Quotes About Tragedy

Quotes tagged as "tragedy" (showing 61-90 of 727)
Honoré de Balzac
“Who is to decide which is the grimmer sight: withered hearts, or empty skulls?”
Honoré de Balzac, Père Goriot

George Orwell
“Tragedy, he precieved, belonged to the ancient time, to a time when there were still privacy, love, and friendship, and when the members of a family stood by one another without needing to know the reason.”
George Orwell, 1984

Roland Merullo
“I felt I was drawing close to that age, that place in life, where you realize one day what you'd told yourself was a Zen detachment turns out to be naked fear. You'd had one serious love relationship in your life and it had ended in tragedy, and the tragedy had broken something inside you. But instead of trying to repair the broken place, or at least really stop and look at it, you skated and joked. You had friends, you were a decent citizen. You hurt no one. And your life was somehow just about half of what it could be.”
Roland Merullo, A Little Love Story

Maya Van Wagenen
“No popularity exists when tragedy strikes. All that's left are human hearts and love and ache. We all love each other, deep down, and when we see another soul in pain we can't help but hurt too.”
Maya Van Wagenen, Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek

Joseph Campbell
“[Comedies], in the ancient world, were regarded as of a higher rank than tragedy, of a deeper truth, of a more difficult realization, of a sounder structure, and of a revelation more complete. The happy ending of the fairy tale, the myth, and the divine comedy of the soul, is to be read, not as a contradiction, but as a transcendence of the universal tragedy of man.... Tragedy is the shattering of the forms and of our attachments to the forms; comedy, the wild and careless, inexhaustible joy of life invincible.”
Joseph Campbell

R.J. Gonzales
“A flower bloomed already wilting. Beginning its life with an early ending.”
R.J. Gonzales, Mundahlia

Eric Jerome Dickey
“People know your tragedies and they treat you like
you’re not human. Like you’re a three-headed goat. A monster from some other planet. They keep reminding you of your pain.
You see how they look at me? They’re stuck on that person I used to be. They can’t see that old life as just a moment in time that I’ve moved on from. It was a horrible life.”
Eric Jerome Dickey, Genevieve

Arthur Schopenhauer
“What give all that is tragic, whatever its form, the characteristic of the sublime, is the first inkling of the knowledge that the world and life can give no satisfaction, and are not worth our investment in them. The tragic spirit consists in this. Accordingly it leads to resignation.”
Arthur Schopenhauer, The World as Will and Representation, Vol 1

Angela Carter
“Comedy is tragedy that happens to other people.”
Angela Carter, Wise Children

Banana Yoshimoto
“And when something awful happens, the goodness stands out even more ...”
Banana Yoshimoto, The Lake

This world’s anguish is no different from the love we insist on holding back.
“This world’s anguish is no different
from the love we insist on holding back.”
Aberjhani, Elemental: The Power of Illuminated Love

William Shakespeare
“She gave me for my pains a world of sighs.”
William Shakespeare, Othello

Jean Anouilh
“It bothered me that whatever was waiting wasn't waiting for me”
Jean Anouilh, Antigone

Neal Shusterman
“On a sunny Tuesday - for it seems so many awful things happen on a Tuesday - six astronauts and one schoolteacher attempted to pierce the sky. Instead they touched the stars.”
Neal Shusterman, Everwild

William Shakespeare
“Finish, good lady; the bright day is done, And we are for the Dark.”
William Shakespeare

Oscar Wilde
“Then she gave one last burst of music. The white Moon heard it, and she forgot the dawn, and lingered on in the sky. The red rose heard it, and it trembled all over with ecstasy, and opened its petals to the cold morning air. Echo bore it to her purple cavern in the hills, and woke the sleeping shepherds from their dreams. It floated through the reeds of the river, and they carried its message to the sea.”
Oscar Wilde, The Nightingale and the Rose

Black Elk
“I did not know then how much was ended. When I look back now from this high hill of my old age, I can still see the butchered women and children lying heaped and scattered all along the crooked gulch as plain as when I saw them with eyes still young. And I can see that something else died there in the bloody mud, and was buried in the blizzard. A people's dream died there. It was a beautiful dream...”
Black Elk

Nenia Campbell
'Better to have loved and lost,' my ass.

