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Tragedy Quotes

Tragedy, the form of universal human suffering either though painful or experience or sight is inescapable. Who can forget the Shakespearean tragedies like Macbeth, Othello and Romeo and Juliet that had devastating climaxes and endings? Tragedy is everywhere such as TV shows, serials, drama, movies and books. Some of the web definitions term tragedy as a calamity: an event resulting in great loss and misfortune or drama in which the protagonist is overcome by some superior force or circumstance. Read further to get an insight about the great sorrow quotations and sayings.

Charlie Chaplin

Life is a tragedy when seen in close-up, but a comedy in long-shot.

Robert Kennedy

Tragedy is a tool for the living to gain wisdom, not a guide by which to live.

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Erma Bombeck

There is a thin line that separates laughter and pain, comedy and tragedy, humor and hurt.

Mel Brooks

Tragedy is when I cut my finger. Comedy is when you fall into an open sewer and die.

William Butler Yeats

Being Irish, he had an abiding sense of tragedy, which sustained him through temporary periods of joy.

Adam Smith

The real tragedy of the poor is the poverty of their aspirations.

Karl Marx

History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people.

Gene Tierney

The main cause of my difficulties stemmed from the tragedy of my daughter's unsound birth and my inability to face my feelings.

Benjamin Franklin

Life's tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late.

Rita Mae Brown

Divorce is the one human tragedy that reduces everything to cash.

James Madison

A popular government without popular information or the means of acquiring it, is but a prologue to a farce, or a tragedy, or perhaps both.

Albert Schweitzer

The tragedy of life is what dies inside a man while he lives.

H. L. Mencken

The basic fact about human existence is not that it is a tragedy, but that it is a bore. It is not so much a war as an endless standing in line.

Oscar Wilde

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

Karl Marx

Greek philosophy seems to have met with something with which a good tragedy is not supposed to meet, namely, a dull ending.

D. H. Lawrence

Tragedy is like strong acid - it dissolves away all but the very gold of truth.

John F. Kennedy

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.

James Baldwin

Europe has what we do not have yet, a sense of the mysterious and inexorable limits of life, a sense, in a word, of tragedy. And we have what they sorely need: a sense of life's possibilities.

Henry Miller

The tragedy of it is that nobody sees the look of desperation on my face. Thousands and thousands of us, and we're passing one another without a look of recognition.

Tom Stoppard

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

Mike Pence

It is a tragedy indeed that new generations, taking office, attribute failures in governance to insufficient power, and seek more of it.

Elie Wiesel

Sometimes I am asked if I know 'the response to Auschwitz; I answer that not only do I not know it, but that I don't even know if a tragedy of this magnitude has a response.

Aldous Huxley

We participate in a tragedy; at a comedy we only look.