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1. "It is one of the unexpected disasters of the modern age that our new unparalleled access to information has come at the price of our capacity to concentrate on anything much. The deep, immersive thinking which produced many of civilization's most important achievements has come under unprecedented assault. We are almost never far from a machine that guarantees us a mesmerizing and libidinous escape from reality. The feelings and thoughts which we have omitted to experience while looking at our screens are left to find their revenge in involuntary twitches and our ever-decreasing ability to fall asleep when we should."
Author: Alain De Botton
2. "It was a great fucking time, the short era of disaster euphoria, for nothing enhances pleasures and blocks guilt like a looming cataclysm."
Author: Aleksandar Hemon
3. "Trusting our intuition often saves us from disaster."
Author: Anne Wilson Schaef
4. "In the abstract art of cooking,ingredients trump appliances,passion supersedes expertise,creativity triumphs over technique,spontaneity inspires invention,and wine makes even the worst culinary disaster taste delicious."
Author: Bob Blumer
5. "My friends, as I have discovered myself, there are no disasters, only opportunities. And, indeed, opportunities for fresh disasters."
Author: Boris Johnson
6. "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."
Author: Boris Yeltsin
7. "Brightness Markal! What a disaster that hairstyle is; how brave of you to show it to the world"
Author: Brandon Sanderson
8. "Disaster is a natural part of my evolution toward tragedy and dissolution."
Author: Chuck Palahniuk
9. "A bad map is worse than no map at all for it engendered in the traveler a false confidence and might easily cause him to set aside these instincts which would otherwise guide him if he would but place himself in their care. He said that to follow a false map was to invite disaster. He gestured at the sketching in the dirt. As if to invite them to behold its futility. The second man on the bench nodded his agreement in this and said that the map in question was a folly and that the dogs in the street would piss upon it."
Author: Cormac McCarthy
10. "There is a saying in Tibetan, 'Tragedy should be utilized as a source of strength.'No matter what sort of difficulties, how painful experience is, if we lose our hope, that's our real disaster."
Author: Dalai Lama XIV
11. "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."
Author: Daniel Akaka
12. "...the half-concealed disasters that constitute a life."
Author: Don DeLillo
13. "Gabriel,' said Jerott firmly, ‘is now at Birgu, Malta, engaged in a life-and-death struggle for the Grand Mastership of the Order of St John. He is unlikely to spend a large part of his time arranging esoteric disasters for his adversaries. He is far more likely to arrange to kill them stone dead.' ‘All right. You go and get killed stone dead on that side of the garden, and I'll stick to this,' said Lymond."
Author: Dorothy Dunnett
14. "Some people don't like change, but you need to embrace change if the alternative is disaster."
Author: Elon Musk
15. "This boy has negative charisma. He walks into a room and the oxygen starts to evaporate. I guess that's why girls sleep with him. They find his awfulness transfixing. He's like a lousy 1970's disaster movie that they can't bring themselves to turn off, even though it is making their life worse every minute they leave it on."
Author: Emma Forrest
16. "There was a stricken conscience of public guilt and we all felt that we had been wrong, that something was wrong with that building which we had accepted or the tragedy never would have happened. Moved by this sense of stricken guilt, we banded ourselves together to find a way by law to prevent this kind of disaster."
Author: Frances Perkins
17. "In the midst of a full-blown disaster – with the house apparently self-destructing around them – Lila was calmly filing her nails."
Author: Francine Pascal
18. "I learned that in these disasters, all we can do is tell our In Case of Emergencies that their grief is real, and if it lasts forever, then we will grieve with them forever.As far as I was able to tell during those two years, there was nothing else worth saying. It was not going to be all right, ever. Everything doesn't happen for a decent reason. I was Sister's In Case of Emergency and I couldn't fix her emergency. I couldn't do anything at all except feed her, hold her when she cried, pray angry prayers, keep showing up, and hope that time and my home and presence would offer healing."
Author: Glennon Melton
19. "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."
Author: Godfried Danneels
20. "Monotheism is easily the greatest disaster to befall the human race."
Author: Gore Vidal
21. "At the time thousands of Africans were dying over control of diamonds sold in shopping malls around the world, U.S president Bill Clinton was impeached for perjury, NATO began bombing Yugoslavia, and everyone else was preparing for digital disaster from Y2K"
Author: Greg Campbell
22. "Unlike films, plays don't take place in the past. The fear,anxiety of the actors is happening now, in front of you. If performing is risky, we identify with the possibility of granduer and disaster" ("The Body" and Seven Stories)."
Author: Hanif Kureishi
23. "I want you bad like a natural disaster. You are all I see. You are the only one I want to know."
Author: Henry Rollins
24. "The things you think are the disasters in your life are not the disasters really. Almost anything can be turned around: out of every ditch, a path, if you can only see it."
Author: Hilary Mantel
25. "For I was never able to understand, then or later on, why, if one wanted to do a thing, one should not do it. For I have never waited to do as I wished. This has frequently brought me to disaster and calamity, but at least I have the satisfaction of getting my own way."
