Wit and Humor

"A merry heart makes a long life."

Rating: 8.00 (Number of Voters: 1)

"Everyone smiles in the same language."

Rating: 6.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Humor is a rubber sword - it allows you to make a point without drawing blood."

Rating: 7.50 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Wisdom is better than wit, and in the long run will certainly have the laugh on her side."

Rating: 8.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Humor is our way of defending ourselves from life's absurdities by thinking absurdly about them."

Rating: 3.20 (Number of Voters: 5)

"Life is tough, and if you have the ability to laugh at it you have the ability to enjoy it."

Rating: 8.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Humor is just another defense against the universe."

Rating: 9.00 (Number of Voters: 1)

"Comedy is simply a funny way of being serious."

Rating: 4.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"If they can make penicillin out of mouldy bread, they can sure make something out of you."

Rating: 6.50 (Number of Voters: 4)

"In the beginning, God made the Heaven and Earth. The rest was Made in China."

Rating: 5.33 (Number of Voters: 3)

"There's no trick to being a humorist when you have the whole government working for you."

Rating: 5.33 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Humor has justly been regarded as the finest perfection of poetic genius."

Rating: 3.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Humor is also a way of saying something serious."

Rating: 6.00 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Here's to your coffins: May they be made of hundred-year-old oaks, which we shall plant tomorrow."

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Rating: 3.00 (Number of Voters: 1)

"Humor is the same as truth, only faster."

Rating: 5.00 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Humour is the describing the ludicrous as it is in itself; wit is the exposing it, by comparing or contrasting it with something else. Humour is, as it were, the growth of nature and accident; wit is the product of art and fancy."

William Hazlitt
William Hazlitt "Lectures on the English Comic Writers"

Rating: 8.00 (Number of Voters: 1)

"A laugh is a smile with a soundtrack."

Rating: 6.25 (Number of Voters: 4)

"A BAD day's fishing still beats a GOOD day at work!"

Rating: 6.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Miracles are like jokes. They relieve our tension suddenly by setting us free from the chain of cause and effect."

Gerald Branan
Gerald Branan "Thoughts in a Dry Season: A Miscellany"

Rating: 5.00 (Number of Voters: 5)

"The ability to quote is a serviceable substitute for wit."

Rating: 5.00 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Imagination at wit's end spreads its sad wings."

Samuel Beckett
Samuel Beckett "Ill Seen Ill Said"

Rating: 2.75 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Advice is sometimes transmitted more successfully through a joke than through grave teaching."

Baltasar Gracian
Baltasar Gracian "The Art of Worldly Wisdom"

Rating: 3.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"I wish to God that you had as much pleasure in following my advice, as I have in giving it to you."

Rating: 7.00 (Number of Voters: 4)

"If you describe things as better than they are, you are considered to be a romantic; if you describe things as worse than they are, you will be called a realist; and if you describe things exactly as they are, you will be thought of as a satirist."

Quentin Crisp
Quentin Crisp "The Naked Civil Servant"

Rating: 3.80 (Number of Voters: 5)

"The best jokes are those that life plays on us."

Rating: 6.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Keep changing your life into joke, the world is not worth treating seriously."

Rating: 6.33 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Sarcasm: the last refuge of modest and chaste-souled people when the privacy of their soul is coarsely and intrusively invaded."

Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky
Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky "Notes from Underground"

Rating: 5.00 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Someone who makes you laugh is a comedian. Someone who makes you think and then laugh is a humorist."

Rating: 5.33 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Humour is by far the most significant activity of the human brain."

Rating: 3.50 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Never be afraid to laugh at yourself, after all, you could be missing out on the joke of the century."

Rating: 4.50 (Number of Voters: 4)

"A man with a sharp wit. Someone ought to take it away from him before he cuts himself."

Rating: 6.00 (Number of Voters: 5)

"A fine quotation is a diamond on the finger of a man of wit, and a pebble in the hand of a fool."

Rating: 6.00 (Number of Voters: 5)

"Wit is the epitaph of an emotion."

Rating: 6.25 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Good taste and humour are a contradiction in terms, like a chaste whore."

Rating: 6.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Satire is a lesson, parody is a game."

Rating: 4.75 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Wit is educated insolence."

Aristotle "The Art of Rhetoric"

Rating: 4.00 (Number of Voters: 2)

"Never joke at funerals, or during business transactions."

Herman Melville
Herman Melville "Israel Potter"

Rating: 7.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"France was long a despotism tempered by epigrams."

Thomas Carlyle
Thomas Carlyle "History of the French Revolution"

Rating: 3.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"One doesn't have a sense of humor. It has you."

Rating: 3.40 (Number of Voters: 5)

"A new gadget that lasts only five minutes is worth more than an immortal work that bores everyone."

Rating: 4.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"A dirty joke is a sort of mental rebellion."

George Orwell
George Orwell "Collected Essays"

Rating: 8.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Everything is changing. People are taking their comedians seriously and their politicians as jokes."

Rating: 6.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Woman! The peg on which the wit hangs his jest, the preacher his text, the cynic his grouch, and the sinner his justification!"

Helen Rowland
Helen Rowland "A Guide to Men"

Rating: 4.20 (Number of Voters: 5)

"The wit makes fun of other persons; the satirist makes fun of the world; the humorist makes fun of himself."

Rating: 5.75 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Analyzing humor is like dissecting a frog. Few people are interested and the frog dies of it."

Rating: 8.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"She had a pretty gift for quotation, which is a serviceable substitute for wit."

Rating: 6.00 (Number of Voters: 2)

"As many heads as many wits."

Rating: 5.00 (Number of Voters: 2)

"Life is too important to be taken as a joke, but too ridiculous to be taken seriously."

Rating: 5.40 (Number of Voters: 5)