Our sympathy is cold to the relation of distant misery.
—Edward Gibbon (1737–94) English Historian, Politician
Down went the owners — greedy men whom hope of gain allured: oh, dry the starting tear, for they were heavily insured.
—W. S. Gilbert (1836–1911) English Dramatist, Librettist, Poet, Illustrator
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.
—Germaine Greer (b.1939) Australia Academic, Journalist, Scholar, Writer