Great Tragedy Quotes

Great Tragedy Quotes by Michael Gurian, Karen White, Sam Shepard, John Kenneth Galbraith, Robert Heilbroner, P. D. James and many others.

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The boy and the man must be raised to see the possibility of self worth, then meet a few others who provide the vision of a road toward it, then spend a lifetime pursing that worth through action and relationship. One of the great tragedies in human life is to be born a male and not be guided toward the value of a man.
Michael Gurian
Great tragedy gives us opportunities for great kindness.
Karen White
It’s one of the great tragedies of our contemporary life in America, that families fall apart. Almost everybody has that in common.
Sam Shepard
One can relish the varied idiocy of human action during a panic to the full, for, while it is a time of great tragedy, nothing is being lost but money.
John Kenneth Galbraith
Socialism has been a great tragedy this century.
Robert Heilbroner
The great tragedy of Alzheimer’s disease, and the reason why we dread it, is that it leaves us with no defence, not even against those who love us.
P. D. James
It is a great tragedy that science, this wonderful process for finding out what is true, has ceded the spiritual uplift of its central revelations: the vastness of the universe, the immensity of time, the relatedness of all life, and life’s preciousness on our tiny planet.
Ann Druyan
It is in times of great tragedy when the true spirit of our wonderful country unites as one.
Jim Gerlach
One of the great tragedies of life is that men seldom bridge the gulf between practice and profession, between doing and saying.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
The great tragedy of atheists is that they walk through this world and have no one to thank.
Leo Tolstoy
The great tragedy in the new feminist theory in America is the loss of a sense of public commitment…. Hungry women are not fed by this, battered women are not sheltered by it, raped women do not find justice in it, gays and lesbians do not achieve legal protections through it.
Martha C. Nussbaum
I try to find humor in everything I do, because I think all great plays – even great tragedies – have enormous humor in them.
Marian Seldes
Death is a great tragedy…a profound loss…I don’t accept it…I think people are kidding themselves when they say they are comfortable with death.
Ray Kurzweil
There is no political will for peace in the Israeli government. They’re not serious about political peace because they’re still building settlements and demolishing Palestinian homes. That is a great tragedy.
Mairead Corrigan
To me, the Republican Party is the real great tragedy of the last 25 years because there are lot of good and decent people and a lot of good political points [that have] come from the Republican Party in the post-war period, but it has been hijacked by these fundamentalist wackos.
Alec Baldwin
The tragedy of life is what dies inside a man while he lives.
Albert Schweitzer
One of the great tragedies of mankind is that morality has been hijacked by religion. So now people assume that religion and morality have a necessary connection. But the basis of morality is really very simple and doesn’t require religion at all.
Arthur C. Clarke
But the real tragedy was that 15 hadn’t been colored yet.
Steve Spurrier
Wind and words. We are only human, and the gods have fashioned us for love. That is our great glory, and our great tragedy.
George R. R. Martin
Few of the great tragedies of history were created by the village idiot, and many by the village genius.
Thomas Sowell
It is one of history’s great tragedies that American conservatism, born in part in resistance to Soviet torture, should end by endorsing it in America, by Americans.
Andrew Sullivan
To give space when what one most yearns for is closeness, that is both the great test and great tragedy of love.
Simone de Beauvoir
If you don’t win, it’s not a great tragedy – the worst that happens is that you lose a game.
Bobby Fischer
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.
Norman Cousins
Being Irish, he had an abiding sense of tragedy, which sustained him through temporary periods of joy.
William Butler Yeats
I think it would be a great tragedy to devote medical resources and genetic technological breakthroughs to purposes that are not to do with health or medicine, but instead are to do with satisfying the desires that are created by the consumer society.
Michael Sandel
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.
Liza Minnelli
There are two great tragedies in life: one is to fail to achieve one’s grandest ambitions, and the other one is to succeed.
Graham T. Allison
A life that is never willing to change is a great tragedy – a wasted life. Change is a necessary part of a growing life, and we need change in order to remain fresh and to keep progressing.
Rick Warren
It really seems to me that in the midst of great tragedy, there is always the horrible possibility that something terribly funny will happen.
Philip K. Dick
We are witnessing the beginning of one of the great tragedies of history. The United States, in a misguided effort to reduce its oil insecurity by converting grain into fuel for cars, is generating global food insecurity on a scale never seen before.
Lester R. Brown
The great tragedy of the average man is that he goes to his grave with his music still in him.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Great loves were almost always great tragedies. Perhaps it was because love was never truly great until the element of sacrifice entered into it.
Mary Roberts Rinehart
This is… one of the great tragedies of the Bush administration. The more successful they’ve been at intercepting and stopping bad guys, the less proof there is that we’re in danger… it’s almost like they should every once in a while have allowed an attack to get through just to remind us.
Newt Gingrich