Tragedy Quotes

Every man of genius sees the world at a different angle from his fellows, and there is his tragedy

Havelock Ellis

Some of the critics viewed Vietnam as a morality play in which the wicked must be punished before the final curtain and where any attempt to salvage self-respect from the outcome compounded the wrong. I viewed it as a genuine tragedy. No one had a monopoly on anguish.

Ronald Reagan

Disaster is a natural part of my evolution. Toward tragedy and dissolution.

Chuck Palahniuk

Losing a game is heartbreaking. Losing your sense of excellence or worth is a tragedy.

Joe Paterno

The tragedy of education is played in two scenes - incompetent pupils facing competent teachers and incompetent teachers facing competent pupils.

Martin H. Fischer

Our government has become too responsive to trivial or ephemeral concerns, often at the expense of more important concerns or an erosion of our liberty, and it has made policy priorities more dependent on where TV journalists happen to point their cameras.... As a nation we have lost our sense of tragedy, a recognition that bad things happen to good people. A nation that expects the government to prevent churches from burning, to control the price of bread or gasoline, to secure every job, and to find some villain for every dramatic accident, risks an even larger loss of life and liberty.

William A. Niskanen

Humor is tragedy plus time

Mark Twain

Humor is merely tragedy standing on its head with its pants torn.

Irvin S. Cobb

The deepest definition of youth is life as yet untouched by tragedy.

Alfred North Whitehead

The tragedy of life is not that man loses, but that he almost wins.

Heywood Broun

The tragedy of life is not so much what men suffer, but rather what they miss.

Thomas Carlyle

Instead of weeping when a tragedy occurs in a songbird's life, it sings away its grief. I believe we could well follow the pattern of our feathered friends.

Unknown

Laughter rises out of tragedy, when you need it the most, and rewards you for your courage.

Erma Bombeck

A lot of the arguments about religion going on at the moment spring from a rather inept understanding of religious truth Our notion changed during the early modern period when we became convinced that the only path to any kind of truth was reason. That works beautifully for science but doesn't work so well for the humanities. Religion is really an art form and a struggle to find value and meaning amid the ghastly tragedy of human life.

Karen Armstrong

Tragedy on the stage is no longer enough for me, I shall bring it into my own life.

Antoine Marie Joseph Artaud

Every one of us is a minor tragedy. Most of us learn to cope.

Elizabeth Bear

The tragedy of a man who has found himself out.

Sir James Matthew Barrie

A tragedy, then, is the imitation of an action ... with incidents arousing pity and fear, wherewith to accomplish its catharsis of such emotions.

Aristotle

We are all such accidents. We do not make up history and culture. We simply appear, not by our own choice. We make what we can of our condition with the means available. We must accept the mixture as we find it the impurity of it, the tragedy of it, the hope of it.

Saul Bellow

Given Iraq's strategic location, its large oil reserves, and the suffering of the Iraqi people, we cannot afford to replace a despot with chaos. It would be a tragedy if we removed a tyrant in Iraq only to leave chaos in its wake.

Joseph Robinette

There is never a time when a president can act to stop a tragedy from occurring without being held politically accountable one way or the other. If he does it and fails, he's wrong. If he does it and succeeds, he was never right because it didn't happen. If we go in and stop an act of genocide, we can't prove what we stopped.

Joseph Robinette

If the people wanted my head I would bow without demur. If I had lost the confidence or respect of the people I would not want to live. The tragedy of the drama is that the very opposite is true.

Zulfikar Ali Bhutto

If, as I believe, the ends of men are many, and not all of them are in principle compatible with each other, then the possibility of conflict and of tragedy can never wholly be eliminated from human life, either personal or social. The necessity of choosing between absolute claims is then an inescapable characteristic of the human condition. This gives its value to freedom as Acton conceived of it as an end in itself, and not as a temporary need, arising out of our confused notions and irrational and disordered lives, a predicament which a panacea could one day put right.

Sir Isaiah Berlin

Tragedy should remain the right of human beings, subject, in their conditions or in their own nature, to the dire law of necessity. To them it is salvation and beatification.

Karen von Blixen-Finecke
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