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Joyce Cary Quotes and Sayings

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

A novel should be an experience and convey an emotional
truth rather than arguments.
- Joyce Cary

For good and evil, man is a free creative spirit.
This produces the very queer world we live in,
a world in continuous creation and therefore continuous change and insecurity.
- Joyce Cary

God is a character, a real and consistent being,
or He is nothing.
If God did a miracle He would deny His own nature and
the universe would simply blow up,
vanish, become nothing.
- Joyce Cary

 

Religion is organized to satisfy and guide the soul -
politics does the same thing for the body.
- Joyce Cary

Remember I'm an artist.
And you know what that means in a court of law.
Next worst to an actress.
- Joyce Cary

The will is never free - it is always attached to an object,
a purpose.
It is simply the engine in the car -
it can't steer.
- Joyce Cary

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Love doesn't grow on trees like apples in Eden -
it's something you have to make.
And you must use your imagination too.
- Joyce Cary

I look upon life as a gift from God.
I did nothing to earn it.
Now that the time is coming to give it back,
I have no right to complain.
- Joyce Cary

You have a choice about the perspective you take on life.
See tragedy, and the world is tragic -
see beauty, and the world is beautiful.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The tragedy of life doesn't lie in not reaching your goal.
The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach.
- Benjamin E. Mays

The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression
and cruelty by the bad people
but the silence over that by the good people.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Life is not a tragedy, it is a comedy.
To be alive means to have a sense of humor.
- Osho

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

There's no tragedy in life like the death of a child.
Things never get back to the way they were.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

In human intercourse the tragedy begins,
not when there is misunderstanding about words,
but when silence is not understood.
- Henry David Thoreau

The tragedy of life is not that it ends so soon,
but that we wait so long to begin it.
- Anonymous

Life is a dream for the wise, a game for the fool,
a comedy for the rich, a tragedy for the poor.
- Sholom Aleichem

Tragedy is when I cut my finger.
Comedy is when you fall into an open sewer and die.
- Mel Brooks

Humor is merely tragedy standing on its head with its pants torn.
- Irvin S. Cobb

History will have to record that the greatest tragedy
of this period of social transition
was not the strident clamor of the bad people,
but the appalling silence of the good people.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

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

It was a Greek tragedy.
Nixon was fulfilling his own nature.
Once it started it could not end otherwise.
- Henry A. Kissinger

We, therefore, here in Britain stand shoulder to shoulder
with our American friends in this hour of tragedy,
and we, like them, will not rest until this evil is driven from our world.
- Tony Blair

The basic fact about human existence is not that it is a tragedy,
but that it is a bore.
It is not so much a war as an endless standing in line.
- H. L. Mencken

The effort to understand the universe is one
of the very few things that lifts human life
a little above the level of farce,
and gives it some of the grace of tragedy.
- Steven Weinberg

The courage of life is often a less dramatic spectacle
than the courage of a final moment;
but it is no less a magnificent mixture of triumph and tragedy.
- John F. Kennedy

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

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

None but a poet can write a tragedy.
For tragedy is nothing less than pain transmuted into
exaltation by the alchemy of poetry.
- Edith Hamilton

A popular government without popular information or
the means of acquiring it,
is but a prologue to a farce, or a tragedy,
or perhaps both.
- James Madison

Well, my definition of a tragedy is a clash between right and right.
- Amos Oz

Hard work without talent is a shame,
but talent without hard work is a tragedy.
- Robert Half

An American tragedy in which we all have played a part.
- Gerald R. Ford

It would behoove the world to become used to this fact:
that without a just solution to the Palestine tragedy,
there can be no stable peace in the Middle East.
- King Hussein I

It's every woman's tragedy, that, after a certain age,
she looks like a female impersonator.
Mind you, we've known some lovely female impersonators,
in our time.
- Angela Carter

One death is a tragedy; one million is a statistic.
- Joseph Stalin

Tragedy delights by affording a shadow of the pleasure which exists in pain.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

The bad end unhappily, the good unluckily.
That is what tragedy means.
- Tom Stoppard

The world is a comedy to those that think,
a tragedy to those who feel.
- Horace Walpole

Laughter is ever young, whereas tragedy,
except the very highest of all, quickly becomes haggard.
- Margaret Sackville

It's a tragedy, but with your support and your help
we will wage this fight and we're going to win it.
- Michael D. Barnes

Losing a game is heartbreaking.
Losing your sense of excellence or worth is a tragedy.
- Joe Paterno

Life is neither comedy or tragedy, life is what you make of it.
- Radha Mitchell

Show me a hero and I'll write you a tragedy.
- F. Scott Fitzgerald

Gay icons usually have some tragedy in their lives,
but I've only had tragic haircuts and outfits.
- Kylie Minogue

How often we fail to realize our good fortune in living
in a country where happiness is more than a lack of tragedy.
- Paul Sweeney

There is no tragedy in missing a putt,
no matter how short.
All have erred in this respect.
- Walter Hagen

It's such a tragedy that man endures in killing his
brother and his own kind,
putting him in jail and insane asylums,
letting him lay out in the street.
- Sun Ra

Why do we laugh at such terrible things? Because comedy
is often the sarcastic realization of inescapable tragedy.
- Bryant H. McGill

Unfortunately, since the Sept.
11 tragedy, our business is not doing too well.
- Hunter Tylo

The tragedy of 9/11 galvanised the American superpower into action,
leaving us in Europe divided in its wake.
- Douglas Hurd

The tragedy of modern war is that the young men die fighting each other -
instead of their real enemies back home in the capitals.
- Edward Abbey

Lest Arab governments be tempted out of sheer routine
to rush into impulsive rejection,
let me suggest that tragedy is not what men suffer but what they miss.
- Abba Eban

Lack of something to feel important about is almost
the greatest tragedy a man may have.
- Arthur E. Morgan

People try to make a Greek tragedy of my life,
and they can't do it.
I'm too happy.
- Curt Flood

Comedy is tragedy that happens to other people.
- Angela Carter

Our tragedy is a general and universal physical fear
so long sustained by now that we can even bear it...
the basest of all things is to be afraid.
- William Faulkner

Satire is tragedy plus time.
You give it enough time, the public,
the reviewers will allow you to satirize it.
Which is rather ridiculous, when you think about it.
- Lenny Bruce

The memories of the Munich games for me are of triumph and tragedy.
- Mark Spitz

It's a terrible thing wishing that it can be someone else's tragedy.
- John Dyer

The tragedy is that so many have ambition and so few have ability.
- William Feather

It is frequently the tragedy of the great artist,
as it is of the great scientist, that he frightens the ordinary man.
- Loren Eiseley

What the American public wants in the theater is a
tragedy with a happy ending.
- William Dean Howells

Auschwitz is a place in which tragedy cannot occur.
- Edward Bond

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 worst tragedy that could have befallen me was my success.
I knew right away that I was through -
cast out.
- Jonas Salk

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

Divorce is the one human tragedy that reduces everything to cash.
- Rita Mae Brown

It is in times of great tragedy when the true spirit
of our wonderful country unites as one.
- Jim Gerlach

Right after the tragedy, President Bush asked Americans
to get on with their lives and we did.
- Jane D. Hull


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