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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.
I don't think it's possible to have a sense of tragedy without having a sense of humor.
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.
Every man of genius sees the world at a different angle from his fellows, and there is his tragedy.
There's no tragedy in life like the death of a child. Things never get back to the way they were.
Dwight D. Eisenhower
The Constitution is never tested during times of tranquility; it is during times of tension, turmoil, tragedy, trauma, and terrorism that it is sorely tested.
It is frequently the tragedy of the great artist, as it is of the great scientist, that he frightens the ordinary man.
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.
This world is a comedy to those that think, a tragedy to those that feel.
Gay icons usually have some tragedy in their lives, but I've only had tragic haircuts and outfits.
In the midst of the sense of tragedy or loss, sometimes laughter is not only healing, it's a way of experiencing the person that you've lost again.
There is no tragedy in missing a putt, no matter how short. All have erred in this respect.
The rock star is dying. And it's a small tragedy. Rock stars have blogs now. I have no use for that kind of rock star.
Greek philosophy seems to have met with something with which a good tragedy is not supposed to meet, namely, a dull ending.
Tragedy is restful: and the reason is that hope, that foul, deceitful thing, has no part in it.
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
I believe the most solemn duty of the American president is to protect the American people. If America shows uncertainty and weakness in this decade, the world will drift toward tragedy. This will not happen on my watch.
George W. Bush
I don't understand why Europeans and South Americans can take more sophistication. Why is it that Americans need to hear their happiness major and their tragedy minor, and as jazzy as they can handle is a seventh chord? Are they not experiencing complex emotions?
Yes, but another writer I read in high school who just knocked me out was Theodore Dreiser. I read An American Tragedy all in one weekend and couldn't put it down - I locked myself in my room. Now that was antithetical to every other book I was reading at the time because Dreiser really had no style, but it was powerful.
It is a tragedy of the world that no one knows what he doesn't know - the less a man knows, the more sure it is that he knows everything.
I think you figure out how to be funny by necessity. It's not a natural thing, being funny in the face of tragedy is kind of demented.
Somebody said that I am the last American living the tragedy of Europe.
The effort to understand the universe is one of the very few things that lifts human life a little above the level of farce, and gives it some of the grace of tragedy.
Tragedy is a tool for the living to gain wisdom, not a guide by which to live.
If investments in banks fall, it is a tragedy, and people say, 'What are we going to do?' but if people die of hunger, have nothing to eat or suffer from poor health, that's nothing.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
John F. Kennedy
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