Quotes and Sayings about Disaster



"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
(Related: American, Cities, Country, Disaster, Rest, states)

"Lebanon was under Israeli occupation, up to its capital, but we did not consider that a disaster. Why? Because it was very clear that there are ways to resist."
- Bashar al-Assad
(Related: Disaster, Occupation)

"The most significant indicator that there is no disaster in Iraq is the fact that there is no exodus."
- Bashar al-Assad
(Related: Disaster, Fact, Iraq)

"These days, it's really been uninteresting except when disasters occur."
- James Van Allen
(Related: Disasters)

"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
(Related: Time, Act, Chance, Disaster, Discovery, Fulfillment, May)

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

"If a sufficient number of management layers are superimposed on top of each other, it can be assured that disaster is not left to chance."
- Norman Ralph Augustine
(Related: Management, Chance, Disaster)

"The beef industry has contributed to more American deaths than all the wars of this century, all natural disasters, and all automobile accidents combined."
- Neal Barnard
(Related: Accidents, American, Disasters)

"Only disaster can follow divided counsels and opposing wills."
- Thomas John Barnardo
(Related: Disaster)

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

"I went through a big Alice Cooper phase, which was probably a major influence on my writing style later, especially after Plastic Surgery Disasters."
- Jello Biafra
(Related: Disasters, Influence, Style, Writing)

"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
(Related: 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
(Related: 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
(Related: Art, Disaster, Losing, Loss)

"Failure is simply the non-presence of success. But a fiasco is a disaster of mythic proportions."
- Orlando Bloom
(Related: Success, Failure, Disaster)

"There's a difference between a failure and a fiasco... a fiasco is a disaster of mythic proportions."
- Orlando Bloom
(Related: Failure, Difference, Disaster)

"Mr. Speaker, from hurricanes and floods in Latin America to earthquakes in Asia, natural disasters are increasingly becoming a regular feature of life for large numbers of people around the globe."
- Earl Blumenauer
(Related: Life, People, America, Disasters, Numbers)

"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
(Related: 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
(Related: 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
(Related: 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
(Related: 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
(Related: Wisdom, Life, Knowledge, Control, Children, Disaster, Smile)

"AIDS is the biggest challenge, the major disaster facing this country and we would have wished for something more specific and far-reaching."
- Mangosuthu Buthelezi
(Related: Challenge, Country, Disaster)

"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
(Related: People, Decision, Disaster, Eyes, Misfortune, Open)

"Americans rightly asked, if this is the way our government responds to a natural disaster it knew about days in advance, how would it respond to a surprise terrorist attack? How would it respond to an earthquake?"
- Russ Carnahan
(Related: Government, Americans, Disaster)

"I beg you take courage; the brave soul can mend even disaster."
- Catherine II
(Related: Soul, Courage, Disaster)

"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
(Related: 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
(Related: Society, Disaster, Disease)

"I had seen people who had lost everything and everyone they loved to war, famine, and natural disasters."
- Chelsea Clinton
(Related: War, People, Disasters, Famine)

"If we don't change, millions of American families are just one medical emergency, or one layoff, away from financial disaster and bankruptcy."
- Jim Cooper
(Related: Medical, Change, Financial, American, Disaster)

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

"Alas, I emerge from one disaster to fall into a worse."
- Pierre Corneille
(Related: Disaster)

"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
(Related: Successful, Disaster, Disasters, Formula)

"If you put yourself in a group of people you cannot work with it's obviously going to be a disaster."
- David Cronenberg
(Related: Work, People, Disaster)

"There is no sense in doing a wonderful script with somebody who can't direct because that is a disaster."
- Robert Culp
(Related: Disaster, Sense)

"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
(Related: 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
(Related: Boston, College, Disaster, June, Murder, Sense, Victims, Word)

"I tell you, the difference for me is between being victimized, terrorized, numbed by reading about different disasters, or reducing the anxiety by getting up and doing something about it, at whatever level."
- Ted Danson
(Related: Anxiety, Being, Difference, Disasters, Reading)

