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  • Calamity is the test of integrity. -- Samuel Richardson
  • Calamity is virtue's opportunity. -- Seneca the Younger
  • Calamity is man's true touchstone. -- John William Fletcher
  • Calamity is the perfect glass wherein we truly see and know ourselves. -- William Davenant
  • Necessity may well be called the mother of invention but calamity is the test of integrity. -- Samuel Richardson
  • When any calamity has been suffered the first thing to be remembered is, how much has been escaped. -- Samuel Johnson
  • A little learning, indeed, may be a dangerous thing, but the want of learning is a calamity to any people. -- Frederick Douglass
  • Prohibit the taking of omens, and do away with superstitious doubts. Then, until death itself comes, no calamity need be feared. -- Sun Tzu
  • It is an easy thing for one whose foot is on the outside of calamity to give advice and to rebuke the sufferer. -- Aeschylus
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Calamity was ordained for man. -- Bill Vaughan
  • Until death itself comes, no calamity need be feared -- Sun Tzu
  • Every calamity is a spur and a valuable hint. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Calamity is a blessing when it brings one to God. --- Hadassah -- Francine Rivers
  • Learn to see in another's calamity the ills which you should avoid. -- Publilius Syrus
  • Calamities are of two kinds: misfortunes to ourselves, and good fortune to others. -- Ambrose Bierce
  • We are more disturbed by a calamity which threatens us than by one which has befallen us. -- John Lancaster Spalding
  • Do not accustom yourself to consider debt only as an inconvenience; you will find it a calamity. -- Samuel Johnson
  • Suffering becomes beautiful when anyone bears great calamities with cheerfulness, not through insensibility but through greatness of mind. -- Aristotle
  • How wisely fate ordain'd for human kind Calamity! which is the perfect glass, Wherein we truly see and know ourselves. -- Bill Vaughan
  • There is no calamity which a great nation can invite which equals that which follows a supine submission to wrong and injustice -- Grover Cleveland
  • If, like the prophet Noah, you have patience in the distress of the flood, Calamity turns aside, and the desire of a thousand years comes forth. -- Hafez
  • It is only from the belief of the goodness and wisdom of a supreme being, that our calamities can be borne in the manner which becomes a man. -- Henry Mackenzie
  • Suffering is a privilege. It moves us toward thinking of essential things and shakes us out of complacency. Calamity cracks you open, moves you to change your ways. -- Pico Iyer
  • Let's review the cost-free techniques that we've learned so far for raising an achievement-oriented, obedient, drug-free, virgin adult: Calamity, Praise, Local Theater, and flat feet. Another key element is "Strong Father Figure / Fear Thereof." -- Tina Fey
  • Our chief usefulness to humanity rests on our combining power with high purpose. Power undirected by high purpose spells calamity, and high purpose by itself is utterly useless if the power to put it into effect is lacking. -- Theodore Roosevelt
  • Calamity with us, is made an excuse for doing wrong. With them, it is erected into a reason for their doing right. This is really the justice of rich to poor, and I protest against it because it is so. -- Charles Dickens
  • We only have one dog now. Calamity Jane had to be put down. She was very old, and her medicine no longer controlled her seizures. Dilly is five now, I think. He's a neutered American Pit Bull Terrier, very gentle, about the color of buckskin. -- Gene Wolfe
  • It is a melancholy but an undoubted fact, that, even in the most thriving countries, part of the population annually dies of mere want. Not that all who perish from want absolutely die of hunger; though this calamity is of more frequent occurrence than is generally supposed. -- Jean-Baptiste Say
  • Cookie had taken her daughter amber to school then walked the thirty-something feet to work earlier. Our business was on the second floor of Calamity's, my dad's bar, which sat right in front of our apartment building. The short commute was nice and rarely invloved rabid raccoons. -- Darynda Jones
  • Calamity, war, famine, plague, death, adversity, disease, injury do not necessarily produce repentance. We may become better in a calamity but it does not necessarily make us repent. The essence of repentance is that we cannot be repentant until we confront our own self righteousness with God's righteousness. -- Fulton J. Sheen
  • The tragedy of life doesn't lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach. It isn't a calamity to die with dreams unfulfilled, but it is a calamity not to dream...It is not a disgrace not to reach the stars, but it is a disgrace to have no stars to reach for. Not failure, but low aim is sin. -- Benjamin E. Mays
