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Earthquake Quotes


"In that world-earthquake, Waterloo!" - Alfred Tennyson

"Wind chimes are also earthquake chimes." - Demetri Martin

"Small earthquake in Chile. Not many dead." - Claud Cockburn

"An earthquake is such fun when it is over." - George Orwell

"When that hit the fan ... it was like an earthquake." - Bill Ballance

"We learn geology the morning after the earthquake." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"I think we're like farm animals before an earthquake." - Moby

"It is a most unexpected Earthquake in Geneva." - Peter Greenaway

"I used to sleep nude - until the earthquake." - Alyssa Milano

"In the middle of my third Hollywood picture The Magician, the earthquake hit Hollywood. Not the real earthquake. Just the talkies." - Conrad Veidt

"It is the lava of the imagination whose eruption prevents an earthquake." - Lord Byron

"This is the only sane clerical the earthquake has exposed to view yet." - Mark Twain

"Love is an earthquake that relocates the center of the universe." - Mike Mason

"The safest place to be during an earthquake would be in a stationary store." - George Carlin

"A reminder (Japan's earthquake and tsunami) how flimsy our sophisticated modern world really is" - George Alagiah

"Love is a temporary madness. It erupts like an earthquake and then subsides." - Louis De Bernieres

"Through the shake of an earthquake I will never fall. That's how strong my love is." - Alicia Keys

"In an earthquake, I shouldn't run out of the house - I should run into it." - Tony Danza

"Through the shake of an earthquake I will never fall. That's how strong my love is." - Alicia Keys

"??If you work with a jackhammer during an earthquake, stop, otherwise you are working for nothing." - Jean-Claude Van Damme

"We can break news really fast. When an earthquake happens, there are people Twittering about it." - Biz Stone

"[Poetry] is the lava of the imagination whose eruption prevents an earthquake." - Lord Byron

"Mass civil disobedience is like an earthquake, a sort of general upheaval on the political plane." - Mahatma Gandhi

"After the earthquake and the fire comes the still, small voice." - Dorothy Thompson

"God is not nice. God is not an uncle. God is an earthquake." - Abraham Joshua Heschel

"There's nothing the matter with Hollywood that a good earthquake couldn't cure." - Moss Hart

"In an earthquake, I shouldn't run out of the house - I should run into it." - Tony Danza

"You can no more win a war than you can win an earthquake." - Jeannette Rankin

"I couldn't help but be impressed by the magnitude of the earthquake." - Dan Quayle

"Stupidity is an elemental force for which no earthquake is a match." - Karl Kraus

"People know me from a hockey game, from an earthquake, from the O.J case." - Al Michaels

"Californians are good at planning for the earthquake, while simultaneously denying it will happen." - Sheila Ballantyne

"When the earthquake hit Haiti in 2010, I was on vacation in the Cayman Islands." - Jose Andres Puerta

"Playing polo is like trying to play golf during an earthquake." - Sylvester Stallone

"War prosperity is like the prosperity that an earthquake or a plague brings." - Ludwig Von Mises

"Soon the earth will tilt on its axis and begin to dance to the reggae beat to the accompaniment of earthquake. And who can resist the dance of the earthquake, mon?" - Peter Tosh

"Whenever an earthquake or tsunami takes thousands of innocent lives, a shocked world talks of little else. I'll never forget the wrenching days I spent in Haiti last year for Save the Children just weeks after the earthquake." - Anne M Mulcahy

"Scientists say an 8.9 earthquake here could knock down buildings, flood coastal areas... and improve the roads." - Bill Maher

"One man's trash is another man's treasure is a third man's raw materials for their planet-buster earthquake machine." - Mira Grant

"I have thought of relocating, somewhere where I'd be more appreciated. California, perhaps. I could teach earthquake preparedness." - Wesley Strick

"Failures can be God's little whispers (or) a full earthquake in our lives because we didn't listen to the whispers" - Oprah Winfrey

"You might be a redneck if...the most serious loss from the earthquake was your Conway Twitty record collection." - Jeff Foxworthy

"Easter is an earthquake, an explosion. If you see it as less than that, you're not getting it." - Robert Barron

"It wasn't raining when Noah built the ark, but $120 for an earthquake emergency kit just seems unreasonable." - Howard Ruff

"An earthquake achieves what the law promises but does not in practice maintain - the equality of all men." - Ignazio Silone

"Michele Bachmann says God made the earthquake and hurricane to punish us. Untrue - he made Michele Bachmann for that." - Andy Borowitz

"All the Muslims are happy, and Godwilling this earthquake... will be felt right up to the White House." - Abol-Ghasem Kashani

