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Tragedy is like strong acid - it dissolves away all but the very gold of truth.
D. H. Lawrence
Laughter is ever young, whereas tragedy, except the very highest of all, quickly becomes haggard.
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.
If we had a terrorist attack, the way the people respond is going to determine whether that attack is just a tragedy or whether that attack becomes an all-out disaster.
Patrick J. Kennedy
The tragedy of life is often not in our failure, but rather in our complacency; not in our doing too much, but rather in our doing too little; not in our living above our ability, but rather in our living below our capacities.
Benjamin E. Mays
Tragedy in life normally comes with betrayal and compromise, and trading on your integrity and not having dignity in life. That's really where failure comes.
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.
No matter how devastating our struggles, disappointments, and troubles are, they are only temporary. No matter what happens to you, no matter the depth of tragedy or pain you face, no matter how death stalks you and your loved ones, the Resurrection promises you a future of immeasurable good.
Life's Tragedy is that we get old to soon and wise too late.
One death is a tragedy; one million is a statistic.
The tragedy of life is what dies inside a man while he lives.
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.
Gay icons usually have some tragedy in their lives, but I've only had tragic haircuts and outfits.
I trust people too much, and the other tragedy is I can't say no.
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 suppose society is wonderfully delightful. To be in it is merely a bore. But to be out of it is simply a tragedy.
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
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.
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.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Leonardo da Vinci
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