- The comic’s fruit has its season and nourishes for a time. It also ferments and spoils. The possibilities played out by the tragedian, however, are perennial and do not fade with age or circumstance.
- These two together, the comic and the tragedian, offer a celebration of life in each season and for all seasons, up to the threshold of death. But only a tragedian has the opportunity to suggest something beyond.
- True comedy teaches one to laugh at hubris so that it may be despised. Tragedy teaches one, laughing in this way with a kind of self-hatred, to endure with hope in an unseen self.
- One may think of the comedy as a play of καῖρος and the tragedy as a play of αἰών.