The soul is born old but grows young. That is the comedy of life. And the body is born young and grows old. That is life's tragedy.
The greatest tragedy in mankind's entire history may be the hijacking of morality by religion.
The tragedy of life is what dies inside a man while he lives.
Life's tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late.
The most protean aspect of comedy is its potentiality for transcending itself, for responding to the conditions of tragedy by laughing in the darkness.
The tragedy of old age is not that one is old, but that one is young.
It must be borne in mind that the tragedy of life does not lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy of life lies in having no goal to reach.
The tragedy is not that love doesn't last. The tragedy is the love that lasts.
All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That's his.
The tragedy of life is not that it ends so soon, but that we wait so long to begin it.
When you close your eyes to tragedy, you close your eyes to greatness.
The bad end unhappily, the good unluckily. That is what tragedy means.
Every tragedy contains the seeds of triumph.
There are two tragedies in life. One is not to get your heart's desire. The other is to get it.
Laughter is ever young, whereas tragedy, except the very highest of all, quickly becomes haggard.
The closer a man approaches tragedy the more intense is his concentration of emotion upon the fixed point of his commitment, which is to say the closer he approaches what in life we call fanaticism.
The tragedy of life is in what dies inside a man while he lives -- the death of genuine feeling, the death of inspired response, the awareness that makes it possible to feel the pain or the glory of other men in yourself.
The true end of tragedy is to purify the passions.
Tragedy is an imitation of a whole and complete action of some amplitude. . . . Now a whole is that which has a beginning, a middle, and an end.
The tragedy, the true catastrophe, is that humanity continues.
In tragedy every moment is eternity; in comedy, eternity is a moment.
Genuine tragedies in the world are not conflicts between right and wrong. They are conflicts between two rights.
Forget your personal tragedy. We are all bitched from the start and you especially have to be hurt like hell before you can write seriously. But when you get the damned hurt, use it-don't cheat with it.
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