Flood alert [3]

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By early light I am asleep
in a nightmare about drowning in the Flood,”

Billy Collins

 

“There was an ocean above us, held in by a thin sac that might rupture and let down a flood at any second.”

Stephen King

 

“If you speak, that is rain; if you speak too much, that is flood

Mehmet Murat ildan

“I noticed that volcanoes, earthquakes and floods, though are not good events, they are better than the silence of good people when bad people take the podium. The latter are to an extent uncontrollable, but the former can be stopped.”

Israel Ayevor

“Suppose it never stops?” she whispered.
“The gyptian man didn’t say it’d do that. Just that there was going to be a flood.”
“It feels as if it’s going on forever.”
“There isn’t enough water in all the world to do that. Eventually it’ll stop and the sun’ll come out. Every flood stops in the end and goes down.”

Philip Pullman

 

“The story of how He created the world aroused their interests immediately, even though they received no answer to the question of why He had to do it; but they found it difficult to understand sin, or the manner of its entry into the world, for it was a complete mystery to them why the woman should have had such a passionate desire for an apple when they had no idea of the seductive properties of apples and thought they were some sort of potatoes. But less intelligible still was the flood that was caused by forty days’ rain, and forty nights’. For here on the moors there were some years when it rained for two hundred days and two hundred nights, almost without fairing; but there was never any Flood.”

Haldor Laxness: Independent People

 

There is a tide in the affairs of men, Which taken at the flood, leads on to fortune. Omitted, all the voyage of their life is bound in shallows and in miseries. On such a full sea are we now afloat. And we must take the current when it serves, or lose our ventures.

William Shakespeare

 

What is the appropriate behavior for a man or a woman in the midst of this world, where each person is clinging to his piece of debris? What’s the proper salutation between people as they pass each other in this flood?

Buddha

In 1975, the collapse of a cascade of Chinese dams during a flood killed a hundred and seventy-one thousand people, but the event is rarely discussed, and the names of the victims are largely unrecorded today.

Source unknown

 

from:  Genesis

8 Farthermore God spake vnto Noe and to hys sonnes wyth hym saynge:

9 see I make my bonde wyth you and youre seed after you

10 and wyth all lyvynge thinge that is wyth you: both foule and catell and all maner beste of the erth that is wyth yow of all that commeth out of the arke what soeuer beste of the erth it be.

11 I make my bonde wyth yow that hence forth all flesh shall not be destroyed wyth yt waters of any floud ad yt hence forth there shall not be a floud to destroy the erth.

12 And God sayd. This is the token of my bode which I make betwene me and yow ad betwene all lyvynge thyng that is with yow for ever:

13 I wyll sette my bowe in the cloudes and it shall be a sygne of the appoyntment made betwene me and the erth:

14 So that when I brynge in cloudes vpo ye erth the bowe shall appere in ye cloudes.

15 And than wyll I thynke vppon my testament which I haue made betwene me and yow and all that lyveth what soeuer flesh it be. So that henceforth there shall be no more waters to make a floud to destroy all flesh.

16 The bowe shal be in the cloudes and I wyll loke vpon it to remembre the euerlastynge testament betwene God and all that lyveth vppon the erth what soeuer flesh it be.

Tyndale translation

 

And really, it wasn’t much good having anything exciting like floods, if you couldn’t share them with somebody.

A A Milne

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