A serious and good philosophical work could be written consisting entirely of jokes.
– Ludwig Wittgenstein –
Comedy has to be based on truth. You take the truth and you put a little curlicue at the end.
– Sid Caesar –
Everyone is flailing through this life without an owner’s manual, with whatever modicum of grace and good humor we can manage.
– Anne Lamott –
He who laughs last didn’t get it.
– Helen Giangregorio –
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 1899-1985 –
Humor is a rubber sword – it allows you to make a point without drawing blood.
– Mary Hirsch –
Humor is, I think, the subtlest and chanciest of literary forms. It is surely not accidental that there are a thousand novelists, essayists, poets or journalists for each humorist. It is a long, long time between James Thurbers.
– Leo Rosten –
If you find it hard to laugh at yourself, I would be happy to do it for you.
– Groucho Marx –
Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he is not; a sense of humor to console him for what he is.
– Francis Bacon –
Laughing stock: cattle with a sense of humor.
– Steven Wright –
Like a welcome summer rain, humor may suddenly cleanse and cool the earth, the air and you.
– Langston Hughes –
On a throne at the center of a sense of humor sits a capacity for irony. All wit rests on a cheerful awareness of life’s incongruities. It is a gentling awareness, and no politician without it should be allowed near power.
– George Will –
One thing you can’t pretend to be is funny.
– Cynthia Copeland Lewis –
Question: What is the quality you most like in a woman?
Walter Cronkite: I’m strongly urged by advisers not to say “moral laxity,” so let’s say “sense of humor.”
– Proust questionnaire, in Vanity Fair, 1997 –
That’s the great thing about a sense of humor and a sex drive, you can’t wait to share it with everybody else.
– Dolly Parton –
The first thing people lose on a diet is their sense of humor.
– Gunnar Peterson –
The opposite of funny isn’t serious, it’s not funny.
– G.K. Chesterton –
There is nothing like a gleam of humor to reassure you that a fellow human being is ticking inside a strange face.
– Eva Hoffman –
What is humor? A sense of perspective – a removal of the self from the centre of the Universe resulting in taking one’s own self lightly while taking one’s work in life seriously.
-C.W. Metcalf –
Wit has truth in it. Wisecracking is simply calisthenics with words.
– Dorothy Parker Writers at Work interviews, 1958 –
When filled with humour the body becomes loose, relaxed, tension dissolves. Thinking becomes clearer, more optimistic, it is easier to focus. Our manner also changes and we become more expressive, more giving. Even an insincere smile works, because the mind may be smart but the body is stupid.
– David Granierer –