Quotations About / On:
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).)
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).)
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).)
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).)
I was a modest, good-humoured boy. It is Oxford that has made me insufferable.
(Max Beerbohm (1872-1956), British essayist, caricaturist. More, "Going Back to School," (1899).
Referring to Oxford University.)
Nothing spoils a romance so much as a sense of humour in the woman.
(Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Lord Illingworth, in A Woman of No Importance, act 1.)
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).)
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).)
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).)
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).)