Sense of Humor

a-sense-of-humor-is-a-major-defense-against-minor-troubles-mignon-mclaughlin orlando espinosa 2Humor is just another defense against the universe.  ~Mel Brooks

Humor is reason gone mad.  ~Groucho Marx

A sense of humor is a major defense against minor troubles.  ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic’s Notebook, 1966

Comedy is simply a funny way of being serious.  ~Peter Ustinov

Comedy has to be based on truth.  You take the truth and you put a little curlicue at the end.  ~Sid Caesar

Warning:  Humor may be hazardous to your illness.  ~Ellie Katz

Wit has truth in it; wise-cracking is simply calisthenics with words.  ~Dorothy Parker

Nothing is more curious than the almost savage hostility that humor excites in those who lack it.  ~George Saintsbury

Humor is… despair refusing to take itself seriously.  ~Arland Ussher

Humor is a rubber sword – it allows you to make a point without drawing blood.  ~Mary Hirsch

The kind of humor I like is the thing that makes me laugh for five seconds and think for ten minutes.  ~William Davis

Many a true word is spoken in jest.  ~English Proverb

I think the next best thing to solving a problem is finding some humor in it.  ~Frank A. Clark

Above all else: go out with a sense of humor.  It 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.  ~Hugh Sidey

There is no defense against adverse fortune which is so effectual as an habitual sense of humor.  ~Thomas W. Higginson

Let your humor always be good-humor, in the double sense of the phrase:  if it comes from a bad humour, it is almost sure to be bad humour.  ~Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare, Guesses at Truth, by Two Brothers, 1827

Humor prevents one from becoming a tragic figure even though he/she is involved in tragic events.  ~E.T. “Cy” Eberhart

Humor is the instinct for taking pain playfully.  ~Max Eastman

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

There is more logic in humor than in anything else.  Because, you see, humor is truth.  ~Victor Borge, London Times, 3 January 1984

Someone once defined humor as a way to keep from killing yourself.  I keep my sense of humor and I stay alive.  ~Abe Burrows

Humor is an affirmation of dignity, a declaration of man’s superiority to all that befalls him.  ~Roman Gary

Humor is, I think, the subtlest 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.  ~Leo Rosten

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