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If I had no sense of humor, I would long ago have committed suicide.

The secret source of humor itself is not joy but sorrow. There is no humor in heaven.
The secret to humor is surprise.
Imagination was given man to compensate for what he is not, and a sense of humor to console him for what he is.
One never needs their humor as much as when they argue with a fool.
Comedy is simply a funny way of being serious.
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.
If you can make a woman laugh you can do anything with her.
It's hard to be funny when you have to be clean.
Everything is funny as long as it is happening to somebody else.
Humor is laughing at what you haven't got when you ought to have it.
Anyone who takes himself too seriously always runs the risk of looking ridiculous; anyone who can consistently laugh at himself does not.
An emotional man may possess no humor, but a humorous man usually has deep pockets of emotion, sometimes tucked away or forgotten.
Good humor isn't a trait of character, it is an art which requires practice.
Chaos in the midst of chaos isn't funny, but chaos in the midst of order is.
If this is coffee, please bring me some tea; but if this is tea, please bring me some coffee.
People of humor are always in some degree people of genius.
Comedy is a tragedy plus time.
A person without a sense of humor is like a wagon without springs-jolted by every pebble in the road.
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.
Men will confess to treason, murder, arson, false teeth, or a wig. How many of them will own up to a lack of humor?
Humor is emotional chaos remembered in tranquility.
The comic and the tragic lie inseparably close, like light and shadow.
Anyone without a sense of humor is at the mercy of everyone else.
WARNING: Humor may be hazardous to your illness.
A difference of taste in jokes is a great strain on the affections.
Humor is by far the most significant activity of the human brain.
We must laugh at man to avoid crying for him.
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.
Get well cards have become so humorous that if you don't get sick you're missing half the fun.
Isn't it sad how some people can't be funny, so they have to settle for being obnoxious?
Humor is a whisper from the soul, imploring mind and body to relax, let go and be at peace again.
Humor -- the perfect relationship of the parts to the whole.
A person who knows how to laugh at himself will never ceased to be amused.
Good humor is a tonic for mind and body. It is the best antidote for anxiety and depression. It is a business asset. It attracts and keeps friends. It lightens human burdens. It is the direct route to serenity and contentment.
An inexhaustible good nature is one of the most precious gifts of heaven, spreading itself like oil over the troubled sea of thought, and keeping the mind smooth and equable in the roughest weather.
A humorist is a person who feels bad, but who feels good about it.
There is 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.
Burt Reynolds once asked me out. I was in his room.
To appreciate nonsense requires a serious interest in life.
He was born with a gift of laughter and a sense that the world was mad. And that was all his patrimony.
Where ever you find humor, you find pathos close by it side.
Humor must not professedly teach and it must not professedly preach, but it must do both if it would live forever.
Comedy is the last refuge of the nonconformist mind.
The absolute truth is the thing that makes people laugh
Even the gods love jokes.
The hall-mark of American humor is its pose of illiteracy.
A jest often decides matters of importance more effectual and happily than seriousness.
A caricature is putting the face of a joke on the body of a truth.
In the end, everything is a gag.
Humor is always based on a modicum of truth. Have you ever heard a joke about a father-in-law.
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.
Humor is just another defense against the universe.
A rich man's joke is always funny.
Humor is the sunshine of the mind
You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough
They say the seeds of what we will do are in all of us, but it always seemed to me that in those who make jokes in life the seeds are covered with better soil and with a higher grade of manure.
Comedians are not usually actors, but imitations of actors.
Humor is not a mood but a way of looking at the world. So if it is correct to say that humor was stamped out in Nazi Germany, that does not mean that people were not in good spirits, or anything of that sort, but something much deeper and more important.
I used to think that everything was just being funny but now I don't know. I mean, how can you tell?
Our five senses are incomplete without the sixth -- a sense of humor.
Any man who has had the job I've had and didn't have a sense of humor wouldn't still be here.
Probably it is impossible for humor to be ever a revolutionary weapon. Candide can do little more than generate irony.
Never say a humorous thing to a man who does not possess humor. He will always use it in evidence against you.
The wit makes fun of other persons; the satirist makes fun of the world; the humorist makes fun of himself, but in so doing, he identifies himself with people --that is, people everywhere, not for the purpose of taking them apart, but simply revealing their true nature.
As a person is so must you humor them.
Good humor is one of the best articles of dress one can wear in society.
By blood a king, in heart a clown.
A brilliant epigram is a solemn platitude gone to a masquerade ball.
What some people invent the rest enlarge.
For every ten jokes you acquire a hundred enemies.
Musical comedies aren't written, they are rewritten.
Be simple in words, manners, and gestures. Amuse as well as instruct. If you can make a man laugh, you can make him think and make him like and believe you.
The right honorable gentlemen is indebted to his memory for his jokes and his imagination for his facts.
It is the saying of an ancient sage that humor was the only test of gravity, and gravity of humor.
Humor has been a fashioning instrument in America, cleaving its way through the national life, holding tenaciously to the spread elements of that life. Its mode has often been swift and coarse and ruthless, beyond art and beyond established civilization. It has engaged in warfare against the established heritage, against the bonds of pioneer existence. Its objective --the unconscious objective of a disunited people --has seemed to be that of creating fresh bonds, a new unity, the semblance of a society and the rounded completion of an American type.
Humor is, I think, the sublets 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
Humor is the affectionate communication of insight.
A poor joke must invent its own laughter.
There are things of deadly earnest that can only be mentioned under the cover of a joke.
I could not tread these perilous paths in safety, if I did not keep a saving sense of humor.
Wit is a weapon. Jokes are a masculine way of inflicting superiority. But humor is the pursuit of a gentle grin, usually in solitude.
Good taste and humor are a contradiction in terms, like a chaste whore.
It is well known that Beauty does not look with a good grace on the timid advances of Humor.
Comedy may be big business but it isn't pretty.
Fortune and humor govern the world.
One should never risk a joke, even of the mildest and most unexceptional charters, except among people of culture and wit.
The happiness or unhappiness of men depends as much on their humors as on fortune.
Any discussion of the problems of being funny in America will not make sense unless we substitute the word wit for humor. Humor inspires sympathetic good-natured laughter and is favored by the healing-power gang. Wit goes for the jugular, not the jocular, and it's the opposite of football; instead of building character, it tears it down.
Humor, a good sense of it, is to Americans what manhood is to Spaniards and we will go to great lengths to prove it. Experiments with laboratory rats have shown that, if one psychologist in the room laughs at something a rat does, all of the other psychologists in the room will laugh equally. Nobody wants to be left holding the joke.
There is always some frivolity in excellent minds; they have wings to rise, but also stray.
I am a great friend to public amusements, for they keep the people from vice.
Humor is an affirmation of dignity, a declaration of man's superiority to all that befalls him.
A joke is an epigram on the death of a feeling.
The comic is the perception of the opposite; humor is the feeling of it.
Levity is often less foolish and gravity less wise than each of them appears.
The role of a comedian is to make the audience laugh, at a minimum of once every fifteen seconds.
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.
We never respect those who amuse us, however we may smile at their comic powers.
I have a fine sense of the ridiculous, but no sense of humor.
There's no trick to being humorous when you have the whole government working for you.