Quotes of Calamity

“ There are two tragedies in life. One is not to get your heart's desire. The other is to get it. ”

- George Bernard Shaw

“ Let us be of good cheer, remembering that the misfortunes hardest to bear are those which never happen. ”

- James Russell Lowell

“ War is a series of catastrophes that results in a victory. ”

- Georges Clemenceau

“ To lose one parent may be regarded as a misfortune…to lose both seems like carelessness. ”

- Oscar Wilde

“ As if Misfortune made the Throne her Seat, And none could be unhappy but the Great. ”

- Nicholas Rowe

“ All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That's his. ”

- Oscar Wilde

“ Calamities are of two kinds: misfortunes to ourselves, and good fortune to others. ”

- Ambrose Bierce

“ If Gladstone fell into the Thames, that would be a misfortune; and if anybody pulled him out, that I suppose would be a calamity. ”

- Benjamin Disraeli

“ The play was a great success, but the audience was a disaster. ”

- Oscar Wilde

“ In politics a straight line is the shortest distance to disaster. ”

- John P. Roche

“ There has been much tragedy in my life; at least half of it actually happened. ”

- Mark Twain

“ The world is a comedy to those who think, a tragedy to those who feel. ”

- Horace Walpole

“ The tragedy of life doesn't lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach. ”

- Benjamin Mays

“ To take revenge halfheartedly is to court disaster: Either condemn or crown your hatred. ”

- Pierre Corneille

“ There is no calamity that right words will not begin to redress. ”

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

“ It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light. ”

- Aristotle

“ 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

“ Destruction was effected after visitation, for visitation always precedes. ”

- Emanuel Swedenborg

“ 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 calamity is as old as the trilobites an hour after it has happened. ”

- Oliver Wendell Holmes

“ I mistrust total competence. I've always felt life is a series of small disasters we try to get through. ”

- Michael Palin

“ Affliction is enamoured of thy parts, and thou art wedded to calamity. ”

- William Shakespeare

“ Calamity is man's true touchstone. ”

- Beaumont Fletcher

“ Calamity is the perfect glass wherein we truly see and know ourselves. ”

- William Davenant

“ Calamity is the test of integrity. ”

- Samuel Richardson

“ Calamity is virtue's opportunity. ”

- Marcus Annaeus Seneca

“ Life improves slowly and goes wrong fast, and only catastrophe is clearly visible. ”

- Edward Teller

“ Do not accustom yourself to consider debt only as an inconvenience. You will find it a calamity. ”

- Samuel Johnson

“ Every calamity is a spur and valuable hint. ”

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

“ He who foresees calamities, suffers them twice over. ”

- Bishop Porteous
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