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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.
I am a great friend to public amusements, for they keep the people from vice.
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.

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