Humor Quotes

Most popular humor quotes

Once you get them laughing and their mouths open, you can stuff anything in.

oratory persuasion

He who laughs, lasts.

laughter

Humor is reason gone mad.
Brevity is the soul of wit.

brevity

Impropriety is the soul of wit.

wit

Wit surprises, humor illuminates.

wit

Humor is an antidote to isolation.
Laughter is by definition healthy.
Humor tells you where the trouble is.
Humor is mankind's greatest blessing.
Humor is a painful thing told playfully.
Make us laugh and you can pick all pockets.
Not by wrath does one kill, but by laughter.
Comedy is simply a funny way of being serious.

Comedy

Humor wades across a brook, wit jumps over it.

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Total absence of humor renders life impossible.
Laughter is a tranquilizer with no side effects.

laughter

A caricature is always true only for an instant.
Humor is almost always anger with its makeup on.
The love of truth lies at the root of much humor.

truth

Humor is but another weapon against the universe.
Humor is the affectionate communication of insight.

insight

Humor is emotional chaos remembered in tranquility.
Humor is not a mood but a way of looking at the world.
How fatally the entire want of humor cripples the mind.
Don't try for wit. Settle for humor. You'll last longer.

wit wit vs. humor

Wit lives in the present, but genius survives the future.
There are few who would not rather be hated than laughed at.
Men will let you abuse them if only you will make them laugh.
We are all here for a spell, get all the good laughs you can.
Humor is a hole that lets the sawdust out of a stuffed shirt.
The most wasted day of all is that on which we have not laughed.
Humor is the shock absorber of life; it helps us take the blows.
Everything is funny, as long as it's happening to somebody else.
Humor is by far the most significant activity of the human brain.
Wit is the rarest quality to be met with among people of education.
A difference of taste in jokes is a great strain on the affections.

joking

Humor is laughing at what you haven't got when you ought to have it.
If you are not allowed to laugh in heaven, I don't want to go there.
A pun is the lowest form of humor, unless you thought of it yourself.

puns

Humour is laughing at what you haven't got when you ought to have it.
I don't make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts.

funny government

Good taste and humor are a contradiction in terms, like a chaste whore.
Humor comes from self-confidence.  There's an aggressive element to wit.

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Humor is a social lubricant that helps us get over some of the bad spots.
No mind is thoroughly well organized that is deficient in a sense of humor.
Humor is a rubber sword—it allows you to make a point without drawing blood.
I think the next best thing to solving a problem is finding some humor in it.

problems

It is often a sign of wit not to show it, and not to see that others want it.
You are not angry with people when you laugh at them. Humor teaches tolerance.
What I want to do is to make people laugh so that they'll see things seriously.
Men show their character in nothing more clearly than by what they think laughable.

character

It always hurts a bit when you strike your funny bone. That's the essence of humor.
No dignity, no learning, no force of character, can make any stand against good wit.
Humour distorts nothing, and only false gods are laughed off their earthly pedestals.

gods

Once you get people laughing, they're listening, and you can tell them almost anything.

persuasion

People ask what I am really trying to do with humor.  The answer is, "I'm getting even."
There is nothing in which people more betray their character than in what they laugh at.

character laughter

Like a welcome summer rain, humor may suddenly cleanse and cool the earth, the air and you.
There is this difference between wit and humor: wit makes you think, humor makes you laugh.

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It is well known that Beauty does not look with a good grace on the timid advances of Humor.

beauty

Good humor may be said to be one of the very best articles of dress one can wear in society.

cheer

You can read Kant by yourself, if you wanted to; but you must share a joke with someone else.
Humor is a reminder that no matter how high the throne one sits on, one sits on one's bottom.
Humor is what happens when we're told the truth quicker and more directly than we're used to.
Comedy has to be based on truth. You take the truth and you put a little curlicue at the end.

truth

If you don't learn to laugh at troubles, you won't have anything to laugh at when you grow old.
Humor is an affirmation of dignity, a declaration of man's superiority to all that befalls him.

dignity

Someone who makes you laugh is a comedian. Someone who makes you think and then laugh is a humorist.
Of puns it has been said that those who most dislike them are those who are least able to utter them.
The kind of humor I like is the thing that makes me laugh for five seconds and think for ten minutes.
Humor is not a trick, not jokes. Humor is a presence in the world—like grace —and shines on everybody.
The man who can make others laugh secures more votes for a measure than the man who forces them to think.
Humor is essentially a comforter, reconciling us to things as they are in contrast to things as they might be.
Humor in its highest reach mingles with pathos: it voices sorrow for our human lot and reconciliation with it.
Everything human is pathetic. The secret source of Humor itself is not joy but sorrow. There is no humor in heaven.
After God created the world, He made man and woman. Then, to keep the whole thing from collapsing, He invented humor.
I have never understood why it should be considered derogatory to the Creator to suppose that he has a sense of humour.
Wit penetrates; humor envelops. Wit is a function of verbal intelligence; humor is imagination operating on good nature.

wit

Among those whom I like, I can find no common denominator; but among those whom I love, I can: all of them make me laugh.
Wit penetrates; humor envelops.  Wit is a function of verbal intelligence; humor is imagination operating on good nature.

