Quotations About / On: HUMOR

  • 41.
    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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  • 42.
    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.)
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  • 43.
    Life at the greatest and best is but a froward child, that must be humoured and coaxed a little till it falls asleep, and then all the care is over.
    (Oliver Goldsmith (1728-1774), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Croaker, in The Good Natur'd Man, act 1.)
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  • 44.
    Good-humoured, unaffected girls, will not do for a man who has been used to sensible women. They are two distinct orders of being.
    (Jane Austen (1775-1817), British novelist. Edmund Bertram in Mansfield Park, ch. 35 (1814).)
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  • 45.
    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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  • 46.
    A college of wit-crackers cannot flout me out of my humor. Dost thou think I care for a satire or an epigram?
    (William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Benedick, in Much Ado About Nothing, act 5, sc. 4, l. 100-2. Having sworn he would never marry, he is teased by Don Pedro for agreeing to marry Beatrice; "college" means assembly.)
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  • 47.
    The genius of the Spanish people is exquisitely subtle, without being at all acute; hence there is so much humour and so little wit in their literature.
    (Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834), British poet, critic. repr. In Collected Works, vol. 14, ed. Kathleen Coburn (1990). Table Talk, April 23, 1832, Specimens of the Table Talk of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, ed. Henry Nelson Coleridge (1835).)
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  • 48.
    My chief humor is for a tyrant. I could play Ercles rarely, or a part to tear a cat in, to make all split.
    (William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Bottom, in A Midsummer Night's Dream, act 1, sc. 2, l. 29-30. "Humor" means inclination; "Ercles" is Bottom's corruption of Hercules; to "tear a cat" on the stage is to rant and bluster.)
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  • 49.
    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).)
  • 50.
    Humor is not a mood but a way of looking at the world. So if it is correct to say that humor was stamped out in Nazi Germany, that does not mean that people were not in good spirits, or anything of that sort, but something much deeper and more important.
    (Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951), Austrian philosopher. Culture and Value, entry in 1948, eds. G.H. von Wright with Heikki Nyman (1980).)
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