Tragedy Quotes

A lot of you cared, just not enough.

There are two tragedies in life. One is to lose your heart's desire. The other is to gain it.

Man and Superman

George Bernard Shaw

Man and Superman
Desire    Life    Lost    Paradox    Tragedy

For never was a story of more woe than this of Juliet and her Romeo.

Life is a comedy to those who think, a tragedy to those who feel.

Comedy    Emotions    Feeling    Life    Thinking    Tragedy

Weeping is not the same thing as crying. It takes your whole body to weep, and when it's over, you feel like you don't have any bones left to hold you up.

Twenty Boy Summer

Sarah Ockler

Twenty Boy Summer
Crying    Death    Lost    Love    Tragedy    Weeping

A single death is a tragedy; a million deaths is a statistic.

Death    Humanity    Life    Media    Statistics    Tragedy

I can't go on, I'll go on.

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

Life is the tragedy,' she said bitterly. 'You know how they categorize Shakespeare's plays, right? If it ends with a wedding, it's a comedy. And if it ends with a funeral, it's a tragedy. So we're all living tragedies, because we all end the same way, and it isn't with a goddamn wedding.

We pass through this world but once. 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.

Fear    Hesitation    Hope    Life    Tragedy

The human race is unimportant. It is the self that must not be betrayed."
"I suppose one could say that Hitler didn't betray his self."
"You are right. He did not. But millions of Germans did betray their selves. That was the tragedy. Not that one man had the courage to be evil. But that millions had not the courage to be good.

The Magus

John Fowles

The Magus
Betrayal    Hitler    Tragedy    War

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

Comedy    Humor    Tragedy

Life is a drama full of tragedy and comedy. You should learn to enjoy the comic episodes a little more.

The Glass Castle

Jeannette Walls

The Glass Castle
Comedy    Life    Tragedy

The whole world can become the enemy when you lose what you love.

Drama    Grief    Loss    Mourning    Tragedy    War    World war ii

One of the greatest tragedies in life is to lose your own sense of self and accept the version of you that is expected by everyone else.

Confusion    Identity    Loss    Mask    Philosophy    Sadness    Self    Sense of self    Tragedy

I know that you're selfish, selfish beyond words, and I know that you haven't the nerve of a rabbit, I know you're a liar and a humbug, I know that you're utterly contemptible. And the tragic part is'--her face was on a sudden distraught with pain--'the tragic part is that notwithstanding I love you with all my heart.

The Painted Veil

W. Somerset Maugham

The Painted Veil
Love    Men    Tragedy    Women

The tragedy of this world is that no one is happy, whether stuck in a time of pain or of joy. The tragedy of this world is that everyone is alone. For a life in the past cannot be shared with the present. Each person who gets stuck in time gets stuck alone.

Einstein's Dreams

Alan Lightman

Einstein's Dreams

If we climb high enough, we will reach a height from which tragedy ceases to look tragic.

A poet should be so crafty with words that he is envied even for his pains.

Accidents    Adversity    Artist    Craftiness    Craftsmanship    Crafty    Creativity    Disaster    Envy    Hardships    Illness    Imperfections    Loneliness    Lyrics    Pain    Perspective    Poetry    Poets    Sadness    Suffering    Tragedy    Wit    Words

He who climbs upon the highest mountains laughs at all tragedies, real or imaginary.

It’s not over if you’re still here, Chronicler said. It’s not a tragedy if you’re still alive.

The Wise Man's Fear

Patrick Rothfuss

The Wise Man's Fear

Actions are the first tragedy in life, words are the second. Words are perhaps the worst. Words are merciless. . .

Action    Tragedy    Words

The tragedy of this world is that everyone is alone. For a life in the past cannot be shared with the present.

Einstein's Dreams

Alan Lightman

Einstein's Dreams

Hate is a bottomless cup; I will pour and pour




It often happens that the real tragedies of life occur in such
an inartistic manner that they hurt us by their crude violence, their
absolute incoherence, their absurd want of meaning, their entire lack
of style. They affect us just as vulgarity affects us. They give us
an impression of sheer brute force, and we revolt against that.
Sometimes, however, a tragedy that possesses artistic elements of
beauty crosses our lives. If these elements of beauty are real, the
whole thing simply appeals to our sense of dramatic effect. Suddenly
we find that we are no longer the actors, but the spectators of the
play. Or rather we are both. We watch ourselves, and the mere wonder
of the spectacle enthralls us.

It’s odd, isn’t it? People die every day and the world goes on like nothing happened. But when it’s a person you love, you think everyone should stop and take notice. That they ought to cry and light candles and tell you that you’re not alone.

Death    Grief    Love    Mourning    Tragedy    War

Come what come may, time and the hour run through the roughest day.

The Tragedy of Macbeth

William Shakespeare

The Tragedy of Macbeth

All those who try to unveil the mysteries always have tragic lives. At the end they are always punished.

