Disaster Quotes

Quotes tagged as "disaster" (showing 1-30 of 159)
Kazuo Ishiguro
“It was like when you make a move in chess and just as you take your finger off the piece, you see the mistake you've made, and there's this panic because you don't know yet the scale of disaster you've left yourself open to.”
Kazuo Ishiguro, Never Let Me Go

“You don't need another Human Being to make your life complete, but let's be honest. Having your wounds kissed by someone who doesn't see them as disasters In your soul, but cracks to put their love into, Is the most calming thing In this World.”
Emery Allen

Jennifer L. Armentrout
“Daemon!" Dee called from the kitchen. "I need your help!"
"We should go see what she's doing before she destroys your kitchen." He rubbed his hands down his face. "It's possible.”
Jennifer L. Armentrout, Obsidian

Criss Jami
“A poet should be so crafty with words that he is envied even for his pains.”
Criss Jami, Killosophy

Gena Showalter
“The lamp tipped over, nailing Kane in the head.
Sabin shook his head. The man was a walking disaster Literally. Whenever Kane stepped into a room, things went to hell pretty quickly. Sabin expected the ceiling to cave in any moment. And yea, it had happened before.”
Gena Showalter, The Darkest Night

Susan Sontag
“Science fiction films are not about science. They are about disaster, which is one of the oldest subjects of art.”
Susan Sontag

Kim Edwards
“You can't spend the rest of your life tiptoeing around to try and avert disaster. It won't work. You'll just end up missing the life you have.”
Kim Edwards, The Memory Keeper's Daughter

Pandora Poikilos
“Procrastination is the foundation of all disasters.”
Pandora Poikilos, Excuse Me, My Brains Have Stepped Out

Chuck Palahniuk
“Disaster is a natural part of my evolution toward tragedy and dissolution.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club

Chuck Palahniuk
“You have to jump into disaster with both feet.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Invisible Monsters

Christopher Buckley
“How many times had those awful words - "I know what I'm doing" - been uttered throughout history as prelude to disaster? ”
Christopher Buckley, Supreme Courtship

Vera Nazarian
“A tornado of thought is unleashed after each new insight. This in turn results in an earthquake of assumptions. These are natural disasters that re-shape the spirit.”
Vera Nazarian, The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration

Mike Mullin
“The few trees still upright were stripped of their branches, lonely flagpoles without a nation to claim them.”
Mike Mullin, Ashfall

“Over the years, Americans in particular have been all too willing to squander their hard-earned independence and freedom for the illusion of feeling safe under someone else's authority. The concept of self-sufficiency has been undermined in value over a scant few generations. The vast majority of the population seems to look down their noses upon self-reliance as some quaint dusty relic, entertained only by the hyperparanoid or those hopelessly incapable of fitting into mainstream society.”
Cody Lundin, When All Hell Breaks Loose: Stuff You Need to Survive When Disaster Strikes

Anthony Liccione
“People from the past, have a tendency to walk back into the present, and run over the future.”
Anthony Liccione

Robert G. Ingersoll
“When the great ship containing the hopes and aspirations of the world, when the great ship freighted with mankind goes down in the night of death, chaos and disaster, I am willing to go down with the ship. I will not be guilty of the ineffable meanness of paddling away in some orthodox canoe. I will go down with the ship, with those who love me, and with those whom I have loved. If there is a God who will damn his children forever, I would rather go to hell than to go to heaven and keep the society of such an infamous tyrant. I make my choice now. I despise that doctrine. It has covered the cheeks of this world with tears. It has polluted the hearts of children, and poisoned the imaginations of men. It has been a constant pain, a perpetual terror to every good man and woman and child. It has filled the good with horror and with fear; but it has had no effect upon the infamous and base. It has wrung the hearts of the tender; it has furrowed the cheeks of the good. This doctrine never should be preached again. What right have you, sir, Mr. clergyman, you, minister of the gospel, to stand at the portals of the tomb, at the vestibule of eternity, and fill the future with horror and with fear? I do not believe this doctrine: neither do you. If you did, you could not sleep one moment. Any man who believes it, and has within his breast a decent, throbbing heart, will go insane. A man who believes that doctrine and does not go insane has the heart of a snake and the conscience of a hyena.”
Robert G. Ingersoll, The Liberty of Man, Woman and Child

