Quotations About / On: HUMOR

  • 31.
    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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  • 32.
    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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  • 33.
    An emotional man may possess no humor, but a humorous man usually has deep pockets of emotion, sometimes tucked away or forgotten.
    (Constance Rourke (1885-1941), U.S. author. American Humor, ch. 1 (1931).)
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  • 34.
    The whimsicalness of our own humor is a thousand times more fickle and unaccountable than what we blame so much in fortune.
    (François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 46 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).)
  • 35.
    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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  • 36.
    Men will confess to treason, murder, arson, false teeth, or a wig. How many of them will own up to a lack of humor?
    (Frank Moore Colby (1865-1925), U.S. editor, essayist. "Satire and Teeth," vol. 1, The Colby Essays (1926).)
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  • 37.
    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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  • 38.
    When humor can be made to alternate with melancholy, one has a success, but when the same things are funny and melancholic at the same time, it's just wonderful.
    (François Truffaut (1932-1984), French film director. letter, Jan. 15, 1980. Letters (1989, French edition, 1988).)
  • 39.
    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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  • 40.
    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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