"Screenwriter Flacco nicely evokes the aftermath of San Francisco's 1906 earthquake in his fiction debut, a novel of suspense." - William Bernhardt

"It takes an earthquake to remind us that we walk on the crust of an unfinished planet." - Charles Kuralt

"With hue like that when some great painter dips His pencil in the gloom of earthquake and eclipse." - Percy Bysshe Shelley

"A man like me cannot but believe that this earthquake is a divine chastisement sent by God for our sins." - Mahatma Gandhi

"A native of America who cannot read or write is . . . as rare as a comet or an earthquake." - John Adams

"The outpouring of support from millions of people in the immediate aftermath of the earthquake in Haiti has been impressive." - Bill Gates

"Even before the earthquake in Haiti, only half the country's population had a source of safe drinking water." - Marcus Samuelsson

"We want a story that starts out with an earthquake and works its way up to a climax." - Samuel Goldwyn

"In the harrowing aftermath of Haiti's earthquake, one of the greatest needs became desperately clear: safe water." - Marcus Samuelsson

"If one introduces the concept of energy of an earthquake then that is a theoretically derived quantity." - Charles Francis Richter

"We don't suggest that because San Francisco lies on top of an earthquake fault that it should be moved." - John Breaux

"Whenever an earthquake or tsunami takes thousands of innocent lives, a shocked world talks of little else." - Anne M Mulcahy

"I was awakened by a tremendous earthquake, and though I hadn ever before enjoyed a storm of this sort, the strange thrilling motion could not be mistaken, and I ran out of my cabin, both glad and frightened, shouting, "A noble earthquake! A noble earthquake" feeling sure I was going to learn something." - John Muir

"The impact of the earthquake on mental health was huge and unimaginably deep in people's lives. Some lost all benchmarks and references because of their great loss, we still have people coming to clinics with mental health problems related to the earthquake. They talk about the earthquake, about being under the rubble." - Reggie Fils-Aime

"But the Lord was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the Lord was not in the earthquake: And after the earthquake a fire: but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice." - Bible

"It is not the tempest, nor the earthquake, nor the fire, but the still small voice of the Spirit that carries on the glorious work of saving souls." - Robert M

"In contrast to New Orleans, there was only minimal looting after the horrendous 1995 earthquake in Kobe, Japan-because, when you get down to it, Japanese aren't blacks." - Steve Sailer

"We learn geology the morning after the earthquake, on ghastly diagrams of cloven mountains, upheaved plains, and the dry bed of the sea." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"A pseudo-event ... comes about because someone has planned it, planted, or incited it. Typically, it is not a train wreck or an earthquake, but an interview." - Daniel J Boorstin

"If I was comforting the Islam nation for its crisis of Pakistan's earthquake, I today congratulate it and bless the Islamic victory in Iraq." - Ayman al-Zawahiri

"The current situation of the earthquake, tsunami and the nuclear plants is in a way the most severe crisis in the 65 years since World War II." - Naoto Kan

"Had a powerful meditation just now - caused an earthquake in Southern California. ...Was meditating on Shiva mantra & earth began to shake. Sorry about that." - Deepak Chopra

"It was only after the earthquake that the health minister said mental health should be a priority and that the issue was talked about." - Reggie Fils-Aime

"After an earthquake in Los Angeles - The earth in LA moved more in one hour than Benoit Benjamin did all last season with the Clippers." - Peter Vecsey

"There is something among men more capable of shaking despotic power than lightning, whirlwind, or earthquake; that is, the threatened indignation of the whole civilized world." - Daniel Webster

"There is something on earth greater than arbitrary power. The thunder, the lightning, and the earthquake are terrific, but the judgment of the people is more." - Daniel Webster

"God's will is hard only when it comes up against our stubbornness, then it is as cruel as a ploughshare and as devastating as an earthquake." - Oswald Chambers

"[In plotting earthquake measurements] the range between the largest and smallest magnitudes seemed unmanageably large. Dr. Beno Gutenberg then made the natural suggestion to plot the amplitudes logarithmically." - Charles Francis Richter

"Principles don't die. They aren't here one day and gone the next. They can't be destroyed by fire, earthquake or theft. Principles are deep, fundamental truths, classic truths." - Stephen Covey

"The only thing I've experienced that could compare to the launch in terms of raw power was the Loma Prieta earthquake." - Loren Acton

"A tornado of thought is unleashed after each new insight. This in turn results in an earthquake of assumptions. These are natural disasters that re-shape the spirit." - Vera Nazarian

