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  • It surged up out of the water and stood for an instant upright upon that surging and heaving desolation like Christ.
    (William Faulkner, "As I Lay Dying")
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  • Maybe I'll go where I can see stars, he said to himself as the car gained velocity and altitude; it headed away from San Francisco, toward the uninhabited desolation to the north. To the place where no living thing would go. Not unless it felt that the end had come.
    (Philip K. Dick, "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?")
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  • I couldn't have felt more of lonely desolation somehow, had I been robbed of a belief or had missed my destiny in life...
    (Joseph Conrad, "Heart of Darkness")
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  • Power may justly be compared to a great river while kept within it bounds it is both beautiful and useful, but when it overflows its banks, it is then too impetuous to be stemmed it bears down all before it, and brings destruction and desolation wherever it comes.
    (Andrew Hamilton)
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  • It always strikes me, and it is very peculiar, that when we see the image of indescribable and unutterable desolation - of loneliness, of poverty and misery, the end of all things, or their extreme - then rises in our mind the thought of God.
    (Vincent Van Gogh)
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  • We shall not fight for the preservation of the enemy, which has laid waste with death and desolation the fields and hills of Ireland for 700 years.
    (James Larkin)
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  • In this first testing ground of the atomic bomb I have seen the most terrible and frightening desolation in four years of war. It makes a blitzed Pacific island seem like an Eden. The damage is far greater than photographs can show.
    (Wilfred Burchett)
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  • And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand.
    (The Bible)
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  • A democracy is a volcano which conceals the fiery materials of its own destruction. These will produce an eruption and carry desolation in their way.
    (Fisher Ames)
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  • Lovers should not separate from each other after making love without admiring each other, without being conquered as well as conquering, so that no feeling of satiation or desolation arises nor the horrid feeling of misusing or having been misused.
    (Hermann Hesse)
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  • Old men ought to be explorers Here and there does not matter We must be still and still moving Into another intensity For further union, a deeper communion Through the dark cold and the empty desolation ... In my end is my beginning.
    (Thomas Stearns Eliot)
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  • Every man may reign secure in his petty tyranny, and spread terror and desolation around him, until the trump of the Archangel shall excite different emotions in his soul.
    (James Otis)
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  • Men moralise among ruins, or, in the throng and tumult of successful cities, recall past visions of urban desolation for prophetic warning.
    (Benjamin Disraeli)
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  • Hitler is a monster of wickedness, insatiable in his lust for blood and plunder. Not content with having all Europe under his heel, or else terrorized into various forms of abject submission, he must now carry his work of butchery and desolation among the vast multitudes of Russia and of Asia. The terrible military machine, which we and the rest of the civilized world so foolishly, so supinely, so insensately allowed the Nazi gangsters to build up year by year from almost nothing cannot stand idle lest it rust or fall to pieces.... So now this bloodthirsty guttersnipe must launch his mechanized armies upon new fields of slaughter, pillage and devastation.
    (Winston Churchill)
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  • The first thing I remember about the world...is that I was a stranger in it. This feeling, which is at once the glory and desolation of homo sapiens, provides the only thread of consistency that I can detect in my life.
    (Malcolm Muggeridge)
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