Tragic Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old tragic quotes, tragic sayings, and tragic proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


There is nothing more tragic than to find an individual bogged down in the length of life, devoid of breadth.     

Martin Luther King, Jr.

For everything that you find dreadful, there's usually something that is rather marvelous as well.     

John Hurt

There is tragic evidence to show that the paintings at the French prehistoric art sites are deteriorating.     

Louis Leakey

There is a tragic clash between Truth and the world. Pure undistorted truth burns up the world.     

Nikolai Berdyaev

What may seem depressing or even tragic to one person may seem like an absolute scream to another person, especially if he has had between four and seven beers.     

Dave Barry

It is tragic that some Christians have been so battered with stories of a prideful, vindictive God that they have fled from Jesus' fold.     

Frederica Mathewes-Green

I don't think tragic situations are necessarily devoid of beauty.     

James Nachtwey

If you have ever been in a real tragic or sad situation, the words that come out are hopelessly inadequate and kind of cliched.     

Erika Slezak

The most tragic thing in the world is a sick doctor.     

George Bernard Shaw

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

It's not tragic to die doing something you love.     

Mark Foo

The more tragic things get, the more I feel like laughing.     

Robert Jordan

It would be especially tragic if the people who most cherish ideals of peace, who are most anxious for political cooperation on a wider than national scale, made the mistake of underestimating the pace of economic change in our modern world.     

Lester B. Pearson

Sometimes in the most tragic situation, something just profoundly funny happens.     

David Hyde Pierce

The most tragic thing in the world is a man of genius who is not a man of honor.     

George Bernard Shaw