Quotations on Tragedy

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It works both ways: there are victims of tragedy who come to me who have experienced grief of such magnitude that they cannot reconcile. Likewise, I cannot change the mentality of those who committed the crimes or the fools who followed them.
- Paddy Ashdown
(Keywords: Change, Fools, Grief, Tragedy, Victims)

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.
- Richard Bach
(Keywords: Belief, End, Ignorance, Injustice, Tragedy, World)

What then is tragedy? In the Elizabethan period it was assumed that a play ending in death was a tragedy, but in recent years we have come to understand that to live on is sometimes far more tragic than death.
- George P. Baker
(Keywords: Death, Ending, Play, Tragedy, Years)

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.
- James Baldwin
(Keywords: Life, Europe, Limits, Possibilities, Sense, Tragedy, Word)

The tragedy of life and of the world is not that men do not know God; the tragedy is that, knowing Him, they still insist on going their own way.
- William Barclay
(Keywords: Life, Men, God, Tragedy, World)

It's a tragedy, but with your support and your help we will wage this fight and we're going to win it.
- Michael D. Barnes
(Keywords: Fight, Help, Support, Tragedy, Wage, Will)

We, therefore, here in Britain stand shoulder to shoulder with our American friends in this hour of tragedy, and we, like them, will not rest until this evil is driven from our world.
- Tony Blair
(Keywords: American, Evil, Friends, Rest, Tragedy, Will, World)

I thought there had to be something I could do because it seemed crazy that, in addition to the psychological tragedy each woman has to face, came also all the rest.
- Emma Bonino
(Keywords: Thought, Rest, Tragedy, Woman)

Man can and must prevent the tragedy of famine in the future instead of merely trying with pious regret to salvage the human wreckage of the famine, as he has so often done in the past.
- Norman Borlaug
(Keywords: Famine, Future, Man, Past, Regret, Tragedy, Trying)

In approaching our subject it will be best, without attempting to shorten the path by referring to famous theories of the drama, to start directly from the facts, and to collect from them gradually an idea of Shakespearean Tragedy.
- Andrew Coyle Bradley
(Keywords: Idea, Drama, Facts, Famous, Theories, Tragedy, Will)

David Brinkley was an icon of modern broadcast journalism, a brilliant writer who could say in a few words what the country needed to hear during times of crisis, tragedy and triumph.
- Tom Brokaw
(Keywords: Country, Crisis, Journalism, Tragedy, Words, Writer)

Satire is tragedy plus time. You give it enough time, the public, the reviewers will allow you to satirize it. Which is rather ridiculous, when you think about it.
- Lenny Bruce
(Keywords: Time, Public, Satire, Tragedy, Will)

The action we take and the decisions we make in this decade will have consequences far into this century. If America shows weakness and uncertainty, the world will drift toward tragedy. That will not happen on my watch.
- George W. Bush
(Keywords: Action, America, Consequences, Decisions, Tragedy, Uncertainty, Weakness, Will, World)

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
(Keywords: People, America, American, Duty, President, Tragedy, Uncertainty, Weakness, Will, World)

People marry for a variety of reasons and with varying results. But to marry for love is to invite inevitable tragedy.
- James Branch Cabell
(Keywords: Love, People, Results, Tragedy, Variety)

It's every woman's tragedy, that, after a certain age, she looks like a female impersonator. Mind you, we've known some lovely female impersonators, in our time.
- Angela Carter
(Keywords: Time, Age, Mind, Tragedy, Woman)

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.
- Joyce Cary
(Keywords: Man, Tragedy, World)

The Iraqi people are living a long-running tragedy because of the legacy of the old regime, the Americans and their actions that are unsuitable for Iraqi society, and the weakness of national resolve.
- Ahmed Chalabi
(Keywords: Society, People, Actions, Americans, Living, Old, Tragedy, Weakness)

Tragedy occurs when a human soul awakes and seeks, in suffering and pain, to free itself from crime, violence, infamy, even at the cost of life. The struggle is the tragedy - not defeat or death.
- Whittaker Chambers
(Keywords: Death, Life, Soul, Crime, Defeat, Pain, Struggle, Suffering, Tragedy, Violence)

We just sent our condolences to the President of the United States and the American people on what is a terrible, terrible tragedy.
- Helen Clark
(Keywords: People, American, President, states, Tragedy, United)

My book 'Trust Your Heart', which is the story of my life, will be followed by 'Singing Lessons', a memoir of love, loss, hope, and healing, which talks about the death of my son and the hope that has been the aftermath of the healing from that tragedy.
- Judy Collins
(Keywords: Death, Life, Love, Son, Heart, Hope, Healing, Loss, Tragedy, Will)

Every man of genius sees the world at a different angle from his fellows, and there is his tragedy.
- Havelock Ellis
(Keywords: Genius, Man, Tragedy, World)

If Romeo and Juliet make a tragedy of it nowadays, they have only to blame their own mismanagement, for the world is with them as it has never been before, and all sensible fathers and mothers know it.
- Richard Le Gallienne
(Keywords: Blame, Fathers, Mothers, Tragedy, World)

If you believe, as the Greeks did, that man is at the mercy of the gods, then you write tragedy. The end is inevitable from the beginning. But if you believe that man can solve his own problems and is at nobody's mercy, then you will probably write melodrama.
- Lillian Hellman
(Keywords: Gods, Beginning, End, Man, Mercy, Problems, Tragedy, Will)