"The environmental movement, like all political processes, reacts best to disasters. But these are very slow, very gradual disasters in the making."
- Ted Danson
(Related: Environmental, Disasters)

"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
(Related: History, People, America, American, Culture, Disaster, Europe, France)

"Mr. Chairman, obviously a $60 million cut in the National Endowment for the Arts would be a disaster."
- Norm Dicks
(Related: Disaster)

"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
(Related: 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
(Related: Thought, People, Knowledge, Financial, Disaster, First)

"Working together was a bit of a disaster. I'd tell him his ideas were cr*p and he'd say the same about mine."
- Daisy Donovan
(Related: Ideas, Disaster)

"Turning the Internet over to the U.N. or some other phony international organization would be a disaster, and I am not willing to stand by and let it happen."
- John Doolittle
(Related: Disaster, Internet)

"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
(Related: 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
(Related: Humor, History, Disaster, Nation)

"But by showing us live coverage of every bad thing happening everywhere in the world, cable news makes life seem like it's just an endless string of disasters - when, for most people in most places today, life is fairly good."
- Gregg Easterbrook
(Related: Life, People, Disasters, News, Today, World)

"In a world full of competing emergencies and disasters, it really helps if there is an international locomotive that can help us bring attention - help us bring resources."
- Jan Egeland
(Related: Attention, Disasters, Help, World)

"There is a huge responsibility on all of us to get England through. It would be one of the biggest disasters in sports history if we blew it and we must make sure it does not happen."
- Rio Ferdinand
(Related: History, Sports, Disasters, England, Responsibility)

"People who live through transplants or disasters like Sept. 11 are survivors."
- Geraldine Ferraro
(Related: People, Disasters)

"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
(Related: 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
(Related: Government, Time, People, American, Disaster, Potential, Responsibility)

"There are no quick fixes to Indigenous poverty and social disaster."
- Malcolm Fraser
(Related: Disaster, Poverty, Quick)

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

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

"If I could learn to treat triumph and disaster the same, then I would find bliss."
- Kathie Lee Gifford
(Related: Disaster)

"One morning, just like 9/11, there's going to be a disaster. I have yet to see the United Nations do anything effective with either Iran or North Korea."
- Newt Gingrich
(Related: Disaster, Nations, United)

"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
(Related: 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
(Related: 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
(Related: Gods, Court, Disaster, Listening, Self, Sleep, Talking)

"You know, when something like, even like a coal mine disaster, or something like this, you think that well everybody's going to make a run to be able to get out, but it happened to fast that they were just all dead."
- Richard Grimes
(Related: Disaster)

"We had had several mine disasters where workers, some of the workers were rescued. It was, you know, who was lucky and who weren't. Some would find the air pockets But, in this one, bam, it was just, everybody was gone and it greatly depressed the state."
- Richard Grimes
(Related: Disasters, State, Workers)

"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
(Related: Work, People, Americans, Disability, Disaster, Help, Retirement)

"One of the things I thought a lot about was how can we get the views, for instance, the main plaza, you look up to Telegraph Hill from there and therefore it would be a disaster to close that view off."
- Lawrence Halprin
(Related: Thought, Disaster)

"There is a growing feeling that perhaps Texas is really another country, a place where the skies, the disasters, the diamonds, the politicians, the women, the fortunes, the football players and the murders are all bigger than anywhere else."
- Pete Hamill
(Related: Women, Country, Disasters, Feeling, Football, Politicians)

"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
(Related: Funny, Heart, Chaos, Disaster, Grief, Light, Loss, Play)

"It never occurred to me that we would have as grandiose a program as the Marshall Plan, but I felt that we had to do something to save Europe from economic disaster which would encourage the Communist takeover."
- W. Averell Harriman
(Related: Disaster, Europe)

"There could have been more planning in New Orleans, but you look at all the devastation that happened there - have we gotten to 3,000 deaths yet? For that magnitude of a disaster, that's not all that bad."
- John Hickenlooper
(Related: Disaster, Planning)