  • To me, self-description is a calamity. -- Jasper Johns
  • Every calamity is to be overcome by endurance. -- Virgil
  • He is not valiant that dares die, but he that boldly bears calamity. -- Philip Massinger
  • A great calamity is as old as the trilobites an hour after it has happened. -- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
  • A bad neighbor is as great a calamity as a good one is a great advantage. -- Hesiod
  • It isn't a calamity to die with dreams unfulfilled, but it is a calamity not to dream. -- Benjamin E. Mays
  • These hands which stretch out, implore, beg, then rise to the head in a gesture of calamity. -- Frederick Leboyer
  • 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
  • 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
  • You have a strange relationship with calamity when you're a writer: you write about it; as an artist, you objectify and fetishize it. You render life into material, and that's a creepy thing to do. -- Tony Kushner
  • Who are benefits promised to, overwhelmingly? Well, they're promised to older people. And if you have a society like Europe that is upside down where there are a lot more older people than younger people, you have economic calamity. -- Rick Santorum
  • 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
  • I have a lot of sympathy with the ideas and frustration of the Occupy movement. I absolutely agree with the sense that Wall Street has brought an economic calamity to the middle class and that no one has been held accountable. -- Susan Bysiewicz
  • The newspaper headlines may shout about global warming, extinctions of living species, the devastation of rain forests, and other worldwide catastrophes, but Americans evince a striking complacency when it comes to their everyday environment and the growing calamity that it represents. -- James Howard Kunstler
  • 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
  • There are always signs that a reign is ending, and they are usually spotted not in the king himself but in his court. In the inner circle, latent jealousies between advisers spill into open conflict, as they angrily debate who is to blame for the calamity, chewing over each other's past errors and pointing the finger at old and nascent enemies. -- Hanna Rosin
  • Equanimity is calamity's medicine. -- Publilius Syrus
  • Charisma without character is postponed calamity. -- Peter Ajisafe
  • Public calamity is a mighty leveler -- Edmund Burke
  • Public calamity is a mighty leveller. -- Edmund Burke
  • The stock actor is a stage calamity -- George Bernard Shaw
  • May God protect us from every calamity. -- Lailah Gifty Akita
  • Love becomes greater and nobler in calamity. -- Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • Fortune is not satisfied with inflicting one calamity. -- Publilius Syrus
  • Accumulating love brings luck, accumulating hatred brings calamity. -- Paulo Coelho
  • Fate is not satisfied with inflicting one calamity. -- Publilius Syrus
  • Hatred is internal calamity that destroys the keeper -- Aftab Alam
  • Yield not to calamity, but face her boldly. -- Virgil
  • He who faces no calamity gains no courage. -- Rudyard Kipling
  • May the Lord rescue you from any calamity. -- Lailah Gifty Akita
  • Half a calamity is better than a whole one. -- T. E. Lawrence
  • What good is religion if it collapses under calamity? -- H. G. Wells
  • Good biology without good philosophy will be a calamity. -- George Will
  • Well-meant ignorance is a grievous calamity in high places. -- Jacques-Benigne Bossuet
  • At the end of faith there is always some calamity -- Bangambiki Habyarimana
  • miracles had to be paid for; only calamity was free. -- Lisa St. Aubin de TerĂ¡n
  • In the midst of calamity, we build our inner strength. -- Lailah Gifty Akita
  • Drudgery, calamity, exasperation, want, are instructors in eloquence and wisdom. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • marriage was a calamity, but it was not an occupation. -- Marthe Bibesco
  • There is no calamity greater than lightly engaging in war. -- Laozi
  • Almighty Father, do not destroy mankind. Save us from every calamity. -- Lailah Gifty Akita
  • When democratic governments create economic calamity, free markets get the blame. -- Jack Kemp
  • Every trail has its end, and every calamity brings its lesson! -- James Fenimore Cooper
  • The worst calamity: 'To have eyes and fail to see.' -- Helen Keller
  • The wickedness of the few makes the calamity of the many. -- Publilius Syrus
  • There is no calamity that right words will not begin to redress -- Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Affliction is enamoured of thy parts, And thou art wedded to calamity. -- William Shakespeare
