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  • ... he was like a traveller so grateful for rescue from a dangerous accident that at first he is hardly conscious of his bruises.

  • The longed-for ships / Come empty home or founder on the deep, / And eyes first lose their tears and then their sleep.

  • Bad and good, loving and unloving, ugly and handsome are not so separated as lucky and unlucky. She felt cold around the heart. Those miserable ones for whom nothing ever went right, whose stores burned down, whose wives had female diseases, whose children whined, who were themselves stricken with kidney disease, beaten in horse trades, burdened with cows that soured and tobacco that mildewed, who got sick on good whisky, broke wind in company and were constipated in private, this was the common run of mankind, and after tomorrow morning, he, who had lived in his pride of being above such men, would be right down in their midst.

  • ... it was like living in a house that couldn't be cured of the habit of catching on fire, on a ship that got wrecked every day.

  • Part of the trouble is that I've never properly understood that some disasters accumulate, that they don't all land like a child out of an apple tree.

  • Disaster falls on those who try hardest to avoid it.

  • This is how Americans think. You believe that if something terrible happens to someone, they must have deserved it.

  • ... she suddenly felt quite safe. It was a very strange feeling, and she found it indescribably nice. But what was there to worry over? The disaster had come at last.

  • [On her husband Diego Rivera:] I suffered two grave accidents in my life. One in which a steetcar knocked me down. ... The other accident is Diego.

  • No one ever understood disaster until it came.

  • Disaster is private, in its way, as love is.