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True humor springs not more from the head than from the heart. It is not contempt; its essence is love. It issues not in laughter, but in still smiles, which lie far deeper.

- Carlyle, Thomas

What's the point of havin'a rapier wit if I can't use it to stab people?

- Jeph Jacques

Wise men are not wise at all hours, and will speak five times from their taste or their humor, to once from their reason.

- Emerson, Ralph Waldo

MINSTREL, adj. Formerly a poet, singer or musician; now a nigger with a color less than skin deep and a humor more than flesh and blood can bear.

- Ambrose Bierce

To appreciate nonsense requires a serious interest in life.

- Burgess, (Frank) Gelett

We never respect those who amuse us, however we may smile at their comic powers.

- Blessington, Marguerite Gardiner, Countess of

A wise parent humors the desire for independent action, so as to become the friend and advisor when his absolute rule shall cease.

- Gaskell, Elizabeth

The world is a tragedy to those who feel, but a comedy to those who think.

- Horace Walpole

Our five senses are incomplete without the sixth -- a sense of humor.


If you can find humor in anything, you can survive it.

- Bill Cosby

The inspired scribbler always has the gift for gossip in our common usage he or she can always inspire the commonplace with an uncommon flavor, and transform trivialities by some original grace or sympathy or humor or affection.

- Drew, Elizabeth

Think of what would happen to us in America if there were no humorists; life would be one long Congressional Record.

- Tom Masson

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

- Strachey, Lionel

Sir, money, money, the most charming of all things; money, which will say more in one moment than the most elegant lover can in years. Perhaps you will say a man is not young; I answer he is rich. He is not genteel, handsome, witty, brave, good-humored, but he is rich, rich, rich, rich, rich --that one word contradicts everything you can say against him.

- Fielding, Henry

In conversation, humor is worth more than wit and easiness more than knowledge.

- Herbert, George

Optimism and humor are the grease and glue of life. Without both of them we would never have survived our captivity.

- Butler, Philip

Humor brings insight and tolerance. Irony brings a deeper and less friendly understanding.

- Repplier, Agnes

It is characteristic of all deep human problems that they are not to be approached without some humor and some bewilderment.

- Freeman Dyson

Comedy is nothing more than tragedy deferred.

- Pico Iyer

HOMOEOPATHIST, n. The humorist of the medical profession.

- Ambrose Bierce

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