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C.N. Douglas, comp.  Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical.  1917.
 
Tragedy
 
  Tragedy has the great moral defect of giving too much importance to life and death.
Chamfort.    
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  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.
Napoleon.    
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  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.
L’Abbé du Bois.    
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