Quotations on Disaster

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Unlike most major American cities, Honolulu is geographically insulated from the rest of the country. When disaster strikes we cannot call on neighboring states for assistance.
- Daniel Akaka
(Keywords: American, Cities, Country, Disaster, Rest, states)

If a poem is each time new, then it is necessarily an act of discovery, a chance taken, a chance that may lead to fulfillment or disaster.
- A. R. Ammons
(Keywords: Time, Act, Chance, Disaster, Discovery, Fulfillment, May)

Meanwhile, fears of universal disaster sank to an all time low over the world.
- Isaac Asimov
(Keywords: Time, Disaster, World)

We virtually never feel our age, but thinking that we should can lead to disaster.
- Martha Beck
(Keywords: Age, Disaster, Thinking)

In the middle of a recession, where we're just climbing out of it, where the economy -unemployment is still at 9.7 percent, the idea of raising taxes and reducing spending is a prescription for disaster.
- Joe Biden
(Keywords: Idea, Disaster, Economy, Taxes)

There are two sighs of relief every night in the life of an opera manager. The first comes when the curtain goes up The second sigh of relief comes when the final curtain goes down without any disaster, and one realizes, gratefully, that the miracle has happened again.
- Rudolf Bing
(Keywords: Life, Manager, Disaster, First, Night, Opera)

The art of losing isn't hard to master; so many things seem filled with the intent to be lost that their loss is no disaster.
- Elizabeth Bishop
(Keywords: Art, Disaster, Losing, Loss)

Never in our country's history have we witnessed a natural disaster that has impacted so many people in such a wide area. In fact, as of the writing of this column, millions of people along the Gulf Coast have been displaced from their homes in a period of only five days.
- Jo Bonner
(Keywords: History, People, Country, Disaster, Fact, Writing)

I attended a very small junior high and specially in the end that became a disaster. The principal was pretty senile and a drunk, so the children more or less runned the school.
- Jonathan Brandis
(Keywords: Children, Disaster, End, Pretty, School)

Much as we may wish to make a new beginning, some part of us resists doing so as though we were making the first step toward disaster.
- William Throsby Bridges
(Keywords: Beginning, Disaster, First, May)

This type of mass influx is simply too much to handle. What we've had since the disaster of the 1965 Immigration Act will take 100 years or more to absorb.
- Peter Brimelow
(Keywords: Act, Disaster, Will, Years)

Knowledge is going to make you stronger. Knowledge is going to let you control your life. Knowledge is going to give you the wisdom to teach their children. Knowledge is the thing that makes you smile in the face of disaster.
- Avery Brooks
(Keywords: Wisdom, Life, Knowledge, Control, Children, Disaster, Smile)

Every decision is liberating, even if it leads to disaster. Otherwise, why do so many people walk upright and with open eyes into their misfortune?
- Elias Canetti
(Keywords: People, Decision, Disaster, Eyes, Misfortune, Open)

Having said that, I believe we must not compound the natural disaster of Katrina by creating a fiscal disaster in Congress - it is our duty to ensure that we reign in other government spending in any event, and especially in this time of national emergency.
- Chris Chocola
(Keywords: Government, Time, Congress, Disaster, Duty)

Society is not a disease, it is a disaster. What a stupid miracle that one can live in it.
- Emile M. Cioran
(Keywords: Society, Disaster, Disease)

To take revenge halfheartedly is to court disaster; either condemn or crown your hatred.
- Pierre Corneille
(Keywords: Court, Disaster, Hatred, Revenge)

The formula for achieving a successful relationship is simple: you should treat all disasters as if they were trivialities but never treat a triviality as if it were a disaster.
- Quentin Crisp
(Keywords: Successful, Disaster, Disasters, Formula)

One of the best things that ever happened to me was Rocky Horror being a total flop in New York as a play. I mean, it was a disaster, and it was the night of the long knives as far as the critics were concerned.
- Tim Curry
(Keywords: Being, Disaster, Horror, Night, Play)

The word survivor suggests someone who has emerged alive from a plane crash or a natural disaster. But the word can also refer to the loved ones of murder victims, and this was the sense in which it was used at a four-day conference in early June at Boston College.
- Godfried Danneels
(Keywords: Boston, College, Disaster, June, Murder, Sense, Victims, Word)

France, and the whole of Europe have a great culture and an amazing history. Most important thing though is that people there know how to live! In America they've forgotten all about it. I'm afraid that the American culture is a disaster.
- Johnny Depp
(Keywords: History, People, America, American, Culture, Disaster, Europe, France)

Mickey Mouse popped out of my mind onto a drawing pad 20 years ago on a train ride from Manhattan to Hollywood at a time when business fortunes of my brother Roy and myself were at lowest ebb and disaster seemed right around the corner.
- Walt Disney
(Keywords: Business, Time, Brother, Disaster, Hollywood, Mind, Mouse, Right, Years)

We did it Disneyland, in the knowledge that most of the people I talked to thought it would be a financial disaster - closed and forgotten within the first year.
- Walt Disney
(Keywords: Thought, People, Knowledge, Financial, Disaster, First)

I didn't lead a very wise life, myself, but it was a full one and a grown-up one. You come of age very quickly through shipwreck and disaster.
- Philip Dunne
(Keywords: Age, Life, Disaster, Shipwreck)

There is humor in the specter of the worst disaster in our nation's history. All I have to do is sweep away the debris of shock to find it.
- Will Durst
(Keywords: Humor, History, Disaster, Nation)

