Flood Quotes

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Norman Maclean
“Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it. The river was cut by the world's great flood and runs over rocks from the basement of time. On some of the rocks are timeless raindrops. Under the rocks are the words, and some of the words are theirs.
I am haunted by waters.”
Norman Maclean, A River Runs Through it and Other Stories

Erik Pevernagie
“When the flood submerges the whole country, no raindrop may feel responsible. ( "Finally things had lost their weightiness" )”
Erik Pevernagie

Herman Melville
“...the great floodgates of the wonder-world swung open...”
Herman Melville, Moby-Dick or, the Whale

Donald Miller
“My Sunday school teachers had turned Bible narrative into children's fables. They talked about Noah and the ark because the story had animals in it. They failed to mention that this was when God massacred all of humanity.”
Donald Miller, Blue Like Jazz: Nonreligious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality

Catherine Marshall
“In my journal I logged this comment: "On the day that I was officially a grown woman, I felt anything but feminine rather, befouled from the sweat of hard physical labor and the stinking mud. I wanted nothing so much as to sleep for a week.”
Catherine Marshall, Julie

Amit Ray
“Unless you truly feel the pain and sufferings of the people and living beings in flood, famine, poverty, disease, exploitation, and hunger – you cannot grow spiritually, scientifically, politically, and socially.”
Amit Ray, Walking the Path of Compassion

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“Some people get killed by water. Some die from dehydration.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Raymond Dean White
“For the briefest of instants, a miles-wide hole appeared from the middle of the Earth to the top of the sky.
The Moho rang like a tuning fork in harmonic response to the billion megaton impact. Seismic waves propagated in all directions, some dampening as normal, others amplified harmonically as Earth’s interior quivered like a bowl of pudding. Seismometers spiked wildly, their needles bouncing back and forth like pin-balls.
A billion megatons exploded outward from the depths of the quivering Moho blasting a crater eighty-five miles in diameter and spewing billions of tons of superheated rock twelve hundred miles into space. In the blink of an eye the Earth grew a tail, as a mushroom cloud visible from Mars formed and spread, black as the Devil's eye.”
Raymond Dean White, Impact

Craig D. Lounsbrough
“My focus is not on the flood that surrounds me. Rather, my focus is on the God Who surrounds the flood.”
Craig D. Lounsbrough

“Trials in life help us to grow. They make us better. Challenge yourself to become a better version of yourself as a result of the flood, and to take what you have learned to help others. Focus on tomorrow, not on past mistakes – yours or anyone else’s.”
Dr. Dwan Reed

Richard Erdoes
“A tremendous thunderclap was heard, the loudest there has ever been ... The sun remained hidden behind dark clouds, and there was only twilight, gray and misty. Then the earth trembled, and there came a great roar of something immense moving. The people saw a sheer green wall advancing toward them, filling the valley from one side to the other. At first they did not know what it was, and then they realized that it was a wall of green water. Destroying everything in its path, it came like a huge beast, a green monster, rushing upon them, foaming, hissing, in a cloud of spray. It engulfed the seer's house and carried it away with the seer, who was never seen again. Then the water fell upon the villages, sweeping away homes, people, fields and trees. The flood swept the valley clean as with a broom. Then it rushed on beyond the valley to wreak havoc elsewhere.”
Richard Erdoes, American Indian Myths and Legends

Winston Graham
“Wishing is like water caught in a dam. You let a little trickle of it escape and you don't think it's much, but in no time the trickle has worn a channel and the edges fall in and the water's doubled and then you get a flood carrying everything away.”
Winston Graham, Marnie

Eric Overby
“She closed her heart
As tight as Noah's ark
So nothing could get in or out
I forgot where we begin
So she let it all end
And left our love alone in the dark”
Eric Overby, February Rain: Lyrics of a Lonely Traveler