I think we're in good shape, but the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina is in some small way mitigated by the fact that we now have more people talking about it, thinking about it and working on it, so that we will be more vigilant and ready.
- John Hickenlooper
(Keywords: People, Fact, Now, Talking, Thinking, Tragedy, Will)

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.
- Mike Honda
(Keywords: Constitution, Tension, Terrorism, Tragedy, Tranquility)

It would behoove the world to become used to this fact: that without a just solution to the Palestine tragedy, there can be no stable peace in the Middle East.
- King Hussein I
(Keywords: Peace, Palestine, Solution, Tragedy, World)

The great tragedy of science - the slaying of a beautiful hypothesis by an ugly fact.
- Thomas Huxley
(Keywords: Science, Fact, Tragedy, Ugly)

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.
- Hypatia
(Keywords: Mind, Miracles, Myths, Pain, Tragedy, Years)

This new one was held for a couple months, so I guess it was better, but when we go into thinking our next record tragedy, it traditionally will probably change the distribution again and it will get held up again.
- Kerry King
(Keywords: Change, Months, Thinking, Tragedy, Will)

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.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.
(Keywords: History, People, Silence, Tragedy, Will)

One of the greatest things drama can do, at it's best, is to redefine the words we use every day such as love, home, family, loyalty and envy. Tragedy need not be a downer.
- Ben Kingsley
(Keywords: Family, Home, Love, Day, Drama, Envy, Loyalty, Tragedy, Words)

The tragedy of September 11th was so sudden, so enormous, and so horrendous, both in terms of lives lost and global consequences, that this country and the world went into immediate and prolonged shock.
- Allen Klein
(Keywords: Consequences, Country, Tragedy, World)

Following the Second World War, we are a country of one ethnicity. After the moving of the borders, after the tragedy of the Holocaust and the murder of Polish Jews, we don't have large minority groups.
- Aleksander Kwasniewski
(Keywords: War, Country, Minority, Murder, Tragedy, World, World war)

Comedy is much more difficult than tragedy-and a much better training, I think. It's much easier to make people cry than to make them laugh.
- Vivien Leigh
(Keywords: People, Comedy, Tragedy, Training)

I was with somebody else at the time, who I left - one, because I didn't really want to be with that person, and two, because I felt I'd had so much tragedy I needed to go off, go crazy, and maybe live on the outside for a while.
- Rose McGowan
(Keywords: Time, Tragedy, Want)

The calls that I have received from President Bush and Vice President Cheney, the fact that there are other people that are suffering every bit as much as I am, and that our whole nation is going through a tragedy together, I think we have to think about those things.
- Ted Olson
(Keywords: People, Fact, Nation, President, Suffering, Tragedy, Vice)

After the tragedy, New Yorkers are more united than ever in their vision, as well as in appreciation what living in freedom means - and that if we stand together, we can accomplish anything.
- George Pataki
(Keywords: Vision, Appreciation, Freedom, Living, Tragedy, United)

Losing a game is heartbreaking. Losing your sense of excellence or worth is a tragedy.
- Joe Paterno
(Keywords: Excellence, Losing, Sense, Tragedy, Worth)

And I have lived since - as you have - in a period of cold war, during which we have ensured by our achievements in the science and technology of destruction that a third act in this tragedy of war will result in the peace of extinction.
- Lester B. Pearson
(Keywords: Peace, Science, Technology, War, Act, Destruction, Result, Tragedy, Will)

The basis of tragedy is man's helplessness against disease, war and death; the basis of comedy is man's helplessness against vanity (the vanity of love, greed, lust, power).
- Dawn Powell
(Keywords: War, Love, Death, Comedy, Disease, Greed, Lust, Man, Tragedy, Vanity)

While we have the gift of life, it seems to me the only tragedy is to allow part of us to die - whether it is our spirit, our creativity or our glorious uniqueness.
- Gilda Radner
(Keywords: Life, Creativity, Spirit, Tragedy, Uniqueness)

Tragedy, for me, is not a conflict between right and wrong, but between two different kinds of right.
- Peter Shaffer
(Keywords: Conflict, Right, Tragedy, Wrong)

In all love stories the theme is love and tragedy, so by writing these types of stories, I have to include tragedy.
- Nicholas Sparks
(Keywords: Love, Tragedy, Writing)

I did know Ted Hughes and I partly wrote the book to explain to myself and others the complexities of a marriage that was for six years wonderfully productive of poetry and then ended in tragedy.
- Anne Stevenson
(Keywords: Marriage, Poetry, Tragedy, Years)

My heart goes out to victims and survivors of the Hurricane Katrina tragedy and to their families. This disaster will go down in history books as one of the largest natural disasters in U.S. history.
- Ellen Tauscher
(Keywords: History, Heart, Books, Disaster, Disasters, Tragedy, Victims, Will)

In human intercourse the tragedy begins, not when there is misunderstanding about words, but when silence is not understood.
- Henry David Thoreau
(Keywords: Silence, Tragedy, Words)

The acts of the human race on the world's stage have doubtless a coherent unity, but the meaning of the vast tragedy enacted will be visible only to the eye of God, until the end, which will reveal it perhaps to the last man.
- Alfred de Vigny
(Keywords: God, End, Eye, Man, Meaning, Race, Tragedy, Unity, Will, World)

This world is a comedy to those that think, a tragedy to those that feel.
- Horace Walpole
(Keywords: Comedy, Tragedy, World)

The world is a comedy to those that think, a tragedy to those who feel.
- Horace Walpole
(Keywords: Comedy, Tragedy, World)

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