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One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon--instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today.

A tragic situation exists precisely when virtue does not triumph but when it is still felt that man is nobler than the forces which destroy him.
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.
There are two tragedies in life. One is not to get your heart's desire. The other is to get it.
In this world there are two tragedies. One is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it. The last is much the worst.
When you close your eyes to tragedy, you close your eyes to greatness.
Tragedy delights by affording a shadow of the pleasure which exists in pain.
There is nothing more tragic than to find an individual bogged down in the length of life, devoid of breadth.
We participate in tragedy. At comedy we only look.
Only a great mind that is overthrown yields tragedy.
The true end of tragedy is to purify the passions.
You get tragedy where the tree, instead of bending, breaks.
The bad end unhappily, the good unluckily. That is what tragedy means.
The little word is has its tragedies: it marries and identifies different things with the greatest innocence; and yet no two are ever identical, and if therein lies the charm of wedding them and calling them one, therein too lies the danger.
It's not the tragedies that kill us, it's the messes.
There are no tragedies, just facts not recognized in time.
It was no great tragedy being Judy Garland's daughter. I had tremendously interesting childhood years -- except they had little to do with being a child.
The closer a man approaches tragedy the more intense is his concentration of emotion upon the fixed point of his commitment, which is to say the closer he approaches what in life we call fanaticism.
Ours is essentially a tragic age, so we refuse to take it tragically.
I've come to realize that life is not a musical comedy, it's a Greek tragedy.
I've never thought of my characters as being sad. On the contrary, they are full of life. They didn't choose tragedy. Tragedy chose them.
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.
This world is a comedy to those that think, a tragedy to those that feel.
Laughter is ever young, whereas tragedy, except the very highest of all, quickly becomes haggard.
Commonplace people dislike tragedy because they dare not suffer and cannot exult.
Tragedy is like strong acid -- it dissolves away all but the very gold of truth.
When any calamity has been suffered, the first thing to be remembered is how much has been escaped.
What the American public wants in the theater is a tragedy with a happy ending.
The greatest tragedy in America is not the destruction of our natural resources, though that tragedy is great. The truly great tragedy is the destruction of our human resources by our failure to fully utilize our abilities, which means that most men and women go to their graves with their music still in them.
None but a poet can write a tragedy. For tragedy is nothing less than pain transmuted into exaltation by the alchemy of poetry.
What would be left of our tragedies if an insect were to present us his?
Tragedy on the stage is no longer enough for me, I shall bring it into my own life.
It is restful, tragedy, because one knows that there is no more lousy hope left. You know you're caught, caught at last like a rat with all the world on its back. And the only thing left to do is shout -- not moan, or complain, but yell out at the top of your voice whatever it was you had to say. What you've never said before. What perhaps you don't even know till now.

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