A Quote by Thomas Malcolm Muggeridge on disaster, earth, and home

The only ultimate disaster that can befall us, I have come to realize, is to feel ourselves at home here on earth.

Malcolm Muggeridge (1903 - 1990)

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A Quote by Leo F. Buscaglia on control, disaster, force, illness, pain, and work

There are two big forces at work, external and internal. We have very little control over external forces such as tornadoes, earthquakes, floods, disasters, illness and pain. What really matters is the internal force. How do I respond to those disasters? Over that I have complete control.

Leo Buscaglia

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A Quote by Jeffrey R. Holland on age, company, control, crisis, daughters, disaster, employees, friendship, life, money, motherhood, plants, spontaneity, time, and water

Thomas Edison devoted ten years and all of his money to developing the nickel-alkaline storage battery at a time when he was almost penniless. . . . One night the terrifying cry of fire echoed through the film plant. Spontaneous combustion had ignited some chemicals. Within moments all of the packing compounds, celluloids for records, file, and other flammable goods had gone up with a whoosh. Fire companies from eight towns arrive, but the heat was so intense and the water pressure so low that the fire hoses had no effect. Edison was 67 years old - no age to begin anew. His daughter was frantic, wondering if he were safe, if his spirits were broken, how he would handle a crisis such as this at his age. She saw him running toward her. He spoke first. He said, "Where's your mother? Go get her. Tell her to get her friends. They'll never see another fire like this as long as they live." At 5:30 the next morning with the fire barely under control, he called his employees together and announced, "We're rebuilding." Then, almost as an afterthought, he added, "Oh, by the way, anybody know where we can get some money?" Virtually everything we now recognize as a Thomas Edison contribution in our lives came after that disaster.

Jeffrey R. Holland (1940 -)

Source: New Era Magazine, October 1980, p. 10. © by Intellectual Reserve, Inc.Used by permission.

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A Quote by James Keller on christ, consequences, control, death, disaster, god, ideas, justice, losing, luck, mind, politics, stupidity, war, and path

Just before he ascended the gallows following the Nuremberg trials, Hans Frank, one of the top Nazis who controlled Poland, made a statement. He claimed he had little idea, until it was too late, that turning away from God could have such destructive and deadly consequences. "It was not only because of technical reasons and unfortunate coincidences that we lost the war. It was not just ill luck and treason. Rather God has passed sentence on Hitler. He has passed it on him and his system which we served in a state of mind hostile to God." He then implored that everything be done to warn others not to follow in his path. "Not even one step," he emphasized, since the way he followed was "the way without God, the road from Christ, and in the final outcome the road of political stupidity, of disaster and death."

James Keller

Source: Three Minutes by James Keller, M. M., 1950

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A Quote by J. Bartlet Brebner on change, disaster, love, nature, novelty, resolution, and war

Part of human nature resents change, loves equilibrium, while another part welcomes novelty, loves the excitement of disequilibrium. There is no formula for the resolution of this tug-of-war, but it is obvious that absolute surrender to either of them invites disaster.

J. Bartlet Brebner

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A Quote by Isaac Asimov on christmas, disaster, fear, force, joy, military, peace, persuasion, seasons, time, and world

The peace and joy of the Christmas season was marred by a proclamation of a general strike of all the military forces of the world. Panic reigns in the hearts of all the patriots of every persuasion. Meanwhile, fears of universal disaster sank to an all-time low over the world.

Isaac Asimov (1920 - 1992)

Source: United Nations, New York, December 25.

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A Quote by Gus Grissom on acceptance, business, country, death, disaster, and risk

If we die, do not mourn for us. This is a risky business we're in, and we accept those risks. The space program is too valuable to this country to be halted for too long if a disaster should ever happen.

Gus Grissom

Source: three weeks before he was killed in the Apollo 1 fire.

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A Quote by Frederick Edwin Smith, Lord Birkenhead on disaster and success

Meet success like a gentleman and disaster like a man.

Frederick Edwin Smith (1872 - 1930)

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A Quote by Edmund Burke on age, beginning, chivalry, disaster, dreams, honor, insults, joy, justice, life, men, nations, thought, and vision

It is now sixteen or seventeen years since I saw the Queen of France, then the Dauphiness, at Versailles; and surely never lighted on this orb, which she hardly seemed to touch, a more delightful vision. I saw her just above the horizon, decorating and cheering the elevated sphere she just began to move in,-glittering like the morning star full of life and splendour and joy. . . . Little did I dream that I should have lived to see such disasters fallen upon her in a nation of gallant men,-in a nation of men of honour and of cavaliers. I thought ten thousand swords must have leaped from their scabbards to avenge even a look that threatened her with insult. But the age of chivalry is gone; that of sophisters, economists, and calculators has succeeded.

Edmund Burke (1729 - 1797)

Source: Reflections on the Revolution in France. Vol. iii. P. 331.

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A Quote by Edgar Allan Poe on disaster

Whom unmerciful disaster Followed fast and followed faster.

Edgar Allan Poe (1809 - 1849)

Source: The Raven.

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