"If they'd lower the taxes and get rid of the smog and clean up the traffic mess, I really believe I'd settle here until the next earthquake." - Groucho Marx

"It was scary when the Beatles came on the scene. It was like an earthquake or a fire or an accident." - Sonny Bono

"The only way I'll ever get hurt in the casino is if there's an earthquake and a slot machine falls on my foot." - Jack Benny

"We are the fault line; if you don't deal with this fault line, you're going to have an earthquake, that's what we always said." - Bashar al-Assad

"It's very personal in California to live within hours, and sometimes just a few miles, of earthquake faults when nuclear plants were being built." - Bonnie Raitt

"We should be focused on the Haiti earthquake victims, not on what contracts your company should get, if you're a friend of Bill [Clinton]." - Kellyanne Conway

"In the case of an earthquake hitting Las Vegas, be sure to go straight to the Keno Lounge. Nothing ever gets hit there." - Anonymous

"A pseudo-event... comes about because someone has planned, planted, or incited it. Typically, it is not a train wreck or an earthquake, but an interview." - Daniel J Boorstin

"This [the earthquake] was a very big influence on me, and the issue of life and death from then on does recur in my films." - Abbas Kiarostami

"There is something about men more capable of shaking despotic power than lightening, whirlwind, or earthquake, that is, the threatened indignation of the whole civilized world." - Daniel Webster

"God's voice was not in the earthquake, Not in the fire, nor the storm, but it was in the whispering breezes." - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

"It is not light that we need, but fire; it is not the gentle shower, but thunder. We need the storm, the whirlwind, and the earthquake." - Frederick Douglass

"I like the way Mahler wandered about in his music and still retained his passion. He must have looked like an earthquake walking down the street." - Charles Bukowski

"Presenting statues of honor to reporters for covering an earthquake is like presenting a first prize to a doctor for performing surgery." - Phil Donahue

"Those who survived the San Francisco earthquake said, 'Thank God, I'm still alive.' But, of course, those who died, their lives will never be the same again." - Barbara Boxer

"The great earthquake shall be in the month of May; Saturn, Capricorn, Jupiter, Mercury in Taurus; Venus, also Cancer, Mars in zero." - Nostradamus

"The generosity of the American public toward the victims of Hurricane Katrina and the Tsunami has been reflected in the outpouring of support for the Pakistani earthquake victims." - Jon Porter

"I was in L.A. during an earthquake in 1994, an experience that really stressed me out. I started doing yoga to calm my nerves." - Gloria Reuben

"We had our first earthquake over here recently. That was a bizarre feeling. I just became disoriented and I remember my dad freaking out. Nothing broke or anything." - Ashley Scott

"An earthquake strikes Haiti, and care packages from America are among the first to arrive - and not far behind are former Presidents Clinton and Bush." - Mitt Romney

"Revolution is as unpredictable as an earthquake and as beautiful as spring. Its coming is always a surprise, but its nature should not be." - Rebecca Solnit

"If an earthquake were to engulf England tomorrow, the English would manage to meet and dine somewhere among the rubbish, just to celebrate the event." - Douglas William Jerrold

"The Oscar sits on some shelf above my desk. If there was an earthquake, I could actually be killed by my own Academy Award." - Helen Hunt

"Most loss of life and property has been due to the collapse of antiquated and unsafe structures, mostly of brick and other masonry. ... There is progress of California toward building new construction according to earthquake-resistant design. We would have less reason to ask for earthquake prediction if this was universal." - Charles Francis Richter

"Sometimes I wish eastern Congo could suffer an earthquake or a tsunami, so that it might finally get the attention it needs. The barbaric civil war being waged here is the most lethal conflict since World War II and has claimed at least 30 times as many lives as the Haiti earthquake." - Nicholas D Kristof

"War prosperity is like the prosperity that an earthquake or a plague brings. The earthquake means good business for construction workers, and cholera improves the business of physicians, pharmacists, and undertakers; but no one has for that reason yet sought to celebrate earthquakes and cholera as stimulators of the productive forces in the general interest." - Ludwig Von Mises

"All those years on the psychiatrist's couch and suddenly the couch is moving. Good God, she is on that couch when the big one hits. Maidy didn't tell you, but you know what her doctor said? She sprang from the couch and said, "My God, was that an earthquake?" The doctor said this: "Did it feel like an earthquake to you?" - Amy Hempel

"There is something on earth greater than arbitrary or despotic power. The lightning has its power, and the whirlwind has its power, and the earthquake has its power; but there is something among men more capable of shaking despotic thrones than lightning, whirlwind, or earthquake, and that is, the excited and aroused indignation of the whole civilized world." - Daniel Webster

