction.
Markus Zusak
By abrogating all moral standards in their war against Israel, Arab and Muslim leaders initiated a process of moral collapse that has ended by soaking their own societies in blood. The terror they intended to inflict only upon others has rebounded with a hundred times greater horror upon their own lands.
David Frum
If you like soccer, then welcome to America. See, our country already has entertainment so watching people chase a ball for four hours to end 0 – 0 is not enjoyable – unless, of course, the bleachers collapse and half of Europe dies.
Daniel Tosh
Each time I write, each time the authentic words break through, I am changed. The older order that I was collapses and dies. I lose control. I do not know exactly what words will appear on the page. I follow language. I follow the sound of the words, and I am surprised and transformed by what I record.
Susan Griffin
No civilization on the brink of collapse has ever changed fast enough to avert collapse.
Joel Salatin
If the nails are weak, your house will collapse. If your verbs are weak and your syntax is rickety, your sentences will fall apart.
William Zinsser
In the deepest places, where physical norms collapse under the crushing water, bodies still fall softly through the dark, days after their vessels have capsized. They decay on their long journey down. Nothing will hit the black sand at the bottom of the world but algae-covered bones.
China Mieville
Nine-tenths of the world is entertained by scandalous rumors, which are never dissected until they are dead and, when pricked, collapse like an empty bladder.
Horace Greeley
After two world wars, the collapse of fascism, nazism, communism and colonialism and the end of the cold war, humanity has entered a new phase of its history.
Hans Kung
The sudden collapse of the monarchy that had ruled Russia for three hundred years led to chaos. Russia immediately became, as one participant put it, ‘the freest country in the world.’
Keith Gessen
The family is the corner stone of our society. More than any other force it shapes the attitude, the hopes, the ambitions, and the values of the child. And when the family collapses it is the children that are usually damaged. When it happens on a massive scale the community itself is crippled.
Lyndon B. Johnson
The great trick of regarding small departures from the truth as the truth itself – on which is founded the entire integral calculus – is also the basis of our witty speculations, where the whole thing would often collapse if we considered the departures with philosophical rigour.
Georg C. Lichtenberg
Parents shouldn’t assume children are made out of sugar candy and will break and collapse instantly. Kids don’t. We do.
Maurice Sendak
When the common soldiers are too strong and their officers too weak, the result is insubordination. When the officers are too strong and the common soldiers too weak, the result is collapse.
Sun Tzu
The middle class is teetering on the brink of collapse just as surely as AIG was in the fall of 2009 – only this time, it’s not just one giant insurance company (and its banking counterparties) facing disaster, it’s tens of millions of hardworking Americans who played by the rules.
Arianna Huffington
It may not seem like much, but think of the consequences. One overdue library book today, the collapse of the universe by the end of the week.
Gareth Roberts
I photographed the entire thing in color because to photograph it in black and white would be to keep it as a tragedy. Because there is a tragic element to photographing, in this case not war, but the collapse. It was just destruction.
Joel Meyerowitz
If you fail to take advantage of your enemies’ collapse, they may recover.
Miyamoto Musashi
The universal line of distinction between the strong and the weak is that one persists; the other hesitates, falters, trifles, and at last collapses or “caves in.
Edwin Percy Whipple
We were using a hand-held camera to film the scene when Morse collapses. The camera wouldn’t start. Three times they said action and it still wouldn’t work. To this day, they still don’t know what was wrong.
John Thaw
Once the dollar begins to collapse beneath the weight of all this new deficit spending, accumulation of contingency liabilities and the socialization of our economy, commodity prices and interest rates will head skyward.
Peter Schiff
Pot barley takes longer to cook than pearl, but an overnight soak in water will speed things along. It’s a robust grain that, if overcooked, won’t collapse but will become more tender.
Yotam Ottolenghi
Billy is a funny, cheeky, lovely boy and I love being with him. Parenthood is terrifying though. I can barely walk past a building without panicking that it’s going to collapse on his head.
Rufus Sewell
I am worried that the collapse of home prices might turn out to be the most severe since the Great Depression.
Robert J. Shiller
In New York, one must collapse to be indolent.
Mason Cooley
Ellen Barkin, your upcoming TV show ‘The New Normal’ premiers on September 11th. September 11th, that sounds about right. Every clip I’ve seen feels like I’m watching a third tower collapse.
Anthony Jeselnik
When the enemy starts to collapse you must pursue him without the chance of letting go. If you fail to take advantage of your enemies collapse, they may recover.
Miyamoto Musashi
I’m losing my hair. I’m overweight. It’s not like that’s at the top of the list when women go looking for a man. It’s like – complete collapse, every year.
Graydon Carter
After the risky mortgage-lending practices fostered by government intervention led to massive defaults and foreclosures that caused financial institutions to collapse or be bailed out, Congressman Frank changed his tune completely.
Thomas Sowell
I love that the collapse of The Other Side is being felt in both ‘The Vampire Diaries’ and ‘The Originals’ universes – as someone who is a fan of both shows, it’s very fun to watch.
Rebecca Serle
My half-baked reading of history is that we continue to go through these waves of entrepreneurial explosion followed by merger mania and consolidation. Out of that come big sluggish companies that eventually collapse under the weight of what they’ve created, and are killed off by the next wave of entrepreneurs.
Tom Peters
Corruption could lead to the collapse of the Party [Communist Party of China] and the downfall of the state [People’s Republic of China].
Xi Jinping
Parents shouldn’t assume children are made out of sugar candy and will break and collapse instantly.
Maurice Sendak
We must produce a great age, or see the collapse of the upward striving of our race.
Alfred North Whitehead
America is the brokest country in history. We owe more money than anyone has ever owed anyone. And Obama and Reid say relax, that’s no reason not to spend more – because the world hasn’t yet concluded we have no intention of paying it back. When they do, the dollar will collapse.
Mark Steyn
It was leadership here at home that gave us strong American influence abroad, and the collapse of imperial Communism. Great nations have responsibilities to lead, and we should always be cautious of those who would lower our profile, because they might just wind up lowering our flag.
Ronald Reagan
The collapse of Enron and the subsequent collapse of Arthur Andersen were tremendous tragedies. But as I stated at the time of my indictment on July 8, 2004, failure does not equate to a crime.
Kenneth Lay
Now we are intimately locked together. You get swine flu in Mexico; it’s a problem for Charles de Gaulle Airport 24 hours later. Lehman Brothers goes down; the whole lot collapses. There are fires in the steppes of Russia; food riots in Africa.
Paddy Ashdown
Why is no one talking about all the potential savings from a complete economic collapse?
Eugene Mirman
I think fashion is repulsive. The whole idea that someone else can make clothing that is supposed to be in style and make other people look good is ridiculous. It sickens me to think that there is an industry that plays to the low self-esteem of the general public. I would like the fashion industry to collapse.
Steve Albini
I’d like to see Manhattan underwater. I’d like to see when the human population plummets and there are no more high rises, because nobody’s buying them. I’m excited about that. Money and desire—all that is going to collapse, and wild green grasses are going to take over.
Hayao Miyazaki
In social affairs, I’m an optimist. I really do believe that our military- industrial civilization will soon collapse.
Edward Abbey
My staff was unanimous in believing that Japan was on the point of collapse and surrender.
