Tragic Quotes (10 quotes)
Connected by innumerable ties with abstract science, Physiology is yet in the most intimate relation with humanity; and by teaching us that law and order, and a definite scheme of development, regulate even the strangest and wildest manifestations of individual life, she prepares the student to look for a goal even amidst the erratic wanderings of mankind, and to believe that history offers something more than an entertaining chaosa journal of a toilsome, tragi-comic march nowither.
If gold medals and prizes were awarded to institutions instead of individuals, the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital of 30 years ago would have qualified. The ruling board and administrative structure of that hospital did not falter in their support of the quixotic objective of treating end-stage renal disease despite a long list of tragic failures that resulted from these early efforts.
If science fiction is the mythology of modern technology, then its myth is tragic
Modern music, headstrong, wayward, tragically confused as to what to say and how to say it, has mounted its horse, as the joke goes, and ridden off in all directions. If we require of an art that it be unified as a whole and expressed in a universal language known to all, if it must be a consistent symbolization of the era, then modern music is a disastrous failure. It has many voices, many symbolizations. It it known to one, unknown to another. But if an art may be as variable and polyvocal as the different individuals and emotional regions from which it comes in this heterogeneous modern world, then the diversity and contradiction of modern music may be acceptable.
Samoa culture demonstrates how much the tragic or the easy solution of the Oedipus situation depends upon the inter-relationship between parents and children, and is not created out of whole cloth by the young childs biological impulses.
Science is rooted in the will to truth. With the will to truth it stands or falls. Lower the standard even slightly and science becomes diseased at the core. Not only science, but man. The will to truth, pure and unadulterated, is among the essential conditions of his existence; if the standard is compromised he easily becomes a kind of tragic caricature of himself.
The most tragic thing in the world is a sick doctor.
Those who nod sagely and quote the tragedy of the commons in relation to environmental problems from pollution of the atmosphere to poaching of national parks tend to forget that Garrett Hardin revised his conclusions many times . He recognized, most importantly, that anarchy did not prevail on the common pastures of medieval England in the way he had described . A managed commons, though it may have other defects, is not automatically subject to the tragic fate of the unmanaged commons, wrote Hardin . At sea, where a common exists in most waters None of Hardins requirements for a successfully managed common is fulfilled by high-seas fishery regimes.
Tragically isolated, imprisoned in his own self, man has made a desperate effort to leap beyond his shadow, to embrace the external world. From this effort was born science .
[After science lost] its mystical inspiration mans destiny was no longer determined from above by a super-human wisdom and will, but from below by the sub-human agencies of glands, genes, atoms, or waves of probability. A puppet of the Gods is a tragic figure, a puppet suspended on his chromosomes is merely grotesque.