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Tragedy is when I cut my finger. Comedy is when you fall into an open sewer and die.
The death of one man is a tragedy. The death of millions is a statistic.
It must be borne in mind that the tragedy of life doesn't lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goals to reach.
Benjamin E. Mays
To believe in love, to be ready to give up anything for it, to be willing to risk your life for it, is the ultimate tragedy.
Tragedy is like strong acid - it dissolves away all but the very gold of truth.
D. H. Lawrence
The mark of your ignorance is the depth of your belief in injustice and tragedy. What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the Master calls the butterfly.
Every human being on this earth is born with a tragedy, and it isn't original sin. He's born with the tragedy that he has to grow up... a lot of people don't have the courage to do it.
The world is a crazy, beautiful, ugly complicated place, and it keeps moving on from crisis to strangeness to beauty to weirdness to tragedy. The caravan keeps moving on, and the job of the longform writer or filmmaker or radio broadcaster is to stop - is to pause - and when the caravan goes away, that's when this stuff comes.
The real tragedy of the poor is the poverty of their aspirations.
In all natural disasters through time, man needs to attach meaning to tragedy, no matter how random and inexplicable the event is.
Fables should be taught as fables, myths as myths, and miracles as poetic fantasies. To teach superstitions as truths is a most terrible thing. The child mind accepts and believes them, and only through great pain and perhaps tragedy can he be in after years relieved of them.
The courage of life is often a less dramatic spectacle than the courage of a final moment; but it is no less a magnificent mixture of triumph and tragedy.
John F. Kennedy
All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That's his.
Effort without talent is a depressing situation... but talent without effort is a tragedy.
I'll never forget Hurricane Katrina - the mix of a natural and a man-made catastrophe that resulted in the death of over 1,500 of our neighbors. Millions of folks were marked by the tragedy.
Sometimes bad luck hits you like in an ancient Greek tragedy, and it's not your own making. When you have a plane crash, it's not your fault.
There's no tragedy in life like the death of a child. Things never get back to the way they were.
Dwight D. Eisenhower
One death is a tragedy; one million is a statistic.
I don't think I'm morbid by nature. Serious writers have always written about serious subjects. Lighthearted material doesn't appeal to me, and I don't read it. I think I'm a realist, with a realistic sensibility of history and the tragedy of history.
Joyce Carol Oates
It is frequently the tragedy of the great artist, as it is of the great scientist, that he frightens the ordinary man.
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.
Having experienced personally and through my family the tragedy of Chile is something always present in my memory. I do not want events of that nature ever to happen again, and I have dedicated an important part of my life to ensuring that and to the reunion of all Chileans.
A tragedy need not have blood and death; it's enough that it all be filled with that majestic sadness that is the pleasure of tragedy.
Gay icons usually have some tragedy in their lives, but I've only had tragic haircuts and outfits.
Plot, rules, nor even poetry, are not half so great beauties in tragedy or comedy as a just imitation of nature, of character, of the passions and their operations in diversified situations.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
John F. Kennedy
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