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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.
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.
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.

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