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Tragedy Quotes and Sayings
Quotes about Tragedy

Please enjoy these Tragedy Quotes from the wise, the romantic, and the famous of the past and present.

Life is not a tragedy, it is a comedy.
To be alive means to have a sense of humor.
- Osho

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The tragedy of life doesn't lie in not reaching your goal.
The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach.
- Benjamin E. Mays

The tragedy of life is not that it ends so soon,
but that we wait so long to begin it.
- Anonymous

In human intercourse the tragedy begins,
not when there is misunderstanding about words,
but when silence is not understood.
- Henry David Thoreau

 

There's no tragedy in life like the death of a child.
Things never get back to the way they were.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

You have a choice about the perspective you take on life.
See tragedy, and the world is tragic -
see beauty, and the world is beautiful.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression
and cruelty by the bad people
but the silence over that by the good people.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

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The tragedy of life is what dies inside a man while he lives.
- Albert Schweitzer

The effort to understand the universe is one
of the very few things that lifts human life
a little above the level of farce,
and gives it some of the grace of tragedy.
- Steven Weinberg

Humor is merely tragedy standing on its head with its pants torn.
- Irvin S. Cobb

It was a Greek tragedy.
Nixon was fulfilling his own nature.
Once it started it could not end otherwise.
- Henry A. Kissinger

The basic fact about human existence is not that it is a tragedy,
but that it is a bore.
It is not so much a war as an endless standing in line.
- H. L. Mencken

History will have to record that the greatest tragedy
of this period of social transition
was not the strident clamor of the bad people,
but the appalling silence of the good people.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

The courage of life is often a less dramatic spectacle
than the courage of a final moment;
but it is no less a magnificent mixture of triumph and tragedy.
- John F. Kennedy

The great tragedy of science - the slaying of a beautiful
hypothesis by an ugly fact.
- Thomas Huxley

Life is a dream for the wise, a game for the fool,
a comedy for the rich, a tragedy for the poor.
- Sholom Aleichem

We, therefore, here in Britain stand shoulder to shoulder
with our American friends in this hour of tragedy,
and we, like them, will not rest until this evil is driven from our world.
- Tony Blair

All women become like their mothers.
That is their tragedy.
No man does.
That's his.
- Oscar Wilde

Any art worthy of its name should address 'life',
'man', 'nature', 'death' and 'tragedy'.
- Barnett Newman

The main cause of my difficulties stemmed from the
tragedy of my daughter's unsound birth and my inability to face my feelings.
- Gene Tierney

It is a tragedy of the world that no one knows what he doesn't know -
the less a man knows,
the more sure it is that he knows everything.
- Joyce Cary

Lack of something to feel important about is almost
the greatest tragedy a man may have.
- Arthur E. Morgan

The tragedy of war is that it uses man's best to do man's worst.
- Harry Emerson Fosdick

One death is a tragedy; one million is a statistic.
- Joseph Stalin

The tragedy of all of this is that it happened to me
and it shouldn't have happened.
It ruined my life and my career.
That's the tragedy of this.
- Rafael Palmeiro

It is frequently the tragedy of the great artist,
as it is of the great scientist, that he frightens the ordinary man.
- Loren Eiseley

It would behoove the world to become used to this fact:
that without a just solution to the Palestine tragedy,
there can be no stable peace in the Middle East.
- King Hussein I

Somebody said that I am the last American living the tragedy of Europe.
- Ezra Pound

To endure the cross is not tragedy; it is the suffering
which is the fruit of an exclusive allegiance to Jesus Christ.
- Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Comedy is tragedy plus time.
- Carol Burnett

The death of one man is a tragedy.
The death of millions is a statistic.
- Joseph Stalin

Being Irish, he had an abiding sense of tragedy,
which sustained him through temporary periods of joy.
- William Butler Yeats

The worst tragedy for a poet is to be admired through being misunderstood.
- Jean Cocteau

The tragedy of life is not that man loses but that he almost wins.
- Heywood Broun