  • Do not say, What what fear has a rich man of calamity. -- Chanakya
  • He who sees the calamity of other people finds his own calamity light -- Arabian Proverb
  • The calamity that comes is never the one we had prepared ourselves for. -- Mark Twain
  • There is only one calamity: ignorance. And there is only one solution: enlightenment. -- Jaggi Vasudev
  • He is not valiant that dares lie; but he that boldly bears calamity. -- Philip Massinger
  • It is surely a great calamity for a human being to have no obsessions. -- Robert Bly
  • And what greater calamity can fall upon a nation than the loss of worship. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Loss is essential. Loss is part and parcel of that necessary calamity called life. -- Rohinton Mistry
  • For me there is a vital connection between the Bihar calamity and the untouchability campaign. -- Mahatma Gandhi
  • They say that if you get bored enough with calamity you can learn to laugh. -- Lawrence Durrell
  • For those properly prepared, the bear market is not only a calamity but an opportunity. -- John Templeton
  • Every calamity should lead to a thorough cleansing of individual as well as social life. -- Mahatma Gandhi
  • The compensations of calamity are made apparent to the understanding also, after long intervals of time. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • The greatest calamity which could befall us would be submission to a government of unlimited powers. -- Thomas Jefferson
  • It is the common calamity of old age to lose whatever might have rendered it desirable.... -- Edward Gibbon
  • No personal calamity is so crushing that something true and great can't be made of it -- Bill W.
  • I am thankful that in a troubled world no calamity can prevent the return of spring. -- Helen Keller
  • One common calamity makes men extremely affect each other, though they differ in every other particular -- Richard Steele
  • Whilst the Bihar calamity damages the body, the calamity brought about by untouchability corrodes the very soul. -- Mahatma Gandhi
  • To be, or not to be; that is the bare bodkin That makes calamity of so long life; -- Mark Twain
  • A calamity does not descend except due to a sin and it is not lifted except with repentance. -- Ali ibn Abi Talib
  • Incessant falls teach men to reform, and distress rouses their strength. Life springs from calamity, and death from ease. -- Mencius
  • The calamity of war, wherever, whenever and upon whomever it descends, is a tragedy for the whole of humanity. -- Raisa Gorbacheva
  • It is in the thick of a calamity that one gets hardened to the truth, in other words to silence. -- Albert Camus
  • It is in the thick of calamity that one gets hardened to the truth - in other words, to silence. -- Albert Camus
  • There are few states, I suppose, which exact so severe a toll from one's nervous system as the anticipation of calamity. -- Sax Rohmer
  • Your calamity was sent to bring you back to the Quran. But the greater calamity is that you missed the point. -- Yasmin
  • Woman is a necessary evil, a natural temptation, a desirable calamity, a domestic peril, a deadly fascination, and a painted ill. -- Saint John Chrysostom
  • I would say the damage here is much more [than the tsunami], the magnitude of the calamity here is much more -- Bill Vaughan
  • The desire to explain what is simple by what is complex, what is easy by what is difficult, is a calamity . -- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  • Poverty, labor, and calamity are not without their luxuries, which the rich, the indolent, and the fortunate in vain seek for. -- William Hazlitt
  • Know, he that foretells his own calamity, and makes events before they come, twice over, doth endure the pains of evil destiny. -- Bill Vaughan
  • In spite of calamity, He still has a plan for me, And it's working for my good, And it's building my testimony... -- Marvin Sapp
  • Aping urbanity, Oozing with vanity, Plump as a manatee, Faking humanity, Intellectual inanity, Journalistic calamity, Fox Noise insanity, You're a profanity, Hannity -- John Cleese
  • Birth is a dream, spontaneous and innate. Death, on the other hand, is a slow, false, divine calamity. It is like love. -- Kevin Moffett
  • Now, the education of our children is of national concern, and if they are not educated properly, it is a national calamity. -- Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • He who runs away from a fearful calamity, a foreign invasion, a terrible famine, and the companionship of wicked men is safe. -- Chanakya
  • Syria has become the great tragedy of this century - a disgraceful humanitarian calamity with suffering and displacement unparalleled in recent history, -- Antonio Guterres
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