Nature, in her most dazzling aspects or stupendous parts, is but the background and theater of the tragedy of man.
— John Morley

The curse of man, and the cause of nearly all his woe, is his stupendous capacity for believing the incredible.
H. L. Mencken stupendous quote

Every civilization when it loses its inner vision and its cleaner energy, falls into a new sort of sordidness, more vast and more stupendous than the old savage sort. An Augean stable of metallic filth.
— D. H. Lawrence

From time to time there appear on the face of the earth men of rare and consummate excellence, who dazzle us by their virtue, and whose outstanding qualities shed a stupendous light. Like those extraordinary stars of whose origins we are ignorant, and of whose fate, once they have vanished, we know even less, such men have neither forebears nor descendants: they are the whole of their race.
— Jean De La Bruyere

Destiny is something men select; women achieve it only by default or stupendous suffering.
— stupendous quotation by Harriet Rosenstein