— Molière French playwright and actor 1622 - 1673
„Life is a comedy to those who think and a tragedy for those who feel.“
Letter to Anne, Countess of Ossory, (16 August 1776)
A favourite saying of Walpole's, it is repeated in other of his letters, and might be derived from a similar statement attributed to Jean de La Bruyère, though unsourced: "Life is a tragedy for those who feel, and a comedy for those who think". An earlier form occurs in another published letter:
I have often said, and oftener think, that this world is a comedy to those that think, a tragedy to those that feel — a solution of why Democritus laughed and Heraclitus wept.
Letter to Sir Horace Mann (31 December 1769)
Variante: The world is a comedy to those that think; a tragedy to those that feel.
— Jean Racine French dramatist 1639 - 1699
— Jean de La Bruyère 17th-century French writer and philosopher 1645 - 1696
La vie est une tragédie pour celui qui sent, et une comédie pour celui qui pense.
As quoted in Selected Thoughts from the French: XV Century-XX Century, with English Translations (1913), pp. 132-133, by James Raymond Solly. This may conceivably be a misattribution, because as yet no definite citation of a specific work by La Bruyère has been located, and the statement is very similar to one known to have been made by Horace Walpole in a letter of 31 December 1769: The world is a comedy to those that think; a tragedy to those that feel.
— Margaret Cho, I Have Chosen to Stay and Fight
Fonte: I Have Chosen to Stay and Fight
„Life is a tragedy for those who feel and a comedy for those who think. It is vital to mourn the victims of this government, but not at the expense of losing our sense of humor. Our ability to laugh directly coincides with our ability to fight. If we make fun of it, we can transcend it.“
— Margaret Cho American stand-up comedian 1968
From Her Books, ACTIVISM
— Paul Reiser American actor and comedian 1957
„Everybody knows that we like those who resemble us, those who think and feel as we do. But the opposite is no less true. It very often happens that we feel kindly towards those who do not resemble us, precisely because of this lack of resemblance.“
— Émile Durkheim French sociologist (1858-1917) 1858 - 1917
The Division of Labor in Society (1893)
— Sholem Aleichem Yiddish author and playwright 1859 - 1916
— Charlie Chaplin British comic actor and filmmaker 1889 - 1977
As quoted in his obituary in The Guardian (28 December 1977)
„I have spoken of the forceful sonnets of that tragic Portuguese, Antero de Quental, who died by his own hand. Feeling acutely for the plight of his country on the occasion of the British ultimatum in 1890, he wrote as follows: "An English statesman of the last century, who was also undoubtedly a perspicacious observer and a philosopher, Horace Walpole, said that for those who feel, life is a tragedy, and a comedy for those who think. Very well then, if we are destined to end tragically, we Portuguese, we who feel, we would rather prefer this terrible, but noble destiny to that which is reserved, and perhaps at no very remote future date, for England, the country that thinks and calculates, whose destiny it is to finish miserably and comically." …we twin-brothers of the Atlantic seaboard have always been distinguished by a certain pedantry of feeling, but there remains a basis of truth underlying this terrible idea — namely that some peoples, those who put thought above feeling, I should say reason above faith, die comically, while those die tragically who put faith above reason.“
— Miguel de Unamuno 19th-20th century Spanish writer and philosopher 1864 - 1936
The Tragic Sense of Life (1913), Conclusion : Don Quixote in the Contemporary European Tragi-Comedy
„The atheist view is correspondingly life-affirming and life-enhancing, while at the same time never being tainted with self-delusion, wishful thinking, or the whingeing self-pity of those who feel that life owes them something.“
— Richard Dawkins, livro The God Delusion
Fonte: The God Delusion
„Do not feel envious of the happiness of those who live in a fool's paradise, for only a fool will think that it is happiness.“
— Bertrand Russell logician, one of the first analytic philosophers and political activist 1872 - 1970
"A Liberal Decalogue" http://www.panarchy.org/russell/decalogue.1951.html, from "The Best Answer to Fanaticism: Liberalism", New York Times Magazine (16/December/1951); later printed in The Autobiography of Bertrand Russell (1969), vol. 3: 1944-1967, pp. 71-2
Contexto: The Ten Commandments that, as a teacher, I should wish to promulgate, might be set forth as follows:
1. Do not feel absolutely certain of anything.
2. Do not think it worth while to proceed by concealing evidence, for the evidence is sure to come to light.
3. Never try to discourage thinking for you are sure to succeed.
4. When you meet with opposition, even if it should be from your husband or your children, endeavour to overcome it by argument and not by authority, for a victory dependent upon authority is unreal and illusory.
5. Have no respect for the authority of others, for there are always contrary authorities to be found.
6. Do not use power to suppress opinions you think pernicious, for if you do the opinions will suppress you.
7. Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.
8. Find more pleasure in intelligent dissent that in passive agreement, for, if you value intelligence as you should, the former implies a deeper agreement than the latter.
9. Be scrupulously truthful, even if the truth is inconvenient, for it is more inconvenient when you try to conceal it.
10. Do not feel envious of the happiness of those who live in a fool's paradise, for only a fool will think that it is happiness.
— Isaac Asimov American writer and professor of biochemistry at Boston University, known for his works of science fiction and popular … 1920 - 1992
As quoted in The Mammoth Book of Zingers, Quips, and One-Liners (2004) edited by Geoff Tibballs, p. 299
„There are two types of people in this world — those who think that there are two types of people in this world, and those who don’t.“
— David H. Levy Canadian astronomer 1948
Humor in Psychotherapy (2007)
„Life is not easy. We all have problems-even tragedies-to deal with, and luck has nothing to do with it. Bad luck is only the superstitious excuse for those who don't have the wit to deal with the problems of life.“
— Joan Lowery Nixon, In The Face of Danger
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„The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently.“
— Friedrich Nietzsche, livro The Dawn
Man verdirbt einen Jüngling am sichersten, wenn man ihn anleitet, den Gleichdenkenden höher zu achten, als den Andersdenkenden.
The Dawn, Sec. 297
„Victory will belong only to those who have faith in the people, those who are immersed in the life-giving spring of popular creativity.“
— Vladimir Lenin Russian politician, led the October Revolution 1870 - 1924
"Meeting Of The All-Russia Central Executive Committee" (4 November 1917) http://www.marxists.org/archive/lenin/works/1917/nov/04a.htm; Collected Works, Vol. 26, pp. 285-293.
„The moral test of government is how it treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the aged; and those in the shadows of life, the sick, the needy and the handicapped.“
— Hubert H. Humphrey Vice-President of the USA under Lyndon B. Johnson 1911 - 1978
Remarks at the dedication of the Hubert H. Humphrey Building, November 1, 1977, Congressional Record, November 4, 1977, vol 123, p. 37287.
— Jill Shalvis, Get A Clue
Fonte: Get A Clue
„There will always be those who feel more comfortable not venturing from the warmth of the hearth, but there are those who prefer to look out the window and wonder what is beyond the horizon.“
— Jimmy Buffett, livro A Salty Piece of Land
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