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 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.