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Inspirational Quotes About Humour, Comedy and Laughter

Updated on February 27, 2019

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

Humour is a great vehicle for getting a message across: If you get too serious, you could die of starch. Cyndi Lauper

Humour is a reminder that no matter how high the throne one sits on, one sits on one's bottom. Taki

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

Humour is just another defence against the universe. Mel Brooks

Humour is merely tragedy standing on its head with its pants torn. Irvin S. Cobb

Humour 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

Laughter is a tranquilizer with no side effects. Arnold Glasow

Humour is reason gone mad. Groucho Marx

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

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

Humour is emotional chaos remembered in tranquillity. James Thurber

Humour is the instinct for taking pain playfully. Max Eastman

What is comedy? Comedy is the art of making people laugh without making them puke. Steve Martin

Humour is despair refusing to take itself seriously. Arland Ussher

Humour results when society says you can't scratch certain things in public, but they itch in public. Tom Walsh

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

Humour is a social lubricant that helps us get over some of the bad spots. Steve Allen

Comedy is acting out optimism. Robin Williams

You can't deny laughter; when it comes, it plops down in your favourite chair and stays as long as it wants. Stephen King

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

Honest good humour is the oil and wine of a merry meeting, and there is no jovial companionship equal to that where the jokes are rather small and laughter abundant. Washington Irving

A man isn't poor if he can still laugh. Raymond Hitchcock

If I had no sense of humour, I would long ago have committed suicide. Mahatma Gandhi

I am thankful for laughter, except when milk comes out of my nose. Woody Allen

I could not tread these perilous paths in safety, if I did not keep a saving sense of humour. Horatio Nelson

I think the next best thing to solving a problem is finding some humour in it. Frank A. Clark

A laugh is a smile that bursts. Mary H. Waldrip

Bad humour is an evasion of reality; good humour is an acceptance of it. Malcolm Muggeridge

A person without a sense of humour is like a wagon without springs. It's jolted by every pebble on the road. Henry Ward Beecher

After God created the world, He made man and woman. Then, to keep the whole thing from collapsing, He invented humour. Bill Kelly

Laughter gives us distance. It allows us to step back from an event, deal with it and then move on. Bob Newhart

Laughter is a social sanction against inflexible behaviour, which requires a momentary anaesthesia of the heart. Henri Bergson

Laughter is an instant vacation. Milton Berle

Laughter is the shortest distance between two people. Victor Borge

Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face. Victor Hugo

Life literally abounds in comedy if you just look around you. Mel Brooks

Mark my words, when a society has to resort to the lavatory for its humour, the writing is on the wall. Alan Bennett

Perhaps I know best why it is man alone who laughs; he alone suffers so deeply that he had to invent laughter. Friedrich Nietzsche

So many tangles in life are ultimately hopeless that we have no appropriate sword other than laughter. Gordon W. Allport

The kind of humour I like is that which makes me laugh for five seconds and think for ten minutes. William Davis

The most wasted of all days is one without laughter. E E Cummings

The secret to humour is surprise. Aristotle

There is more logic in humour than in anything else. Because, you see, humour is truth. Victor Borge

Through humour, you can soften some of the worst blows that life delivers. And once you find laughter, no matter how painful your situation might be, you can survive it. Bill Cosby

Warning: Humour may be hazardous to your illness. Ellie Katz

What monstrous absurdities and paradoxes have resisted whole batteries of serious arguments, and then crumbled swiftly into dust before the ringing death-knell of a laugh! Agnes Repplier

To truly laugh, you must be able to take your pain, and play with it! Charlie Chaplin

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

If you could choose one characteristic that would get you through life, choose a sense of humour. Jennifer Jones

I've always thought that a big laugh is a really loud noise from the soul saying, "Ain't that the truth". Quincy Jones

With the fearful strain that is on me night and day, if I did not laugh I should die. Abraham Lincoln

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

You can't stay mad at somebody who makes you laugh. Jay Leno

John Marwood Cleese was born in Weston-Super-Mare on 27 October 1939. His father had changed their surname to Cleese from Cheese before signing up for the army in World War 1. By all accounts, Cleese’s childhood wasn’t a perfect one. Being six foot tall at the age of twelve made him an easy target for bullies, and Cleese recalls that he started using humour as a way of avoiding fights. When we started Monty Python, we had no idea how many people were watching," he said. "The only aim we ever had was to make each other laugh."


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    • Russ Baleson profile imageAUTHOR

      Russ Baleson 

      4 years ago from Sandhurst, United Kingdom

      Thanks Dove, glad you enjoyed it.

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      4 years ago

      thanks for posting this, it really is informative

    • Russ Baleson profile imageAUTHOR

      Russ Baleson 

      10 years ago from Sandhurst, United Kingdom

      Thanks, much appreciated.Hope it put a smile on your face. Russ

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      10 years ago

      Nice hub .

    • Russ Baleson profile imageAUTHOR

      Russ Baleson 

      10 years ago from Sandhurst, United Kingdom

      Hi Lena, thank you, glad you enjoyed it. Russ

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      Lena Kovadlo 

      10 years ago from Staten Island, NY

      You've collected great quotes into your hub. Nicely done. I enjoyed it.


    • Russ Baleson profile imageAUTHOR

      Russ Baleson 

      10 years ago from Sandhurst, United Kingdom

      Thanks John and Tony, we need to laugh to keep it all in perspective.

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      Tony McGregor 

      10 years ago from South Africa

      Thanks Russ for a lkot of good laughs! Great stuff!

      Love and peace


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      John Cain 

      10 years ago from Dayton, Texas

      A very nice, yet true hub. When all else fails, try a little humor. It can soften the hardest edged person there is, most of the time.

    • Russ Baleson profile imageAUTHOR

      Russ Baleson 

      10 years ago from Sandhurst, United Kingdom

      Hi Hotspur, I think it's a mechanism we have to help us cope with the difficulties of life. Have a great new year.

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      10 years ago from England

      Good reminder! Like the Gandhi quote. Didn't know so many people had so many smart quotes about it in everyone's contract?

    • Russ Baleson profile imageAUTHOR

      Russ Baleson 

      10 years ago from Sandhurst, United Kingdom

      Thank you, it certainly does!

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      10 years ago from Alberta and Florida

      Thank you for this reminder it is humor that keeps us sane.


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