Douglas MacArthur
Recently released government economic statistics covering 2010, the first year of real recovery from the financial collapse of 2008, found that fully 93 percent of additional income gains coming out of the recession went straight into the wallets and purses of the top 1 percent.
Eric Alterman
Fascism is the result of the collapse of Europe’s spiritual and social order… catastrophes broke through the everyday routine which makes men accept existing forms, institutions and tenets as unalterable natural laws. They suddenly exposed the vacuum behind the facade of society.
Peter Drucker
First of all, I think the Saudis are deeply concerned about the collapse of negotiations between the Israelis and the Palestinians and the resumption of conflict.
Brent Scowcroft
Were it not for the consciousness of Christ in my life, hour by hour, I could not go on. But He is teaching me the glorious lessons of His sufficiency, and each day I am carried onward with no feeling of strain or fear of collapse.
Hudson Taylor
Almost all of the many predictions now being made about 1996 hinge on the internet’s continuing exponential growth. But I predict the internet will soon go spectacularly supernova and in 1996 catastrophically collapse.
Robert Metcalfe
People will continue to make movies. But I do think the economic model of the studio movie is closing in on a kind of systemic collapse.
Matthew Specktor
The regime of Bashar al-Assad will inevitably go down. And its collapse will be loud not only in Syria but across the Arab world.
Saad Hariri
The Logos is a voice heard, in the head. And the Logos was the hand on the rudder of human civilization for centuries, up until, in fact, the collapse of the ancient mystery religions and the ascendancy of Christianity to the status of a world religion.
Terence McKenna
Every wave, regardless of how high and forceful it crests, must eventually collapse within itself.
Stefan Zweig
The most rigid structures, the most impervious to change, will collapse first.
Eckhart Tolle
A Trump presidency – neutral between dictatorships and democracies, opposed to free trade, skeptical of traditional U.S. defense alliances, hostile to immigration – would mark the collapse of the entire architecture of the U.S.-led post-World War II global order.
Bret Stephens
Sometimes you get up in the morning and think you can’t do it, and you just have to. The minute you stop it’s like a balloon, you run out of puff – you sort of collapse in a heap. I think you live on adrenaline.
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall
And here we encounter the seeds of government disaster and collapse – the kind that wrecked ancient Rome and every other civilization that allowed a sociopolitical monster called the welfare state to exist.
Barry Goldwater
Be a man!… What good is religion if it collapses under calamity? Think of what earthquakes and floods, wars and volcanoes, have done before to men! Did you think that God had exempted [us]? He is not an insurance agent.
H. G. Wells
The banking collapse was caused, more than anything, by bad government policy and the total failure of bad regulation, rather than by greed.
Nigel Farage
For the fundamentalist who wants to believe every word of the Bible, however, life is a house of cards, with each card a tenet of faith. If you remove one card, the entire house collapses.
Morris Sullivan
We can’t have a government that will collapse in three months.
Leo Varadkar
Without energy life would be extinguished instantaneously, and the cellular fabric would collapse.
Albert Szent-Gyorgyi
I speak of a clinical depression that is the background of your entire life, a background of anguish and anxiety, a sense that nothing goes well, that pleasure is unavailable and all your strategies collapse.
Leonard Cohen
The significant collapse of oil prices shows that it was previously way too high.
Wolfgang Schauble
The idea that there will be something spiritual or subtle, some sort of consciousness that can escape the collapse of the body and brain, is not very credible in the modern scientific worldview.
Stephen Batchelor
America’s problem isn’t too much religion or too little of it. It’s bad religion: the slow-motion collapse of traditional Christianity and the rise of a variety of destructive pseudo-Christianities in its place.
Ross Douthat
Aristocrats might shrug, but commoners, dreading any collapse of the social order, wanted the rules of behavior to be observed.
Robert Silverberg
For the economy itself will die if our ecosystems collapse.
Leonardo DiCaprio
The IMF economists were doubtless shaken by the extreme failures of their prescriptions over many years, and by the collapse of the intellectual edifice of economic theory on which they were relying.
Noam Chomsky
The collapse of the global marketplace would be a traumatic event with unimaginable consequences. Yet I find it easier to imagine than the continuation of the present regime.
George Soros
Animal experiments occupy a central place in the material and spiritual edifice of our whole civilization. We are speaking here of one of those foundation stones whose removal could cause the whole house to collapse.
Rudolf Bahro
A United States collapse would be much different than a Greece collapse. Greece can collapse, and there’s a ripple. We collapse, and the world feels it.
Rush Limbaugh
The suddenness of the leap from hardware to software cannot but produce a period of anarchy and collapse, especially in the developed countries.
Marshall McLuhan
Brits are far more intelligent and civilised than Americans. I love the fact that you can hail a taxi and just pick up your pram and put in the back of the cab without having to collapse it. I love the parks and places I go for dinner and my friends.
Gwyneth Paltrow
Falling in love is not an extension of one’s limits or boundaries; it is a partial and temporary collapse of them.
M. Scott Peck
We’re still in the collapse that began after 2008. There’s not a new collapse, there hasn’t been a recovery.
Michael Hudson
Most of us don’t collapse into puddles of stress-related disease.
Robert M. Sapolsky
This idea that America is somehow on the verge of collapse, this vision of violence and chaos everywhere, doesn’t really jibe with the experience of most people.
Barack Obama
When we were doing a scene, lots of times we would collapse giggling because it seemed so silly because it felt like we were doing a home movie at times.
Illeana Douglas
A Christian life based on feeling is headed for a gigantic collapse.
Erwin W. Lutzer
Gladio had been necessary during the days of the Cold War but, in view of the collapse of the East Block, Italy would suggest to Nato that the organisation was no longer necessary.
Giulio Andreotti
The traditional view of the sanctity of human life will collapse under pressure from scientific, technological and demographic developments.
Peter Singer
Homosexuality is not a civil right. Its rise almost always is accompanied, as in the Weimar Republic, with a decay of society and a collapse of its basic cinder block, the family.
Pat Buchanan
We should not be waiting until trains derail, bridges collapse and people die to adequately fund our transportation infrastructure.
Elizabeth Esty
I felt just overwhelmed by input: the Vietnam War and the collapse of the ’60s and the proliferation of media’ it just felt like everything was too much to handle and you just tuned out.
Richard Hell
We have been in recess since July, and during that time there has been a fuel crisis, a Danish no vote, the collapse of the euro and a war in the middle east, but what is our business tomorrow? The Insolvency Bill [Lords]. It ought to be called the Bankruptcy Bill [Commons], because we play no role.
Tony Benn
The mythology of the Reagan presidency is that he induced the collapse of the Soviet Union by luring it into unsustainable military spending and wars: should there come a point when we think about applying that lesson to ourselves?
Glenn Greenwald
There are specific times where film noir is a natural concomitant of the mood. When there’s insecurity, collapse of financial systems – that’s where film noir always hits fertile ground.
Werner Herzog
One must live in the middle of contradiction, because if all contradiction were eliminated at once, life would collapse. There are simply no definitive answers to some of the great pressing questions. You continue to live them out making your life a worthy expression of leaning into the light.
Barry Lopez
Well-established theories collapse under the weight of new facts and observations which cannot be explained, and then accumulate to the point where the once useful theory is clearly obsolete.
Al Gore
The last thing to collapse is the surface.
Albert Einstein
With disdain I will throw my gauntlet full in the fact of the world and see the collapse of this pygmy giant. Then will I wander god-like and victorious through the ruins of the world. And giving my words an active force, I will feel equal to the Creator.
