Your true... tragedy is enacted on the stage of a man’s soul, and with the man’s reasons as lone auditor.
A life shot through with the tragedy of death is better - more human, more heroic - than a life of meaninglessness, even though pleasurable and comfortable.
The reflection that strikes the heart is not that the evils before us are real evils but that they are evils to which we ourselves may be exposed... The delight of tragedy proceeds from our consciousness of fiction; if we thought murders and treasons real, they would please no more.
The tragedy of all political action is that some problems have no solution; none of the alternatives are intellectually consistent or morally uncompromising; and whatever decision is taken will harm somebody.
It may well be that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition is not the glaring noisiness of the so-called bad people, but the appalling silence of the so-called good people. It may be that our generation will have to repent not only for the diabolical actions and vitriolic words of the children of darkness, but also for the crippling fears and tragic apathy of the children of light.
The great tragedy of life is not that men perish, but they cease to love.
Lack of something to feel important about is almost the greatest tragedy a man may have.
The metaphysical comfort - with which, I am suggesting even now, every true tragedy leaves us - that life is at the bottom of things, despite all the changes of appearances, indestructibly powerful and pleasurable - this comfort appears in the incarnate clarity in the chorus of satyrs, a chorus of natural being who live ineradicably, as it were behind all civilization and remain eternally the same, despite the changes of generations and of the history of nations.
The greatest tragedy is indifference.
Humanitarianism consists in never sacrificing a human being to a purpose... The tragedy of man is what dies inside himself while he still lives.
People are much greater and stronger than we imagine, and when unexpected tragedy comes we see them often grow to a stature that is far beyond anything we imagined. We must remember that people are capable of greatness, of courage, but not in isolation. They need the conditions of solidly linked human unit in which everyone is prepared to bear the burden of others.
Life is a tragedy for those who feel, and a comedy for those who think.
Comedy is tragedy - plus time.
Just think of the tragedy of teaching children not to doubt.
Herein lies the tragedy of the age: not that men are poor, - all men know something of poverty; not that all men are wicked, - who is good? Not that men are ignorant, - what is truth? Nay, but that men know so little of men.
The tragedy of war is that it uses man's best to do man's worst.
Life's tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late.
It is, indeed, one of the capital tragedies of youth - and youth is the time of real tragedy - that the young are thrown mainly with adults they do not quite respect.
We are what we imagine. Our very existence consists in our imagination of ourselves... The greatest tragedy that can befall us is to go unimagined.
This world is a comedy to those who think, a tragedy to those who feel.