"It's hard to believe President George Bush gave a speech in New Orleans about disaster recovery and failed to mention the word 'farm' or the word 'rural.'"
- Jim Hightower
(Related: Disaster, President, Speech, Word)

"Farms and ranches contend with much more than quarterly reports and profit margins - the weather can wreak havoc on their quality of life and economic viability. When natural disasters strike, we must do all we can to assist the backbone of our economy."
- Ruben Hinojosa
(Related: Life, Quality, Disasters, Economy, Profit, Weather)

"This is a Disaster. This isn't something somebody can control. We ain't stuck on stupid."
- Russel Honore
(Related: Control, Disaster)

"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
(Related: Time, Americans, Class, Company, Disaster, Middle class, Rules)

"A disaster where marble has been substituted for imagination."
- Ada Louise Huxtable
(Related: Imagination, Disaster)

"Yeah, I think it's an absolute disaster that Australia, the government, allowed kangaroo culling."
- Steve Irwin
(Related: Government, Disaster)

"First, those images help us understand the general and specific magnitude of disaster caused by the tsunami. The huge outpouring of aid would not have happened without those images."
- Bruce Jackson
(Related: Disaster, First, Help)

"My friends, as I have discovered myself, there are no disasters, only opportunities. And, indeed, opportunities for fresh disasters."
- Boris Johnson
(Related: Disasters, Friends)

"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
(Related: 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
(Related: 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
(Related: Power, Discipline, Disaster, Religious)

"Our agricultural economy in the Hudson Valley continues to face historically low prices and producer income, as well as losses due to weather and other disasters."
- Sue Kelly
(Related: Disasters, Economy, Income, Weather)

"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
(Related: 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
(Related: People, Disaster, Tragedy)

"Did you know that the word "tsunami," which is now being used worldwide, is a Japanese word? This is indicative of the extent to which Japan has been subject to frequent tsunami disasters in the past."
- Junichiro Koizumi
(Related: Being, Disasters, Now, Past, Word)

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

"It's not a field, I think, for people who need to have success every day: if you can't live with a nightly sort of disaster, you should get out. I wouldn't describe myself as lacking in confidence, but I would just say that the ghosts you chase you never catch."
- Michael Korda
(Related: Success, People, Confidence, Disaster)

"We must expect reverses, even defeats. They are sent to teach us wisdom and prudence, to call forth greater energies, and to prevent our falling into greater disasters."
- Robert E. Lee
(Related: Wisdom, Disasters, Prudence)

"Weapons of mass destruction in the hands of Islamic extremists will be a disaster for the world."
- Ron Lewis
(Related: 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
(Related: Change, Government, History, Hope, Disaster, Future, Politicians, President, Result, Self)

"My mother was a phoenix who always expected to rise from the ashes of her latest disaster. She loved being Judy Garland."
- Lorna Luft
(Related: Mother, Being, Disaster)

"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
(Related: People, Congress, Disaster, Job, Loss, Talk, Talking, Washington, Weather)

"Many a happiness in life, as many a disaster, can be due to chance, but the peace within us can never be governed by chance."
- Maurice Maeterlinck
(Related: Happiness, Peace, Life, Chance, Disaster)

"An orchestra full of stars can be a disaster."
- Kurt Masur
(Related: Disaster, Stars)

"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
(Related: War, History, Soul, Cancer, Disaster, Eating, Nation)

"W2K will be a bigger disaster than Y2K."
- Scott McNealy
(Related: Disaster, Will)

"The most dire disaster in love is the death of imagination."
- George Meredith
(Related: Death, Imagination, Love, Disaster)

"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
(Related: 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
(Related: History, Disaster, State)

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

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

"If we continue to address the issue of the environment where we live as though we're the only species that lives here, we'll create a disaster for ourselves."
- Gaylord Nelson
(Related: Disaster, Environment)

