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Humor is a reminder that no matter how high the throne one sits on, one sits on one's bottom.
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.
~Christopher Morley
Humor is merely tragedy standing on its head with its pants torn.
~Irvin S. Cobb
Imagination 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
Humor results when society says you can't scratch certain things in public, but they itch in public.
~Tom Walsh
Humor has a way of bringing people together. It unites people. In fact, I'm rather serious when I suggest that someone should plant a few whoopee cushions in the United Nations.
~Ron Dentinger
Every survival kit should include a sense of humor.
~Author Unknown
Humor is the great thing, the saving thing. The minute it crops up, all our irritation and resentments slip away, and a sunny spirit takes their place.
~Mark Twain
Humor is emotional chaos remembered in tranquillity.
~James Thurber
Common sense and a sense of humor are the same thing, moving at different speeds. A sense of humor is just common sense, dancing.
~William James
After God created the world, He made man and woman. Then, to keep the whole thing from collapsing, He invented humor.
~Bill Kelly, "Mordillo"
If I had no sense of humor, I would long ago have committed suicide.
~Mahatma Gandhi
The satirist shoots to kill while the humorist brings his prey back alive and eventually releases him again for another chance.
~Peter De Vries
Humor is just another defense against the universe.
~Mel Brooks
Humor is reason gone mad.
~Groucho Marx
A sense of humor is a major defense against minor troubles.
~Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic's Notebook, 1966
Comedy is simply a funny way of being serious.
~Peter Ustinov
Comedy has to be based on truth. You take the truth and you put a little curlicue at the end.
~Sid Caesar
Warning: Humor may be hazardous to your illness.
~Ellie Katz
Nothing is more curious than the almost savage hostility that humor excites in those who lack it.
~George Saintsbury
Humor is... despair refusing to take itself seriously.
~Arland Ussher
Humor is a rubber sword - it allows you to make a point without drawing blood.
~Mary Hirsch
The kind of humor I like is the thing that makes me laugh for five seconds and think for ten minutes.
~William Davis
Many a true word is spoken in jest.
~English Proverb
I think the next best thing to solving a problem is finding some humor in it.
~Frank A. Clark
Above all else: go out with a sense of humor. It is needed armor. Joy in one's heart and some laughter on one's lips is a sign that the person down deep has a pretty good grasp of life.
~Hugh Sidey
There is no defense against adverse fortune which is so effectual as an habitual sense of humor.
~Thomas W. Higginson
Let your humour always be good-humour, in the double sense of the phrase: if it comes from a bad humour, it is almost sure to be bad humour.
~Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare, Guesses at Truth, by Two Brothers, 1827
Humor prevents one from becoming a tragic figure even though he/she is involved in tragic events.
~E.T. "Cy" Eberhart
Humor is the instinct for taking pain playfully.
~Max Eastman
A person without a sense of humor is like a wagon without springs - jolted by every pebble in the road.
~Henry Ward Beecher
There is more logic in humor than in anything else. Because, you see, humor is truth.
~Victor Borge, London Times, 3 January 1984
Someone once defined humor as a way to keep from killing yourself. I keep my sense of humor and I stay alive.
~Abe Burrows
Humor is an affirmation of dignity, a declaration of man's superiority to all that befalls him.
~Roman Gary
Humor is, I think, the subtlest and chanciest of literary forms. It is surely not accidental that there are a thousand novelists, essayists, poets or journalists for each humorist. It is a long, long time between James Thurbers.
~Leo Rosten