Tragedy Quotes

When you close your eyes to tragedy, you close your eyes to greatness.

Stephen Vizinczey

The bad end unhappily, the good unluckily. That is what tragedy means.

Tom Stoppard

Every tragedy contains the seeds of triumph.

Scott Sorrell

There are two tragedies in life. One is not to get your heart's desire. The other is to get it.

George Bernard Shaw

Laughter is ever young, whereas tragedy, except the very highest of all, quickly becomes haggard.

Margaret Sackville

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.

Arthur Miller

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.

Norman Cousins

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.

Aristotle

Commonplace people dislike tragedy because they dare not suffer and cannot exult.

John Edward Masefield

Only a great mind that is overthrown yields tragedy.

Jacques Barzun

That there should one man die ignorant who had capacity for knowledge, this I call a tragedy.

Thomas Carlyle

It would indeed be the ultimate tragedy if the history of the human race proved to be nothing more noble than the story of an ape playing with a box of matches on a petrol dump.

David Ormsby-Gore

One of the tragedies of modern times is that people have come to believe that something said by someone in the past, perhaps for illustrative or provocation purposes, actually represents that person's beliefs at the time.

Idries Shah

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

Tragedy delights by affording a shadow of the pleasure which exists in pain.

Percy Bysshe Shelley

Ours is essentially a tragic age, so we refuse to take it tragically.

D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence

None but a poet can write a tragedy. For tragedy is nothing less than pain transmuted into exaltation by the alchemy of poetry.

Edith Hamilton

Behind every exquisite thing that existed, there was something tragic.

Oscar Wilde

Well, the tragedy is over. The failure is complete. I turn my head and go away. I took my share in this fight for the impossible.

Albert Camus

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

Heywood Broun

Tragedy occurs when a human soul awakes and seeks, in suffering and pain, to free itself from crime, violence, infamy, even at the cost of life. The struggle is the tragedy - not defeat or death. That is why the spectacle of tragedy has always filled men, not with despair, but with a sense of hope and exaltation.

Whittaker Chambers

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.

Oscar Wilde

All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That's his.

Oscar Wilde

There is only one real tragedy in a woman's life. The fact that her past is always her lover, and her future invariably her husband.

Oscar Wilde

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Updated On : March 11, 2014
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