Author: Isadora Duncan
26. "The ambiguous role of the car crash needs no elaboration—apart from our own deaths, the car crash is probably the most dramatic event in our lives, and in many cases the two will coincide. Aside from the fact that we generally own or are at the controls of the crashing vehicle, the car crash differs from other disasters in that it involves the most powerfully advertised commercial product of this century, an iconic entity that combines the elements of speed, power, dream and freedom within a highly stylized format that defuses any fears we may have of the inherent dangers of these violent and unstable machines."
Author: J.G. Ballard
27. "I think that the economy, and the political system, has literally become such a disaster I don't know if it's possible to save it."
Author: James Wood
28. "I came into acting with that sort of dull, meet-with-triumph-and-disaster-the-same philosophy and it's been the right one for me."
Author: Jamie Sives
29. "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."
Author: Jan Egeland
30. "I went through a big Alice Cooper phase, which was probably a major influence on my writing style later, especially after Plastic Surgery Disasters."
Author: Jello Biafra
31. "Kathy was a Republican, one of those people who used the unforgivable phrase "meant to be"--usually when describing her own good fortune or the disasters that had befallen other people."
Author: Jennifer Egan
32. "You're brooding, Leonard, my friend. What's the problem?""I blew it with Fitzgerald.""I don't think you're giving yourself enough credit. It was more like a nuclear disaster."
Author: Joe R. Lansdale
33. "The war on Iraq was a disaster, clearly carried out under false pretences."
Author: Joe Wilson
34. "Cradle Song for Eleanor": Sleep, my darling, sleep; The pity of it all Is all we compass if We watch disaster fall. Put off your twenty-odd Encumbered years and creep Into the only heaven, The robbers' cave of sleep. The wild grass will whisper, Lights of passing cars Will streak across your dreams And fumble at the stars; Life will tap the window Only too soon again, Life will have her answer – Do not ask her when. When the winsome bubble Shivers, when the bough Breaks, will be the moment But not here or now. Sleep and, asleep, forget The watchers on the wall Awake all night who know The pity of it all."
Author: Louis MacNeice
35. "There are no quick fixes to Indigenous poverty and social disaster."
Author: Malcolm Fraser
36. "Her heart swelled with misery, until it felt too large for her bosom. It beat with odd little jerks; her hands were cold, and a feeling of disaster oppressed her."
Author: Margaret Mitchell
37. "It is a disaster that wisdom forbids you to be satisfied with yourself and always sends you away dissatisfied and fearful, whereas stubbornness and foolhardiness fill their hosts with joy and assurance."
Author: Michel De Montaigne
38. "It was Matthews, of course, for whom the verdict was the greatest disaster. Not only had he failed to escape from Bedlam, but the anomalies of the case made it highly unlikely that he would have the chance to appeal again. His family and friends had assembled an impeccable case, most of which had been ignored."
Author: Mike Jay
39. "Success sometimes may be defined as a disaster put on hold. Qualified. Has to be."
Author: Nadine Gordimer
40. "The beef industry has contributed to more American deaths than all the wars of this century, all natural disasters, and all automobile accidents combined."
Author: Neal Barnard
41. "Introduction to bits. Things are going up on the curb, every few months. Maybe. Bottle of the inside of the lines of the landing, not as we can set of brightness. But the houses get repayed, man. Anywhere. There's nowhere else to be late at a number of me? But it's visible from the house. It's early evening, but it crackles and perhaps they own. It means that perhaps the result of bubbly waiting for a few moments. I have to flinch at the forthcoming disaster strikes. Nathan: He travels. While most of the hoarded seconds of the moon given flesh. Inanna is that they own. That which does the theme afterwards. They become bitter. Not a level on a few moments I see. Thank you. Yeah. Arty stuff."
Author: Neil Gaiman
42. "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."
Author: Patrick J. Kennedy
43. "BP has finally acknowledged what the American people have been saying for weeks: It must take responsibility for its reckless conduct, clean up the Gulf and compensate the countless victims of the disaster it caused."
Author: Peter Welch
44. "If we cannot abate the disaster, the one honor we have is the probity of our lucidness."
Author: Rainer J. Hanshe
45. "We're always just one decision away from disaster." "When you lack wisdom,ask God who gives generously to all."James1:5"
Author: Rick Warren
46. "The National Guard has served America as both a wartime force and the first military responders in times of domestic crisis. Hundreds of times each year, the nation's governors call upon their Guard troops to respond to fires, floods, hurricanes and other natural disasters."
Author: Russel Honore
47. "Technology without hatred can be a blessing. Technology with hatred is always a disaster."
Author: Simon Wiesenthal
48. "Nothing but disaster follows from applause."
Author: Thomas Bernhard
49. "Paduk and all the rest wrote on steadily, but Krug's failure was complete, a baffling and hideous disaster, for he had been busy becoming an elderly man instead of learning the simple but now unobtainable passages which they, mere boys, had memorized."
Author: Vladimir Nabokov
50. "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."
Author: Warren Rudman

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