"Language is such a powerful thing. After the earthquake, I went to Haiti and people were talking about how [they] described this feeling of going through an earthquake. People really didn't have the vocabulary - before we had hurricanes. I'd talk with people and they'd say, "We have to name it; it has to have a name."" - Edwidge Danticat

"Throughout the early Christian period, every great calamity - famine, earthquake, and plague - led to mass conversions, another indirect influence by which epidemic diseases contributed to the destruction of classical civilization. Christianity owes a formidable debt to bubonic plague and to smallpox, no less than to earthquake and volcanic eruptions." - Hans Zinsser

"We live thetime that a match flickers; we pop the corkof a ginger-beer bottle, and the earthquake swallows us on the instant. Is it not odd, is it not incongruous, is it not, in the highest sense of human speech, incredible, that we should think so highly of the ginger-beer, and regard so little the devouring earthquake?" - Robert Louis Stevenson

"Feeling earthquakes was part of growing up, and also preparing for them: doing earthquake drills, or having earthquake supplies. The looming feeling was part of my life. My experience of earthquakes has always been more the fear of them, or the possibility." - Karen Thompson Walker

"Shortly after the 2004 Indonesian earthquake, I read that the earthquake had affected the rotation of the earth, shortening the length of our 24-hour day. Even though the change was extremely slight - only a few microseconds - I found the idea incredibly haunting." - Karen Thompson Walker

"Why did the earthquake and tsunami occur in Japan? Was it the act of an angry God? No, it was the result of the movement and collision of the earth's tectonic plates - a process driven by the earth's need to regulate its own internal temperature. Without the process that creates earthquake, our planet could not sustain life." - Adam Hamilton

"I got quite annoyed after the Haiti earthquake. A baby was taken from the wreckage and people said it was a miracle. It would have been a miracle had God stopped the earthquake. More wonderful was that a load of evolved monkeys got together to save the life of a child that wasn't theirs." - Terry Pratchett

"I actually happened to be in Haiti right before the earthquake in 2010. I was there already with the organization I work with now, Artists for Peace and Justice, visiting the primary school that I had adopted, the Academy for Peace and Justice in Port-au-Prince. I came back, and within days, the earthquake happened." - Olivia Wilde

"Like the tectonic plate it sits upon, Hollywood is subject to seismic jolts and constant tremors. Each season erupts with a new champion, and every so often a genuine earthquake will tear down the apparently secure infrastructure." - Lynda Obst

"I kid Fox News, but they may be a little biased. We had an earthquake here on Monday, and they reported that 'the earth's crust was emboldened by Obama's weakness.'" - Bill Maher

"It is in the small things we see it. The child's first step, as awesome as an earthquake. The first time you rode a bike, wallowing up the sidewalk." - Anne Sexton

"Is there anything as horrible as starting on a trip? Once you're off, that's all right, but the last moments are earthquake and convulsion, and the feeling that you are a snail being pulled off your rock." - Anne Morrow Lindbergh

"People must ask themselves why this earthquake occurred in this area and not in others....These areas were notorious because of this type of modern tourism, which has become known as "sex tourism"....Don't they deserve punishment from Allah?!" - Yusuf al-Qaradawi

"On the way, I shared the backseat of Feyerabend's little sports car with the inflatable raft he kept there in case an 8-point earthquake came while he was on the Bay Bridge." - Lee Smolin

"He looked around when he heard a window-rattling roar. "Earthquake? Volcano? Nuclear war?" "Beaver," Peter told him. "I don't care if it is Alaska, you don't have beavers big enough to sound like that." - Nora Roberts

"With the terrible earthquake and resulting tsunami that have devastated Japan, the only good news is that anyone exposed to excess radiation from the nuclear power plants is now probably much less likely to get cancer." - Ann Coulter

"Those celebrating spent what they call 'New Year's Eve' in vacation resorts, pubs, and hotels. Allah struck them with an earthquake. He finished off the Richter scale. All nine levels gone. Tens of thousands dead." - Muhammad Munajid

"I was married once-in San Francisco. I haven't seen her for many years. The great earthquake and fire in 1906 destroyed the marriage certificate. There's no legal proof. Which proves that earthquakes aren't all bad." - W C Fields

"But the individual butterfly or earthquake remains just the unique existence which it is. We forget in explaining its occurrence that it is only the occurrence that is explained, not the thing itself." - John Dewey

"We believe our suppliers of materials have not been impacted. At this point, our customers have not asked us to do anything differently as a result of the earthquake." - Paul Otellini

