|C.N. Douglas, comp. Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical. 1917.|
| Tragedy has the great moral defect of giving too much importance to life and death.|
| Tragedy warms the soul, elevates the heart, can and ought to create heroes. In this sense, perhaps, France owes a part of her great actions to Corneille.|
| The pleasure arising from an extraordinary agitation of the mind is frequently so great as to stifle humanity; hence arises the entertainment of the common people at executions, and of the better sort at tragedies.|
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