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Sidney Buchman :
It's a funny thing about men, you know. They all start life being boys. I wouldn't be surprised if some of these senators were boys once.
[Sidney Buchman (1902-1975), U.S. screenwriter. Jefferson Smith (James Stewart), Mr. Smith Goes To Washington, during his filibuster (1939).]
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Gertrude Stein :
The funny part of it all is that relatively few people seem to go crazy, relatively few even a little crazy or even a little weird, relatively few, and those few because they have nothing to do that is to say they have nothing to do or they do not do anything that has anything to do with the war only with food and cold and little things like that.
[Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author; relocated to France. Wars I Have Seen (1945). Written in 1943.]
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Gertrude Stein :
It is funny the two things most men are proudest of is the thing that any man can do and doing does in the same way, that is being drunk and being the father of their son.
[Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. Everybody's Autobiography, ch. 2 (1937).]
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Gertrude Stein :
It is funny that men who are supposed to be scientific cannot get themselves to realise the basic principle of physics, that action and reaction are equal and opposite, that when you persecute people you always rouse them to be strong and stronger.
[Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author; relocated to France. Wars I Have Seen (1945). Written in 1944, during World War II; France, which had been defeated and occupied by Germany in 1940, was finally liberated in late 1944.]
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Gertrude Stein :
I know what Germans are. They are a funny people. They are always choosing someone to lead them in a direction which they do not want to go.
[Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author; relocated to France. Wars I Have Seen (1945). Written in 1943.]
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Gilbert Keith Chesterton :
It is not funny that anything else should fall down; only that a man should fall down.... Why do we laugh? Because it is a gravely religious matter: it is the Fall of Man. Only man can be absurd: for only man can be dignified.
[Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936), British author. "Spiritualism," All Things Considered (1908).]
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Lawrence Kutner :
Being a parent is such serious business that we dare not take it too seriously. Children are inherently funny. So are parents. We all are at our funniest when we are desperately struggling to appear to be in control of a new situation.
[Lawrence Kutner (20th century), U.S. child psychologist and author. Parent and Child, introduction (1991).]
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Angela Carter :
We used chamber-pots a good deal.... My mother ... loved to repeat: "When did the queen reign over China?" This whimsical and harmless scatological pun was my first introduction to the wonderful world of verbal transformations, and also a first perception that a joke need not be funny to give pleasure.
[Angela Carter (1940-1992), British postmodern novelist. repr. Virago (1992). Nothing Sacred: Selected Writings, "The Mother Lode," New Review (1976).]
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Joseph L Mankiewicz :
A funny business, a woman's career. The things you drop on your way up the ladder so you can move faster. You forget you'll need them again when you get back to being a woman.
[Joseph L. Mankiewicz (1909-1993), U.S. director, screenwriter. Margo Channing (Bette Davis), All About Eve (1950).]
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Annie Elizabeth Delany :
There are certain stereotypes that are offensive. Some of them don't worry me, though. For instance, I have always thought that Mammy character in Gone with the Wind was mighty funny. And I just loved "Amos 'n' Andy" on the radio. So you see, I have enough confidence in myself that those things did not bother me. I could laugh.
[Annie Elizabeth Delany (b. 1891), African American dentist. Having Our Say, ch. 4 (1992). Gone with the Wind was an immensely popular movie released in 1939; for playing the supporting role of Mammy, Hattie McDaniel became the first African American actor to win an Academy Award. "Amos 'n' Andy" was a popular all-African American radio and television comedy series of the 1940s and 50s. Both were later vilified by some African Americans for allegedly promoting negative stereotypes.]
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