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

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

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

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

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

Samuel Beckett
“I can't go on, I'll go on.”
Samuel Beckett, I Can't Go On, I'll Go On: A Samuel Beckett Reader

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

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

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

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

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

Kristina McMorris
“The whole world can become the enemy when you lose what you love.”
Kristina McMorris, Bridge of Scarlet Leaves

Alan Lightman
“The tragedy of this world is that no one is happy, whether stuck in a time of pain or of joy. The tragedy of this world is that everyone is alone. For a life in the past cannot be shared with the present. Each person who gets stuck in time gets stuck alone.”
Alan Lightman, Einstein's Dreams

K.L. Toth
“One of the greatest tragedies in life is to lose your own sense of self and accept the version of you that is expected by everyone else.”
K.L. Toth

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

E. Lockhart
“They know that tragedy is not glamorous. They know it doesn't play out in life as it does on a stage or between the pages of a book. It is neither a punishment meted out nor a lesson conferred. Its horrors are not attributable to one single person. Tragedy is ugly and tangled, stupid and confusing.”
E. Lockhart, We Were Liars

Alan Lightman
“The tragedy of this world is that everyone is alone. For a life in the past cannot be shared with the present.”
Alan Lightman, Einstein's Dreams

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

Patrick Rothfuss
“It’s not over if you’re still here,” Chronicler said. “It’s not a tragedy if you’re still alive.”
Patrick Rothfuss, The Wise Man's Fear

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

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

Friedrich Nietzsche
“He who climbs upon the highest mountains laughs at all tragedies, real or imaginary.”
Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra

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

Euripides
“Hate is a bottomless cup; I will pour and pour”
Euripides, Medea

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