Quotations About / On:
The world is a funny paper read backwards. And that way it isn't so funny.
(Tennessee Williams (1914-1983), U.S. dramatist. Self-interview, in Observer (London, April 7, 1957).)
What a sad business, being funny.
(Charlie Chaplin (1889-1977), British actor, screenwriter, director. Terry (Claire Bloom), Limelight, to Calvero (Charles Chaplin) after he tells her of his downfall in show business (1952).)
Life was a funny thing that happened to me on the way to the grave.
(Quentin Crisp (b. 1908), British author. The Naked Civil Servant, ch. 18 (1968).)
The funniest line in English is "Get it?" When you say that, everyone chortles.
(Garrison Keillor (b. 1942), U.S. writer. We Are Still Married, introduction (1989).)
A man's got to take a lot of punishment to write a really funny book.
(Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961), U.S. author. letter, Dec. 6, 1924. Selected Letters, ed. Carlos Baker (1981).)
A funny thing happened to me on the way to the White House.
(Adlai Stevenson (1900-1965), U.S. Democratic politician. speech, Dec. 13, 1952, Washington D.C.. Quoted in Portrait: Adlai E. Stevenson, ch. 1, Alden Whitman (1965).
After his defeat in the Presidential election, in which Eisenhower won a landslide victory.)
Do you know anything that in all its innocence is more humiliating than the funny pages of a Sunday newspaper in America?
(Johan Huizinga (1872-1945), Dutch historian. Life and Thought in America, ch. 1 (1972).)
You know what the funniest thing about Europe is? It's the little differences.
(Quentin Tarantino, U.S. screenwriter and director, and Roger Avary. Vincent Vega (John Travolta), Pulp Fiction, conversation with Jules (Samuel Jackson) as they drive to their next job (1994).)
People here are funny. They work so hard at living, they forget how to live.
(Robert Riskin (1897-1955), U.S. screenwriter. Longfellow Deeds (Gary Cooper), Mr. Deeds Goes To Town, commenting on New Yorkers (1936).)
Its a funny thing, the less people have to live for, the less nerve they have to risk losing—nothing.
(Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960), African-American novelist, short story writer, folklorist, playwright and anthropologist. Amram, in Moses Man of the Mountain, ch. 2, J.B. Lippincott (1939).)