Karl Marx
How gratifying to be there when arrogance collapses. How much more so to be the instrument. (Alfred Gillette)
Robert Ludlum
An essential point in the social philosophy of interventionism is the existence of an inexhaustible fund which can be squeezed forever. The whole system of interventionism collapses when the fountain is drained off: The Santa Clause principle liquidates itself.
Ludwig von Mises
. . I think the Adam Smith role was played in this cycle i.e. the late twentieth century collapse of socialism in which the idea of free-markets succeeded first, and then special events catalyzed a complete change of socio-political policy in countries around the world by Friedrich Hayek’s The Road to Serfdom.
Milton Friedman
I think it’s important to understand the history of the Republican Party. It was founded in 1854 because of the moral collapse of the Whig Party, specifically around the question of race and the expansion of slavery into the western territories.
Steve Schmidt
The sort of stereotypical wrestling practice is that you’re doing burpees, and the coach is yelling at you to keep going, and you feel like you’re going to collapse, but you somehow make it through to the end.
Ethan Slater
We have a freer world because of the collapse of the Soviet Union and the changes in China. Those two have been the main contributors to freedom in our time.
Milton Friedman
Only when we have enough mental stress to force us to see our own bankruptcy of power, do we trust in God, and only when we trust in God can we make a contribution which will not collapse.
Kenneth Lee Pike
The more populous the world and the more intricate its structure, the greater must be its fundamental insecurity. A world-structure too elaborately scientific, if once disrupted by war, revolution, natural cataclysm or epidemic, might collapse into a chaos not easily rebuilt.
F. L. Lucas
Most people understand that Lehman Brothers didn’t collapse because Gordon Brown built too many schools and hospitals.
Douglas Alexander
What’s amazing is that I’m recognized all over the world through ‘Red Dwarf.’ British fans are exceptional, but the American fans are something else. Some of them fly 500 miles to stand in line for three hours, just to meet me, then when they do they collapse. It makes you feel like a rock star!
Craig Charles
After the collapse of Wall Street in the 1920s, the culture stopped being all about money, and the country survived and ultimately flourished.
Graydon Carter
We have got to cut the spending. We have got to fix Medicare and Social Security. And actually, if we don’t cut spending, this country is already broke. We are going off the financial cliff: the big cliff that is going to cause a total economic collapse of America.
Paul Broun
Today we have the economic collapse that the whole planet is suffering, but there is hope, and that’s what’s going to keep us moving ahead.
George Takei
When you live in a false society, that bases its wealth upon money, then that society itself will collapse eventually. Not because I say so, because it’s not based on physical reference.
Jacque Fresco
The sources of deflation are not a mystery. Deflation is in almost all cases a side effect of a collapse of aggregate demand.. a drop in spending so severe that producers must cut prices on an ongoing basis in order to find buyers.
Ben Bernanke
[Donald Trump] said, back in 2006, “Gee, I hope it does collapse, because then I can go in and buy some and make some money.” Well, it did collapse.
Hillary Clinton
Once thing goes wrong, then the whole house of cards collapses. And there’s no way you can extricate yourself. Until someone comes along to drag you out.
Haruki Murakami
Businesses that fail to develop their staff are twice as likely to collapse. Firms seeking to reposition themselves for the economic upturn need to invest in their staff’s flexibility, responsiveness and skills.
David Blunkett
America cannot continue to lead the family of nations around the world if we suffer the collapse of the family here at home.
Mitt Romney
I usually point out that most loss of life and property has been due to the collapse of antiquated and unsafe structures, mostly of brick and other masonry.
Charles Francis Richter
If you line everything up, just right, you walk through a doorway where the world as you know it collapses.
Frederick Lenz
An Armageddon is approaching at the beginning of the third millennium. But it is not the cosmic war and fiery collapse of mankind foretold in sacred scripture. It is the wreckage of the planet by an exuberantly plentiful and ingenious humanity.
E. O. Wilson
Farming and fishing are the major causes of the collapse of both marine and terrestrial ecosystems. Meat – consumed in greater quantities by the rich than by the poor – is the strongest cause of all.
George Monbiot
The Berlin Wall wasn’t the only barrier to fall after the collapse of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War. Traditional barriers to the flow of money, trade, people and ideas also fell.
Fareed Zakaria
I think it’s more difficult now to write a spy thriller with the collapse of the Soviet Union. Many authors have tried, but few have succeeded in capturing the interest of readers.
Nelson DeMille
If the day comes when the two-state solution collapses, and we face a South African-style struggle for equal voting rights (also for the Palestinians in the territories), then, as soon as that happens, the State of Israel is finished.
Ehud Olmert
If I said that oil production would collapse I was wrong.
Vladimir Putin
How many times do you take yourself to the brink of complete collapse? It’s not a real fun place to go.
Bryan Clay
Even if we accepted the health implications of pollution and the impact on global warming, from a simple space management perspective, mobility will eventually collapse in cities that give priority to the car.
Jens Martin Skibsted
Fortunately, the mind is restless; when it uncovers a layer of its own deception, gives up an illusion, exposes a lie, it does not stand idle for long before the collapse of its earlier assumptions.
Kim Chernin
The E.U. cannot act as guardian of the post-Cold War status quo without risking a collapse of Europe’s current institutional infrastructure.
Ivan Krastev
Hungary was the only Central European country that was not able to create a new constitution after the collapse of the communist regime.
Viktor Orban
By the end of the 50s, everything began to collapse and, little by little, I lost all of my work. I lost Rex, the Wonder Dog and all the westerns.
Gil Kane
If we have built on the fragile cornerstones of human wisdom, pride, and conditional love, things may look good for a while, but a weak foundation causes collapse when storms hit.
Charles Stanley
The great mountain must collapse, the mighty beam must break and the wise man wither like a plant.
[2015] it’s a time that there’s a clash of ideologies, similar to the Cold War. I think that a story like this has been waiting to be told, and I think it’s a fresh look at the whole earth-shattering business of the collapse of the Soviet Union.
Steven Knight
If you thought financial crises came and went, just count on them – another economic collapse, it’s almost going to be like not news any more. But for startups this is great, because it’s a perpetual driver of disruption.
Steve Jurvetson
In order for music to free itself, it will have to pass over to the other side – there where territories tremble, where the structures collapse, where the ethoses get mixed up, where a powerful song of the earth is unleashed, the great ritornelles that transmutes all the airs it carries away and makes return.
Gilles Deleuze
God is like the ocean and we’re like that glass of water. We try to sustain life and do all that the source tells us that we are capable of doing, but if we do it alone, we wither away and collapse instead.
Wayne Dyer
After World War II, the major estates really did collapse.
Hugh Bonneville
You & I, Love, together we ratify the silence,
while the sea destroys its perpetual statues,
collapses its towers of wild speed and whiteness:
because in the weavings of those invisible fabrics,
galloping water, incessant sand,
we make the only permanent tenderness.
Pablo Neruda
North Korea faded to black in the early 1990s. With the collapse of the Soviet Union, which had propped up its old Communist ally with cheap fuel oil, North Korea’s creakily inefficient economy collapsed. Power stations rusted into ruin.
Barbara Demick
We need to prepare for the inevitable collapse that’s going to happen. Yes, I say that as a politician on stage. It’s going to happen. We should look it at as an opportunity, not as something to be afraid of.
