Selected Quotes about Humor

If I have not seen as far as others, it is because there were giants standing on my shoulders. -- Harold Abelson

Humor is the only test of gravity, and gravity of humor; for a subject which will not bear raillery is suspicious, and a jest which will not bear serious examination is false wit. -- Aristotle

Defining and analyzing humor is a pastime of humorless people. -- Robert Benchley

Laughter rises out of tragedy, when you need it the most, and rewards you for your courage. -- Erma Bombeck

Humor is a spontaneous, wonderful bit of an outburst that just comes. It's unbridled, its unplanned, it's full of suprises. -- Erma Bombeck

Humor is by far the most significant activity of the human brain. -- Edward De Bono

Humor is just another defense against the universe. -- Mel Brooks

Tragedy is when I cut my finger. Comedy is when you walk into an open sewer and die. -- Mel Brooks

That is the saving grace of humor, if you fail no one is laughing at you. -- A. Whitney Brown

Someone who makes you laugh is a comedian. Someone who makes you think and then laugh is a humorist. -- George Burns

Humore is an affirmation of man's dignity, a declaration of man's superiority to all that befalls him. -- Romain Cary

All I need to make a comedy is a park, a policeman and a pretty girl. -- Charlie Chaplin

Angels can fly because they take themselves lightly; devils fall because of their gravity. -- G. K. Chesterton

Great use they have, when in the hands Of one like me, who understands, Who understands the time and place, The person, manner, and the grace, Which fools neglect; so that we find, If all the requisites are join'd, From whence a perfect joke must spring, A joke's a very serious thing. -- Charles Churchill

Well, dinner would have been splendid if the wine had been as cold as the soup, the beef as rare as the service, the brandy as old as the fish, and the maid as willing as the Duchess. -- Sir Winston Churchill

Humor is always based on a modicum of truth. Have you ever heard a joke about a father-in-law? -- Dick Clark

Total absence of humor renders life impossible. -- Colette

You can turn painful situations around through laughter. If you can find humor in anything - even poverty - you can survive it. -- Bill Cosby

The love of truth lies at the root of much humor. -- Robertson Davies

A sense of humor is part of the art of leadership, of getting along with people, of getting things done. -- Dwight D. Eisenhower

Humor is also a way of saying something serious. -- T. S. Eliot

If there's one thing I know it's God does love a good joke. -- Hugh Elliott

Wit makes its own welcome, and levels all distinctions. No dignity, no learning, no force of character, can make any stand against good wit. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Humor is not a postscript or an incidental afterthought; it is a serious and weighty part of the world's economy. One feels increasingly the height of the faculty in which it arises, the nobility of things associated with it, and the greatness of services it renders. -- Oscar W. Firkins

Where humor is concerned there are no standards - no one can say what is good or bad, although you can be sure that everyone will. -- John Kenneth Galbraith

One doesn't have a sense of humor. It has you. -- Larry Gelbart

Humor is a universal language. -- Joel Goodman

Life is tough, and if you have the ability to laugh at it you have the ability to enjoy it. -- Salma Hayek

Man is the only animal that laughs and weeps, for he is the only animal that is struck with the difference between what things are and what they ought to be. -- William Hazlitt

Humor is a rubber sword - it allows you to make a point without drawing blood. -- Mary Hirsch

Comedy is nothing more than tragedy deferred. -- Pico Iyer

An Irishman needs three things : silence, cunnning, and exile. -- James Joyce

Remember, anyone can juggle for a second. -- John Alejandro King

The man who said in 1899: "Everything that can be invented has been invented" - technically, wasn't he right at the time? -- John Alejandro King

The problem with those bumper stickers that warn against tailgating, is that I have to get really close to the person's car to read them. -- John Alejandro King

What makes you think the whole world revolves around you?! my mother said, as I slowly rotated to maintain eye contact. -- John Alejandro King

Humor may be defined as the kindly contemplation of the incongruities of life, and the artistic expression thereof. -- Stephen Leacock

Will the people in the cheaper seats clap your hands? All the rest of you, if you’ll just rattle your jewelry. -- John Lennon

Humor is perhaps a sense of intellectual perspective: an awareness that some things are really important, others not; and that the two kinds are most oddly jumbled in everyday affairs. -- Christopher Morley

Humor is our way of defending ourselves from life's absurdities by thinking absurdly about them. -- Lewis Mumford

And we should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once. And we should call every truth false which was not accompanied by at least one laugh. -- Friedrich Nietzsche

Humor is everywhere, in that there's irony in just about anything a human does. -- Bill Nye

Wit is the lowest form of humor. -- Alexander Pope

Humor distorts nothing, and only false gods are laughed off their earthly pedestals. -- Agnes Repplier

There's no trick to being a humorist when you have the whole government working for you. -- Will Rogers

The only rules comedy can tolerate are those of taste, and the only limitations those of libel. -- James Thurber

The wit makes fun of other persons; the satirist makes fun of the world; the humorist makes fun of himself. -- James Thurber

Humor is a serious thing. I like to think of it as one of our greatest earliest natural resources, which must be preserved at all cost. -- James Thurber

Humor is the great thing, the saving thing. The minute it crops up, all our irritations and resentments slip away and a sunny spirit takes their place. -- Mark Twain

The secret source of humour itself is not joy, but sorrow. There is no humour in heaven. -- Mark Twain

The secret source of humour itself is not joy, but sorrow. There is no humour in heaven. -- Mark Twain

Some children's answers to church school questions - from the Church of England: -- Unknown

The Procrastinator's Creed: 1. I believe that if anything is worth doing, it would have been done already. 2. I shall never move quickly, except to avoid more work or find excuses. -- Unknown

Comedy is simply a funny way of being serious. -- Peter Ustinov

The world is a tragedy to those who feel, but a comedy to those who think. -- Horace Walpole

Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he isn't. A sense of humor was provided to console him for what he is. -- Horace Walpole

A well-developed sense of humor is the pole that adds balance to your step as you walk the tightrope of life. -- William Arthur Ward

Humor can be dissected as a frog can, but the thing dies in the process and the innards are discouraging to any but the pure scientific mind. -- E. B. White

Humor can be dissected as a frog can, but the thing dies in the process and the innards are discouraging to any but the pure scientific mind. -- E.B. (Elwyn Brooks) White

The beauty of the world has two edges, one of laughter, one of anguish, cutting the heart asunder. -- Virginia Woolf

This I conceive to be the chemical function of humor: to change the character of our thought. -- Lin Yutang

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