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Quotations About / On: HUMOR

  • 21.
    There are men so philosophical that they can see humor in their own toothaches. But there has never lived a man so philosophical that he could see the toothache in his own humor.
    (H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (18801956), U.S. journalist, critic. A Mencken Chrestomathy, ch. 30, p. 618, Knopf (1949).)
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  • 22.
    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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  • 23.
    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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  • 24.
    Humor, a good sense of it, is to Americans what manhood is to Spaniards and we will go to great lengths to prove it. Experiments with laboratory rats have shown that, if one psychologist in the room laughs at something a rat does, all of the other psychologists in the room will laugh equally. Nobody wants to be left holding the joke.
    (Garrison Keillor (b. 1942), U.S. writer. We Are Still Married, introduction (1989).)
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  • 25.
    We look at the dance to impart the sensation of living in an affirmation of life, to energize the spectator into keener awareness of the vigor, the mystery, the humor, the variety, and the wonder of life. This is the function of the American dance.
    (Martha Graham (1894-1991), U.S. dancer, choreographer. "The American Dance," Modern Dance, ed. Virginia Stewart (1935).)
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  • 26.
    The nation that complacently and fearfully allows its artists and writers to become suspected rather than respected is no longer regarded as a nation possessed with humor in depth.
    (James Thurber (1894-1961), U.S. humorist, illustrator. New York Times Magazine (Dec. 7, 1958). In response to the question of whether humor was in decline in the United States.)
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  • 27.
    I do not correct my first imaginings by my second—well, yes, perhaps a word or so, but only to vary, not to delete. I want to represent the course of my humors and I want people to see each part at its birth.
    (Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592), French essayist. "Of the Resemblance of Children to Fathers," The Essays (Les Essais), bk. II, ch. 37, Abel Langelier, Paris (1595).)
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  • 28.
    In truth, politeness is artificial good humor, it covers the natural want of it, and ends by rendering habitual a substitute nearly equivalent to the real virtue.
    (Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), U.S. president. letter, Nov. 24, 1808, to his grandson, Thomas Jefferson Randolph.)
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  • 29.
    Probably it is impossible for humor to be ever a revolutionary weapon. Candide can do little more than generate irony.
    (Lionel Trilling (1905-1975), U.S. critic. Partisan Review 50th Anniversary Edition, notebook entry 1931-1932, ed. William Philips (1985).)
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  • 30.
    Dostoevski is not a great writer, but a rather mediocre one—with flashes of excellent humor, but, alas, with wastelands of literary platitudes in between.
    (Vladimir Nabokov (1899-1977), Russian-born U.S. novelist, poet. "Fyodor Dostoevski," Lectures on Russian Literature (1981). "From the point of view of enduring art and individual genius.")
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