|C.N. Douglas, comp. Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical. 1917.|
| Disasters teach us humility.|
| Defeat may be victory in disguise.|
| The cruelest foe is a masked benefactor. The wars which make history so dreary have served the cause of truth and virtue.|
| It is in periods of apparent disaster, during the sufferings of whole generations, that the greatest improvement in human character has been effected.|
Sir A. Alison.
| When the foot of the mountain is enveloped in mist, the mountain appears to us much loftier than it is; so also when the ground and basis of a disaster is not clear to us.|