Matt Shea
The Universe doesn’t know the difference between a dime and a million. If you refuse the dime, the Universe thinks you don’t want money, so you collapse your chances.
Stuart Wilde
I predict the Internet will soon go spectacularly supernova and in 1996 catastrophically collapse.
Robert Metcalfe
The kind of industrial wasteland that you see in so much of Europe has a tremendous poignancy to me, especially when it’s run down and you see the collapse and failure of this system. And also how nature reclaims it.
Johann Johannsson
Marriage is a public good, not just a private relationship. We have a public stake in healthy marriages and two-parent families. Our society suffers with the collapse of the relationship of the couple who brings a child into the world.
William J Doherty
I think there are specific times where film noir is a natural concomitant of the mood. When there’s insecurity, collapse of financial systems – that’s where film noir always hits fertile ground.
Werner Herzog
We have said we will never collapse, never ever. We may have our droughts, our poverty, but as a people we shall never collapse, never ever.
Robert Mugabe
A nation without borders is like a house without walls – it collapses. And that is what is going to happen to our wonderful America.
Jan Brewer
The countries that have risen and separated out as a result of the collapse of the Soviet Union are, on the whole, following freer economic policies. Most of these states have freer government and less restrictions on trade.
Milton Friedman
So South Korean ability is very much limited to handle North Korean, you know, difficulties. So we don’t want to see an immediate collapse of the North Korea regime.
Kim Dae-jung
I have severe osteoporosis. Your bones start to collapse.
Joan Kirner
Trump’s presidency will fail. Just don’t ask me how and when. It will collapse because at its center is a hollow man, lacking ballast, whose chaos cannot be contained.
Richard Cohen
Some doomsayers think the collapse will be triggered by runaway government spending, excessive taxation, oppressive regulation, food shortages, fuel shortages or natural disasters such as deadly pandemics or lethal changes in the world’s climate.
Robert Higgs
All enterprises that are entered into with indiscreet zeal may be pursued with great vigor at first, but are sure to collapse in the end.
The immediate impact of British imperial free-trading was often the collapse of local indigenous industries which were in no position to compete, and a consequent destruction of livelihoods and communities.
Linda Colley
I would push myself so much that in the end I would collapse and I would have to be admitted to hospital, I would pray to God to save me, promise that I would be more careful in future. And then I would do it all over again.
Milkha Singh
It’s interesting sometimes to read about the last days of past civilizations. It’s hard not to notice during these readings that those last days were filled with completely irrational ideas and behaviors that could not be explained in any way outside of a mass collapse of reason.
David Horowitz
Can we reach biosphere consciousness and global empathy in time to avert planetary collapse?
Jeremy Rifkin
Life gives us no such handy markers – a storm comes, and far from this being a harbinger of death and collapse, during its course a person discovers love and truth, beauty and happiness, the rain lashing at the windows all the while.
Alain de Botton
True teachers are those who use themselves as bridges over which they invite their students to cross; then, having facilitated their crossing, joyfully collapse, encouraging them to create their own.
Nikos Kazantzakis
No one will remember that President Obama supported the Arab Spring if it eventually fails and the region collapses back into the political Dark Ages. If we actively engage these movements with advice, with money, and, when necessary, with military force, then we get a vote in how it all turns out.
Sebastian Junger
Old houses are full with memories and that’s why they resist to collapse!
Mehmet Murat Ildan
Osama bin Laden fervently hoped that attacking the United States would create pressure on American leaders to reduce their support for Middle Eastern regimes. Bin Laden believed that without that American support, the Arab regimes would collapse and would be replaced by Taliban-style rulers.
Peter Bergen
But I never get attracted to fans cause the eager beaver could be the collapse of a dam
When we’re in a human body, we don’t care about universal collapse – instead, we care only about a meeting of the eyes, a glimpse of bare flesh, the caressing tones of a loved voice, joy, love, light, the orientation of a house plant, the shade of a paint stroke, the arrangement of hair.
David Eagleman
It is when people do not allow God to show up through them … that the world collapses in on itself.
Donald Miller
It is common knowledge now that we depend on insects for our continued existence; that, without key pollinators, the human population would collapse in less than a decade.
John Burnside
No democratic delusion is more fatuous than that which holds that all men are capable of reason, and hence susceptible to conversion by evidence. If religions depended upon evidence for their prolongation, then all of them would collapse.
H. L. Mencken
I would sign on for projects that were meant to shoot in July, and then they would postponed and they would bleed into the following semester, and then I’d take a semester off, and then the movie would collapse.
Claire Danes
A sign of a culture that has lost its faith – Moral collapse follows upon spiritual collapse.
C. S. Lewis
The only hope is that our civilization will collapse at a certain point, as always happens in history. Then, out of barbarity, a renaissance.
Pierre Schaeffer
MID-TWENTIES BREAKDOWN: A period of mental collapse occurring in one’s twenties, often caused by an inability to function outside of school or structured environments coupled with a realization of one’s essential aloneness in the world. Often marks induction into the ritual of pharmaceutical usage.
Douglas Coupland
We know from our own history, and that of our neighbors, that where conflicts and disagreements are not resolved peacefully, the suffering and bloodshed that follows and the collapse of economic and social development leads to tragic consequences.
Mwai Kibaki
Trust is a social good to be protected just as much as the air we breathe or the water we drink. When it is damaged, the community as a whole suffers; and when it is destroyed, societies falter and collapse
Sissela Bok
We believe that black holes collapse to rings hitting very fast. If you follow through the ring you don’t die. The mathematics says you fall straight through, perhaps to another universe.
Michio Kaku
It is ironic to watch the churches, including large sections of my own religion, surrendering to the spirit of modernity at the very moment when modernity itself is undergoing a kind of spiritual collapse.
Irving Kristol
The Roman world is in collapse but we do not bend our neck.
St. Jerome
Young people need plenty of difficulties to achieve something…. If you receive a little money for this, a little money for that, everything becomes mediocre, and collapses ignominiously.
Salvador Dali
One day,’ Orest said, looking at him comically, ‘you will say something that is less than practical and sensible, something that is driven by no forethought and nothing but passion, and I will probably collapse with shock.
Mercedes Lackey
The wicked will run to the iron bridge, but it will collapse under their weight. The righteous will cross the paper bridge, and it will support them all. Paper is the only eternal bridge. Your purpose as a writer is to achieve one task, and one task only: to build a paper bridge to the world to come.
Dara Horn
Censorship is saying: “I’m the one who says the last sentence. Whatever you say, the conclusion is mine.” But the internet is like a tree that is growing. The people will always have the last word – even if someone has a very weak, quiet voice. Such power will collapse because of a whisper.
Ai Weiwei
One can see the professionals and intellectuals talking to their rural brethren with an amused and condescending smile. They forget that but for the toiling rural masses, all their professional training and erudition would collapse like a castle of cards.
Sanjay Gandhi
It’s incredible the muscle damage you do in a sprint. You don’t see it after the line, because we’re smiling. But if you see the tent that we’re in straight afterwards, you just collapse.
Mark Cavendish
The economic position is only flourishing on the surface. Germany is in fact dancing on a volcano. If the short-term credits are called in, a large section of our economy would collapse.
Gustav Stresemann
The creative act is also in a small way a suffering act – we start out with our ego, this hope of making this thing whatever it be, but so often it eludes us and it collapses and we kind of regress into this mental suffering, we can’t find what we’re looking for.
