Quotations about physical
, or which use the weather phenomena of storms as a metaphor.
A few minutes ago every tree was excited, bowing to the roaring storm, waving, swirling, tossing their branches in glorious enthusiasm like worship. But though to the outer ear these trees are now silent, their songs never cease.
Apathy can be overcome by enthusiasm, and enthusiasm can only be aroused by two things: first, an ideal, with takes the imagination by storm, and second, a definite intelligible plan for carrying that ideal into practice.
Arnold J. Toynbee
Be thou the rainbow in the storms of life. The evening beam that smiles the clouds away, and tints tomorrow with prophetic ray.
Birds sing after a storm; why shouldn't people feel as free to delight in whatever remains to them?
Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.
Human misery must somewhere have a stop; there is no wind that always blows a storm.
I know there is a God — I see the storm coming and I see his hand in it — if he has a place then I am ready — we see the hand.
John F. Kennedy
paraphrasing a statement by
; quoted in
The New York Times
(15 May 1964)
If patience is worth anything, it must endure to the end of time. And a living faith will last in the midst of the blackest storm.
If you spend your whole life waiting for the storm, you'll never enjoy the sunshine.
Into this house we're born
Into this world we're thrown
Like a dog without a bone
An actor out alone
Riders on the storm.
It is better to meet danger than to wait for it. He that is on a lee shore, and foresees a hurricane, stands out to sea and encounters a storm to avoid a shipwreck.
Charles Caleb Colton
It is not light that we need, but fire; it is not the gentle shower, but thunder. We need the storm, the whirlwind, and the earthquake.
It takes a real storm in the average person's life to make him realize how much worrying he has done over the squalls.
Bruce Fairchild Barton
Old age is like a plane flying through a storm. Once you're aboard, there's nothing you can do.
What we call little things are merely the causes of great things; they are the beginning, the embryo, and it is the point of departure which, generally speaking, decides the whole future of an existence. One single black speck may be the beginning of a gangrene, of a storm, of a revolution.
Henri Frédéric Amiel
The myth of unlimited production brings war in its train as inevitably as clouds announce a storm.
There are some things you learn best in calm, and some in storm.
There is a great deal of unmapped country within us which would have to be taken into account in an explanation of our gusts and storms.
(1876), Book 3, Ch. 24
For the man sound in body and serene of mind there is no such thing as bad weather; every sky has its beauty, and storms which whip the blood do but make it pulse more vigorously.
The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft
Out of the dark we came, into the dark we go. Like a storm-driven bird at night we fly out of the Nowhere; for a moment our wings are seen in the light of the fire, and, lo! we are gone again into the Nowhere.
H. Rider Haggard
King Solomon's Mines
We are not this story's author, who fills time and eternity with his purpose. Yet his purpose is achieved in our duty; and our duty is fulfilled in service to one another. Never tiring, never yielding, never finishing, we renew that purpose today: to make our country more just and generous; to affirm the dignity of our lives and every life. This work continues. This story goes on. And an angel still rides in the whirlwind and directs this storm.
George Walker Bush, First inaugural address (20 January 2001)
We know the race is not to the swift nor the battle to the strong. Do you not think an angel rides in the whirlwind and directs this storm?
in a letter to Thomas Jefferson (20 July 1776), quoting a phrase from
Now, nation, arise and storm break loose!