Disaster Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old disaster quotes, disaster sayings, and disaster proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

Only disaster can follow divided counsels and opposing wills.     

Thomas John Barnardo

To permit irresponsible authority is to sell disaster.     

Robert A. Heinlein

A disaster where marble has been substituted for imagination.     

Ada Louise Huxtable

All natural disasters are comforting because they reaffirm our impotence, in which, otherwise, we might stop believing. At times it is strangely sedative to know the extent of your own powerlessness.     

Erica Jong

Disaster comes only because of ignorance.     

Judah the Prince

There is one thing we must appreciate about the disasters: They are perfectly just when they do their jobs!     

Mehmet Murat ildan

Any disaster is a learning process.     

Julia Child

There's nothing like a jolly good disaster to get people to start doing something.     

Prince Charles

All Earthquakes and Disasters are warnings; there's too much corruption in the world.     


You have no control over natural disaster. That's what's scary about it. You're helpless. That feeling of helplessness is really scary.     

R. L. Stine

The disaster is not the money, although the money will be missed. The disaster is the disrespect – this belief that the arts are dispensable, that they're not critical to a culture's existence.     

Twyla Tharp

The minute you think you've got it made, disaster is just around the corner.     

Joe Paterno

Live disasters are wonderful attractions when you're safe on the other side of them.     

Sara Paretsky

Only after disaster can we be resurrected. It's only after you've lost everything that you're free to do anything. Nothing is static, everything is evolving, everything is falling apart.     

Chuck Palahniuk

Dread of disaster makes everybody act in the very way that increases the disaster.     

Bertrand Russell

Disasters are usually a good time to re-examine what we've done so far, what mistakes we've made, and what improvements should come next.     

Dan Ariely

Being frustrated is disagreeable, but the real disasters of life begin when you get what you want.     

Irving Kristol

A great disaster is a symbol to us to remember all the big things of life and forget the small things, of which we have thought too much.     

Jawaharlal Nehru

Disaster is rarely as pervasive as it seems from recorded accounts. The fact of being on the record makes it appear continuous and ubiquitous whereas it is more likely to have been sporadic both in time and place.     

Barbara Tuchman

Disaster is a natural part of my evolution toward tragedy and dissolution.     

Chuck Palahniuk

If you worry about disaster all the time, that's what you're going to get.     

Chuck Palahniuk

Sometimes the biggest disasters aren't noticed at all – no one's around to write horror stories.     

Vernor Vinge

It is not a disaster to be unable to capture your ideal, but it is a disaster to have no ideal to capture.     

Benjamin E. Mays

Even disasters, there are always disasters when you travel, can be turned into adventures.     

Marilyn French

There's no disaster that can't become a blessing, and no blessing that can't become a disaster.     

Richard Bach

You have to jump into disaster with both feet.     

Chuck Palahniuk

People are trying to decide whether the man-made disaster is worse than Mother Nature's disaster.     

Larry Sabato

Disasters teach us humility.     

Anselm of Canterbury

When faced with disaster, learn to laugh faster.     

Robert G. Allen

Any disaster you can survive is an improvement in your character, your stature, and your life.     

Joseph Campbell