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#1 Cyfer

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Posted 10 April 2012 - 08:48 AM

Hi,

Does anyone know who said

"The best tragedies are comedies and the best comedies are tragedies"

Might be paraphrasing a bit, thanks for your help!

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#2 MrJohnDClare

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Posted 10 April 2012 - 04:20 PM

Hi,

Does anyone know who said

"The best tragedies are comedies and the best comedies are tragedies"

Might be paraphrasing a bit, thanks for your help!

(Google has no answers)

Answer: I don't.

Will this do? ROSS BROWNE'S LETTERS; EUROPEAN CORRESPONOENCE of the UNION. So. 39 - Russian Character (St. Petersburg. August, 1861): "[The Russians] are destitute of humor, in the English sense; but it is manifest that they possess a high degree of it, in the Russian sense. Their tragedies are comedies, and their comedies are tragedies."

when you google
quote "comedies are tragedies"
you get some wonderful aphorisms:
All comedies are tragedies plus time.
Most comedies are tragedies when you remove the jokes.
Comedies are tragedies depending on what page of the story you're on.
I guess all comedies are tragedies in disguise, or all tragedies are comedies in disguise. I forget.
Your epiphany can use a dash of levity. All comedies are tragedies in the same way a rose is a flower and therefore all flowers are roses.
Comedies are tragedies that don't happen.




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