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
Our sympathy is cold to the relation of distant misery.
—Edward Gibbon (1737–94) English Historian, Politician