Humor quotes
JESTER, n. An officer formerly attached to a king's household, whose business it was to amuse the court by ludicrous actions and utterances, the absurdity being attested by his motley costume. The king himself being attired with dignity, it took the world some centuries to discover that his own conduct and decrees were sufficiently ridiculous for the amusement not only of his court but of all mankind. The jester was commonly called a fool, but the poets and romancers have ever delighted to represent him as a singularly wise and witty person. In the circus of to-day the melancholy ghost of the court fool effects the dejection of humbler audiences with the same jests wherewith in life he gloomed the marble hall, panged the patrician sense of humor and tapped the tank of royal tears. The widow-queen of Portugal Had an audacious jester Who entered the confessional Disguised, and there confessed her. "Father," she said, "thine ear bend down -- My sins are more than scarlet: I love my fool -- blaspheming clown, And common, base-born varlet." "Daughter," the mimic priest replied, "That sin, indeed, is awful: The church's pardon is denied To love that is unlawful. "But since thy stubborn heart will be For him forever pleading, Thou'dst better make him, by decree, A man of birth and breeding." She made the fool a duke, in hope With Heaven's taboo to palter; Then told a priest, who told the Pope, Who damned her from the altar! Barel Dort

- Ambrose Bierce
A sense of humor is just common sense dancing.

- Clive James
The secret source of humor itself is not joy but sorrow. There is no humor in heaven.

- Twain, Mark
The hunger and thirst for knowledge, the keen delight in the chase, the good humored willingness to admit that the scent was false, the eager desire to get on with the work, the cheerful resolution to go back and begin again, the broad good sense, the unaffected modesty, the imperturbable temper, the gratitude for any little help that was given -- all these will remain in my memory though I cannot paint them for others.

- Maitland, Frederic William
Humor is an almost physiological response to fear.

- Kurt Vonnegut
Humor must not professedly teach and it must not professedly preach, but it must do both if it would live forever.

- Twain, Mark
It is commonly said that ridicule is the best test of truth; for that it will not stick where it is not just. I deny it. A truth learned in a certain light, and attacked in certain words, by men of wit and humor, may, and often doth, become ridiculous, at least so far, that the truth is only remembered and repeated for the sake of the ridicule.

- Chesterfield, Lord
Love is an attachment to another self. Humor is a form of self-detachment -- a way of looking at one's existence, one's misfortune, or one's discomfort. If you really love, if you really know how to laugh, the result is the same: you forget yourself.

- Claude Roy
Comedy is nothing more than tragedy deferred.

- Pico Iyer
A taste for irony has kept more hearts from breaking than a sense of humor for it takes irony to appreciate the joke which is on oneself.

- West, Jessamyn
Someone bent on suicide won't have much sense of humor left.

- Chuck Palahniuk
Isn't it sad how some people can't be funny, so they have to settle for being obnoxious?

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

- Maugham, W. Somerset
The pug is living proof that God has a sense of humor.

- Margo Kaufman
It is important to rely on your imagination for your sense of humor and your memory for your truths. Not the other way around.

A taste for irony has kept more hearts from breaking than a sense of humor, for it takes irony to appreciate the joke which is on oneself.

- Jessamyn West
Men will confess to treason, murder, arson, false teeth, or a wig. How many of them will own up to a lack of humor?

- Colby, Frank Moore
Where ever you find humor, you find pathos close by it side.

- Whipple, Edwin P.
I used to think that everything was just being funny but now I don't know. I mean, how can you tell?

- Warhol, Andy
I have never examined the subject of humor until now. I am surprised to find how much ground it covers. I have got its divisions and frontiers down on a piece of paper. I find it defined as a production of the brain, as the power of the brain to produce something humorous, and the capacity of percieving humor.

- Mark Twain

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