"As Mayor of San Francisco, I will work hard to ensure that, in the event of natural or man-made disasters, San Franciscans are prepared and our City is protected."
- Gavin Newsom
(Related: Work, Disasters, Man, Will)

"Homeowners and business owners across the country agreed to pay premiums, communities agreed to adopt building codes to mitigate flood dangers, and the Federal Government agreed to provide insurance coverage to policyholders after a disaster."
- Bob Ney
(Related: Business, Government, Building, Country, Disaster)

"The great secret of a successful marriage is to treat all disasters as incidents and none of the incidents as disasters."
- Harold Nicolson
(Related: Marriage, Successful, Disasters)

"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
(Related: Experience, Family, Health, Care, Disaster, First, Importance)

"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
(Related: Movies, Disaster, End, World)

"The conduct of President Bush's war of choice has been plagued with incompetent civilian leadership decisions that have cost many lives and rendered the war on and occupation of Iraq a strategic policy disaster for the United States."
- John Olver
(Related: Leadership, War, Policy, Choice, Decisions, Disaster, Iraq, Occupation, President, states, United)

"In painting feathers, you want to create the look of feathers, but if you try to paint all the feathers, you have nothing but disaster."
- John O'Neill
(Related: Disaster, Nothing, Painting, Want)

"The minute you think you've got it made, disaster is just around the corner."
- Joe Paterno
(Related: Disaster)

"He taught me never to smile, which helps me when I visit disaster sites."
- Emo Philips
(Related: Disaster, Smile, Visit)

"I am above the weakness of seeking to establish a sequence of cause and effect, between the disaster and the atrocity."
- Edgar Allan Poe
(Related: Cause, Disaster, Effect, Weakness)

"It is imperative that when thousands of selfless volunteers respond to those who have incurred the wrath of a natural disaster that legal liability need not be hanging over their heads."
- Jon Porter
(Related: Legal, Disaster, Wrath)

"But I warn my colleagues that we will fail in our efforts to protect the homeland if we do not take additional steps to avoid a trade-off between protecting ourselves against terrorists attacks and preparing for and responding to natural disasters."
- David E. Price
(Related: Disasters, Trade, Will)

"The Iraq war took priority over domestic disaster prevention."
- Charles Rangel
(Related: War, Disaster, Iraq, Prevention)

"The biggest stories in 2005 were the national disasters."
- Geraldo Rivera
(Related: Disasters)

"Even Woodstock turned out to be a disaster. Everybody was stuck in the mud and people got sick."
- Johnny Rivers
(Related: People, Disaster)

"Mr. President, it may surprise my colleagues, but I am no fan of federal disaster programs for agriculture. They are difficult to pass and often a disaster to implement."
- Pat Roberts
(Related: Agriculture, Disaster, May, President)

"I always tried to turn every disaster into an opportunity."
- John D. Rockefeller
(Related: Opportunity, Disaster)

"I can only hope the federal aid made available today will be sufficient in our recovery efforts, and pray that our citizens continue to be safe from the fallout of this dangerous natural disaster."
- Mike Rogers
(Related: Hope, Disaster, Today, Will)

"Are you kidding? I'm a terrible cook, but John is a really great one. Literally, I never cook. The whole time we were dating, I prepared two officially romantic meals. Both of them were such disasters that he begs me never to go into the kitchen again."
- Rebecca Romijn
(Related: Time, Dating, Disasters, Kitchen, Romantic)

"The chief task was to stop the arms race before it brought utter disaster. However, after the collapse of communism and the disintegration of the Soviet Union, any rationale for having nuclear weapons disappeared."
- Joseph Rotblat
(Related: Communism, Disaster, Race, Weapons)

"If the militarily most powerful - and least threatened - states need nuclear weapons for their security, how can one deny such security to countries that are truly insecure? The present nuclear policy is a recipe for proliferation. It is a policy for disaster."
- Joseph Rotblat
(Related: Policy, Countries, Disaster, Present, Security, states, Weapons)