Obayed Haq
“নদী সন্ন্যাসী ভিক্ষুকের মত মানুষের উঠানে গিয়ে উঠেছে, চাইলেও কেউ এই আপদ বিদায় করতে পারছেনা। কিছু না নিয়ে সে ক্ষান্ত হবেনা। সন্ন্যাসীকে এক মুঠো চাল দিয়ে বিদায় করা যায়, কিন্তু নদী কী চায়? প্রাণ? ছানি পড়া বৃদ্ধের চোখের মত ঘোলা পানি, কোথাকার মাটি যেন খেয়ে এসেছে।”
Obayed Haq, জলেশ্বরী
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J.D. Vance
“A young man was sitting at home when a terrible rainstorm began. Within hours, the man’s house began to flood, and someone came to his door offering a ride to higher ground. The man declined, saying, 'God will take care of me.' A few hours later, as the waters engulfed the first floor of the man’s home, a boat passed by, and the captain offered to take the man to safety. The man declined, saying, 'God will take care of me.' A few hours after that, as the man waited on his roof—his entire home flooded—a helicopter flew by, and the pilot offered transportation to dry land. Again the man declined, telling the pilot that God would care for him. Soon thereafter, the waters overcame the man, and as he stood before God in heaven, he protested his fate: 'You promised that you’d help me so long as I was faithful.' God replied, 'I sent you a car, a boat, and a helicopter. Your death is your own fault.' God helps those who help themselves.”
J.D. Vance, Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis

Graham Hancock
“The fullest account we have of Oannes is found in surviving fragments of the works of a Babylonian priest called Berossos who wrote in the third century BC. [...] Oannes did not do his work alone but was supposedly the leader of a group of beings known as the Seven Apkallu--the "Seven Sages"--who were said to have lived "before the flood" (a cataclysmic global deluge features prominently in many Mesopotamian traditions, including those of Sumer, Akkad, Assyria and Babylon). Alongside Oannes, these sages are portrayed as bringers of civilization who, in the most ancient past, gave humanity a moral code, arts, crafts and agriculture and taught them architectural, building and engineering skills.”
Graham Hancock, Magicians of the Gods: The Forgotten Wisdom of Earth's Lost Civilization

Graham Hancock
“Like the legends of Kon-Tiki Viracocha [...], the South American civilizing hero, white-skinned and bearded like Quetzalcoatl and the Apkallu sages [...], who was said to have come to the Andes during a terrifying period, thousands of years in the past, "when the earth had been inundated by a great flood and plunged into darkness by the disappearance of the sun." (Exactly like Quetzalcoatl in Mexico, and the Apkallu sages in Mesopotamia, Viracocha's civilizing mission in the Andes had been to bring laws and a moral code to the survivors of the disaster, and to teach them the skills of agriculture, architecture and engineering.”
Graham Hancock, Magicians of the Gods: The Forgotten Wisdom of Earth's Lost Civilization

Philip Pullman
“Suppose it never stops?" she whispered.
"The gyptian man didn't say it'd do that. Just that there was going to be a flood."
"It feels as if it's going on forever."
"There isn't enough water in all the world to do that. Eventually it'll stop and the sun'll come out. Every flood stops in the end and goes down.”
Philip Pullman

“The flood myth motif is widespread among many cultures, as seen in Mesopotamian flood stories, the Puranas (ancient Hindu texts), in the Greek Deucalion mythology, the lore of the K'iche' and Maya peoples of Central America, as well as the Muisca people of present day Colombia in South America. In fact, there are oral traidition stories pertaining to this concept from antiquity, from cultures of Sumeria, Babylonia, Germany, Ireland, Finland, the Maasai of Africa, Egypt, India, Turkestan, China, Korea, Malaysia, Lao, Australia, Polynesia, and Native people of North America, Mesoamerica and South America... to name just a handful.”
Brien Foerster, Aftershock: The Ancient Cataclysm That Erased Human History

Graham Hancock
“What we are looking for [...] is an agent capable--simultaneously and almost instantaneously--of bringing about all of the following:

