My life has been one great big joke, a dance that's walked a song that's spoke, I laugh so hard I almost choke when I think about myself.
Author: Maya Angelou (1928)
Profession: African-American poet, Writer, Performer
Witticism. A sharp and clever remark, usually quoted and seldom noted; what the Philistine is pleased to call a ''joke.''
Author: Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)
Profession: American Author, Editor, Journalist, "The Devil's Dictionary"
Being a funny person does an awful lot of things to you. You feel that you mustn't get serious with people. They don't expect it from you, and they don't want to see it. You're not entitled to be serious, you're a clown, and they only want you to make them laugh.
Author: Fanny Brice (1891-1951)
Profession: American Entertainer
I remain just one thing, and one thing only -- and that is a clown. It places me on a far higher plane than any politician.
Author: Charlie Chaplin (1889-1977)
Profession: British Comic Actor, Filmmaker
The old idea that the joke was not good enough for the company has been superseded by the new aristocratic idea that the company was not worthy of the joke. They have introduced an almost insane individualism into that one form of intercourse which is specially and uproariously communal. They have made even levities into secrets. They have made laughter lonelier than tears.
Author: Gilbert K. Chesterton (1874-1936)
Profession: British Author
Prithee don't screw your wit beyond the compass of good manners.
Author: Colley Cibber (1671-1757)
Profession: British Actor-Manager, Playwright
In polite society one laughs at all the jokes, including the ones one has heard before.
Author: Frank Dane
His hilarity was like a scream from a crevasse.
Author: Graham Greene (1904-1991)
Profession: British Novelist
A pun does not commonly justify a blow in return. But if a blow were given for such cause, and death ensued, the jury would be judges both of the facts and of the pun, and might, if the latter were of an aggravated character, return a verdict of justifiable homicide.
Author: Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894)
Profession: American Author, Wit, Poet
I gleaned jests at home from obsolete farces.
Author: Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)
Profession: British Author
The funniest line in English is ''Get it?'' When you say that, everyone chortles.
Author: Garrison Keillor (1942)
Profession: American Humorous Writer, Radio Performer
If all else fails, the character of a man can be recognized by nothing so surely as by a jest which he takes badly.
Author: Georg C. Lichtenberg (1742-1799)
Profession: German Physicist, Satirist
If you've heard this story before, don't stop me, because I'd like to hear it again.
Author: Groucho Marx (1895-1977)
Profession: American Comic Actor
Jokes are grievances.
Author: Marshall Mcluhan (1911-1980)
Profession: Canadian Communications Theorist
A dirty joke is a sort of mental rebellion.
Author: George Orwell (1903-1950)
Profession: British Author, ''Animal Farm''