"You may be right that people say: 'You know what, we had Obama. He was inexperienced. The guy had great rhetoric, sounded good, looked good, but has turned out to be an utter disaster. I want someone where I have confidence and credibility that they're up to the job and that I can trust what they tell me.'"
- Karl Rove
(Related: Trust, People, Confidence, Credibility, Disaster, Job, May, Rhetoric, Right, Want)

"This may sound trite, but bad things happen to good people, and when you're facing terrorism, natural disaster, you can have every wonderful plan in place, but I am a realist."
- Warren Rudman
(Related: People, Disaster, May, Sound, Terrorism)

"The president's very right about one thing: When you have a disaster of that scale, whether it be natural or a terrorist attack, there's only one part of our entire government, state or local, that is equipped to handle it, and that's the U.S. military."
- Warren Rudman
(Related: Government, Disaster, Military, President, Right, State)

"If you have a major disaster involving hundreds of thousands, or in this case millions of people, whether it be a natural disaster or an act of terrorism, the first 72 hours are going to be totally chaotic no matter what you plan to do."
- Warren Rudman
(Related: People, Act, Disaster, First, Terrorism)

"We have also arranged things so that almost no one understands science and technology. This is a prescription for disaster. We might get away with it for a while, but sooner or later this combustible mixture of ignorance and power is going to blow up in our faces."
- Carl Sagan
(Related: Power, Science, Technology, Disaster, Faces, Ignorance)

"If I'm interrupted, it's just a minor inconvenience, but not a disaster, because it's easy to get back where I was: that is, the paint has not changed consistency; the light has not moved."
- Buffy Sainte-Marie
(Related: Consistency, Disaster, Light)

"I don't admire Freud as much as some people do. Imagine Shakespeare being aware of the Oedipal complex when he wrote Hamlet. It would have been a disaster."
- Nathalie Sarraute
(Related: People, Being, Disaster, Shakespeare)

"The garden is growth and change and that means loss as well as constant new treasures to make up for a few disasters."
- May Sarton
(Related: Change, Growth, Disasters, Garden, Loss)

"Trusting our intuition often saves us from disaster."
- Anne Wilson Schaef
(Related: Disaster, Intuition)

"I was proud to witness American Jewish organizations found the Save Darfur Coalition in June 2004 to mobilize a coordinated interfaith response to the ongoing humanitarian disaster."
- Jan Schakowsky
(Related: American, Disaster, June)

"I've produced more pilots than United Airlines, and they've all been disasters. Every audition I ever took in my life I lost."
- Willard Scott
(Related: Life, Disasters, United)

"Iraq continues to be an immense disaster, and the President has no apparent plan for getting our troops out."
- Jose Serrano
(Related: Disaster, Iraq, President, Troops)

"I certainly wouldn't say that my life is a disaster, but there have been moments where I've felt like that."
- Duncan Sheik
(Related: Life, Disaster, Moments)

"Every attempt to make war easy and safe will result in humiliation and disaster."
- William Tecumseh Sherman
(Related: War, Disaster, Result, Will)

"Like all my family and class, I considered it a sign of weakness to show affection; to have been caught kissing my mother would have been a disgrace, and to have shown affection for my father would have been a disaster."
- Agnes Smedley
(Related: Family, Mother, Father, Affection, Class, Disaster, Disgrace, Kissing, Weakness)

"Getting into the habit of switching a timer on will, I promise, save you from any number of kitchen disasters."
- Delia Smith
(Related: Habit, Disasters, Kitchen, Promise, Will)

"Science fiction films are not about science. They are about disaster, which is one of the oldest subjects of art."
- Susan Sontag
(Related: Art, Science, Disaster, Fiction)

"My idea of an amusement park story is getting adventurers to go tour environmental disaster areas. After all, if the entire Great Barrier Reef gets killed, which seems like an extremely lively possibility, what are you going to do with all that rotting limestone?"
- Bruce Sterling
(Related: Environmental, Idea, Possibility, Amusement, Disaster)

"If politics and business fail us, of course the military will be called in. In the developing world, the massive and repeated ecological disasters are quite commonly met by the military."
- Bruce Sterling
(Related: Business, Politics, Disasters, Military, Will, World)