If a person holds no ambitions in this world, he suffers unknowingly. If a person holds ambitions, he suffers knowingly, but very slowly.

Einstein's Dreams

Alan Lightman

Einstein's Dreams

Isn’t that the greatest tragedy? When someone rejects us, no matter how they abuse our love, we hope against reason that somehow they will come back to us.

That was the day my whole world went black. Air looked black. Sun looked black. I laid up in bed and stared at the black walls of my house….Took three months before I even looked out the window, see the world still there. I was surprised to see the world didn’t stop.

The Help

Kathryn Stockett

The Help

The life of every individual, viewed as a whole and in general, and when only its most significant features are emphasized, is really a tragedy; but gone through in detail it has the character of a comedy.

Comedy    Life    Tragedy

And then I did what I had never done in his presence, much less in his arms. I cried.

Love Story

Erich Segal

Love Story
Death    Tears    Tragedy

It really seems to me that in the midst of great tragedy, there is always the horrible possibility that something terribly funny will happen.

Comedy    Funny    Interview    Tragedy

One day can change your life. One day can ruin your life. All life is is three or four big days that change everything.

No man, proclaimed Donne, is an Island, and he was wrong. If we were not islands, we would be lost, drowned in each other's tragedies. We are insulated (a word that means, literally, remember, made into an island) from the tragedy of others, by our island nature, and by the repetitive shape and form of the stories. The shape does not change: there was a human being who was born, lived, and then, by some means or another, died. There. You may fill in the details from your own experience. As unoriginal as any other tale, as unique as any other life. Lives are snowflakes—forming patterns we have seen before, as like one another as peas in a pod (and have you ever looked at peas in a pod? I mean, really looked at them? There's not a chance you'd mistake one for another, after a minute's close inspection), but still unique.

American Gods

Neil Gaiman

American Gods
Hope    Insulation    Islands    Isolation    Life    Originality    Tragedy

The love that follows us sometime is our trouble, which still we thank as love.

The Tragedy of Macbeth

William Shakespeare

The Tragedy of Macbeth

And those who only know the non-platonic love have no need to talk of tragedy. In such love there can be no sort of tragedy.

Who is to decide which is the grimmer sight: withered hearts, or empty skulls?

The tragedy of this world is that no one is happy, whether stuck in a time of pain or joy.

Einstein's Dreams

Alan Lightman

Einstein's Dreams

The tragedy in a man’s life is what dies inside of him while he lives.

Tragedy, he precieved, belonged to the ancient time, to a time when there were still privacy, love, and friendship, and when the members of a family stood by one another without needing to know the reason.

Family    Friendship    Love    Tragedy

I do have a point to all this, she continues. There are like twenty people in that waiting room right now. Some of them are related to you. Some of them are not. But we’re all your family. She stops now. Leans over me so that the wisps of her hair tickle my face. She kisses me on the forehead. You still have a family, she whispers.

If I Stay

Gayle Forman

If I Stay

Tell her I'm sorry I sold the diamond, eh?" Sammy said. "I broke my promise. When she disappeared in Alaska... ah, so long ago, I finally used that diamond, moved to Texas as I always dreamed. I started my machine shop. Started my family! It was a good life, but Haze; was right. The diamond came with a curse. I never saw her again."

"Oh, Sammy," Hazel said. "No, a curse didn't keep me away. I wanted to come back. I died!"

The old man didn't seem to hear. He smiled down at the baby, and kissed him on the head. "I give you my blessing, Leo. First male great-grandchild! I have a feeling you are special, like Hazel was. You are more than a regular baby, eh? You will carry on for me. You will see her someday. Tell her hello for me.

A man by his sin may waste himself, which is to waste that which on earth is most like God. This is man's greatest tragedy and God's heaviest grief.

A w tozer    Sin    Tozer    Tragedy    Waste    Waste of life

It didn’t take tragedy or war to derail a man. It took only a memory.

Life    Memory    Tragedy

I pictured her tragically; it never once ocurred to me to picture her as the tragedy.

Dark circles under my eyes sink deeper and deeper into my skull, in contrast to my pale skin there is an undeniable resemblance to a fresh corpse.

Death    Dying    Ego    Exhaustion    Image    Life    Mirror    Scared    Self image    Sleep    Sleeplessness    Tired    Tragedy

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.

Blood    Death    Sadness    Tragedy

darkness falls upon Humanity
and faces become terrible
that wanted more than there
all our days are marked with
affronts - some
disastrous, others
less so
but the process is
wearing and
attrition rules.
most give
empty spaces
where people should
and now
as we ready to self-destruct
there is very little left to
which makes the tragedy
less and more
much much

Alone    Bukowski    Darkness    Death    Destruction    Disaster    Emptiness    Empty spaces    Humanity    Kill    Loneliness    Lonely    Poem    Poetry    Self    Self destruction    Tragedy    Tragic



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