Quotes about Humor

3 01 2010

Good advice about the importance of humor…

Moderate strength is shown in violence, supreme strength is shown in levity.

G.K. Chesterton

You don’t stop laughing because you grow old, you grow old because you stop laughing.

-Michael Pritchard

You cannot deal with the most serious things in the world unless you understand  the amusing

-Winston Churchill

Comedy is for those who think and a tragedy is for those who feel.

-Horace Walpole

Wrinkles merely indicate where smiles have been.

-Mark Twain

Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.

-Victor Borge

When humor goes, there goes civilization.

-Erma  Bombeck

Mirth is God’s medicine

-Henry Beecher

Laughter is, after speech, the chief thing that holds society together.

-Max Eastman

He who laughs, lasts.

-Norwegian Proverb

The jester is brother to the sage.

-Arthur Koestler

Humor is a means of obtaining pleasure in spite of the distressing affects that interfere with it.


Dictators fear laughter more than bombs

-Arthur Koestler

The most wasted day of all is that on which we have not laughed.

-Sebastian Chamfort

When I’m happy I fell like crying, but when I’m sad don=t feel like laughing.  I think it’s better to be happy.  Then you get two feelings for the price of one.

-Lily Tomlin

Against the assault of laughter, nothing can stand.

-Mark Twain

A cheerful heart is good medicine

-Proverbs 17: 22

A person without a sense of humor is like a wagon without springs–jolted by every pebble in the road.

-Henry Ward Beecher

The art of medicine consists of amusing the patient while nature cures the disease.


Laughter and tears are both responses to frustration and exhaustion….I myself prefer to laugh, since there is less cleaning up to do afterward.

-Kurt Vonnegut

Even professional comedians don’t know if their humor will work until they try, and sometimes it doesn’t.

-Ester Blumenfeld

In matters of humor, what is appealing to one person is appalling to another.

-Melvin Helitzer

Since no one knows quite how to measure irony, it is difficult to establish a recommended daily amount, but I think it safe to say that no day is complete without a good dose or two of irony.

-Joseph Meeker

A since of humor means looking at things from an offbeat angle

-Malcolm L. Kushner

I don’t know what humor is.

– Will Rogers

All I know about humor is that I don’t know anything about it.

-Fred Allen.

There are three rules for creating humor, but unfortunately, no one knows what they are.

-Laurence J. Peters

I realize that humor isn’t for everyone.  It’s only for people who want to have fun, enjoy life, and feel alive.

Anne Wilson Schaef

A smile is a curve that sets everything straight.

-Phyllis Diller

Children have a remarkable talent for not taking the adult world with the kind of respect we are so confident it ought to be given.  To the irritation of authority figures of all sorts, children expend considerable energy in clowning around.  They refuse to appreciate the gravity of our monumental concerns, while we forget that if we were to become more like children our concerns might not be so monumental.

-Conrad Hyers

A little craziness once in a while prevents permanent brain damage.


Life literally abounds in comedy if you just look around you.

-Mel Brooks



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