disaster

A Quote by Thomas Vernor Smith on anxiety, army, belief, bitterness, chance, day, death, disaster, dreams, endurance, foolishness, freedom, friendship, glory, government, heart, hope, ignorance, laughter, life, losing, patience, peace, people, pity, powe

No man made great by death offers more hope to lowly pride than does Abraham Lincoln; for while living he was himself so simple as often to be dubbed a fool. Foolish he was, they said, in losing his youthful heart to a grave and living his life on married patience; foolish in pitting his homely ignorance against Douglas, brilliant, courtly, and urbane; foolish in setting himself to do the right in a world where the day goes mostly to the strong; foolish in dreaming of freedom for a long-suffering folk whom the North is as anxious to keep out as the South was to keep down; foolish in choosing the silent Grant to lead to victory the hesitant armies of the North; foolish, finally, in presuming that government for the people must be government of the people and by the people. Foolish many said; foolish many, many believed. This Lincoln, whom so many living friends and foes alike deemed foolish, hid his bitterness in laughter; fed his sympathy on solitude; and met recurring disaster with whimsicality to muffle the murmur of a bleeding heart. Out of the tragic sense of life he pitied where others blamed; bowed his own shoulders with the woes of the weak; endured humanely his little day of chance power; and won through death what life disdains to bestow upon such simple souls - lasting peace and everlasting glory.

Thomas Vernor Smith

Source: Illinois Senate, Feb 12,’35, Lincoln's 126th birthday —Smith, Lincoln, Living Legend, pp. 3-5

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A Quote by Suzannah Lamont on disaster and niceness

I know a nice fellow named Mike An agent you can't help but like In the midst of disaster There's nobody faster He'll bring you the cash on his bike!

Suzannah Lamont

Source: www.limericklady.com or email suzannah@limericklady.com

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A Quote by Rudyard Kipling on aim, disaster, doubt, dreams, earth, force, friendship, good, heart, justice, lies, life, losing, men, risk, sons, trust, truth, virtue, and worth

IF If you can keep your head when all about you Are losing theirs and blaming it on you; If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, But make allowance for their doubting too: If you can wait and not be tired by waiting, Or being lied about, don't deal in lies, Or being hated don't give way to hating, And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise; If you can dream and not make dreams your master; If you can think - and not make thoughts your aim; If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster And treat those two impostors just the same;* If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools, Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken, And stoop and build 'em up with worn-out tools: If you can make one heap of all your winnings And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss, And lose, and start again at your beginnings And never breathe a word about your loss; If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew To serve your turn long after they are gone, And so hold on when there is nothing in you Except the Will which says to them: "Hold on!" If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue, Or walk with Kings - nor lose the common touch, If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you, If all men count with you, but none too much; If you can fill the unforgiving minute With sixty seconds' worth of distance run, Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it, And - which is more - You'll be a Man, my son! *These two lines are inscribed over the door to the center court at Wimbledon.

Rudyard Kipling (1865 - 1936)

Source: Rewards and Fairies, 1910, If

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A Quote by Robert M. Pirsig on disaster and effort

Any effort that has self-glorification as its final endpoint is bound to end in disaster.

Robert M. Pirsig (1928 -)

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A Quote by Richard David Bach on anger, balance, choice, disaster, fear, force, life, thought, and wishes

For a moment, off balance, was I annoyed? Anger is always fear, I thought, and fear is always fear of loss. Would I lose myself if he made those choices? It took a second to settle down: I'd lose nothing. They'd be his wishes, not mine, and he's free to live as he wants. The loss would come if I dared force him, tried to live for him and me as well. There'd be disaster worse than life on a bar stool.

Richard Bach (1936 -)

Source: (Running from Safety)

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A Quote by Dame Rebecca West on disaster

It's queer how it is always one's virtues that precipitate one into disaster.

Rebecca West (1892 - 1983)

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A Quote by Orison Swett Marden on balance, disaster, failure, life, misfortune, survival, women, and worth

If we put the emphasis upon the right things. If we live the life that is worth while, and then fail, we will survive all disasters, we will out-live all misfortune. We should be so well balanced and symmetrical, that nothing which could ever happen could throw us off our center, so that no matter what misfortune should overtake us, there would still be a whole magnificent man or woman left after being stripped of everything else.

Orison Swett Marden (1850 - 1924)

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A Quote by Oliver Goldsmith on boredom, certainty, day, disaster, faults, jokes, kindness, laughter, learning, and love

Well had the boding tremblers learn'd to trace The day's disasters in his morning face; Full well they laugh'd with counterfeited glee At all his jokes, for many a joke had he; Full well the busy whisper circling round Convey'd the dismal tidings when he frown'd. Yet was he kind, or if severe in aught, The love he bore to learning was in fault; The village all declar'd how much he knew, 'Twas certain he could write and cipher too.

Oliver Goldsmith (1728 - 1774)

Source: The Deserted Village

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A Quote by Martin L. Gross on disaster, economics, government, growth, history, jobs, manufacturing, money, people, time, and world

Government at all levels has emerged as our number one growth industry...for the first time in American history - even in the history of the Western industrialized world - there are more people working for government at all levels (18.7 million) than in manufacturing (18.1 million). Since manufacturing jobs make money while government jobs take money, this has become an equation for economic disaster.

Martin L. Gross

Source: A Call for Revolution, 1993

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A Quote by Martha Gellman on disaster

The only aspect of our travels that is interesting to others is disaster.

Martha Gellman

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