Michael Leunig
The question rather is how we should do science and theology in light of the impending collapse of Enlightenment rationalism and scientific naturalism. These ideologies are on the way out. They are on the way out.
William A. Dembski
On golfer Rory McIlroy’s collapse in the final round of the 2011 Masters: We had hoped to compare the young Northern Irishman to the great Masters champions but instead had to reach for the compendium of great golfing train wrecks.
Matt Dickinson
Round and round will Americans be compelled to ride on a mindless, manufactured, racial carousel… for without it, the edifice of an industry built upon grievance and excuse-making is destined to collapse.
Ilana Mercer
What the Web has never figured out is how to pay for reporting, which, with the collapse of print newspapers, is in desperately short supply, and without which even the most prolific commenters will someday run out of things to say.
George Packer
Once introduced discontinuity, once challenge any of the properties of visual space, and as they flow from each other, the whole conceptual framework collapses.
Marshall McLuhan
The period of financial distress is a gradual decline after the peak of a speculative bubble that precedes the final and massive panic and crash, driven by the insiders having exited but the sucker outsiders hanging on hoping for a revivial, but finally giving up in the final collapse.
Charles P. Kindleberger
The speed with which armies collapse, bureaucracies abdicate, and social structures dissolve once the autocrat is removed frequently surprises American Policy makers.
Jeane Kirkpatrick
In whose interest is it to hype up the collapse of the Internet from a DDoS attack? Why, the people who provide cyber security services, of course.
Heather Brooke
Hey, guess what? Turns out the free market? Not so free. Wall Street was hit hard Monday when Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy, Merrill Lynch was sold to Bank of America, and insurance giant AIG neared a collapse of its own. Basically, if your commercials air during golf tournaments, you’re done.
Amy Poehler
Marriage is like a temple resting on two pillars. If they come too close to each other the temple will collapse.
Khalil Gibran
Men were only made into ‘men’ with great difficulty even in primitive society: the male is not naturally ‘a man’ any more than the woman. He has to be propped up into that position with some ingenuity, and is always likely to collapse.
Wyndham Lewis
What are you grinning at?” Katsa demanded for the third or fourth time. “Is the ceiling about to cave in on my head or something? You look like we’re both on the verge of an enormous joke.” “Katsa, only you would consider the collapse of the ceiling a good joke.
Kristin Cashore
We’ve painted ourselves into a corner where the only choice is real nightmare – triage, epidemic disease, famine, fascism, the collapse of human rights – or a leap to an entirely different level. We’ve taken business-as-usual off the menu. Now only the extreme possibilities loom.
Terence McKenna
If Congress allows the USPS to collapse and private companies take over the mail business, we can expect what we have seen with private internet providers: thorough service in urban areas that will turn a healthy profit, either none or very expensive service in rural areas.
Heather Cox Richardson
‘If You Could Read My Mind’ was written during the collapse of my marriage. It’s a great song. No one has any gripes about it. I wondered what my wife and daughter might think. My daughter is the one who got me to correct ‘The feelings that you lacked’ to ‘The feelings that we lacked’.
Gordon Lightfoot
Money is the most important subject intellectual persons can investigate and reflect upon. It is so important that our present civilization may collapse unless it is widely understood and its defects remedied very soon.
Robert W. Hemphill
Monotony collapses time; novelty unfolds it. You can exercise daily and eat healthily and live a long life, while experiencing a short one. If you spend your life sitting in a cubicle and passing papers, one day is bound to blend unmemorably into the next – and disappear.
Joshua Foer
A collapse in U.S. stock prices certainly would cause a lot of white knuckles on Wall Street. But what effect would it have on the broader U.S. economy? If Wall Street crashes, does Main Street follow? Not necessarily.
Ben Bernanke
Pressure hulls collapse at the speed of sound. Once that starts, you’re inside your own little imploding atomic bomb, and you’re gone.
Graham Hawkes
The fact is, I don’t know where my ideas come from. Nor does any writer. The only real answer is to drink way too much coffee and buy yourself a desk that doesn’t collapse when you beat your head against it.
Douglas Adams
I felt just overwhelmed by input: the Vietnam war and the collapse of the ’60s and the proliferation of media’ it just felt like everything was too much to handle and you just tuned out.
Richard Hell
If the world does well, gold will be fine. If the world doesn’t do well, gold will also do fine… but a lot of other things could collapse.
Thomas Kaplan
One of the most destructive things that’s happening in modern society is that we are losing our sense of the bonds that bind people together – which can lead to nightmares of social collapse.
Alexander McCall Smith
Once you touch the biographies of human beings, the notion that political beliefs are logically determined collapses like a pricked balloon.
Walter Lippmann
We expected that people were just waiting for the collapse of the Soviet Union, or at least for its retreat, and they were going to be full of initiative in all areas of life – in culture, in economy and in politics.
Andrzej Wajda
We just want to make the walls cave in and the ceiling collapse. Music is meant to be played as loudly as possible, really raw and punchy, and I’ll punch out anyone who doesn’t like it the way I do.
Bon Scott
Sexually awakened women, affirmed and recognized as such, would mean the complete collapse of the authoritarian ideology
Wilhelm Reich
Only education is capable of saving our societies from possible collapse, whether violent, or gradual.
Jean Piaget
Doom yourself to horrific climate change by burning all that carbon and releasing all that CO2. Or power down society, reducing total energy usage around the planet. One leads to ecological collapse. The other is a reversion, in many ways, to poverty.
Ramez Naam
Notionally a left-wing movement, the Anti-Germans were born after the collapse of the Berlin wall. While most Germans rejoiced at the end of the Cold War, the Anti-Germans feared that a united Germany might lead to a fourth Reich – and a return of anti-Semitism.
Luke Harding
When you put pressure on the paint, you not only score but you force the whole defense to collapse and you can make easy plays to hit shooters.
RJ Barrett
I argue that I don’t think it’s a moral position to say that civilization is going to collapse, and that’s okay. Because that would cause the deaths of billions of people. It’s certainly not something I’m willing to accept.
Margaret D. Klein
Love! Love until the night collapses!
Pablo Neruda
As species are exterminated by shifting climate zones, ecosystems can collapse, destroying more species.
James Hansen
If the propositions of this Discourse are tenable, the “state of progressive collapse” is precisely that state in which alone we are warranted in considering All Things.
Edgar Allan Poe
Be glad that you’re greedy; the national economy would collapse if you weren’t.
Mignon McLaughlin
Time collapses and expands like an erratic accordion.
Bel Kaufman
What’s old collapses, times change, And new life blossoms in the ruins.
Friedrich Schiller
Public problems collapse into the limited and depoliticized register of private issues.
Henry Giroux
Nobody thought the Soviet Union would collapse; it was a shock for everyone.
Svetlana Alexievich
The idea wasn’t to make a direct political statement since the current economic collapse hadn’t begun when we started on the book. The parallels I’m most interested in are the ways that human nature never changes, no matter how far back in time you look.
James Vance
Exercise? I get it on the golf course. When I see my friends collapse, I run for the paramedics.
Red Skelton
Historians will likely give Obama credit for steering the country away from the brink of economic collapse in 2009.
Ron Fournier
The State of Israel is not collapsing and will not collapse.
