Quotations About / On: HUMOR

  • 11.
    Especially the transcendental philosophy needs the leaven of humor to render it light and digestible.
    (Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. "Thomas Carlyle and His Works" (1847), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 4, pp. 333-334, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
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  • 12.
    Humor, however broad and genial, takes a narrower view than enthusiasm.
    (Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers (1849), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 1, p. 397, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
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  • 13.
    Humour is consistent with pathos, whilst wit is not.
    (Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834), British poet, critic. repr. In Collected Works, vol. 14, ed. Kathleen Coburn (1990). "Table Talk," vol. 1 (1821), reported by Thomas Allsop in Letters and Conversations of S.T. Coleridge (1836).)
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  • 14.
    Comedy is a necessity to get through life with the fewest scars. Humor is the best antidote to help relieve all struggles.
    (Suzy Kassem)
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  • 15.
    Never say a humorous thing to a man who does not possess humour. He will always use it in evidence against you.
    (Herbert, Sir Beerbohm (1853-1917), British actor-manager. Quoted in Hesketh Pearson, Beerbohm-Tree, ch. 12 (1956).)
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  • 16.
    There seems to be no lengths to which humorless people will not go to analyze humor. It seems to worry them.
    (Robert Benchley (1889-1945), U.S. writer, humorist. After 1903What? "What Does It Mean?" Harper & Brothers (1938).)
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  • 17.
    In some sort of crude sense, which no vulgarity, no humor, no overstatement can quite extinguish, the physicists have known sin; and this is a knowledge which they cannot lose.
    (J. Robert Oppenheimer (1904-1967), U.S. physicist. Lecture, November 25, 1947, delivered at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. "Physics in the Contemporary World," no. 50, Technology Review (1948). The remark became notorious when it was quoted in Time (February 23, 1948 and November 8, 1948).)
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  • 18.
    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).)
  • 19.
    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).)
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  • 20.
    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).)
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