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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.

Dale Carnegie (1888-1955) American writer.

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

Emil Cioran (1911-1995) Romanian philosopher and essayist.

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

Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) British author.

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.

Arthur Miller (1915-2005) 1915-, American Dramatist

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.

George Orwell (1903-1950) British novelist, essayist, and critic.


It's not the tragedies that kill us, it's the messes.

Dorothy Parker (1893-1967) U.S. short-story writer and poet.

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.

George Santayana (1863-1952) American philosopher and poet.

There are two tragedies in life. One is not to get your heart's desire. The other is to get it.

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) Irish writer.

Tragedy delights by affording a shadow of the pleasure which exists in pain.

Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822) English poet.

The comic and the tragic lie inseparably close, like light and shadow.

Socrates (BC 469-BC 399) Greek philosopher of Athens