A disaster is a natural or man-made (or technological) hazard resulting in an event of substantial extent causing significant physical damage or destruction, loss of life, or drastic change to the environment. A disaster can be ostensively defined as any tragic event stemming from events such as earthquakes, floods, catastrophic accidents, fires, or explosions. It is a phenomenon that can cause damage to life, property and destroy the economic, social and cultural life of people.
- There's no disaster that can't become a blessing, and no blessing that can't become a disaster.
- CALAMITY, n. A more than commonly plain and unmistakable reminder that the affairs of this life are not of our own ordering. Calamities are of two kinds: misfortune to ourselves, and good fortune to others.
- Ambrose Bierce, The Cynic's Dictionary (1906); republished as The Devil's Dictionary (1911).
- Market signals were clear: There's no profit in preventing a future catastrophe.
- Noam Chomsky, in an interview with C.J. Polychroniou, Chomsky: Ventilator Shortage Exposes the Cruelty of Neoliberal Capitalism (April 1, 2020), Truthout.
- The unusual climatic conditions of recent years - earthquakes, hurricanes, floods... are, in large measure, the result of the wrong thoughts and actions of humanity. They need not occur; they are not 'acts of God'. They take place under the Law of Cause and Effect, or Karma. As we create in our planetary life conditions of chaos and disequilibrium, so we affect the natural world. All atoms in creation are interconnected. There is no separation anywhere. If, as today, we create conditions in which two thirds of the world's population must make do with one-quarter of the world's food, and therefore starve and die in millions, then catastrophe is inevitable.
- Benjamin Creme in The Reappearance of the Christ and the Masters of Wisdom (1980)
- The formula for achieving a successful relationship: You should treat all disasters as if they were trivialities but never treat a triviality as if it were a disaster.
- Quentin Crisp, Manners from Heaven: A Divine Guide to Good Behaviour (1984), chapter 7.
- The truth is, we like to talk over our disasters, because they are ours ; and others like to listen, because they are not theirs.
- Disaster is a natural part of my evolution, toward tragedy and dissolution.
- Dread of disaster makes everybody act in the very way that increases the disaster.
- Bertrand Russell, New Hopes for a Changing World (1951), p. 132-133.