A joke is a very serious thing.
A person without a sense of humor is like a wagon without springs. It’s jolted by every pebble on the road.
Henry Ward Beecher
A sense of humor is a major defense against minor troubles.
A sense of humor is the ability to understand a joke – and that the joke is oneself.
Clifton Paul Fadiman
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.
A taste for irony has kept more hearts from breaking than a sense of humor, for it takes irony to appreciate the joke which is on oneself.
A well-developed sense of humor is the pole that adds balance to your steps as you walk the tightrope of life.
William Arthur Ward
Analyzing humor is like dissecting a frog. Few people are interested and the frog dies of it.
E. B. White
Comedy has to be based on truth. You take the truth and you put a little curlicue at the end.
Comedy is simply a funny way of being serious.
Common sense and a sense of humor are the same thing, moving at different speeds. A sense of humor is just common sense, dancing.
Everything human is pathetic. The secret source of humor itself is not joy but sorrow. There is no humor in heaven.
Great men are rarely isolated mountain peaks; they are the summits of ranges.
Thomas W. Higginson
Humor brings insight and tolerance. Irony brings a deeper and less friendly understanding.
Humor distorts nothing, and only false gods are laughed off their earthly pedestals.
Humor is just another defense against the universe.
Humor is mankind’s greatest blessing.
Humor is merely tragedy standing on its head with its pants torn.
Irvin S. Cobb
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 is reason gone mad.