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Humor Quotes

Comedy is the last refuge of the nonconformist mind.

Author: Gilbert Seldes


It is the saying of an ancient sage that humor was the only test of gravity, and gravity of humor.

Author: Lord Shaftesbury (1671-1713)

Profession: British Statesman

The right honorable gentlemen is indebted to his memory for his jokes and his imagination for his facts.

Author: Richard Brinsley Sheridan (1751-1816)

Profession: Anglo-Irish Dramatist

Be simple in words, manners, and gestures. Amuse as well as instruct. If you can make a man laugh, you can make him think and make him like and believe you.

Author: Alfred E. Smith (1873-1944)

Profession: American Politician

The comic and the tragic lie inseparably close, like light and shadow.

Author: Socrates

Profession: Greek Philosopher of Athens

Musical comedies aren't written, they are rewritten.

Author: Stephen Sondheim (1930)

Profession: American Composer, Lyricist

For every ten jokes you acquire a hundred enemies.

Author: Laurence Sterne (1713-1768)

Profession: British Author

A brilliant epigram is a solemn platitude gone to a masquerade ball.

Author: Lionel Strachey


What some people invent the rest enlarge.

Author: Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)

Profession: Anglo-Irish Satirist

By blood a king, in heart a clown.

Author: Lord Alfred Tennyson (1809-1892)

Profession: British Poet

As a person is so must you humor them.

Author: Terence

Profession: Roman Writer of Comedies

Good humor is one of the best articles of dress one can wear in society.

Author: William M. Thackeray (1811-1863)

Profession: Indian-born British Novelist

Humor is emotional chaos remembered in tranquility.

Author: James Thurber (1894-1961)

Profession: American Humorist, Illustrator

The wit makes fun of other persons; the satirist makes fun of the world; the humorist makes fun of himself, but in so doing, he identifies himself with people --that is, people everywhere, not for the purpose of taking them apart, but simply revealing their true nature.

Author: James Thurber (1894-1961)

Profession: American Humorist, Illustrator

Never say a humorous thing to a man who does not possess humor. He will always use it in evidence against you.

Author: Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree (1853-1917)

Profession: British actor-manager