Disasters Quotes

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Svetlana Alexievich
“Is there anything more frightening than people?”
Svetlana Alexievich, Voices from Chernobyl: The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster

Sabaa Tahir
“Don't look so worried. Most successful missions are just a series of barely averted disasters.”
Sabaa Tahir, A Torch Against the Night

Criss Jami
“Disasters work like alarm clocks to the world, hence God allows them. They are shouting, 'Wake up! Love! Pray!”
Criss Jami, Killosophy

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

Thomas Jefferson
“Let us save what remains: not by vaults and locks which fence them from the public eye and use in consigning them to the waste of time, but by such a multiplication of copies, as shall place them beyond the reach of accident.”
Thomas Jefferson

Vernor Vinge
“Sometimes the biggest disasters aren't noticed at all - no one's around to write horror stories.”
Vernor Vinge, A Fire Upon the Deep

E.A. Bucchianeri
“It's a shame there has to be a tragedy before the best in people will finally shine.”
E.A. Bucchianeri, Brushstrokes of a Gadfly,

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

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

Thomm Quackenbush
“The witch who claims to forbear her magick for fear of causing the next Indian tsunami is really saying that she is powerful enough to kill thousands of innocent strangers when all she meant to do was water her mugwort. She can't be challenged to produce evidence of this, because doing could provoke earthquakes and Africanized bee attacks.”
Thomm Quackenbush, Pagan Standard Times: Essays on the Craft

Tom Robbins
“The Earth is God's pinball machine and each quake, tidal wave, flash flood and volcanic eruption is the result of a TILT that occurs when God, cheating, tries to win free games.”
Tom Robbins, Even Cowgirls Get the Blues

John Crowley
“After many trials the God and his love end happily—tho' not all remember this conclusion—which is less memorable than the moment when everything was lost. Happy endings are all alike; disasters may be unique.”
John Crowley, Lord Byron's Novel: The Evening Land

Sue Miller
“Now he turned the radio on to the news. As we did our separate chores, we listened and commented idly to each other on what we heard—the politics, the plane crashes and crimes, the large disasters of the day, which we all use to keep the smaller, more long-term sorrows at bay.”
Sue Miller, While I Was Gone

“The challenge of creation reduces us to the inevitable. Our lives are full of tiny disasters.”
Floriano Martins

Mehmet Murat ildan
“On the one hand, nature enriches our soul with its eternal beauty, on the other hand, it enriches our survival skills with its endless disasters!”
Mehmet Murat ildan

Mehmet Murat ildan
“Humanity must have a speed of advance higher than the speed of advance of cosmic disasters or big global catastrophes!”
Mehmet Murat ildan

David McCullough
“Most of the people in Johnstown never saw the water coming; they only heard it; and those who lived to tell about it would for years after try to describe the sound of the thing as it rushed on them.”
David McCullough, The Johnstown Flood

David McCullough
“A locomotive whistle was a matter of some personal importance to a railroad engineer. It was tuned and worked (even "played") according to his own personal choosing. The whistle was part of the make-up of the man; he was known for it as much as he was known for the engine he drove. And aside from its utilitarian functions, it could also be an instrument of no little amusement. Many an engineer could get a simple tune out of his whistle, and for those less musical it could be used to aggravate a cranky preacher in the middle of his Sunday sermon or to signal hello through the night to a wife or lady friend. But there was no horseplay about tying down the cord. A locomotive whistle going without letup meant one thing on the railroad, and to everyone who lived near the railroad. It meant there was something very wrong.
The whistle of John Hess' engine had been going now for maybe five minutes at most. It was not on long, but it was the only warning anyone was to hear, and nearly everyone in East Conemaugh heard it and understood almost instantly what it meant.”
David McCullough, The Johnstown Flood

Svetlana Alexievich
“Los hombres nunca están a la altura de los grandes acontecimientos. Siempre les superan los hechos.”
Svetlana Alexievich, Voices from Chernobyl: The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster

