Sense Of Humor Quotes

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Among animals, one has a sense of humor.
A sense of humor is a sense of proportion.
Beware of those who laugh at nothing or at everything.
A sense of humor is a major defense against minor troubles.
Anyone without a sense of humor is at the mercy of everyone else.
If I had no sense of humor, I would long ago have committed suicide.
A sense of humor isn't everything.  It's only 90 percent of everything.
Of all the band of personal traitors the sense of humor is the most dangerous.
A sense of humor, properly developed, is superior to any religion so far devised.
It is the ability to take a joke, not make one, that proves you have a sense of humor.
Nothing makes your sense of humor disappear faster than having somebody ask where it is.
Next to power without honor, the most dangerous thing in the world is power without humor.

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Tough and funny and a little bit kind: that is as near to perfection as a human being can be.


A person without a sense of humor is like a wagon without springs: jolted by every pebble in the road.
If you're going to be able to look back on something and laugh about it, you might as well laugh about it now.
Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he is not; a sense of humor, to console him for what he is.
— in The Wall Street Journal


The most profound indication of social malignancy . . . no sense of humor. None of the monoliths could take a joke.
Humor, a good sense of it, is to Americans what manhood is to Spaniards and we will go to great lengths to prove it.
There are two insults no human being will endure: that he has no sense of humor, and that he has never known trouble.

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Common sense and a sense of humor are the same things, moving at different speeds.  A sense of humor is just common sense, dancing.
Don't wish me happiness - I don't expect to be happy; it's gotten beyond that, somehow. Wish me courage and strength and a sense of humor - I will need them all.

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There are two insults which no human being will endure: the assertion that he hasn't a sense of humor, and the doubly impertinent assertion that he has never known trouble.


A sense of humor keen enough to show a man his own absurdities, as well as those of other people, will keep him from the commission of all sins, or nearly all, save those that are worth committing.
A sense of humor is a measurement of the extent to which we realize that we are trapped in a world almost totally devoid of reason.  Laughter is how we express the anxiety we feel at this knowledge.
Certainly if there is any worldly talent worth cultivating, it's a sense of humor.  To possess a cheerful outlook may be the greatest gift of the gods, the distant second best being a taste for irony.
The real marriage of true minds is for any two people to possess a sense of humor or irony pitched in exactly the same key, so that their joint glances at any subject cross like interarching searchlights.


What is a sense of humor?  Surely not the ability to understand a joke. It comes rather from a residing feeling of one's own absurdity.  It is the ability to understand a joke, and that the joke is on oneself.
A sense of humor judges one's actions and the actions of others from a wider reference and a longer view and finds them incongruous.  It dampens enthusiasm; it mocks hope; it pardons shortcomings; it consoles failure.  It recommends moderation.
There is certainly no defense or water-proof garment against adverse fortune which is, on the whole, so effectual as an habitual sense of humor.  The man who has it can rarely be cast down for a great while by external events; and it is much the same with a nation.