Farce Quotes

Quotes tagged as "farce" (showing 1-20 of 21)
Karl Marx
Hegel remarks somewhere that all great, world-historical facts and personages occur, as it were, twice. He has forgotten to add: the first time as tragedy, the second as farce.”
Karl Marx, The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte

Suzanne Collins
“But don't worry; as I've been saying - and this has been very clever of me, I'm sure you'll agree - if you put enough pressure on coal, it'll turn to pearls!”
Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games

Mark Twain
“Well, there are times when one would like to hang the whole human race and finish the farce.”
Mark Twain

Abraham Lincoln
“A farce or comedy is best played; a tragedy is best read at home.”
Abraham Lincoln

Charles Dickens
“He had a certain air of being a handsome man--which he was not; and a certain air of being a well-bred man--which he was not. It was mere swagger and challenge; but in this particular, as in many others, blustering assertion goes for proof, half over the world.”
Charles Dickens, Little Dorrit: Volume 1

Daniel Prokop
“Even amidst tragedy there is laughter, sometimes farce. The degree of farce depends on who is running the tragedy.”
Daniel Prokop, Leaving Neverland: Why Little Boys Shouldn't Run Big Corporations

Christopher Hitchens
“I saw exactly one picture of Marx and one of Lenin in my whole stay, but it's been a long time since ideology had anything to do with it. Not without cunning, Fat Man and Little Boy gradually mutated the whole state belief system into a debased form of Confucianism, in which traditional ancestor worship and respect for order become blended with extreme nationalism and xenophobia. Near the southernmost city of Kaesong, captured by the North in 1951, I was taken to see the beautifully preserved tombs of King and Queen Kongmin. Their significance in F.M.-L.B. cosmology is that they reigned over a then unified Korea in the 14th century, and that they were Confucian and dynastic and left many lavish memorials to themselves. The tombs are built on one hillside, and legend has it that the king sent one of his courtiers to pick the site. Second-guessing his underling, he then climbed the opposite hill. He gave instructions that if the chosen site did not please him he would wave his white handkerchief. On this signal, the courtier was to be slain. The king actually found that the site was ideal. But it was a warm day and he forgetfully mopped his brow with the white handkerchief. On coming downhill he was confronted with the courtier's fresh cadaver and exclaimed, 'Oh dear.' And ever since, my escorts told me, the opposite peak has been known as 'Oh Dear Hill.'

I thought this was a perfect illustration of the caprice and cruelty of absolute leadership, and began to phrase a little pun about Kim Jong Il being the 'Oh Dear Leader,' but it died on my lips.”
Christopher Hitchens, Love, Poverty, and War: Journeys and Essays

Kyle Michel Sullivan
“Meaning, yes -- I don't really exist except on the page or in the back of your brain. But if you think it's weird a fictional character's telling this story, you ain't seen what happened, yet.”
Kyle Michel Sullivan, The Lyons' Den

Tom Stoppard
“Why do I have a sense of impending disaster?
(He reflects) Sonders is after my niece and has discovered the secret address where I am sending her to the safe keeping of my sister-in-law Miss Blumenblatt, who has never laid eyes on him, or, for that matter, on Marie either since she was a baby—while I have to leave my business in the charge of my assistant and an apprentice, and follow my new servant, whom I haven't had time to introduce to anyone, to town to join the parade and take my fiancée to dinner in a uniform I can't sit down in.
One false move and we could have a farce on our hands.”
Tom Stoppard, On the Razzle
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Jacques Monod
“One of the great problems of philosophy, is the relationship between the realm of knowledge and the realm of values. Knowledge is what is; values are what ought to be. I would say that all traditional philosophies up to and including Marxism have tried to derive the 'ought' from the 'is.' My point of view is that this is impossible, this is a farce.”
Jacques Monod

Michael Shermer
“As Karl Marx once noted: 'Hegel remarks somewhere that all great, world-historical facts and personages occur, as it were, twice. He forgot to add: the first time as tragedy, the second as farce.' William Jennings Bryan and the Scopes trial was a tragedy. The creationists and intelligent design theorists are a farce.”
Michael Shermer

“Surely you know that whatever the play, the curtain always falls at the end.”
Bandi, The Accusation: Forbidden Stories from Inside North Korea

Julian Barnes
“Tragedies in hindsight look like farces.”
Julian Barnes, The Noise of Time

“The more I learn, the less I know: the less I know, the less I understand: the less I understand, the less I can relate; I know you're crazy.”
Al Diaz

George R.R. Martin
“I have some devotional books you can look over. Learn to quote from them. Nothing discourages unwanted questions as much as a flow of pious bleating.

(Petyr Baelish to Sansa Stark)”
George R.R. Martin, A Storm of Swords: Blood and Gold

William Golding
“What is like chemistry?"
"Well. Life."
"It's an outrageous farce, Oliver, with an incompetent producer...”
William Golding, The Pyramid

“Judith (sadly): A change has come over my children of late. I have tried to shut my eyes to it, but in vain. At my time of life one must face bitter facts!”
Noel Coward Sir

Lev Shestov
“After a tragedy, a farce. Philosophy enters into her power, and the earth returns under one's feet.”
Lev Shestov, All Things are Possible

“War is the rich old men's favorite spectator sport. They dream of these for young foolish men to die in aimlessly; it makes them feel like a God and they get to make a killing off of it too.”
Mamur Mustapha

Jack Messenger
“I always feel apprehensive when someone reads my work for the first time. Most writers are probably the same, with a desperate need to be liked – preferably expressed as lavish praise and uncritical admiration.”
Jack Messenger, Farewell Olympus