Earthquake Quotes

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“It may be expedient to take stock of all the affecting pieces that might shatter in the wake of an emotional earthquake, once red flags come up in a committed relationship and an overarching scene has to be fashioned for a recast life experience. ("Waiting for the pieces to fall into place")”
Erik Pevernagie

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

John Muir
“I was awakened by a tremendous earthquake, and though I hadn ever before enjoyed a storm of this sort, the strange thrilling motion could not be mistaken, and I ran out of my cabin, both glad and frightened, shouting, "A noble earthquake! A noble earthquake" feeling sure I was going to learn something.”
John Muir, The Wild Muir: Twenty-Two of John Muir's Greatest Adventures

Salman Rushdie
“Once you have been in an earthquake you know, even if you survive without a scratch, that like a stroke in the heart, it remains in the earth's breast, horribly potential, always promising to return, to hit you again, with an even more devastating force. ”
Salman Rushdie, The Ground Beneath Her Feet

“It never ceases to amaze me that in times of amazing human suffering somebody says something that can be so utterly stupid.”
Robert Gibbs

J.M.G. Le Clézio
“Thinking! Thinking! The process should no longer be merely this feeble flurry of hailstones that raises a little dust. It should be something quite different. Thinking should be a terrifying process. When the earth thinks, whole towns crumble to the ground and thousands of people die.
Thinking: raising boulders, hollowing out valleys, preparing tidal waves at sea. Thinking like a town: that's to say: eight million inhabitants, twelve million rats, nine million pints of carbon dioxide, two billion tons. Grey light. Cathedral of light. Din. Sudden flashes. Low-lying blanket of black cloud. Flat roofs. Fire alarms. Elevators. Streets. Eighteen thousand miles of streets. 145 million electric light bulbs.”
J.M.G. Le Clézio, The Book of Flights

Curtis Tyrone Jones
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Curtis Tyrone Jones

Ghérasim Luca
“The streets were full of destruction and rubble, and this town I'd never liked, with its stupid people, stupid streets, and stupid houses, was now unrecognisable, now it had a truly unique beauty, and scantily-clad women traversed it like ghosts. A twelve-storey building in the city centre had totally collapsed. Caught up in her bed sheets, a woman who had fallen from the top floor found herself alive and alone on the pavement. Her husband had been thrown out of bed. From now on she would sleep forever, since reality was now as extraordinary as dreams.”
Ghérasim Luca, The Passive Vampire

“But whenever tragedy strikes, one is left either to die or with a plethora of ifs and buts to ponder over.”
Kudrat Dutta Chaudhary, Laiza- Sometimes the end is only a Beginning

Wayne Gerard Trotman
“Nature has a myriad of weapons to combat human arrogance.”
Wayne Gerard Trotman

Susan Meissner
“It is the nature of the earth to shift. It is the nature of fragile things to break. It is the nature of fire to burn.”
Susan Meissner, The Nature of Fragile Things

Lucia Berlin
“Existe un vínculo entre los pacientes de diálisis, como entre los alcohólicos anónimos o los supervivientes de un terremoto. Son conscientes del indulto, se tratan unos a otros con más ternura y respeto que la gente normal.”
Lucia Berlin, Evening in Paradise: More Stories

Nitya Prakash
“Earth is saving itself from humans.
Have you noticed it's been fighting back with earthquakes?”
Nitya Prakash

Nitya Prakash
“Earthquake reminder: the place which you think you own is not actually yours.”
Nitya Prakash

Paul Gauguin
“Brave as you may be, wise even as you may be, you tremble when the earth trembles. That is a sensation common to everybody and which no one would ever deny.”
Paul Gauguin, Gauguin's Intimate Journals

“Roses have different colors... different scents! and also .. one ground! Hesham Nebr
الورود تعرف بأنها لها ألوان مختلفة ..روائح مختلفة ...وايضا ...ارض واحدة! هشام نيبر!”
Hesham Nebr

“As the 'circular' approach to sustainability begins to gather ground, we humans are finding ourselves within the circle, not without.”
Michiel Schwarz, A Sustainist Lexicon

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“We pray for others mainly or even only for ourselves.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

“There is nothing called 'bad or rough weather'! It is just 'weather'. The cyclone, earthquake, rainfall etc. are normal processes of nature. Ironically, if they occur, we call them 'bad'!”
Md. Ziaul Haque

“খারাপ বা বাজে আবহাওয়া বলে কিছুই নেই! এটা শুধুই ‘আবহাওয়া’। ঘূর্ণিঝড়, ভূমিকম্প, বৃষ্টিপাত ইত্যাদি স্বাভাবিক প্রাকৃতিক প্রক্রিয়া। বিদ্রূপাত্মকভাবে, যখন সেগুলো ঘটে, আমরা সেগুলোকে বলি ‘খারাপ’!”
Md. Ziaul Haque

Austin Chambers
“Not IF...But WHEN”
Austin Chambers, Tahoma’s Hammer

“You can measure the earthquake but you cannot measure the heart break”
Dr.P.S. Jagadeesh Kumar

Curtis Tyrone Jones
“If you'd ever shaken hands with an earthquake you'd understand I'm an entity of trembling infinities beneath everything you see.”
Curtis Tyrone Jones

Ellen Ullman
“And ceilings - ceilings! - that had been invisible, up there, of no account, suddenly insisting upon their supreme and deadly importance.”
Ellen Ullman, The Bug

Marcus Garvey
“If death has power, then count on me in death to be the real Marcus Garvey I would like to be. I may come in an earthquake, or cyclone, or plague or pestilence, or as God would have me, then be assured that I shall never desert you and make your enemies triumph over you. Would I not go to hell a million times for you?”
Marcus Garvey, Emancipated From Mental Slavery: Selected Sayings of Marcus Garvey

“Longer than an earthquake, a pandemic shakes your life and living”
P.S. Jagadeesh Kumar

Salman Rushdie
“Earthquakes, I point out, have always made men eager to placate the gods. After the great Lisbon earthquake of November 1, 1755—that catastrophe which Voltaire saw as an irrefutable argument for the tragic view of life and against Leibnizian optimism—the locals decided on a propitiatory auto-da-fé.”
Salman Rushdie, The Ground Beneath Her Feet

Salman Rushdie
“This is us, making love. She always made love as if it were for the last time, that was how she did everything, how she led her life; but for us, though neither of us knows it, this in fact is the last time. The last time for these breasts. The breasts of Helen of Troy were so astonishing that when she bared them to her husband at the fall of Troy, Menelaus was unable to do her harm. The sword fell from his nerveless hand. This is the woman I love and these are her breasts. I run this tape over and over in my head. Did you show the earthquake your breasts, Vina, did you bare them to the god of storms, why didn’t you, if you did you might, you surely would, have survived.”
Salman Rushdie, The Ground Beneath Her Feet

Caroline Lea
“Love opens us, as an earthquake opens the earth.”
Caroline Lea, The Glass Woman

“I remember sensing a jolt. I thought it was either a dream or a nightmare. Then, I woke up. The bedroom was shaking and the chair beside the bed, with the alarm clock on it, was jumping up and down. There was a strange combination of sounds - a roaring that was suddenly overwhelmed by a thunderous creaking. 'Jesus Christ.' I didn't realise it was an earthquake until I reached for the door knob and it was moving. I rushed out into the corridor and started running around in circles. The hotel was bucking and rearing like a fairground ride. I ran down the staircase and suddenly realised I was in the building's most vulnerable spot: the stairwell. So I raced back up the stairs and started screaming, 'Get out, get out. We're all going to die.' I'm not very good in emergencies.”
David McPhail, The Years Before My Death

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