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If you wanna make a friend, solve a problem for them. No problem to solve? Create one.
Michael, Burn Notice ("Breaking and Entering")

Nothing drives down real estate prices like a good old fashioned gang war — apart from the outbreak of a plague, but that might going too far in this case.
Donald Love, Grand Theft Auto III

Superman: You'd risk worldwide nuclear war for your own personal financial gain.
Lex: Nobody wants war. I just want to keep the threat alive.

These are unstable times for the republic, Anakin. Some see instability as an opportunity.
Palpatine, from a deleted scene from Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith

One thing Harry had taught me was that, when you had multiple problems, you might also have multiple solutions.
Molly Carpenter in the short story Bombshells

Ladies and gentlemen, this is not my doing! These robots are Dr. Light's creations. This proves he's had evil designs on the world all this time! I, Dr. Wily, have created my own robots to stop Dr. Light. But only your donations can help me complete them.
Dr. Wily, Mega Man 9

Chaos isn't a pit. Chaos is a ladder.
Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish, Game of Thrones

Tattletale: Funny.
Skitter: What?
Tattletale: Aside from Grue and maybe Faultline, everyone’s already plotting how they can use this situation to their advantage, or fuck over the others.

Lisa: Look on the bright side, Dad. Did you know that the Chinese use the same word for "crisis" as they do for "opportunity"?
Homer: Yes! Cris-atunity.

"That’s what’s so tricky about these systems. You’re right, of course, but that doesn’t change the fact that you use being right to seize and hoard power. And when you concentrate that power in the hands of a few bureaucrats, they get stingy with it."
Grace Lyons, Shadow Ops: Breach Zone

My sire cleaned up during the Depression: as banks foreclosed on desperate landowners, he swept in and snapped up haven after haven at a fraction of their true value. When evicted renters left the cities in droves, hoping to eke out a subsistence lifestyle on the outskirts of town, my sire was there with sharp teeth and bright red eyes. To this night, he speaks with great fondness of the Great Depression; he tells me he's looking forward to seeing current stock market bubble burst.
Vampire: The Masquerade - Clanbook: Gangrel (Revised)

In the same way that decommissioning a major highway cuts off the "blood supply" to the communities that have relied upon the road, corporate greed can leave an entire town or neighborhood floundering. It doesn't take long for crime to seep in at the edges: desperate people begin desperate measures to feed their families (or keep up their own misguided standards of living). And when that happens, when the rot creeps in, so do the monsters. Vampires feed on the weak. Werewolves enter under the cover of a new moon to cull those "herd" humans who are giving certain spirits too much power. Mad mages see a community on the brink - a great place to set up an isolated laboratory or library, or to kidnap those forgotten humans for a battery of unsightly experiments.

In the blink of an eye, floods, fires, and hurricanes can wreak enormous havoc — and present the feeding opportunity of a lifetime. Imagine an unparalleled selection of vulnerable, disoriented prey, aimlessly roaming deserted, rubble-filled streets, or the melee of a frenzied, chaotic crowd of people running for their lives as a fiery city collapses like a house of cards behind them. Envision an environment where scores of mangled, blood-drained bodies are nothing out of the ordinary and don't even raise a modicum of suspicion. These situations offer a hungry vampire all the convenience and delight of an all-you-can-eat buffet.
WORDS TO LIVE FOREVER BY: When disaster strikes, so do you. Act fast and take advantage of a cataclysm as soon as you can.
The New Vampire's Handbook

Under Ryan, the voices of an entire city sing the virtues of greed and pride. But truth, rather, is in the body. Already they grow weary of struggling against one another in fruitless competition. Observe the bent backs, the drawn faces. "Ryan promised us more," they seem to say. "In what shall we now believe?" And Eleanor... it is our task to answer.
Sofia Lamb, Bioshock 2

One of the upswings of an occult disaster is the window it provides for denying civil liberties, abduction, stonewalling missing persons reports, etc. Like they say, the children are our future.
Kirsten Geary, The Secret World

Peter: Right now, there's a vast international fleet and army in existence, with North American hegemony. When the bugger wars are over, all that power will vanish, because it's all built on fear of the buggers. And suddenly we'll look around and discover that all the old alliances are gone, dead and gone, except one, the Warsaw Pact. And it'll be the dollar against five million lasers. We'll have the asteroid belt, but they'll have Earth, and you run out of raisins and celery kind of fast out there, without Earth.
Valentine: Peter, why do I get the idea that you are thinking of this as a golden opportunity for Peter Wiggin?

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Collective fear stimulates herd instinct, and tends to produce ferocity toward those who are not regarded as members of the herd.
Bertrand Russell, Unpopular Essays

To be attacked by the enemy is not a bad Thing, but a good thing.
— The Selected Works of Mao Tse-tung

When written in Chinese the word crisis is composed of two characters. One represents danger, and the other represents opportunity.

Suppose somebody were to write a book about German history and say, 'Well, look, Hitler and his advisors certainly perceived their position as defensive'—which is absolutely true: Germany was under 'attack' by the Jews, remember. Go back and look at the Nazi literature, they had to defend themselves from the virus; this bacillus that was eating away at the core of modern civilization—and you've got to defend yourself, after all. And they were under 'attack' by the Czechs, and by the Poles, and by European encirclement...I'm sure that if we had records from Genghis Khan we would find that what he was doing was 'defensive', too.
Noam Chomsky, Understanding Power

It's now a very good day to get out anything we want to bury.
Jo Moore, UK PR agent, Sept. 11, 2001

Anderson Cooper was in Ottawa last night to report on the horrific shootings at the National War Memorial and Parliament. He was not there to have a kiki and take selfies. Vandon Gene (which is now the scientific name for the douche gene), an aspiring journalist type for the Sun News Network, didn’t get that memo, I guess.
Michael K., "Don’t Ever Ask The Silver Fox To Take A Selfie At The Scene Of A Tragedy"

Well, if you listen to Beck's show, you'll first hear about how unseen forces are ready to cause the utter collapse of society, and then at the commercial break you'll be informed that he's selling emergency food kits for when the nukes inevitably start landing on American soil (just $9,500 and you can keep your family alive on freeze-dried rations all through the coming war! You love your family, right?). The other big advertiser is gold sellers, because that's what you're going to be using for currency once the government collapses (just don't ask why the sellers want to unload their gold in exchange for your soon-to-be useless American dollars).

"My friends, as I have discovered myself, there are no disasters, only opportunities. And, indeed, opportunities for fresh disasters."
Boris Johnson

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