Quotations on Calamity

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Man is subject to innumerable pains and sorrows by the very condition of humanity, and yet, as if nature had not sown evils enough in life, we are continually adding grief to grief and aggravating the common calamity by our cruel treatment of one another.
- Joseph Addison
(Keywords: Nature, Life, Calamity, Grief, Humanity, Treatment)

It is surely a great calamity for a human being to have no obsessions.
- Robert Bly
(Keywords: Being, Calamity, Obsessions)

A Shakespearean tragedy as so far considered may be called a story of exceptional calamity leading to the death of a man in high estate. But it is clearly much more than this, and we have now to regard it from another side.
- Andrew Coyle Bradley
(Keywords: Death, Calamity, Leading, Man, May, Now, Tragedy)

What remains constant for me, during the last 15 years, has been the conviction that the cold war was a calamity for the entire world, and that it can be justified by no consideration of theory, nor by any supposed national interest.
- Earl Browder
(Keywords: War, Calamity, Consideration, Conviction, Interest, Theory, World, Years)

There is no calamity which a great nation can invite which equals that which follows a supine submission to wrong and injustice and the consequent loss of national self-respect and honor, beneath which are shielded and defended a people's safety and greatness.
- Eldridge Cleaver
(Keywords: People, Greatness, Calamity, Honor, Injustice, Loss, Nation, Safety, Self, Wrong)

Times of great calamity and confusion have been productive for the greatest minds. The purest ore is produced from the hottest furnace. The brightest thunder-bolt is elicited from the darkest storm.
- Charles Caleb Colton
(Keywords: Calamity, Confusion)

The real effect of the WTC calamity has been depressed spirits, anxiety, and uncertainty among publishers, and of course those emotions are not restricted to publishers.
- Richard Curtis
(Keywords: Anxiety, Calamity, Effect, Emotions, Spirits, Uncertainty)

The difference between a misfortune and a calamity is this: If Gladstone fell into the Thames, it would be a misfortune. But if someone dragged him out again, that would be a calamity.
- Benjamin Disraeli
(Keywords: Calamity, Difference, Misfortune)

A little learning, indeed, may be a dangerous thing, but the want of learning is a calamity to any people.
- Frederick Douglass
(Keywords: People, Calamity, Learning, May, Want)

He who knows no hardships will know no hardihood. He who faces no calamity will need no courage. Mysterious though it is, the characteristics in human nature which we love best grow in a soil with a strong mixture of troubles.
- Harry Emerson Fosdick
(Keywords: Love, Nature, Courage, Calamity, Faces, Human nature, Will)

A great source of calamity lies in regret and anticipation; therefore a person is wise who thinks of the present alone, regardless of the past or future.
- Oliver Goldsmith
(Keywords: Anticipation, Calamity, Future, Lies, Past, Present, Regret)

A great calamity is as old as the trilobites an hour after it has happened.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes
(Keywords: Calamity, Old)

When any calamity has been suffered the first thing to be remembered is, how much has been escaped.
- Samuel Johnson
(Keywords: Calamity, First)

Therefore the elect shall go forth... to see the torments of the impious, seeing which they will not be grieved, but will be satiated with joy at the sight of the unutterable calamity of the impious.
- Peter Lombard
(Keywords: Calamity, Joy, Sight, Will)

Calamity is the test of integrity.
- Samuel Richardson
(Keywords: Calamity, Integrity)

Necessity may well be called the mother of invention but calamity is the test of integrity.
- Samuel Richardson
(Keywords: Mother, Calamity, Integrity, Invention, May, Necessity)

Have the courage to be ignorant of a great number of things, in order to avoid the calamity of being ignorant of everything.
- Sydney Smith
(Keywords: Courage, Being, Calamity, Order)

Yield not to calamity, but face her boldly.
- Virgil
(Keywords: Calamity, Yield)

Every calamity is to be overcome by endurance.
- Virgil
(Keywords: Calamity, Endurance)

Often it takes some calamity to make us live in the present. Then suddenly we wake up and see all the mistakes we have made.
- Bill Watterson
(Keywords: Calamity, Mistakes, Present)









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