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CALAMITIES
[ Also see Adversity Disaster Misery Misfortune ]

Public calamity is a mighty leveler.
      - Edmund Burke

Times of general calamity and confusion have ever been productive of the greatest minds. The purest ore is produced from the hottest furnace, and the brightest thunderbolt is elicited from the darkest storm.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

Do not insult calamity
  It is a barb'rous grossness to lay on
    The weight of scorn, where heavy misery
      Too much already weighs men's fortunes.
      - Samuel Daniel

Calamity is the perfect glass wherein we truly see and know ourselves.
      - Sir William D'Avenant

Calamity was ordained for man.
      - Sir William D'Avenant

How wisely fate ordain'd for human kind
  Calamity! which is the perfect glass,
    Wherein we truly see and know ourselves.
      - Sir William D'Avenant

Know, he that foretells his own calamity, and makes events before they come, twice over, doth endure the pains of evil destiny.
      - Sir William D'Avenant

There is no calamity that right words will not begin to redress.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

A vulgar man, in any ill that happens to him, blames others; a novice in philosophy blames himself; and a philosopher blames neither, the one nor the other.
      - Epictetus

Bear calamities with meekness.
      - Euripides

Differences, we know, are never so effectually laid asleep as by some common calamity; an enemy unites all to whom he threatens danger.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

When any calamity has been suffered, the first thing to be remembered is how much has been escaped.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

'Tis only from the belief of the goodness and wisdom of a Supreme Being that our calamities can be borne in that manner which becomes a man.
      - Henry Mackenzie ("Man of Feeling" or "Addison of the North")

Calamity is the test of integrity.
      - Samuel Richardson

The willow which bends to the tempest often escapes better than the oak, which resists it; and so, in great calamities, it sometimes happens that light and frivolous spirits recover their elasticity and presence of mind sooner than those of a loftier character.
      - Sir Walter Scott

If you tell your troubles to God, you put them into the grave; they will never rise again when you have committed them to Him. If you roll your burden anywhere else, it will roll back again like the stone of Sisyphus.
      - Charles Haddon Spurgeon

It is from the level of calamities, not that of every-day life, that we learn impressive and useful lessons.
      - William Makepeace Thackeray

Of some calamity we can have no relief but from God alone; and what would men do, in such a case if it were not for God?
      - John Tillotson


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