Tragedy Quotes And Sayings


Tragedy Quotes And Sayings

Here is a collection of tragedy quotes and sayings from various authors, celebrities, famous persons, and other sources compiled by for you to read and enjoy.

“The United States is the ultimate land of optimistic promise, but it also gave birth to quintessentially pessimistic tragedy: ‘Moby-Dick.’”
– A. N. Wilson

“The real tragedy of the poor is the poverty of their aspirations.”
– Adam Smith

“A nation that has no music and no fairytales is a tragedy.”
– Ai Weiwei

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

“We participate in a tragedy; at a comedy we only look.”
– Aldous Huxley

“The deepest definition of youth is life as yet untouched by tragedy.”
– Alfred North Whitehead

“The biggest tragedy I had was the loss of my daughter from neuromuscular disease in 2000, at age 46.”
– Alvin Toffler

“I was really surprised at the success of ‘House of Sand and Fog,’ because it is so awfully dark. Believe it or not, when writing it, I never had the word ‘tragedy’ in my head – I wasn’t trying to write a dark book at all.”
– Andre Dubus III

“A Shakespearean tragedy as so far considered may be called a story of exceptional calamity leading to the death of a man in high estate. But it is clearly much more than this, and we have now to regard it from another side.”
– Andrew Coyle Bradley

“Comedy is tragedy that happens to other people.”
– Angela Carter

“It’s every woman’s tragedy, that, after a certain age, she looks like a female impersonator. Mind you, we’ve known some lovely female impersonators, in our time.”
– Angela Carter

“I’ve never had a very closely connected family. My parents split up when I was young and I was living with my mom for a little while, then I was kind of just on my own really young. It wasn’t some kind of global tragedy, it was just never really a very close-knit family. So there was support in the sense that they didn’t stand in my way.”
– Ani DiFranco

“Racism has been for everyone like a horrible, tragic car crash, and we’ve all been heavily sedated from it. If we don’t come into consciousness of this tragedy, there’s going to be a violent awakening we don’t want. The question is, can we wake up?”
– Anna Deavere Smith

“A tragedy is a representation of an action that is whole and complete and of a certain magnitude. A whole is what has a beginning and middle and end.”

“The greatest tragedy in mankind’s entire history may be the hijacking of morality by religion.”
– Arthur C. Clarke

“The closer a man approaches tragedy the more intense is his concentration of emotion upon the fixed point of his commitment, which is to say the closer he approaches what in life we call fanaticism.”
– Arthur Miller

“Comedy ages quicker than tragedy, to the extent that we can’t know if the 10 commandments may originally have been 10 hilarious one-liners.”
– Arthur Smith

“The best way to prepare for a night out with a Shakespearean tragedy is to do a bit of reading up in the afternoon, eat a light supper – perhaps Welsh rarebit – and then arrive early to do some stretching exercises in the foyer before curtain-up.”
– Arthur Smith

“Classical tragedy was the war between good and evil. We wanted evil to be defeated and good to be victorious. But the battle in modern tragedy is between good and good. And no matter which side wins, we’ll still be heartbroken.”
– Asghar Farhadi

“I’m sure there are people who survive tragedy without humor, but I’ve never met any of them. Nor would I be particularly interested in writing about them if I did meet them.”
– Ayelet Waldman

“One of the greatest things drama can do, at it’s best, is to redefine the words we use every day such as love, home, family, loyalty and envy. Tragedy need not be a downer.”
– Ben Kingsley

“The tragedy of life doesn’t lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach.”
– Benjamin E. Mays

“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

“Life’s Tragedy is that we get old to soon and wise too late.”
– Benjamin Franklin

“Well I would say that we’re regular people first of all and we’re normal and it’s obvious by some of the things that have happened just because our name is famous we’re not immune to tragedy.”
– Brett Favre

“Why do we laugh at such terrible things? Because comedy is often the sarcastic realization of inescapable tragedy.”
– Bryant H. McGill

“Comedy is tragedy plus time.”
– Carol Burnett

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

“Life is a tragedy when seen in close-up, but a comedy in long-shot.”
– Charlie Chaplin

“In tragedy every moment is eternity; in comedy, eternity is a moment.”
– Christopher Fry

“I don’t think it’s possible to have a sense of tragedy without having a sense of humor.”
– Christopher Hitchens

“Laurence Olivier said in an interview once that when he plays a tragedy he always aims for the funny parts, and the other way around. Because in a comedy you look for what’s serious. I think that’s true. Sometimes things are really funny if you’re absolutely earnest. If you’re really serious, it’s hilarious.”
– Christopher Walken

“Just think of the tragedy of teaching children not to doubt.”
– Clarence Darrow

“Japan learned from the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki that the tragedy wrought by nuclear weapons must never be repeated and that humanity and nuclear weapons cannot coexist.”
– Daisaku Ikeda

“Everybody has a tragedy or two in their lives.”
– Dave Pelzer

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