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 :: Famous Quotations Topic: Humor (92 Quotations)

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Imagination was given man to compensate for what he is not, and a sense of humor to console him for what he is.
~ Francis Bacon

 

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Mirth is like a flash of lightning, that breaks through a gloom of clouds, and glitters for a moment; cheerfulness keeps up a kind of daylight in the mind, and fills it with a steady and perpetual serenity.
~ Joseph Addison

 

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I have a fine sense of the ridiculous, but no sense of humor.
~ Edward Albee

 

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The secret to humor is surprise.
~ Aristotle

 

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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.
~ W. H. Auden

 

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A person without a sense of humor is like a wagon without springs-jolted by every pebble in the road.
~ Henry Ward Beecher

 

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We never respect those who amuse us, however we may smile at their comic powers.
~ Marguerite Gardiner Blessington

 

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We must laugh at man to avoid crying for him.
~ Napoleon Bonaparte

 

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Humor is by far the most significant activity of the human brain.
~ Edward De Bono

 

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Humor is something that thrives between man's aspirations and his limitations. There is more logic in humor than in anything else. Because, you see, humor is truth.
~ Victor Borge

 

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Humor is just another defense against the universe.
~ Mel Brooks

 

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A rich man's joke is always funny.
~ Thomas Edward Brown

 

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All my humor is based upon destruction and despair. If the whole world were tranquil, without disease and violence, I'd be standing on the breadline right in back of J. Edgar Hoover.
~ Lenny Bruce

 

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The role of a comedian is to make the audience laugh, at a minimum of once every fifteen seconds.
~ Lenny Bruce

 

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Comedy is a tragedy plus time.
~ Carol Burnett

 

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True humor springs not more from the head than from the heart. It is not contempt; its essence is love. It issues not in laughter, but in still smiles, which lie far deeper.
~ Thomas Carlyle

 

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In the end, everything is a gag.
~ Charlie Chaplin

 

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Humor is always based on a modicum of truth. Have you ever heard a joke about a father-in-law.
~ Dick Clark

 

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People of humor are always in some degree people of genius.
~ Samuel Taylor Coleridge

 

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Levity is often less foolish and gravity less wise than each of them appears.
~ Charles Caleb Colton

 

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