"GNU, n. An animal of South Africa, which in its domesticated state resembles a horse, a buffalo and a stag. In its wild condition it is something like a thunderbolt, an earthquake and a cyclone." - Ambrose Bierce

"War prosperity is like the prosperity that an earthquake or a plague brings...but no one has for those reasons yet sought to celebrate earthquakes and cholera as stimulators of the productive forces in the general interest." - Ludwig Von Mises

"I want to express my closeness to the people of the Philippines who have been struck by a strong earthquake, and I invite you to pray for that dear nation, which in recent days has suffered different calamities." - Pope Francis

"I'm a doer, and whether it was the tsunami in Sri Lanka or the earthquake in Indonesia, I was always saying, I should be there; I should be helping out." - Paul Walker

"Here's a good joke to do during an earthquake: straddle a big crack in the ground, and if it opened wider, go "Whoa! Whoa!" and flail your arms around, like you're going to fall in." - Jack Handey

"The nation of Qatar also kicked in $1 million for Bill Clinton's birthday party, so nice. But, as WikiLeaks showed the Clinton's ripped off the people of Haiti as they were suffering and dying after the earthquake." - Donald Trump

"In the first earthquake scene [ in "2012"], there was only a limo and a plane. That was it. There was nothing else there, so everything had to be created in the computer, and that's always very difficult." - Roland Emmerich

"Haiti is the poorest country in our hemisphere. The earthquake and the hurricanes, it has devastated Haiti. Bill Clinton and I have been involved in trying to help Haiti for many years." - Hillary Clinton

"For me the insurrectionary possibilities of disaster are what make them really interesting and sometimes positive - Mexico City's big 1985 earthquake brought a lot of positive, populist, anti-institutional social change." - Rebecca Solnit

"People must ask themselves why this earthquake occurred in this area and not in others....These areas were notorious because of this type of modern tourism, which has become known as sex tourism....Don't they deserve punishment from Allah?!" - Yusuf Qaradawi

"It's snowing still, said Eeyore gloomily. So it is. And freezing. Is it? Yes, said Eeyore. However, he said, brightening up a little, we haven't had an earthquake lately." - A A Milne

"Nature chose for a tool, not the earthquake or lightning to rend and split asunder, not the stormy torrent or eroding rain, but the tender snow-flowers noiselessly falling through unnumbered centuries." - John Muir

"I remember being caught in this earthquake in Mexico City and having a sense of people coming before me, of being part of this lineage. I felt similarly when I went to India and South America." - Anne Waldman

"Disease, a simple famine, plagues of locusts everywhere, or a cataclysmic earthquake, I'd accept with some despair, but no, you sent us Congress! Good God, Sir, was that fair?" - John Adams

"As the whirlwind in its fury teareth up trees, and deformeth the face of nature, or as an earthquake in its convulsions overturneth whole cities; so the rage of an angry man throweth mischief around him." - Akhenaton

"This pain, this dying, this is just normal. This is how life is. In fact, I realize, there never was an earthquake. Life is just this way, broken, and I am crazy for dreaming of something else." - Miranda July

"Is it not certain that the Creator yawns in earthquake and thunder and other popular displays, but toils in rounding the delicate spiral of a shell? -Yeats, The Trembling of the Veil" - William Butler Yeats

"We still carry this old caveman-imprint idea that we're small, nature's big, and it's everything we can manage to hang on and survive. When big geophysical events happen - a huge earthquake, tsunami, or volcanic eruption - we're reminded of that." - James Balog

"Canadians have been very generous toward Haiti after the earthquake and, thanks to you, our most vulnerable people have received food, drinkable water, shelter, medical care and education. For that, we are extremely grateful." - Laurent Lamothe

"I covered Katrina, I've covered the tsunamis, all of them, the Haiti earthquake... you get to a certain point in your career where you say, 'I want to now cover what I want to cover.'" - Soledad Obrien

"We should always endeavor to wonder at the permanent thing, not at the mere exception. We should be startled by the sun, and not by the eclipse. We should wonder less at the earthquake, and wonder more at the earth." - Gilbert K Chesterton

"It's snowing still," said Eeyore gloomily. "So it is." "And freezing." "Is it?" "Yes," said Eeyore. "However," he said, brightening up a little, "we haven't had an earthquake lately." - A A Milne

"Some areas near Dallas experienced a 3.5-magnitude earthquake, which some blame on fracking. However, scientists say that it was more likely aftershocks from Chris Christie celebrating at the Cowboys game." - Jimmy Fallon

"I will remember this day for the rest of my life. There is nothing you can say. It's just like you won the match after the earthquake and it just feels great." - Elena Vesnina