Ariel Sharon
Once the inner connection is grasped, all theoretical belief in the permanent necessity of existing conditions collapses before their collapse in practice — Letter to Ludwig Kugelmann (July 11, 1868)
Karl Marx
The only actual solution is the eventual collapse and demise of civilization… I think it needs to happen, but no one, not even me, really wants it to happen.
Andy Hurley
If you can create even the illusion of high profitability for a few years, then when the thing collapses you can walk out of the wreckage a very rich man.
Paul Krugman
The longer I’ve looked at these questions, of the American diet and the public health crisis that we face because of that diet, the more I’ve come to the conclusion that the collapse of cooking is a big part of the problem.
Michael Pollan
I have a thing where if I’m not in control, I feel the whole world is about to collapse.
Shawn Mendes
Afghans long ago resigned themselves to this sort of thing. Compromises must be made. Deals with the devil are better than ceaseless butchery. In the exigencies of post-conflict bygones, against the threat of collapse into more terrible bloodletting, the ugliness of realpolitik is the lesser evil.
Terry Glavin
I collect church collapses, recreationally. Did you see the recent one in Sicily? Marvelous! The facade fell on sixty-five grandmothers at a special mass. Was that evil? If so, who did it? If he’s up there, he just loves it, Officer Starling. Typhoid and swans – it all comes from the same place.
Thomas Harris
I abandoned my second novel completely. Writing ‘Kavalier & Clay,’ I had several moments of utter collapse. Same with ‘The Yiddish Policemen’s Union.’
Michael Chabon
In 1975, the collapse of a cascade of Chinese dams during a flood killed a hundred and seventy-one thousand people, but the event is rarely discussed, and the names of the victims are largely unrecorded today.
Evan Osnos
In the West, since the collapse of communism and the fall of the Soviet Union, the one discipline both the official and unofficial cultures have united in casting aside has been history.
Tariq Ali
The consequences of inflation are malinvestment, waste, a wanton redistribution of wealth and income, the growth of speculation and gambling, immorality and corruption, disillusionment, social resentment, discontent, upheaval and riots, bankruptcy, increased government controls, and eventual collapse.
Henry Hazlitt
Two significant developments in the past several decades have been the collapse of communism as an ideology and the general acceptance, in rhetoric, if not practice, of liberal democracy.
Samuel P. Huntington
When the family collapses, it is the children that are usually damaged. When it happens on a massive scale, the community itself is crippled.
Lyndon B. Johnson
Investigative reporting is the bone structure without which the journalistic body collapses. The Center for Public Integrity’s constant and consistently enterprising investigative work is an invaluable contribution not only to journalism, but to society and to a healthy democracy
Alma Guillermoprieto
These ministries have merged pseudo-science with religious beliefs to create, in effect, a new religion, … Eventually they will collapse under the weight of their deceit. But as long as they survive we will have trouble winning any political battles.
Wayne Besen
If we and the rest of the back-boned animals were to disappear overnight, the rest of the world would get on pretty well. But if the invertebrates were to disappear, the world’s ecosystems would collapse
David Attenborough
Nobody wants to fall into a safety net, because it means the structure in which they’ve been living is in a state of collapse and they have no choice but to tumble downwards. However, it beats the alternative.
Daniel Handler
Particularly at around the age of 70 you reach a stage where you have to be very careful. If, at that point, you abandon the work you have been doing, there is a good chance that you will just collapse and drift.
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
To the naked eye, our oceans are beautiful. But scientists tell us that all of the world’s fisheries will collapse by 2048, unless we change how we manage them. Help protect our oceans so the next generation can also enjoy their bounty.
Ted Danson
The dead man is on the trolley and the woman collapses across his chest. That’s what the ghouls want a shufti at, like at that Princess Diana’s funeral, they want to scrutinise those who really knew her, to drink the misery out of their faces.
Irvine Welsh
You’re taught that you can keep going in the military. Your point of collapse is not what you thought it was. Your body is built to survive, and when you think you’re going to collapse, you still have so much more left in you.
Our republican system was meant for a homogeneous people. As long as blacks continue to live with the whites they constitute a threat to the national life. Family life may also collapse and the increase of mixed breed bastards may some day challenge the supremacy of the white man.
Abraham Lincoln
What good is religion if it collapses under calamity?
H. G. Wells
It’s so curious: one can resist tears and ‘behave’ very well in the hardest hours of grief. But then someone makes you a friendly sign behind a window, or one notices that a flower that was in bud only yesterday has suddenly blossomed, or a letter slips from a drawer… and everything collapses.
Sidonie Gabrielle Colette
The collapse of good conscience and the absence of accountability and public scrutiny have led to crimes against humanity and violations of international law.
Nelson Mandela
Living systems are never in equilibrium. They are inherently unstable. They may seem stable, but they’re not. Everything is moving and changing. In a sense, everything is on the edge of collapse.
Michael Crichton
Triathletes can push themselves quite hard, and I have seen people collapse on a barrier or pass out on a bike.
Alistair Brownlee
If what has happened in the one person were communicated directly to the other, all art would collapse, all the effects of art would disappear.
Paul Valery
The proof of the depth and embodiment of your realization will be seen in your love relationship. That’s where the proof is in the pudding. If it all collapses in your relationship, you have some work to do. And people do have a lot of difficulties in their relationships.
Every single human civilization has failed over time, and my belief is that it’s due to a lack of rational empathy, of understanding that if you don’t have equality in your society, the conflicts you breed (whether internally or externally) will eventually cause its collapse.
Chris Kluwe
So in Jewry we recognise a contemporary universal anti-social phenomenon, which has reached its present pitch through a process of, historical development in which the Jews have zealously co-operated. And this evil anti-social aspect of Jewry has grown to a stage at which: it must necessarily collapse.
Karl Marx
If honesty were suddenly introduced into American life, the whole system would collapse.
George Carlin
I wanted to analyze how unnecessary it is to collapse a heroine into one specific mold, to give them all the same sparkly fashion, the same tiny figures, and the same homogenized plastic smile.
David Trumble
If tomorrow the Chinese decide not to supply the world with raw materials, the pharma industry would collapse.
Yusuf Hamied
In 1989, with the end of the Cold War and the collapse of communism, it seemed that the liberal story had won. The liberal story says that humankind is inevitably marching towards a global society of free markets and democratic politics.
Yuval Noah Harari
The Eastern front is like a house of cards. If the front is broken through at one point all the rest will collapse.
Heinz Guderian
Then I think of all the tricks, all the minutes all the hours and days and weeks and months and years waiting for me. All of it without them. And I can’t breathe then, like someone’s stepping on my heart, Laila. So weak I just want to collapse somewhere.
Khaled Hosseini
I think the best president – because he changed the whole mood of the country, the whole economy of the country, and stood up to Communism… that was continuing its causes around the world, and backed them off and caused them to collapse – and that was Ronald Reagan.
Pat Boone
The gold standard did not collapse. Governments abolished it in order to pave the way for inflation. The whole grim apparatus of oppression and coercion, policemen, customs guards, penal courts, prisons, in some countries even executioners, had to be put into action in order to destroy the gold standard.
Ludwig von Mises
Architects thrive after massive urban disasters. The abject collapse of East Berlin gave us the only city in Europe with a mighty host of Postmodern skyscrapers.
Bruce Sterling
When the Jews leave Russia, Communism will collapse there. World Jewry is today relocating to America. Thus the real threat of Communism in America has just begun.