The bosses of our mass media, press, radio, film and television, succeed in their aim of taking our minds off disaster. Thus, the distraction they offer demands the antidote of maximum concentration on disaster.
- Ernst Fischer
(Keywords: Bosses, Disaster, Film, Media, Press, Succeed, Television)

One of the essential elements of government responsibility is to communicate effectively to the American people, especially in time of a potential terrorist attack or a natural disaster.
- Vito Fossella
(Keywords: Government, Time, People, American, Disaster, Potential, Responsibility)

We pray that every field of science may contribute in bringing happiness - not disaster - to human beings.
- Kenichi Fukui
(Keywords: Happiness, Science, Disaster, May)

If the economy becomes disembodied from society it can only lead to disaster.
- Susan George
(Keywords: Society, Disaster, Economy)

Today, as never before, the fates of men are so intimately linked to one another that a disaster for one is a disaster for everybody.
- Natalia Ginzburg
(Keywords: Men, Disaster, Today)

The problem with the United Nations is that while democracy within nations is the best available form of government, democracy among nations can be a moral disaster - especially if some nations are not democracies.
- Jonah Goldberg
(Keywords: Government, Democracy, Disaster, Nations, United)

There is such a thing as tempting the gods. Talking too much, too soon and with too much self-satisfaction has always seemed to me a sure way to court disaster. The forces of retribution are always listening. They never sleep.
- Meg Greenfield
(Keywords: Gods, Court, Disaster, Listening, Self, Sleep, Talking)

Americans believe that people should work hard and get ahead on their own, but when disaster strikes and they need help with retirement or disability, Americans as a whole should come to their aid.
- Jacob Hacker
(Keywords: Work, People, Americans, Disability, Disaster, Help, Retirement)

My heart is so light that it's amazing. I get to play all this grief, all this loss, all this disaster and chaos. It's hysterically funny. I am very light.
- Linda Hamilton
(Keywords: Funny, Heart, Chaos, Disaster, Grief, Light, Loss, Play)

The middle class is teetering on the brink of collapse just as surely as AIG was in the fall of 2009 - only this time, it's not just one giant insurance company (and its banking counterparties) facing disaster, it's tens of millions of hardworking Americans who played by the rules.
- Arianna Huffington
(Keywords: Time, Americans, Class, Company, Disaster, Middle class, Rules)

This nation can no longer tolerate the autonomous conduct of any single service. A waste of the resources of America in spendthrift defense is an invitation to disaster for America.
- Louis A. Johnson
(Keywords: America, Defense, Disaster, Nation, Service, Waste)

This disaster did not force us to abandon our ideal; on the contrary, from the very first months of the conflict, it led us to define precisely the conditions for its realization.
- Leon Jouhaux
(Keywords: Conflict, Disaster, First, Force, Months)

A great power has to have the discipline not only to go when necessary but to know when not to go. Getting involved in ethnic, religious civil wars is a recipe for disaster.
- John Kasich
(Keywords: Power, Discipline, Disaster, Religious)

We not only romanticize the future; we have also made it into a growth industry, a parlor game and a disaster movie all at the same time.
- Eugene Kennedy
(Keywords: Time, Growth, Disaster, Future)

If we had a terrorist attack, the way the people respond is going to determine whether that attack is just a tragedy or whether that attack becomes an all-out disaster.
- Patrick J. Kennedy
(Keywords: People, Disaster, Tragedy)

The pains felt by Asian countries are our own pains. Disaster in Asia is nothing but ours as well.
- Junichiro Koizumi
(Keywords: Countries, Disaster, Nothing)

Weapons of mass destruction in the hands of Islamic extremists will be a disaster for the world.
- Ron Lewis
(Keywords: Destruction, Disaster, Weapons, Will, World)

The future is not Big Government. Self-serving politicians. Powerful bureaucrats. This has been tried, tested throughout history. The result has always been disaster. President Obama, your agenda is not new. It's not change, and it's not hope.
- Rush Limbaugh
(Keywords: Change, Government, History, Hope, Disaster, Future, Politicians, President, Result, Self)

The one thing that I have been struck with, after coming here to Congress is, how many people in Washington, D.C. talk about job loss like they are talking about the weather, or a natural disaster like an earthquake.
- Stephen F. Lynch
(Keywords: People, Congress, Disaster, Job, Loss, Talk, Talking, Washington, Weather)

The Establishment center... has led us into the stupidest and cruelest war in all history. That war is a moral and political disaster - a terrible cancer eating away at the soul of our nation.
- George McGovern
(Keywords: War, History, Soul, Cancer, Disaster, Eating, Nation)

I see America spreading disaster. I see America as a black curse upon the world. I see a long night settling in and that mushroom which has poisoned the world withering at the roots.
- Henry Miller
(Keywords: America, Disaster, Night, World)

The state can be and has often been in the course of history the main source of mischief and disaster.
- Ludwig von Mises
(Keywords: History, Disaster, State)

The pursuit of approval usually ends in disaster.
- Chris Morris
(Keywords: Approval, Disaster, Pursuit)

Get off your ass and get down here to fix the goddamn biggest disaster in the nation's history.
- Ray Nagin
(Keywords: History, Disaster, Nation)

It's an end of the world I guess. I guess you'd currently call it disaster movie. But really they weren't disaster movies. They were more end of the world movies. This is more an end of the world movie.
- Michael O'Donoghue
(Keywords: Movies, Disaster, End, World)

Experience taught me that working families are often just one pay check away from economic disaster. And it showed me first-hand the importance of every family having access to good health care.
- Dave Obey
(Keywords: Experience, Family, Health, Care, Disaster, First, Importance)

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