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Humor Quotes

It is well known that Beauty does not look with a good grace on the timid advances of Humor.

Author: W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

Profession: British Novelist, Playwright

Good taste and humor are a contradiction in terms, like a chaste whore.

Author: Malcolm Muggeridge (1903-1990)

Profession: British Broadcaster

Wit is a weapon. Jokes are a masculine way of inflicting superiority. But humor is the pursuit of a gentle grin, usually in solitude.

Author: Frank Muir (1920)

Profession: British Humorist, Writer

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

Author: Lord Nelson


Even the gods love jokes.

Author: Plato

Profession: Greek Philosopher

There are things of deadly earnest that can only be mentioned under the cover of a joke.

Author: J. J. Procter

Profession: American Businessman

One never needs their humor as much a when they argue with a fool.

Author: Chinese Proverb

Profession: Sayings of Chinese Origin

A poor joke must invent its own laughter.

Author: Latin Proverb

Profession: Sayings of Latin Origin

The absolute truth is the thing that makes people laugh

Author: Carl Reiner

Profession: American Director, Actor

Everything is funny as long as it is happening to somebody else.

Author: Will Rogers (1879-1935)

Profession: American Humorist, Actor

Humor is the affectionate communication of insight.

Author: Leo Rosten (1908-1997)

Profession: Polish Born American Political Scientist

Humor is, I think, the sublets 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

Author: Leo Rosten (1908-1997)

Profession: Polish Born American Political Scientist

Anyone without a sense of humor is at the mercy of everyone else.

Author: William E. Rothschild


Humor has been a fashioning instrument in America, cleaving its way through the national life, holding tenaciously to the spread elements of that life. Its mode has often been swift and coarse and ruthless, beyond art and beyond established civilization. It has engaged in warfare against the established heritage, against the bonds of pioneer existence. Its objective --the unconscious objective of a disunited people --has seemed to be that of creating fresh bonds, a new unity, the semblance of a society and the rounded completion of an American type.

Author: Constance Rourke (1885-1941)

Profession: American Author

Good humor isn't a trait of character, it is an art which requires practice.

Author: David Seabury

Profession: American Doctor, Author