Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe.
The happiness of most people is not ruined by great catastrophes or fatal errors, but by the repetition of slowly destructive little things.
Catastrophe and creation are twins.
This awful catastrophe is not the end but the beginning. History does not end so. It is the way its chapters open.
Only a catastrophe gets our attention. We want them, we depend on them. As long as they happen somewhere else.
Why, if it was an illusion, not praise the catastrophe, whatever it was, that destroyed illusion and put truth in it's place?
What is really amazing, and frustrating, is mankind's habit of refusing to see the obvious and inevitable until it is there, and then muttering about unforeseen catastrophes.
Success is not built on success. It's built on failure. It's built on frustration. Sometimes its built on catastrophe.
Most of us would rather risk catastrophe than read the directions.
One of the privileges of the great is to witness catastrophes from a terrace.
The demise of the Soviet Union was the greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the century.
The term clinical depression finds its way into too many conversations these days. One has a sense that a catastrophe has occurred in the psychic landscape.
In 1920 [H.G. Wells] described human history as becoming more and more a race between education and catastrophe.
Great breakthroughs are always followed by great catastrophes.
War is a series of catastrophes which result in victory.
Catastrophes are often stimulated by the failure to feel the emergence of a domain, and so what cannot be felt in the imagination is experienced as embodied sensation in the catastrophe.
The universe remains dark. We are animals struck by catastrophe.
We are in a race between knowledge and catastrophe. If we keep track of what is important, never lower our standards or forget why we are here, we have the ability to determine the fate of the world.
Human beings will line up for miles to buy a bucket of catastrophes, but don't try selling sunshine and light - you'll go broke.
I'll tickle his catastrophe.
For life is terribly deficient in form. Its catastrophes happen in the wrong way and to the wrong people. There is a grotesque horror about its comedies, and its tragedies seem to culminate in farce.
Perhaps catastrophe is the natural human environment, and even though we spend a good deal of energy trying to get away from it, we are programmed for survival amid catastrophe.
If some great catastrophe is not announced every morning, we feel a certain void. Nothing in the paper today, we sigh.
The concept of progress must be grounded in the idea of catastrophe. That things are 'status quo' is the catastrophe
How small the vastest of human catastrophes may seem, at a distance of a few million miles.
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