70+ Best Tragedy Quotes: Exclusive Selection

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Famous Tragedy Quotes

There is a saying in Tibetan, Tragedy should be utilized as a source of strength. No matter what sort of difficulties, how painful the experience is, if we lose our hope, that’s our real disaster Dalai Lama XIV.

By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes.

Like a dull actor now, I have forgot my part, and I am out, Even to a full disgrace. William Shakespeare, ‘Coriolanus’, 1609.

More is thy due than more than all can pay.

A tragedy is a tragedy, and at the bottom, all tragedies are stupid. Give me a choice and I’ll take A Midsummer Night’s Dream over Hamlet every time. Any fool with steady hands and a working set of lungs can build up a house of cards and then blow it down, but it takes a genius to make people laugh. Stephen King, on’Let Me Tell You a Story: Small Stories of a Large Family by Lachlan McKinnon’, 2018.

I have bought golden opinions from all sorts of people.

Tragedy is like strong acid; it dissolves away all but the very gold of truth. D. H. Lawrence, Letter to Louie Burrows’, 1911.

Will all great Neptune’s ocean wash this blood clean from my hand?

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. Oscar Wilde, Lady Windermere’s Fan,’ 1893.

Things bad begun to make themselves strong are ill.

There are two tragedies in life. One is to lose your heart’s desire. The other is to gain it. George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman,’ 1905.

Present fears are less than horrible imaginings

Tragedy, for me, is not a conflict between right and wrong, but between two different kinds of right. Peter Shaffer

The bell invites me. Hear it not, Duncan; for it is a knell that summons thee to heaven or to hell.

Tragedy is a tool for the living to gain wisdom, not a guide by which to live. Robert F. Kennedy, Campaign of 1968.

There’s no art to find the mind’s construction in the face.

Tragedy and comedy are simply questions of value; a little misfit in life makes us laugh; a great one is tragedy and cause for expression of grief. Elbert Hubbard, Little Journeys To The Home Of English Authors 1900.

That which hath made them drunk hath made me bold, what hath quenched them hath given me fire.

Life is a tragedy when seen in close up, but a comedy in long shot. Charlie Chaplin.

Though I heard a voice cry, Sleep no more! Macbeth does murder sleep

A tragedy is a representation of an action that is whole and complete and of a certain magnitude. A whole is what has a beginning and middle and end. Aristotle, Poetics

Look like th’ innocent flower, but be the serpent under ‘t.

I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it. Maya Angelou, Letter to My Daughter 2008.

It was the owl that shrieked, the fatal bellman, which gives the stern’st good night.

Oh, my darling Herakles! If words of mortals can be heard in the halls of Hades, then hear what I am saying now. Your father, your children and are being killed! I, who once was called ‘blessed’ because I was married to you! Come, Herakles, come and save us! Come to me even as a mere shadow because your very presence would be enough for these child killing cowards! Euripides, Herakles

He died as one that had been studied in his death to throw away the dearest thing he owed, as ‘t were a careless trifle.

Adversity quickens the mind, awakens the spirit and strength the soul. Lailah Gifty Akita, Pearls of Wisdom: Great Mind’, 2020.

All the perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten this little hand.

If your heart is broken, make art with the pieces. Shane Koyczan, Blueprint for a Breakthrough 2013.

What! Can the devil speak true?

Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again. Nelson Mandela

Fair is foul and foul is fair.

We’ve got to live, no matter how many skies have fallen. D. H. Lawrence, Lady Chatterley’s Lover 1928.

If you can look into the seeds of time, and say which grain will grow and which will not.

Grief and resilience live together. Michelle Obama, ‘Becoming’, 2018.

Come what may time and the hour runs through the roughest day.

In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity. Albert Einstein, Interview In Cosmic Search, Vol. 1, No. 4′, 1979.

I dare do all that may become a man; who dares do more is none.

You are so much more than what you are going through. John Tew

The earth hath bubbles, as the water has, and these are of them. Whither are they vanished?

Love Well. It makes all things possible. Marci D. Toler

Glamis hath murdered sleep, and there Cawdor shall sleep no more, Macbeth shall sleep no more!

What does not kill me makes me stronger. Friedrich Nietzsche, ‘Twilight of the İdols 1888.

Screw your courage to the sticking place and we’ll not fail.

The human capacity for burden is like bamboo  far more flexible than you’d ever believe at first glance. Jodi Picoult, My Sister’s Keeper 2004.

I am afraid to think what I have done; look on’t again I dare not.

Turn your wounds into wisdom. Oprah Winfrey, What I Know For Sure,’ 2014.

Foul whisperings are abroad. Unnatural deed do breed unnatural troubles; infected minds to their deaf pillows will discharge their secrets; More needs she the divine than the physician.

Only those who dare to fail greatly, can ever achieve greatly. Robert F. Kennedy, Campaign of 1968.

What thou wouldst highly, that wouldst thou holily; wouldst not play false, and yet wouldst wrongly win.

We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope. Martin Luther King, Jr, Speech in Washington D.C., 1968.

They have tied me to a stake. I cannot fly, But, bear like, I must fight the course.

You must do the thing you think you cannot do. Eleanor Roosevelt, You Learn by Living: Eleven Keys for a More Fulfilling Life,’ 1960.

Then the liars and swearers are fools, for there are liars and swearers enow to beat the honest men, and hang up them.

If you’re going through hell, keep going. Anonymous Christian Science Periodical’, 1943.

Come, you spirits that tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here, and fill me from the crown to the toe top full of direst cruelty. Make my blood thick.

And one has to understand that braveness is not the absence of fear but rather the strength to keep on going forward despite the fear. Paulo Coelho

How now, you secret, black, and midnight hags!

Be patient and tough; someday this pain will be useful to you. Ovid

Tomorrow, and to morrow, and to morrow, Creeps in this petty pace from day to day to the last syllable of recorded time, And all our yesterdays have lighted fools the way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle! Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage. And then is heard no more: it is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.

The world is a tragedy to those who feel, but a comedy to those who think. Horace Walpole, Letter CXLVII To Horace Mann, 1769.

Thou canst not say I did it; never shake thy gory locks at me.

Every adversity, every failure, and every heartache, carries with it the seed of an equivalent or greater benefit. Napoleon Hill, ‘Think and Grow Rich’, 1937.

Say, from whence you owe this strange intelligence? Or why upon this blasted heath you stop our way with such prophetic greeting?

Life is about making our own choices, our own mistakes, and fighting our own battles. We all deserve to follow our own unique path. Svietlana Lavrentis

The raven himself is hoarse, that croaks the fatal entrance of Duncan under my battlements.

I used to think my life was a tragedy, but now I realize it’s a comedy. Arthur Fleck, Joker 2019.

Throw physics to the dogs: I’ll none of it.