Quotations About / On: HUMOR
Miller's sexual humor is the humor of the men's house, more specifically, the men's room.
(Kate Millett (b. 1934), U.S. feminist theorist, literary critic, essayist, autobiographer, sculptor. Sexual Politics, ch. 6, Simon and Schuster (1970).)
The humorist just regales, entertains through his humour.
Humor is the mask of wisdom.
(Friedrich Dürrenmatt (1921-1990), Swiss dramatist, novelist, essayist. Trans. by Gerhard P. Knapp (1995). 55 Sentences on Art and Reality, no. 31 (1977).)
Cynicism is the humour of hatred.
(Herbert Beerbohm, Sir Tree (1853-1917), British actor-manager. Quoted in Hesketh Pearson, Beerbohm-Tree, ch. 12 (1956).)
(moral imperatives change when one is thinking like God.)
'You know, the birds don't stop singing when they witness you murder someone.'
No man can be an agnostic who has a sense of humour.
(E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. The Longest Journey, pt. I, ch. 10 (1907).
Emily Failing speaking to Rickie.)
Humor must not professedly teach and it must not professedly preach, but it must do both if it would live forever.
(Mark Twain [Samuel Langhorne Clemens] (1835-1910), U.S. author. The Autobiography of Mark Twain, ch. 55, ed. Charles Neider, Harper & Row (1959).)
It is well known that Beauty does not look with a good grace on the timid advances of Humour.
(W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965), British author. Cakes and Ale, ch. 11 (1930).)
A wise parent humours the desire for independent action, so as to become the friend and advisor when his absolute rule shall cease.
(Elizabeth Gaskell (1810-1865), British novelist. Mr. Hale, in North and South, ch. 15 (1855).)
Humour is the first of the gifts to perish in a foreign tongue.
(Virginia Woolf (1882-1941), British novelist. The Common Reader, "On Not Knowing Greek," First Series (1925).)