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Analyzing humor is like dissecting a frog. Few people are interested and the frog dies of it.
E. B. White
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 distorts nothing, and only false gods are laughed off their earthly pedestals.
America is not only big and rich, it is mysterious; and its capacity for the humorous or ironical concealment of its interests matches that of the legendary inscrutable Chinese.
Good humor is one of the best articles of dress one can wear in society.
William Makepeace Thackeray
There's no trick to being a humorist when you have the whole government working for you.
Humor is emotional chaos remembered in tranquility.
Humor is merely tragedy standing on its head with its pants torn.
Irvin S. Cobb
Common sense and a sense of humor are the same thing, moving at different speeds. A sense of humor is just common sense, dancing.
If I had no sense of humor, I would long ago have committed suicide.
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.
Humor is reason gone mad.
I think the next best thing to solving a problem is finding some humor in it.
Frank A. Clark
A sense of humor... 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.
There is no defense against adverse fortune which is so effectual as an habitual sense of humor.
Thomas W. Higginson
Humor is the instinct for taking pain playfully.
A pun is the lowest form of humor, unless you thought of it yourself.
Any man who has had the job I've had and didn't have a sense of humor wouldn't still be here.
Harry S Truman
Nothing in man is more serious than his sense of humor; it is the sign that he wants all the truth.
Mark Van Doren
Humor is the most engaging cowardice.
Bad humor is an evasion of reality; good humor is an acceptance of it.
A sense of humor is the ability to understand a joke - and that the joke is oneself.
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.
Anne Morrow Lindbergh
Total absence of humor renders life impossible.
Sidonie Gabrielle Colette
Humor has justly been regarded as the finest perfection of poetic genius.
Good humor is the health of the soul, sadness is its poison.
Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield
There is also this benefit in brag, that the speaker is unconsciously expressing his own ideal. Humor him by all means, draw it all out, and hold him to it.
Miguel de Cervantes
Our subconscious minds have no sense of humor, play no jokes and cannot tell the difference between reality and an imagined thought or image. What we continually think about eventually will manifest in our lives.
Like a welcome summer rain, humor may suddenly cleanse and cool the earth, the air and you.
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