Arnold Leese
Of course, socialism is just evil now. It’s completely discredited supposedly by the collapse of the Soviet Union, but I can’t help noticing that my grandchildren are heavily in hock to Communist China now which is evidently a whole lot better at business than we are.
Kurt Vonnegut
You can’t have a United States if you are telling some folks that they can’t get on the train. There is a cracking point where a society collapses.
Bruce Springsteen
Whenever the internal dialogue stops, the world collapses, and extraordinary facets of ourselves surface, as though they had been kept heavily guarded by our words.
Carlos Castaneda
Governments usually end not with a bang but with a whimper, as the Conservatives learned in the 1990s. Support and authority erodes over time until there is a final collapse of support and pivotal electoral shift.
John McDonnell
But how can you understand a war without any knowledge of the society where it happens? It’s like trying to understand birth without knowing anything about pregnancy or conception. Or like trying to understand our current economic collapse without knowing what a derivative is.
Annia Ciezadlo
It is not in Poland’s interest that the U.K. leaves the European Union. We think it would lead to a big crisis and even a collapse if the U.K. left.
Andrzej Duda
Do we want to be remembered as the generation that saved the banks and let the biosphere collapse?
George Monbiot
I believe in God. When everything collapses, we grip the last hold, we look from the secure haven how the godless society of the old, holy Europe falls apart. May the game begin.
Joseph Goebbels
You know, oil prices from 2007, on the strength of a very robust global economy and a very robust emerging China, many of you will recall, ramped up to near $150 a barrel. Then we had the financial – U.S. financial collapse. Oil prices collapsed all the way down to $40 a barrel.
Rex Tillerson
Wormholes – if you don’t have something threading through them to hold them open, the walls will basically collapse so fast that nothing can go through them.
Kip Thorne
A person’s faith can collapse almost overnight if she failed over the years to listen patiently to her own doubts, which should only be discarded after long reflection.
Timothy Keller
Ever since the collapse of cap and trade legislation and the realization that President Obama is unlikely to ever utter the words ‘climate change’ in public again, much less use the bully pulpit to prepare the nation for the catastrophic risks of inaction, the movement has been in a funk.
Jeff Goodell
True teachers use themselves as bridges over which they invite their students to cross; then, having facilitated their crossing, joyfully collapse, encouraging them to create bridges of their own.
Nikos Kazantzakis
NAFTA, by itself, will not collapse. The possibility is that the United States leaves the treaty, but the treaty itself would keep regulating relations between Canada and Mexico.
Ildefonso Guajardo Villarreal
Political ideas that have dominated the public mind for decades cannot be refuted through rational arguments. They must run their course in life and cannot collapse otherwise than in great catastrophe.
Ludwig von Mises
I could feel his muscle tissues collapse under my force. It’s ludicrous these mortals even attempt to enter my realm.
Mike Tyson
Nonbelievers may welcome the collapse in British religiosity, but the decline in church attendance has meant that the chance to chat each week with other people has vanished.
Owen Jones
Looking at the numbers, the transatlantic slave trade matches the Holocaust in horror – maybe even without counting subsidiary effects like internal strife and deaths inflected on the continent, death during transport, death during ownership, collapse of African economies, and such.
Jens Martin Skibsted
I just love it so much [acting]. When I get passionate, I’ll give you everything until I collapse. That’s not in any ’Look at me, I’m a saint’ kind of way. It’s very selfish in a way. I’m doing this really awesome exploration, and it’s like a drug, because I completely disappear.
Ellen Page
In September 2008, the overleveraged and undermanaged U.S. banking system suffered a terrifying collapse. And that, in turn, nearly took the whole country down.
Roger Altman
When you look at the things people are really fed up with, like the collapse of the pension system, like the failure to get money to the frontline of the health service, Gordon Brown is more responsible for that than any other politician including Tony Blair
George Osborne
I do worry about civil unrest, or complete collapse of society, or having to flee, or Europe falling into a war.
Charlie Brooker
You’re going to go to stillness. When that happens, the world collapses. There is no time, no space, no viewer, no viewing, no object in view.
Frederick Lenz
So South Korean ability is very much limited to handle North Korean, you know, difficulties. So we don’t want to see an immediate collapse of the North Korea regime.
Kim Dae Jung
Agreement reached by the negotiators?usually starts to collapse in the hands of those who implement it, no matter how carefully cleared at the top.
George P. Bush
There will be no future without forgiveness. Any process of peace is bound to collapse if this is missing. There is no way peace and stability can come through the gun of vengeance.
Desmond Tutu
My brother Gary, who was my coach, five years my elder, studied human movements at Queensland University in Brisbane. We used to train together every day, and we’d train for so long that at the end of a session, we would physically almost collapse.
Matthew Hayden
We are now living through peak stupid with the left, and this ‘toxic masculinity,’ ‘white patriarch’ nonsense, where they’ve now devolved to judging people exclusively by their gender and their skin color is a marker of the total intellectual collapse of the radical left.
Dan Bongino
Self-help books for those who believe ‘You can have it all’ often advise, ‘Follow your bliss and money will follow.’ With the collapse of the stock markets the reality of trade-offs is more like, ‘When you follow your bliss, it’s money you’ll miss.’
Warren Farrell
The plague did not lead to Europe’s economic collapse. Rather, Europe’s currency-driven economic collapse led to the plague.
Douglas Rushkoff
As before the collapse, the setting sun brushed the tiles, brought out the warm brown glow on the wallpaper, and hung the shadow of the birch on the wall as if it were a woman’s scarf.
Boris Pasternak
Yoga has trimmed my body in a way that the gym never could. I used to be a gym rat, but I switched to yoga and am now almost 10 pounds lighter. One important thing I’ve gotten from yoga is breathing. When I’m cooking, the top part of my body collapses down. It cuts off my diaphragm.
Giada De Laurentiis
Every civilization depends on the quality of the individuals it produces. If you over-organize humans, over-legalize them, suppress their urge to greatness-they cannot work and their civilization collapses.
Frank Herbert
The collapse of the housing bubble sent the world spiraling into recession. The collapse of the energy and commodity bubble threatens to be just as damaging.
Kelly Evans
This world can seem marvellously convincing until death collapses the illusion and evicts us from our hiding place. What will happen to us then if we have no clue of any deeper reality?
Sogyal Rinpoche
Christianity, unlike any other religion in the world, begins with catastrophe and defeat. Sunshine religions and psychological inspirations collapse in calamity and wither in adversity. But the Life of the Founder of Christianity, having begun with the Cross, ends with the empty tomb and victory.
Fulton J. Sheen
Any belief that puts itself beyond doubt nurtures its own collapse.
Stephen R. Donaldson
Most of you guys can’t see the potential in a nervous breakdown. A real collapse. There’s more chance of finding yourself in a major depression than there is in a bottle Prozac.
Keith Ablow
I expect to see trade wars, foreign policy disasters, a few race riots, a decrease in personal liberty, higher taxes, higher inflation and probably, economic collapse. The silver lining is, secession will probably become more feasible.
Charley Reese
No matter how often I think I can’t stand it anymore, I always do. There is no alternative. I don’t fall, I don’t foam at the mouth, faint, collapse or die. It’s the same for all of us. You can’t get out of the inside of your own head. Something keeps you going. Something always does.