Anyone parroting that little platitude had obviously never lost anyone of consequence.”
Nenia Campbell, Touched with Sight

Jeanne DuPrau
“A darkness different from Ember's, but just as frightening...”
Jeanne DuPrau, The Diamond of Darkhold

Julie Metz
“I had hoped that the rest of the world would stand still while I got myself together again, but Chaos and Tragedy had marched into other lives close to mine as well.”
Julie Metz, Perfection: A Memoir of Betrayal and Renewal

David Gemmell
“We make choices every day, some of them good, some of them bad. And if we are strong enough, we live with the consequences.”
David Gemmell

William Shakespeare
“Affliction is enamoured of thy parts,
And thou art wedded to calamity.”
William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet

Kedar Joshi
“History is orphan. It can speak, but cannot hear. It can give, but cannot take. Its wounds and tragedies can be read and known, but cannot be avoided or cured.”
Kedar Joshi

David Mamet
“Every reiteration of the idea that _nothing matters_ debases the human spirit.

Every reiteration of the idea that there is no drama in modern life, there is only dramatization, that there is no tragedy, there is only unexplained misfortune, debases us. It denies what we know to be true. In denying what we know, we are as a nation which cannot remember its dreams--like an unhappy person who cannot remember his dreams and so denies that he does dream, and denies that there are such things as dreams.”
David Mamet, Writing in Restaurants: Essays and Prose

“The search for Jesus is about reconciling loss and tragedy to God and us.”
W. Scott Lineberry

“Stop counting your losses and start counting your blessings. Only then will you discover that losses are always easier to point out and count than blessings. And that your blessings will always outnumber your losses, for they are truly immeasurable.”
Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

John Fowles
“For him the tragedy of Homo sapiens is that the least fit to survive breed the most.”
John Fowles, The French Lieutenant's Woman

Jacqueline Woodson
“I know now that what is tragic isn’t the moment. It is the memory.”
Jacqueline Woodson, Another Brooklyn

Leslie Jamison
“Sure, some news is bigger news than other news. War is bigger news than a girl having mixed feelings about the way some guy fucked her and didn't call. But I don't believe in a finite economy of empathy; I happen to think that paying attention yields as much as it taxes.”
Leslie Jamison, The Empathy Exams: Essays

Robert G. Ingersoll
“Is it possible that the Pentateuch could not have been written by uninspired men? that the assistance of God was necessary to produce these books? Is it possible that Galilei ascertained the mechanical principles of 'Virtual Velocity,' the laws of falling bodies and of all motion; that Copernicus ascertained the true position of the earth and accounted for all celestial phenomena; that Kepler discovered his three laws—discoveries of such importance that the 8th of May, 1618, may be called the birth-day of modern science; that Newton gave to the world the Method of Fluxions, the Theory of Universal Gravitation, and the Decomposition of Light; that Euclid, Cavalieri, Descartes, and Leibniz, almost completed the science of mathematics; that all the discoveries in optics, hydrostatics, pneumatics and chemistry, the experiments, discoveries, and inventions of Galvani, Volta, Franklin and Morse, of Trevithick, Watt and Fulton and of all the pioneers of progress—that all this was accomplished by uninspired men, while the writer of the Pentateuch was directed and inspired by an infinite God? Is it possible that the codes of China, India, Egypt, Greece and Rome were made by man, and that the laws recorded in the Pentateuch were alone given by God? Is it possible that Æschylus and Shakespeare, Burns, and Beranger, Goethe and Schiller, and all the poets of the world, and all their wondrous tragedies and songs are but the work of men, while no intelligence except the infinite God could be the author of the Pentateuch? Is it possible that of all the books that crowd the libraries of the world, the books of science, fiction, history and song, that all save only one, have been produced by man? Is it possible that of all these, the bible only is the work of God?”
Robert G. Ingersoll, Some Mistakes of Moses

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