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Quotes About Tragedy

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Jay Asher
“A lot of you cared, just not enough.”
Jay Asher, Thirteen Reasons Why

Dalai Lama XIV
“There is a saying in Tibetan, 'Tragedy should be utilized as a source of strength.'
No matter what sort of difficulties, how painful experience is, if we lose our hope, that's our real disaster.”
Dalai Lama XIV

George Bernard Shaw
“There are two tragedies in life. One is to lose your heart's desire. The other is to gain it.”
George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman

Horace Walpole
“The world is a tragedy to those who feel, but a comedy to those who think.”
Horace Walpole

William Shakespeare
“For never was a story of more woe than this of Juliet and her Romeo.”
William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet

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

Sarah Ockler
“Weeping is not the same thing as crying. It takes your whole body to weep, and when it's over, you feel like you don't have any bones left to hold you up.”
Sarah Ockler, Twenty Boy Summer

Stephen King
“A tragedy is a tragedy, and at the bottom, all tragedies are stupid. Give me a choice and I'll take A Midsummer Night's Dream over Hamlet every time. Any fool with steady hands and a working set of lungs can build up a house of cards and then blow it down, but it takes a genius to make people laugh.”
Stephen King

Joseph Stalin
“A single death is a tragedy; a million deaths is a statistic.”
Joseph Stalin

Stephen Jay Gould
“We pass through this world but once. Few tragedies can be more extensive than the stunting of life, few injustices deeper than the denial of an opportunity to strive or even to hope, by a limit imposed from without, but falsely identified as lying within.”
Stephen Jay Gould, The Mismeasure of Man

Mel Brooks
“Tragedy is when I cut my finger. Comedy is when you fall into an open sewer and die.”
Mel Brooks

W.B. Yeats
“Being Irish, he had an abiding sense of tragedy, which sustained him through temporary periods of joy.”
W.B. Yeats

W. Somerset Maugham
“I know that you're selfish, selfish beyond words, and I know that you haven't the nerve of a rabbit, I know you're a liar and a humbug, I know that you're utterly contemptible. And the tragic part is'--her face was on a sudden distraught with pain--'the tragic part is that notwithstanding I love you with all my heart.”
W. Somerset Maugham, The Painted Veil

John Fowles
“The human race is unimportant. It is the self that must not be betrayed."

"I suppose one could say that Hitler didn't betray his self."

"You are right. He did not. But millions of Germans did betray their selves. That was the tragedy. Not that one man had the courage to be evil. But that millions had not the courage to be good.”
John Fowles, The Magus

Jeannette Walls
“Life is a drama full of tragedy and comedy. You should learn to enjoy the comic episodes a little more.”
Jeannette Walls, The Glass Castle

Jean Racine
“Life is a comedy to those who think, a tragedy to those who feel.”
Jean Racine

Robyn Schneider
“Life is the tragedy,' she said bitterly. 'You know how they categorize Shakespeare's plays, right? If it ends with a wedding, it's a comedy. And if it ends with a funeral, it's a tragedy. So we're all living tragedies, because we all end the same way, and it isn't with a goddamn wedding.”
Robyn Schneider, The Beginning of Everything

Oscar Wilde
“Actions are the first tragedy in life, words are the second. Words are perhaps the worst. Words are merciless. . .”
Oscar Wilde, Lady Windermere's Fan / A Woman of No Importance / An Ideal Husband / The Importance of Being Earnest / Salomé

Anaïs Nin
“All those who try to unveil the mysteries always have tragic lives. At the end they are always punished.”
Anaïs Nin

Kathryn Stockett
“That was the day my whole world went black. Air looked black. Sun looked black. I laid up in bed and stared at the black walls of my house….Took three months before I even looked out the window, see the world still there. I was surprised to see the world didn’t stop.”
Kathryn Stockett, The Help

Erich Segal
“And then I did what I had never done in his presence, much less in his arms. I cried.”
Erich Segal, Love Story

Jarod Kintz
“I have good news and I have bad news. The good news is that your house hasn't burned down, you don't have cancer, and your daughter hasn't been raped or murdered. The bad news is that I ran over your dog. And your son. And his wife. But not before I ran out of gas to achieve all of that.”
Jarod Kintz, The Days of Yay are Here! Wake Me Up When They're Over.

Oscar Wilde
“It often happens that the real tragedies of life occur in such
an inartistic manner that they hurt us by their crude violence, their
absolute incoherence, their absurd want of meaning, their entire lack
of style. They affect us just as vulgarity affects us. They give us
an impression of sheer brute force, and we revolt against that.
Sometimes, however, a tragedy that possesses artistic elements of
beauty crosses our lives. If these elements of beauty are real, the
whole thing simply appeals to our sense of dramatic effect. Suddenly
we find that we are no longer the actors, but the spectators of the
play. Or rather we are both. We watch ourselves, and the mere wonder
of the spectacle enthralls us.”
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

William Shakespeare
“Come what come may, time and the hour run through the roughest day.”
William Shakespeare, Macbeth

Irvin D. Yalom
“If we climb high enough, we will reach a height from which tragedy ceases to look tragic.”
Irvin D. Yalom, When Nietzsche Wept

Criss Jami
“A poet should be so crafty with words that he is envied even for his pains.”
Criss Jami

A.W. Tozer
“A man by his sin may waste himself, which is to waste that which on earth is most like God. This is man's greatest tragedy and God's heaviest grief.”
A.W. Tozer

Jarod Kintz
“It’s hard to hear over the racket of gunfire. Politicians want to talk about war, but the people want to talk about peace.”
Jarod Kintz, This is the best book I've ever written, and it still sucks

Arthur Schopenhauer
“The life of every individual is really always a tragedy, but gone through in detail, it has the character of a comedy.”
Arthur Schopenhauer

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