Avoiding humiliation is the core of tragedy and comedy.
- John Guare

The key element in tragedy is that heroes and heroines
are destroyed by that which appears to be their greatest strength.
- Robert Shea

Life is a comedy for those who think...
and a tragedy for those who feel.
- Horace Walpole

Lest Arab governments be tempted out of sheer routine
to rush into impulsive rejection,
let me suggest that tragedy is not what men suffer but what they miss.
- Abba Eban

Of course the Munich tragedy was the biggest event
in my career and the most terrible.
- Jim McKay

It must be borne in mind that the tragedy of life does
not lie in not reaching your goal.
The tragedy of life lies in having no goal to reach.
- Benjamin E. Mays

The Constitution is never tested during times of tranquility;
it is during times of tension,
turmoil, tragedy, trauma, and terrorism that it is sorely tested.
- Mike Honda

It is in times of great tragedy when the true spirit
of our wonderful country unites as one.
- Jim Gerlach

Tragedy, for me, is not a conflict between right and wrong,
but between two different kinds of right.
- Peter Shaffer

The tragedy of machismo is that a man is never quite man enough.
- Germaine Greer

The bad end unhappily, the good unluckily.
That is what tragedy means.
- Tom Stoppard

Great tragedy has come to us, and we are meeting it
with the best that is in our country,
with courage and concern for others because this is America.
This is who we are.
- George W. Bush

Right after the tragedy, President Bush asked Americans
to get on with their lives and we did.
- Jane D. Hull

There is a thin line that separates laughter and pain,
comedy and tragedy, humor and hurt.
- Erma Bombeck

In tragedy every moment is eternity;
in comedy,
eternity is a moment.
- Christopher Fry

The world is a comedy to those that think,
a tragedy to those who feel.
- Horace Walpole

When people divorce, it's always such a tragedy.
At the same time, if people stay together it can be even worse.
- Monica Bellucci

When the systems we expect to help us actually hurt us,
we have tragedy.
- Carter Burwell

Tragedy is like strong acid - it dissolves away all
but the very gold of truth.
- David Herbert Lawrence

Comedy is much more difficult than tragedy-and a much better training,
I think.
It's much easier to make people cry than to make them laugh.
- Vivien Leigh

People try to make a Greek tragedy of my life,
and they can't do it.
I'm too happy.
- Curt Flood

In all love stories the theme is love and tragedy,
so by writing these types of stories,
I have to include tragedy.
- Nicholas Sparks

I think there's a poet who wrote once a tragedy by Shakespeare,
a symphony by Beethoven and a thunderstorm are based on the same elements.
I think that's a beautiful line.
- Maximilian Schell

My bones are tired from all the tragedy in me.
- Peter Krause

Hard work without talent is a shame,
but talent without hard work is a tragedy.
- Robert Half

You get tragedy where the tree, instead of bending,
breaks.
- Ludwig Wittgenstein

Greek philosophy seems to have met with something with
which a good tragedy is not supposed to meet,
namely, a dull ending.
- Karl Marx

The difference between tragedy and comedy:
Tragedy is something awful happening to somebody else,
while comedy is something awful happening to somebody else.
- Aaron Allston

The greatest tragedy in mankind's entire history may
be the hijacking of morality by religion.
- Arthur C. Clarke

How often we fail to realize our good fortune in living
in a country where happiness is more than a lack of tragedy.
- Paul Sweeney

I've had at least my share of tragedy,
but I have had far more than my share of happiness.
- Pierre Salinger

The subject of a good tragedy must not be realistic.
- Pierre Corneille

No, no, I didn't know him.
He lost his mind around 1917 because of the tragedy of the Armenians.
- Alan Hovhaness

Only a great mind that is overthrown yields tragedy.
- Jacques Barzun

Satire is tragedy plus time.
You give it enough time, the public,
the reviewers will allow you to satirize it.
Which is rather ridiculous, when you think about it.
- Lenny Bruce

Well, my definition of a tragedy is a clash between right and right.
- Amos Oz

Our tragedy is a general and universal physical fear
so long sustained by now that we can even bear it...
the basest of all things is to be afraid.
- William Faulkner


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