A Quote by Elizabeth Kubler Ross on tragedy, gifts, life, and soul

If we could see that everything, even tragedy, is a gift in diguise, we would then find the best way to nourish the soul.

Elizabeth Kubler Ross

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A Quote by Cecelia Ahern on tragedy, divorce, and decisions

When something tragic has happened, you'll find that you, the tragicee, become the person that has to make everything comfortable for everyone else....
As a tragicee and future divorcee, you'll also find that people will question you on the biggest decisions you've ever made in your life as though you hadn't thought about them at all before – as though, through their twenty questions and dubious faces, they're going to shine light on something that you missed the hundredth time around during your darkest hours.

Cecelia Ahern

Source: Thanks for the Memories: A Novel, Pages: 137...141

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A Quote by Gilda Radner on life, tragedy, spirit, creativity, die, and unique

"While we have the gift of life, it seems to me the only tragedy is to allow part of us to die- whether it is our spirit, our creativity, or our glorious uniqueness"

Gilda Radner (1946 - 1989)

Contributed by: windryderm

A Quote by Kedar on tragedy, law, happiness, and suffering

The most fundamental law of tragedy is that the moments of greatest happiness are the hardest to attain.

Kedar Joshi

Source: Superultramodern Science and Philosophy

Contributed by: Kedar

A Quote by Kedar on tragedy, life, slavery, god, divinity, happiness, devil, ultimate questioner, and uqv theory

It is profoundly tragic that I am a slave, but it is profoundly joyous that I am God's slave, not that of a devil.

Kedar Joshi

Source: Superultramodern Science and Philosophy

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A Quote by Kedar on tragedy, life, solipsism, god, ultimate questioner, uqv theory, and superultramodern

The most fundamental tragedy of my life is that the ones who I see do not exist and the one who exists I do not see.

Kedar Joshi

Source: Superultramodern Science and Philosophy

Contributed by: Kedar

A Quote by Mr. on suffering, grand scheme, lesson, lessons learned, and tragedy


Suffering is in the grand scheme of things. It is meant to teach a lesson. Sometimes it takes a lot of repeating until the lesson is learned. Both good and bad people reap the benefits of the sunshine. Both good and bad people receive rain for their crops. Chaos and disaster befalls both the good and the bad. The difference in the aftermath of tragedy is the lesson learned or not learned.

Mr. Prophet

Source: Book: "The Path"

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A Quote by Mary Doria Russell on tragedy, belief, and comedy

“I think,” the Father General said, “that I could be of more help to you if I knew whether you see all this as comedy or tragedy.”

            Emilio did not answer right away.  So much, he was thinking, for keeping silent about what can’t be changed.  So much for Latino pride.  He felt sometimes like the seedhead of a dandelion, flying apart, blown to pieces in a puff of air.  The humiliation was almost beyond bearing.  He thought, and hoped sometimes, that it would kill him, that his heart would actually stop.  Maybe this is part of the joke, he thought bleakly.  He turned away from the windows to gaze across the room at the elderly man watching him quietly from the far end of the beautiful old table.

            “If I knew that,” Emilio Sandoz said, coming as close as he could to the center of his soul and to the admission that shamed him, “I don’t suppose I’d need the help.”

Mary Doria Russell

Source: The Sparrow, Pages: 238

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A Quote by Ernest Hemingway on tragedy


Forget your personal tragedy. We are all bitched from the start and you especially have to be hurt like hell before you can write seriously. But when you get the damned hurt, use it-don't cheat with it.

Ernest Hemingway (1898 - 1961)

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A Quote by Kenneth Smith on philosophy, tragedy, and character

Eudaimonia is natural fatalism, the self-destiny of character--daimones being traditionally the lowest-order divinities, steering us to our unknown ends.  Sometimes disaster befalls us because we veer from our own intrinsic good sense; sometimes it occurs because we have followed our own intrinsic good sense but this is rooted in an ultimately or obscurely dysdaimonic character.  Tragedy is not always the result of a "mistake"; or sometimes the mistake lies in what we are, not what we do.  Unlike mere misfortune or chance, tragedy is rooted in primal actions and preconceptions of our character.  Petty-souled individuals (micropsychia) are unlikely to bring tragedy on themselves; in a way, they already are tragic beings normally and all of the time.  Only ambitious and self-driving individuals of great soul (megalopsychia) bring on themselves the risk of tragedy in its truest form, a radical overstepping of bounds.

Kenneth Smith

Contributed by: Dave

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