Janice Galloway
Companies are transcending power now. We are becoming the eminent vehicles for change and influence, and capital structures that matter. If companies shut down, the stock market would collapse.
Chamath Palihapitiya
After the Soviet collapse, Marxism is a relic, a pathetic anachronism reduced to its last redoubts: North Korea, Cuba, and the English departments of the more expensive American universities.
Charles Krauthammer
If you’re overfishing at the top of the food chain, and acidifying the ocean at the bottom, you’re creating a squeeze that could conceivably collapse the whole system.
Carl Safina
The economics of industrialized countries would collapse if women didn’t do the work they do for free: According to economist Marilyn Waring, throughout the West it generates between 25 and 40 percent of the gross national product.
Naomi Wolf
Mere form without substance must collapse of its own weight.
Clarence Manion
The most noticeable thing about the Soviet collapse was that it followed a natural course.
Norman Davies
Why did the Soviet Union disintegrate? Why did the Soviet Communist Party collapse? An important reason was that their ideals and beliefs had been shaken.
Xi Jinping
I’m constantly working on these edges of photography, either to employ so much information or reduce information to the point of collapse.
Ori Gersht
It’s very important that we keep our imagination, which is our capacity to open the future, awake at a time at which the urge to collapse into the fetal position is high.
Timothy Morton
We know there are poets who are chosen: by what or whom, we no more know than what lies beyond our final breath, or what caused a certain action which resulted in the fulfillment or the desecration and collapse of what we most cared for in life.
Franz Wright
The rise of what’s called Islamic fundamentalism is to a significant extent a result of the collapse of secular nationalist alternatives which were either discredited internally or destroyed, leaving few other options. Something like that may be true of American society.
Noam Chomsky
Despite elections and the experience of post-Soviet personal freedoms by the Russian people, the fate of democracy in Russia is perhaps more ambiguous now than at any time since the collapse of the Communist system.
Richard Lugar
If the U.N. is ineffective, the whole concept of multilateralism will collapse.
Sushma Swaraj
That’s why you did it. You wanted your world to collapse around you. You wanted everything to get as dark as possible.
Jay Asher
The collapse of the Soviet bloc ended the massive subsidies that had kept the Cuban economy afloat. The once-vaunted education and health care systems fell into disrepair. Fidel Castro’s stubbornness, meanwhile, made political and economic change difficult in Cuba.
Tom Gjelten
A collapse in U.S. stock prices certainly would cause a lot of white knuckles on Wall Street.
Ben Bernanke
Events like Hurricane Katrina and the Minnesota bridge collapse suggest a national infrastructure that has suffered from lack of tending.
Nina Easton
I’ll take the cemetery,” Kane said. He didn’t sound excited. Rather, he sounded resigned. “The club might collapse if I go.
Gena Showalter
So in Europe, we had empires. Everyone had them – France and Spain and Britain and Turkey! The Ottoman Empire, full of furniture for some reason. And the Austro-Hungarian Empire, famous for
f-k all! Yes, all they did was slowly collapse like a flan in a cupboard.
Eddie Izzard
If money is not maintained, it can collapse like a bridge along Interstate 5 and fixing it, even with determined politicians, will take ages, during which time God only knows how much human damage will occur.
Douglas Coupland
I have too much potential for collapse. There’s an anonymity that makes people feel safe to participate in hatefulness. I like a good old-fashioned fistfight if people are pissed off at each other. I just feel like if you’re really mad and want to have a fight, then put your dukes up.
Julia Roberts
My advice to organizations I work with is always to be proactive rather than simply reactive when it comes to human rights issues. After all, the important process of improving company policies and practices must be carried out without having to be prompted by a labour strike, factory collapse or other crisis.
Cherie Blair
The downturn following the collapse of Japan’s so-called bubble economy of the 1980s was not as severe as the Great Depression.
Ben Bernanke
I think there’s going to be a tug of war in this country over who are the real patriots because at a time of national crisis, economic collapse and calamity, ecological peril and social dislocation, the American people deserve to be a partner to the American government.
Van Jones
When I make a work, I often take it to the very edge of its collapse, and that’s a very beautiful balance.
Andy Goldsworthy
When the house of a great one collapses Many little ones are slain.
Bertolt Brecht
I have a work-out regime; I am not a maniac. It sounds cliche, but stand-up comedy, doing a one-man show, helps keep me young, and yes, it is exhausting, but I don’t collapse.
Robert Klein
…[the photographer] can be considered a kind of disembodied burrowing eye, a conspirator against time and its hammers. His work, print after print of it, seems to call to be shown before the decay which it portrays flattens all… Here are the records of the age before an imminent collapse.
Jack Kerouac
I have no connections here; only gusty collisions,
rootless seedlings forced into bloom, that collapse.

I am the Visiting Poet: a real unicorn,
a wind-up plush dodo, a wax museum of the Movement.
People want to push the buttons and see me glow.
Marge Piercy
I am really and truly frightened by the collapse of support for the Republican Party by the young and the educated.
David Frum
Larry, I spent probably most of my professional life helping to build Enron Corporation. I don’t think there was anyone that was as shocked by the – by the collapse of the company as I was.
Jeffrey Skilling
He was the only person caught in the collapse, and afterward, most of his work was recovered too, and it is still spoken of, when it is noted, with high regard, though seldom played.
William Gaddis
Perhaps September 11 could be called the first historic world event in the strictest sense: the impact, the explosion, the slow collapse – a gruesome reality literally took place in front of a global public.
Jurgen Habermas
Think outside the box, collapse the box, and take a f**king sharp knife to it.
It is a wretched thing to rest upon the fame of others, lest, the supporting pillar being removed, the superstructure should collapse in ruin.
When a place gets crowded enough to require ID’s, social collapse is not far away. It is time to go elsewhere. The best thing about space travel is that it made it possible to go elsewhere.
Robert A. Heinlein
[Magic] can guide people to the very edge of reason – and then push them off. Thoughts collapse for a moment and the mind is free to just experience. Magic is a window to eternity.
Patrick Martin
Some people are contriving ways and means of making us collapse.
Robert Mugabe
When I look back on my childhood, I think of that short time in Beirut. I know that seeing the city collapse around me forced me to grasp something many people miss: the fragility of peace.
Greg Kinnear
The West may collapse very suddenly. Complex civilizations do that, because they operate, most of the time, on the edge of chaos.
Niall Ferguson
Truth is the greatest of all national possessions. A state, a people, a system which suppresses the truth or fears to publish it, deserves to collapse.
Kurt Eisner
Of course, uh, the universe is gradually slowing down and, uh, will eventually collapse inwardly on itself, according to the laws of entropy when all it’s thermal and mechanical functions fail, thus rendering all human endeavors ultimately pointless. Just to put the gig in some sort of context.
Bill Bailey
No part of Italian society should see itself as exempt from the effort to save Italy from collapse.
Giorgio Napolitano
I was just thinking… isn’t it lucky that we decided to become co-editors? If one takes a blow to the head, the other can fill in. If the other’s lung spontaneoulsy collapses, the one can fill in. It’s a perfect system once you think about it.” ~Will Landsman
Gabrielle Zevin

…Abe didn’t say a word. He made straight for his journal and wrote down a single sentence. One that would radically alter the course of his life, and bring a fledgeling nation to the brink of collapse.
I hereby resolve to kill every vampire in America.
Seth Grahame-Smith