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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.

Author: Jean Anouilh (1910-1987)

Profession: French Playwright

The true end of tragedy is to purify the passions.

Author: Aristotle

Profession: Greek Philosopher

Tragedy on the stage is no longer enough for me, I shall bring it into my own life.

Author: Antonin Artaud (1896-1948)

Profession: French Theater Producer, Actor, Theorist

Only a great mind that is overthrown yields tragedy.

Author: Jacques Barzun (1907)

Profession: American Scholar

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.

Author: Juliette Binoche (1964)

Profession: French-born American Actress

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.

Author: Dale Carnegie (1888-1955)

Profession: American Author, Trainer

What would be left of our tragedies if an insect were to present us his?

Author: E. M. Cioran (1911)

Profession: Rumanian-born French Philosopher

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.

Author: Norman Cousins (1915-1990)

Profession: American Editor, Humanitarian, Author

None but a poet can write a tragedy. For tragedy is nothing less than pain transmuted into exaltation by the alchemy of poetry.

Author: Edith Hamilton (1867-1963)

Profession: American Classical Scholar, Translator

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.

Author: Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894)

Profession: American Author, Wit, Poet

What the American public wants in the theater is a tragedy with a happy ending.

Author: William Dean Howells (1837-1920)

Profession: American Novelist, Critic

We participate in tragedy. At comedy we only look.

Author: Aldous Huxley (1894-1963)

Profession: British Author

I've come to realize that life is not a musical comedy, it's a Greek tragedy.

Author: Billy Joel (1949)

Profession: American Musician, Piano Man, Singer, Songwriter

When any calamity has been suffered, the first thing to be remembered is how much has been escaped.

Author: Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

Profession: British Author

There is nothing more tragic than to find an individual bogged down in the length of life, devoid of breadth.

Author: Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968)

Profession: American Black Leader, Nobel Prize Winner, 1964