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Serious Quotes About Humor

Updated on October 4, 2008

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, Interview with Wired.com

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

-Charlie Chaplin, in My Autobiography

Total absence of humor renders life impossible.

-Colette, Chance Acquaintances

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, Some Remarks on Humor, introduction

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

-Edward De Bono

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, Standing Room Only weblog

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, 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

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, 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, Letters and Social Aims: The Comic, 1876

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

Humor is also a way of saying something serious.

-T. S. Eliot

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

-Will Rogers

Every fight is a food fight when you're a cannibal.

-Demetri Martin

I think the worst time to have a heart attack is during a game of charades...or a game of fake heart attack.

-Demetri Martin

Always end the name of your child with a vowel, so that when you yell the name will carry.

-Bill Cosby

If it's sent by ship then it's a cargo, if it's sent by road then it's a shipment.

-Dave Allen

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