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

Humor is my sword and my shield. It protects me. You can open a door with humor and drive a truck right through it. Alan Simpson

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 (384 BC - 322 BC)

The gods too are fond of a joke. Aristotle (384 BC - 322 BC)

He who laughs last has not yet heard the bad news. Bertolt Brecht

All I need to make a comedy is a park, a policeman and a pretty girl. Charlie Chaplin (1889 - 1977), in My Autobiography (1964)

In the end, everything is a gag. Charlie Chaplin (1889 - 1977)

Common sense and a sense of humor are the same thing, moving at different speeds. A sense of humor is just common sense, dancing. Clive James

Total absence of humor renders life impossible. Colette (1873 - 1954), Chance Acquaintances, 1952

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 (1890 - 1969)

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), Some Remarks on Humor, introduction

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

Humor prevents one from becoming a tragic figure even though she/he is involved in tragic events. E.T. "Cy" Eberhart

Any man who has the job I've had and didn't have a sense of humor wouldn't still be here. Harry S. Truman

A person without a sense of humor is like a wagon without springs, jostled by every pebble on the road. Henry Ward Beecher

The world is a tragedy to those who feel, but a comedy to those who think. Horace Walpole (1717 - 1797)

Humor is an attitude. It's a way of looking at life and of telling others how you feel about what's happening around you. Gene Perrer

The only rules comedy can tolerate are those of taste, and the only limitations those of libel. James Thurber (1894 - 1961)

The wit makes fun of other persons; the satirist makes fun of the world; the humorist makes fun of himself. James Thurber (1894 - 1961), in Edward R. Murrow television interview

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 (1908 - )

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

If I had no sense of humor, I should long ago have committed suicide. Mahatma Gandhi

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 (1835 - 1910)

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

Nobody ever died of laughter. Max Beerbohm

Humor is the instinct for taking pain playfully. Max Eastman

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

A sense of humor can help you overlook the unattractive, tolerate the unpleasant, cope with the unexpected, and smile through the unbearable. Mosha Waldoks

Comedy is simply a funny way of being serious. Peter Ustinov (1921 - 2004)

Optimism and humor are the grease and glue of life. Without both of them we would have never survived our captivity. Philip Butler, Vietnam POW

Comedy is nothing more than tragedy deferred. Pico Iyer, Time

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 (1803 - 1882), Letters and Social Aims: The Comic, 1876

Defining and analyzing humor is a pastime of humorless people. Robert Benchley (1889 - 1945)

Humor is the healthy way of feeling "distance" between one's self and the problem, a way of standing off and looking at one's problems with perspective. Rollo May

Humor is an affirmation of dignity, a declaration of man's superiority to all that befalls him. Roman Gary

Humor is a means of obtaining pleasure in spite of the distressing effects that interface with it. Sigmund Freud

Humor is also a way of saying something serious. T. S. Eliot (1888 - 1965)

It is requisite for the relaxation of the mind that we make use, from time to time, of playful deeds and jokes. Thomas Aquinas

There is no defence against adverse fortunes which is as effectual as an habitual sense of humor. Thomas W. Higginston

A sense of humor judge's one's actions and the actions of others from a wider reference....it pardons shortcomings, it consoles failure. It recommends moderation. Thornton Wilder

Optimist: A man who gets treed by a lion but enjoys the scenery. Walter Winchell

There's no trick to being a humorist when you have the whole government working for you. Will Rogers (1879 - 1935)


Joy is prayer - Joy is strength - Joy is love - Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls. Mother Teresa (1910 - 1997)

Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony. Mahatma Gandhi (1869 - 1948)

Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read. Groucho Marx