-a global flood
-wildfires across an area of 10 million km2
-6 months of icy darkness followed by more than 1,000 years of glacially cold weather
-a stratum of soil across more than 50 million km2 dated to the Younger Dryas Boundary (YDB) and infused with a cocktail of nanodiamonds, high-temperature iron-rich spherules, glassy silica-rich spherules, meltglass, platinum, iridium, osmium, and other exotic materials
-a mass extinction of megafauna

Wolfbach and her coauthors are forthright in their conclusion: 'Multiple lines of ice-core evidence appear synchronous, and this synchroneity of multiple events makes the YD interval one of the most unusual climate episodes in the entire Quaternary record. ... A cosmic impact is the only known event capable of simultaneously producing the collective evidence.”
Graham Hancock, America Before: The Key to Earth's Lost Civilization

Graham Hancock
“Descriptions of a killer global flood that inundated the inhabited lands of the world turn up everywhere amongst the myths of antiquity. In many cases these myths clearly hint that the deluge swept away an advanced civilization that had somehow angered the gods, sparing 'none but the unlettered and the uncultured' and obliging the survivors to 'begin again like children in complete ignorance of what happened ... in early times'. Such stories turn up in Vedic India, in the pre-Columbian Americas, in ancient Egypt. They were told by the Sumerians, the Babylonians, the Greeks, the Arabs and the Jews. They were repeated in China and south-east Asia, in prehistoric northern Europe and across the Pacific. Almost universally, where truly ancient traditions have been preserved, even amongst mountain peoples and desert nomads, vivid descriptions have been passed down of global floods in which the majority of mankind perished.”
Graham Hancock, Underworld: The Mysterious Origins of Civilization

“Nevertheless, the decisive step toward a remarkably sophisticated and imaginative flood plain management program was taken with the Flood Control Act of 1936,though few who supported it could possibly have foreseen where it would eventually lead. It speaks well of our political process that this emergency-born and single-minded flood control act has been gradually merged with rivers and harbors legislation to form the basis of a very successful multi-purpose water resources program.”
Joseph L. Arnold, The Evolution Of The 1936 Flood Control Act

“Since1936, Congress has authorized the Corps of Engineers to construct hundreds of miles of levees, flood walls, and channel improvements and approximately 375 major reservoirs. These remarkable engineering projects today comprise one of the largest single additions to the nation’s physical plant - rivaled only by the highway system.”
Joseph L. Arnold, The Evolution Of The 1936 Flood Control Act

“Despite the long history of severe flooding by the nation’s rivers in the 19th century, Congress passed no legislation that was directly and openly aimed at flood control until 1917 and undertook no nationwide flood control program until 1936.”
Joseph L. Arnold, The Evolution Of The 1936 Flood Control Act

Dean F. Wilson
“He liked the darkness, but this was oppressing. It almost flooded his being. He was afraid that even when he returned to the light—or if he returned to the light—he would still feel that darkness in his soul.”
Dean F. Wilson, Lifemaker

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“Some people drowned in the floods that were caused by the rains for which they have prayed.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Steve Maraboli
“Maybe they’re a 'God-send', but don’t let that sway you… so was The Flood.”
Steve Maraboli

Corinne Beenfield
“A flash flood had come into Helen’s life, careening down canyon walls. All that love couldn’t be trapped anymore—it had to find a path or it would destroy her. She knew now that the path didn’t lead to Stuart, but water, like love, is good at finding where it’s meant to be.”
Corinne Beenfield, The Ocean's Daughter

Craig D. Lounsbrough
“If I presume the flood that engulfs me to be bigger than the God who surrounds me, the real flood is the absence of my faith.”
Craig D. Lounsbrough

“A spirit of practicality had come to her aid. It was only human. When the earthquake stops, when the flood recedes, when the volcanic dust settles or the guns fall silent, the survivors pick their way through the rubble and debris and wreckage. A chair leg here, a first communion certificate or a bundle of love letters there. The flotsam and jetsam of the old ways―the ways that will never return.”
Adrian Mathews, The Apothecary’s House

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