Quotations About / On: HUMOR

  • 11.
    Humor does not rescue us from unhappiness, but enables us to move back from it a little.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Seventh Selection, New York (1990).)
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  • 12.
    Oversimplified, Mercier's Hypothesis would run like this: "Wit is always absurd and true, humor absurd and untrue."
    (Vivian Mercier (b. 1919), Irish-born U.S. critic, educator. "Truth and Laughter: A Theory of Wit and Humor," The Nation (August 6, 1960).)
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  • 13.
    Married people should not be quick to hear what is said by either when in ill humor.
    (Samuel Richardson (1689-1761), British novelist. First edition, London (1753-1754). Sir Charles Grandison, in Sir Charles Grandison, vol. 4, letter 4, Oxford University Press (1972, repr. 1986).)
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  • 14.
    Humor brings insight and tolerance. Irony brings a deeper and less friendly understanding.
    (Agnes Repplier (1858-1950), U.S. author, social critic. In Pursuit of Laughter, ch. 9 (1936).)
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  • 15.
    The comic is the perception of the opposite; humor is the feeling of it.
    (Umberto Eco (b. 1932), Italian semiologist, novelist. repr. In Travels in Hyperreality, trans. by William Weaver (1986). "De consolatione Philosophiae," (1980).)
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  • 16.
    It is characteristic of all deep human problems that they are not to be approached without some humor and some bewilderment.
    (Freeman Dyson (b. 1923), British-born U.S. physicist, author. Disturbing the Universe, pt. 1, ch. 1 (1979).)
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  • 17.
    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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  • 18.
    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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  • 19.
    Wise men are not wise at all hours, and will speak five times from their taste or their humor, to once from their reason.
    (Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Wealth," The Conduct of Life (1860).)
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  • 20.
    Everything human is pathetic. The secret source of Humor itself is not joy but sorrow. There is no humor in heaven.
    (Mark Twain [Samuel Langhorne Clemens] (1835-1910), U.S. author. Following the Equator, ch. 10 (1897).)
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