Quotes of Humor

“ That is the saving grace of humor, if you fail no one is laughing at you. ”

- A. Whitney Brown

“ 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

“ Humor is everywhere, in that there's irony in just about anything a human does. ”

- Bill Nye

“ All I need to make a comedy is a park, a policeman and a pretty girl. ”

- Charlie Chaplin

“ Total absence of humor renders life impossible. ”

- Colette

“ A joke was not a single-use item but something you brought out again and again until it fell apart in your hand like a cheap umbrella. ”

- David Nicholls

“ If you're at school and you're not that bright or good-looking or popular or whatever, and one day you say something and someone laughs, well, you sort of grab onto it, don't you? you think, well I run funny and I've got this stupid big face and big thighs and no-one fancies me, but at least I can make people laugh. And It's such a nice feeling, making someone laugh, that maybe you get a bit reliant on it. Like, if you're not funny then you're not... anything. ”

- David Nicholls

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

- Dick Clark

“ A sense of humor is part of the art of leadership, of getting along with people, of getting things done. ”

- Dwight D. Eisenhower

“ 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 is by far the most significant activity of the human brain. ”

- Edward de Bono

“ There's nothing like a gleam of humor to reassure you that a fellow human being is ticking inside a strange face. ”

- Eva Hoffman

“ The world is a tragedy to those who feel, but a comedy to those who think. ”

- Horace Walpole

“ If there's one thing I know it's God does love a good joke. ”

- Hugh Elliott

“ 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

“ What's the point of havin' a rapier wit if I can't use it to stab people? ”

- Jeph Jacques

“ 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

“ The best defence against misguided arrogance is a keen sense of humour. ”

- Kathryn L. Nelson

“ One doesn't have a sense of humor. It has you. ”

- Larry Gelbart

“ Humor is our way of defending ourselves from life's absurdities by thinking absurdly about them. ”

- Lewis Mumford

“ 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

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

- Mary Hirsch

“ 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

“ Comedy is simply a funny way of being serious. ”

- Peter Ustinov

“ Comedy is nothing more than tragedy deferred. ”

- Pico Iyer

“ 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

“ Defining and analyzing humor is a pastime of humorless people. ”

- Robert Benchley

“ Life is tough, and if you have the ability to laugh at it you have the ability to enjoy it. ”

- Salma Hayek
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