Comedy & Tragedy
Comedy & Tragedy
"The essential spirit of Old Comedy is the ordinary man's protest, using his inalienable weapons of humor and fantasy, against those who are in some way stronger or better than he is: politicians, generals, artists, intellectuals, even gods." --Kenneth Dover

At the height of laughter, the universe is flung into a kaleidoscope of new possibilities. ---Jean Houston

Even if there is nothing to laugh about, laugh on credit. ---Author Unknown

Mirth is God's medicine. Everybody ought to bathe in it.
---Henry Ward Beecher

The most wasted of all days is one without laughter. ---e.e. cummings

Laughter is an instant vacation.
---Milton Berle

What monstrous absurdities and paradoxes have resisted whole batteries of serious arguments, and then crumbled swiftly into dust before the ringing death-knell of a laugh!
---Agnes Repplier

Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.
---Victor Borge

So many tangles in life are ultimately hopeless that we have no appropriate sword other than laughter. ---Gordon W. Allport

What soap is to the body, laughter is to the soul. ---Yiddish Proverb

Laughter and tears are both responses to frustration and exhaustion. I myself prefer to laugh, since there is less cleaning up to do afterward. ---Kurt Vonnegut

A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor's book. ---Irish Proverb

Laughter gives us distance. It allows us to step back from an event, deal with it and then move on. ---Bob Newhart

I've always thought that a big laugh is a really loud noise from the soul saying, Ain't that the truth. ---Quincy Jones

Laughter is the corrective force which prevents us from becoming cranks. ---Henri Bergson

A man isn't poor if he can still laugh. ---Raymond Hitchcock

Remember, men need laughter sometimes more than food. ---Anna Fellows Johnston

With the fearful strain that is on me night and day, if I did not laugh I should die. ---Abraham Lincoln

It was not a laugh but merely a loud smile. ---Author Unknown

A laugh is a smile that bursts. ---Mary H. Waldrip

Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face. ---Victor Hugo

Laughter on one's lips is a sign that the person down deep has a pretty good grasp of life. ---Hugh Sidey

Laughter is a tranquilizer with no side effects. ---Arnold Glasow

Laughter is an orgasm triggered by the intercourse of sense and nonsense. ---Author Unknown


Genuine tragedies in the world are not conflicts between right and wrong. They are conflicts between two rights.

It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry ---Bob Dylan

The real tragedy is the tragedy of the man who never in his life braces himself for his one supreme effort, who never stretches to his full capacity, never stands up to his full stature, ---Arnold Bennet

Show me a hero and I will write you a tragedy. ---Francis Scott Fitzgerald

 The greatest tragedy in mankind's entire history may be the hijacking of morality by religion. ---Arthur C. Clark

We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light. ---Plato

We need international support so that our people live a life of normality, of dignity, of liberty and freedom. I hope that our cry for freedom may be heard.
---Mahmoud Abbas

It is a rare mind indeed that can render the hitherto non-existent blindingly obvious. The cry 'I could have thought of that' is a very popular and misleading one, for the fact is that they didn't, and a very significant and revealing fact it is too.
---Douglas Adams

I want to feel passion, I want to feel pain. I want to weep at the sound of your name. Come make me laugh, come make me cry... just make me feel alive.
---Joey Lauren Adams

Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends.
---Maya Angelou

My great hope is to laugh as much as I cry; to get my work done and try to love somebody and have the courage to accept the love in return.
---Maya Angelou

Instead of getting hard ourselves and trying to compete, women should try and give their best qualities to men - bring them softness, teach them how to cry.
---Joan Baez

I quickly laugh at everything for fear of having to cry.
---Pierre De Beaumarchais

My duty is to try to reach beauty. Cinema is emotion. When you laugh you cry.
---Roberto Benigni

Immortality: A toy which people cry for, And on their knees apply for, Dispute, contend and lie for, And if allowed Would be right proud Eternally to die for.
---Ambrose Bierce

Blues is a natural fact, is something that a fellow lives. If you don't live it you don't have it. Young people have forgotten to cry the blues. Now they talk and get lawyers and things.
---Big Bill Broonzy

I cry a lot. My emotions are very close to my surface. I don't want to hold anything in so it it festers and turns into pus - a pustule of emotion that explodes into a festering cesspool of depression.
---Nicolas Cage


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