23 Tragedy Quotes That’ll Hit You Hard

Tragedy happens. No matter who you are, where you live or what you do, you will somehow experience it at one point or another.

From breaking up with someone you love or losing the only job you have, tragedies are meant to make you stronger. They are in your life to help you become better, wiser, and more cautious in what you say and do.

With that, allow us to share with you our best tragedy quotes that can make you rethink your challenges in life.

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

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

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Few tragedies can be more extensive than the stunting of life, few injustices deeper than the denial of an opportunity to strive or even to hope, by a limit imposed from without, but falsely identified as lying within. – Stephen Jay Gould

The tragedy of life is what dies inside a man while he lives. – Albert Schweitzer

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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

Tragedy is a tool for the living to gain wisdom, not a guide by which to live. – Robert Kennedy

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The tragedy of life and of the world is not that men do not know God; the tragedy is that, knowing Him, they still insist on going their own way. – William Barclay

The greater the love, the greater the tragedy when it’s over. – Nicholas Sparks

The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach – Benjamin E. Mays

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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

A tragedy need not have blood and death; it’s enough that it all be filled with that majestic sadness that is the pleasure of tragedy. – Jean Racine

It’s not the tragedies that kill us; it’s the messes. – Dorothy Parker

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The great tragedy of science – the slaying of a beautiful hypothesis by an ugly fact. – Thomas Huxley

When you close your eyes to tragedy, you close your eyes to greatness. – Stephen Vizinczey

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Maybe the tragedy of the human race was that we had forgotten that we are each divine. – Shirley MacLaine

Tragedy is like strong acid – it dissolves away all but the very gold of truth. – D. H. Lawrence

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Tragedy in life normally comes with betrayal and compromise, and trading on your integrity and not having dignity in life. That’s really where failure comes. – Tom Cochrane

It is the tragedy of the world that no one knows what he doesn’t know – and the less a man knows, the more sure he is that he knows everything. – Joyce Cary

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The greatest tragedy in mankind’s entire history may be the hijacking of morality by religion. – Arthur C. Clarke

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

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The tragedy of modern man is not that he knows less and less about the meaning of his own life, but that it bothers him less and less. – Vaclav Havel

There are two tragedies in life. One is to lose your heart’s desire. The other is to gain it. – George Bernard Shaw

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

The tragedy of this world is that no one is happy, whether stuck in a time of pain or joy. – Alan Lightman

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