"It's very difficult to ignore humanitarian disasters. The royalties from my albums continue to support my charity work."
- Cat Stevens
(Related: Work, Charity, Disasters, Support)

"Commercial distress in any great business center will the more surely create widespread disaster."
- Josiah Strong
(Related: Business, Disaster, Will)

"I think the inherent right of the Government to lie to save itself when facing a nuclear disaster is basic."
- Arthur Sylvester
(Related: Government, Lie, Disaster, Right)

"My heart goes out to victims and survivors of the Hurricane Katrina tragedy and to their families. This disaster will go down in history books as one of the largest natural disasters in U.S. history."
- Ellen Tauscher
(Related: History, Heart, Books, Disaster, Disasters, Tragedy, Victims, Will)

"The timing was terrible, and having one disaster after another didn't help. I think the pictures on television of the way in which the disaster was handled also helped to turn off the public and Congress."
- Billy Tauzin
(Related: Congress, Disaster, Help, Public, Television)

"The miserable failures of capitalist economies in the Great Depression were root causes of worldwide social and political disasters."
- James Tobin
(Related: Causes, Depression, Disasters)

"Crime is only the worst example, but it is a paradigm for other Labour policy disasters. No one tells the voters that crime is falling: let them stay scared senseless."
- Polly Toynbee
(Related: Policy, Crime, Disasters, Example)

"Know your enemy and know yourself and you can fight a hundred battles without disaster."
- Sun Tzu
(Related: Disaster, Enemy, Fight)

"In the past, people worked together only when some great disaster threatened."
- Walter Ulbricht
(Related: People, Disaster, Past)

"Global interdependence today means that economic disasters in developing countries could create a backlash on developed countries."
- Atal Bihari Vajpayee
(Related: Countries, Disasters, Today)

"One person cooking at home cannot pay attention to too many things. If a woman makes three dishes, she will get nervous on the first, the second will suffer and the third will be a disaster."
- Rene Veaux
(Related: Home, Attention, Cooking, Disaster, First, Will, Woman)

"Well, our position, and our chairman has talked about this extensively, is that we had a lot of intelligence prior to 9/11. We knew that two al Qaeda operatives who ultimately participated in the 9/11 disaster were in the United States. We didn't find them."
- Richard Ben Veniste
(Related: Intelligence, Disaster, states, United)

"Sometimes it takes a natural disaster to reveal a social disaster."
- Jim Wallis
(Related: Disaster)

"It is always one's virtues and not one's vices that precipitate one into disaster."
- Rebecca West
(Related: Disaster, Vices)

"What's sort of interesting about the whole public relations disaster that is the Net, in some ways, is that the fundamentals are really good."
- Meg Whitman
(Related: Disaster, Public)

"Technology without hatred can be a blessing. Technology with hatred is always a disaster."
- Simon Wiesenthal
(Related: Technology, Disaster, Hatred)

"The average man is a conformist, accepting miseries and disasters with the stoicism of a cow standing in the rain."
- Colin Wilson
(Related: Disasters, Man, Rain)

"The war on Iraq was a disaster, clearly carried out under false pretences."
- Joe Wilson
(Related: War, Disaster, Iraq)

"One could see that what you are writing was that today's meeting with President Bill Clinton was going to be a disaster. Now, for the first time, I can tell you that you are a disaster."
- Boris Yeltsin
(Related: Time, Disaster, First, Meeting, Now, President, Today, Writing)

"There was a tsunami and there are terrible natural disasters, all of this because of too little Torah study."
- Ovadia Yosef
(Related: Disasters, Study)

"Pride and excess bring disaster for man."
- Xun Zi
(Related: Disaster, Excess, Man, Pride)

"I'm not really interested in politics, because I think it's just too removed from my own life. If there's a war, though, or a disaster, I want to know what's happening."
- Zhang Ziyi
(Related: Life, Politics, War, Disaster, Want)