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George CarlinI think it’s the duty of the comedian to find out where the line is drawn and cross it deliberately.

—  George Carlin, 1936-2008, American comedian

Jerry SeinfeldThe Four Levels of Comedy: Make your friends laugh, Make strangers laugh, Get paid to make strangers laugh, and Make people talk like you because it's so much fun.

—  Jerry Seinfeld, 1954-, American comedian

Dave LettermanThe White House is giving George W. Bush intelligence briefings. You know, some of these jokes just write themselves.

—  Dave Letterman, 1947-, American TV talk show host

Sacha GuitryYou can pretend to be serious but you can't pretend to be witty.

—  Sacha Guitry, 1885-1957, French writer

George Bernard ShawWhen a thing is funny, search it carefully for a hidden truth.

—  George Bernard Shaw, 1856-1950, Irish writer, Nobel 1925

Emile M. CioranThe ideal being? An angel ravaged by humor.

—  Emile M. Cioran, 1911-1995, French-Romanian philosopher

George Bernard ShawMy way of joking is to tell the truth. It's the funniest joke in the world.

—  George Bernard Shaw, 1856-1950, Irish writer, Nobel 1925

Friedrich NietzscheA joke is an epigram on the death of a feeling.

—  Friedrich Nietzsche, 1844-1900, German philosopher

Arthur SchopenhauerA sense of humour is the only divine quality of man.

—  Arthur Schopenhauer, 1788-1860, German philosopher

Mark TwainThe secret source of humor is not joy but sorrow; there is no humor in heaven.

—  Mark Twain, 1835-1910, American writer

Mark TwainExplaining humor is a lot like dissecting a frog, you learn a lot in the process, but in the end you kill it.

—  Mark Twain, 1835-1910, American writer

George OrwellA dirty joke is a sort of mental rebellion.

—  George Orwell, 1903-1950, British writer

Kurt VonnegutThe best jokes are dangerous, and dangerous because they are in some way truthful.

—  Kurt Vonnegut, 1922-2007, American writer

Somerset MaughamImpropriety is the soul of wit.

—  Somerset Maugham, 1874-1965, British writer

Somerset MaughamYou are not angry with people when you laugh at them. Humor teaches tolerance.

—  Somerset Maugham, 1874-1965, British writer

JuvenalIt is difficult not to write satire.

—  Juvenal, 1st-2nd cent. AD, Roman satiric poet

John DrydenA satirical poet is the check of the laymen on bad priests.

—  John Dryden, 1631-1700, English poet

Lord ChesterfieldGood humor is the health of the soul, sadness is its poison.

—  Lord Chesterfield, 1694-1773, English statesman & writer

Francis BaconImagination was given to man to compensate him for what he is not; a sense of humor to console him for what he is.

—  Francis Bacon, 1561-1626, English philosopher

G. K. ChestertonIt is the test of a good religion whether you can joke about it.

—  G. K. Chesterton, 1874-1936, English writer & critic

G. K. ChestertonIt is in the very nature of the best sort of joke to be the worst sort of insult if it is not taken as a joke.

—  G. K. Chesterton, 1874-1936, English writer & critic

Jean CocteauFight any instinct to be humorless, for humorlessness is the worst of all absurdities.

—  Jean Cocteau, 1889-1963, French artist

Frank TygerA sense of humor cushions the potholes on the road of life.

—  Frank Tyger, 1929-2011, American cartoonist

Umberto EcoComical is the understanding of the contradiction. Humor is the suspicion for it.

—  Umberto Eco, 1932-2016, Italian writer

G. K. ChestertonThe man who sees the consistency in things is a wit. The man who sees the inconsistency in things is a humorist.

—  G. K. Chesterton, 1874-1936, English writer & critic

George SantayanaWisdom lies in taking everything with good humor and a grain of salt.

—  George Santayana, 1863-1952, Spanish-American philosopher

George BurnsSomeone who makes you laugh is a comedian. Someone who makes you think and then laugh is a humorist.

—  George Burns, 1896-1996, American comedian

Karl KrausSatire that the censor understands is rightly censored.

—  Karl Kraus, 1874-1936, Austrian writer

William JamesA sense of humor is just common sense dancing.

—  William James, 1842-1910, American philosopher

Robert FrostHumor is the most engaging cowardice.

—  Robert Frost, 1874-1963, American poet

Georg Christoph LichtenbergA person reveals his character by nothing so clearly as the joke he resents.

—  Georg Christoph Lichtenberg, 1742-1799, German author of maxims

Movie Quotes

Goodfellas (1990)I mean, funny like I'm a clown? I amuse you?

—  from the film Goodfellas (1990)


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