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Whatever you have read I have said is almost certainly untrue, except if it is funny, in which case I definitely said it.
Humor in a living culture must not be put away in the attic with the flag, but should be flaunted, like the flag, bravely.
Humor is of the heart, and has its tears; but wit is of the head, and has only smiles—and the majority of those are bitter.

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A humorist is a fellow who realizes, first, that he is no better than anybody else, and, second, that nobody else is either.
Humor is a spontaneous, wonderful bit of an outburst that just comes. It's unbridled, it's unplanned, it's full of surprises.
The man with the real sense of humor is the man who can put himself in the spectator's place and laugh at his own misfortunes.

misfortune

The greatest advantage I know of being thought a wit by the world is, that it gives one the greater freedom of playing the fool.
We are in the world to laugh. In purgatory or in hell we shall no longer be able to do so. And in heaven it would not be proper.
The man who sees the consistency in things is a wit— and a Calvinist. The man who sees the inconsistency in things is a humorist.
An emotional man may possess no humor, but a humorous man usually has deep pockets of emotion, sometimes tucked away or forgotten.
Among those whom I like or admire, I can find no common denominator, but among those whom I love, I can; all of them make me laugh.
Wit is so shining a quality that everybody admires it, most people aim at it, and all people fear it. Few love it unless in themselves.
Humor can be dissected, as a frog can, but the thing dies in the process and the innards are discouraging to any but the pure scientific mind.
Laughter is a form of internal jogging. It moves your internal organs around. It enhances respiration. It is an igniter of great expectations.
Wit is artificial; humor is natural. Wit is accidental; humor is inevitable.  Wit is born of conscious effort; humor, of the allotted ironies of fate.

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Humor does not include sarcasm, invalid irony, sardonicism, or any other form of cruelty.  When these things are raised to a high point they can become wit.

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Humor is hope's companion in arms.  It is not brash, it is not cheap, it is not heartless.  Among other things I think humor is a shield, a weapon, a survival kit.
Another instance of unconscious humor was of the Sunday school boy who defined a lie as "An abomination before the Lord and an ever present help in time of trouble."

lies

Among all kinds of writing, there is none in which authors are more apt to miscarry than in works of humor, as there is none in which they are more ambitious to excel.

writing

The difference between satire and humor is that the satirist shoots to kill while the humorist brings his prey back alive—often to release him again for another chance.

satire

Imagination is given to a man to console him for what he is not, as humor is given to him to console him for what he is.  A man who has both is very near heaven already.
Humor has a tremendous place in this sordid world.  It's more than just a matter of laughing.  If you can see things out of whack, then you can see how things can be in whack.
When they're offered to the world in merry guise,
Unpleasant truths are swallowed with a will—
For he who'd make his fellow-creatures wise
Should always gild the philosophic pill!
Humor is perhaps a sense of intellectual perspective: an awareness that some things are really important, others not; and that the two kinds are most oddly jumbled in everyday affairs.
Humor is laughing at what you haven't got when you ought to have it . . . what you wish in your secret heart were not funny, but it is, and you must laugh.  Humor is your own unconscious therapy.
Wit and Humor—if any difference it is in duration—lightning and electric light. Same material, apparently; but one is vivid, brief, and can do damage—the other fools along and enjoys the elaboration.

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Humor inspires sympathetic, good-natured laughter and is favored by the "healing power" gang.  Wit goes for the jugular, not the jocular, and it's the opposite of football; instead of building character, it tears it down.

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Humor gives presidents the chance to be seen as warm, relaxed persons.  Humor reaches out and puts its arm around the listener and says, "I am one of you, I understand," and implicitly it promises, "I will do something about your problems."
Humor simultaneously wounds and heals, indicts and pardons, diminishes and enlarges; it constitutes inner growth at the expense of outer gain, and those who possess and honestly practice it make themselves more through a willingness to make themselves less.
They sit on the edge of literature.  In the house of Life they have the feeling that they have never taken off their overcoats.  Afraid of losing themselves in the larger flight of the two-volume novel, or even the one-volume novel, they stick to short accounts of their misadventures because they never get so deep into them that they feel they can get out.