Quotations About / On: HUMOR

  • 1.
    Miller's sexual humor is the humor of the men's house, more specifically, the men's room.
    (Kate Millett (b. 1934), U.S. feminist theorist, literary critic, essayist, autobiographer, sculptor. Sexual Politics, ch. 6, Simon and Schuster (1970).)
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  • 2.
    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).)
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    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).)
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    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).)
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    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.)
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    Cynicism is the humour of hatred.
    (Herbert Beerbohm, Sir Tree (1853-1917), British actor-manager. Quoted in Hesketh Pearson, Beerbohm-Tree, ch. 12 (1956).)
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    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).)
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  • 8.
    Humour is by far the most significant activity of the human brain.
    (Edward De Bono (b. 1933), British writer. Daily Mail (London, January 29, 1990). On thinking processes.)
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  • 9.
    Humor is the mask of wisdom.
    (Friedrich Dürrenmatt (1921-1990), Swiss dramatist, novelist, essayist. Trans. by Gerhard P. Knapp (1995). 55 Sentences on Art and Reality, no. 31 (1977).)
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    Good taste and humour are a contradiction in terms, like a chaste whore.
    (Malcolm Muggeridge (1903-1990), British journalist. quoted in Time (New York, Sept. 14, 1953). Defending his editorship of the humorous magazine Punch.)
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