“One of the good things about running as a populist firebrand is that if the present doesn't offer you enough disasters to exploit, you can always invite your supporters to live in the imaginary disasters of the future.”
Chris Stirewalt, Every Man a King: A Short, Colorful History of American Populists

“The hospital was a microcosm of these larger failures, with comprised physical infrastructure, compromised operating systems, and compromised individuals. And also instances of heroism. The scenario was familiar to students of mass disasters around the world. Systems always failed. The official response was always unconscionably slow. Coordination and communication were particularly bad. These were truths Americans had come to accept about other people's disasters. It was shocking to see the scenario play out at home.”
Sheri Fink

“As noted in Chapter 4, there’s abundant evidence that presidents use their disaster-declaration
authority under the Stafford Act to aid their own reelection prospects. Presidents direct more
disaster relief to politically important states and declare more disasters in election years—and the
average number of yearly disaster declarations has been increasing over time.35 Bill Clinton still
holds the election-year record, with 75 disaster declarations in 1996; George W. Bush came in a
close second in 2004, and has declared disasters at a faster rate overall than Clinton.”
Gene Healy, The Cult of the Presidency: America's Dangerous Devotion to Executive Power

“In business or in politics, responsibility without authority is any chief executive’s worst nightmare. That was the political nightmare that gripped the Bush administration in the weeks after Katrina. As the National Post’s Colby Cosh put it, ‘‘The 49 percent of Americans who have been complaining for five years about George W. Bush being a dictator are now vexed to the point of utter incoherence because for the last fortnight he has failed to do a sufficiently convincing impression of a dictator.’’93 Small wonder, then, that President Bush promptly sought the authority to head off future political disasters by overriding the decisions of state and local officials and using the military at home.”
Gene Healy, The Cult of the Presidency: America's Dangerous Devotion to Executive Power

Tod A
“Everything started off smoothly enough, as everything usually does before going horribly wrong. Disasters typically come without warning. Earthquakes toss children from their beds in the dark of night. Airplanes plummet from clear blue skies. Tsunamis level entire coastlines. Buildings collapse, banks fold, economies fail, empires crumble.”
Tod A, Banging the Monkey

Mehmet Murat ildan
“Yes, every living being on earth is precious, but humans are more precious than any other living being in the sense that they have the capacity to develop some means to protect the world from a cosmic disaster!”
Mehmet Murat ildan

Mehmet Murat ildan
“The worst part of being very well-prepared for a disaster is this: Now you start wanting that disaster to happen!”
Mehmet Murat ildan

“Besides, "existence" becomes less philosophical and more immediate in the face of natural disaster, as does "meaning." Disasters and evacuations are actually excellent exercises in life evaluation.”
Anne Gisleson, The Futilitarians: Our Year of Thinking, Drinking, Grieving, and Reading

“Being along with the Nature your soul is stronger than all disasters.”
Esat Durak

Mikhail Naimy
“صروف الزمان يصرفها الزمان”
Mikhail Naimy, كرم على درب

Krupa Ge
“Everyone in the city remembers the day the floodwater drained out, differently. Some were relieved, some were still in shock, some continued to look for loved ones, while others came home
to devastation. But for almost all of us it was heartbreak. The city wore its defeat for days and nights on end. For a week after the floods, on the footpaths outside most homes were stinking piles
of mattresses, pillows, quilts, cushions, straw mats, bedsheets and swollen rotting wood and food grains, and cars left open, even as the sun came down hard on us, making a mockery of it all.”
Krupa Ge, Rivers Remember: The Shocking Truth of a Manmade Flood

Hans Rosling
“The huge reduction of deaths from natural disasters is yet another trend to add to the pile of mankind's ignored, unknown success stories.”
Hans Rosling, Factfulness: Ten Reasons We're Wrong About the World – and Why Things Are Better Than You Think

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