Amos Oz
“Love is a curious mixture of opposites, a blend of extreme selfishness and total devotion. A paradox! Besides which, love, everybody is always talking about love, love, but love isn't something you choose, you catch it like a disease, you get trapped in it, like a disaster.”
Amos Oz, A Tale of Love and Darkness

Nadine Gordimer
“Success sometimes may be defined as a disaster put on hold. Qualified. Has to be.”
Nadine Gordimer, Get a Life

Anita Shreve
“And she thought then how strange it was that disaster—the sort of disaster that drained the blood from your body and took the air out of your lungs and hit you again and again in the face—could be at times, such a thing of beauty.”
Anita Shreve, The Pilot's Wife

Vera Nazarian
“Here's a new 'Blessing' for our time --

'May Anderson Cooper never be sent to report on your town!”
Vera Nazarian

Jody Feldman
“Every step gets him closer to greatness...or disaster.”
Jody Feldman, The Seventh Level

Virginia Woolf
“What the fissure through which one sees disaster? The circle is unbroken; the harmony complete. Here is the central rhythm; here the common mainspring. I watch it expand, contract; and then expand again. Yet I am not included.”
Virginia Woolf, The Waves

Rebecca Solnit
“The positive emotions that arise in...unpromising circumstances demonstrate that social ties and meaningful work are deeply desired, readily improvised, and intensely rewarding. The very structure of our economy and society prevent these goals from being achieved.”
Rebecca Solnit

Gore Vidal
“I regard monotheism as the greatest disaster ever to befall the human race. I see no good in Judaism, Christianity, or Islam -- good people, yes, but any religion based on a single, well, frenzied and virulent god, is not as useful to the human race as, say, Confucianism, which is not a religion but an ethical and educational system.”
Gore Vidal, At Home: Essays 1982-1988

Lorrie Moore
“[T]he normal and the everyday are often amazingly unstoppable, and what is unimaginable is the cessation of them. The world is resilient, and, no matter what interruptions occur, people so badly want to return to their lives and get on with them. A veneer of civilization descends quickly, like a shining rain. Dust is settled.”
Lorrie Moore

Rebecca Solnit
“This is a paradise of rising to the occasion that points out by contrast how the rest of the time most of us fall down from the heights of possibility, down into diminished selves and dismal societies. Many now do not even hope for a better society, but they recognize it when they encounter it, and that discovery shines out even through the namelessness of their experience. Others recognize it, grasp it, and make something of it, and long-term social and political transformations, both good and bad, arise from the wreckage. The door to this ear's potential paradises is in hell.”
Rebecca Solnit, A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities That Arise in Disaster

Marcel Theroux
“He said it hit him travelling one time in the year or so before he met my mother. Whatever country of the world it was, the poor were starting to look alike, live alike, eat alike, and dress alike in the same kind of clothes all made in the same part of China. To him, it was a sign that the people had got severed from the land.”
Marcel Theroux, Far North

Edward Abbey
“In fact, I suspect that our only hope is disaster. Cruel tho' it is to say it, there has got to be a vast die-off in the human population -- likely including us and our families -- before the survivors find themselves in a world where a new and humble and 'religious' adaptation with nature is possible.
Disaster is not necessary; the better world could be achieved through reason and common sense and a sense of fellowship -- but most of the present human world is dead set against us. Thus I was forced to the disagreeable resolutions (not solutions) which I attempted to sketch out in the novel 'Good News.' The title is of course deliberately ambiguous.”
Edward Abbey, Postcards from Ed: Dispatches and Salvos from an American Iconoclast

Rebecca Solnit
“We can act to deal with the consequences of the earthquake and tsunami, but the disaster was only faintly political in the economics and indifference...the relief will be very political, in who gives how much (Bush offering 15 million, then 35 million under pressure, the cost of his inauguration and then 350 million under strong international pressure)...but the event itself transcends politics, the realm of things we cause and can work to prevent. We cannot wish that human beings were not subject to the forces of nature, including the mortality... we cannot wish for the seas to dry up, that the waves grow still, that the tectonic plates ceast to exist, that nature ceases to be beyond our abilities to predict and control... But the terms of that nature include such catastrophe and suffering, which leaves us with sorrow as not a problem to be solved but a fact. And it leaves us with compassion as the work we will never finish”
Rebecca Solnit, Storming the Gates of Paradise: Landscapes for Politics

Joey Comeau
“We are terrible for each other, and, yes, we are a disaster. But tell me your heart doesn't race for a hurricane or a burning building. I'd rather die terrified than live forever.”
Joey Comeau

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