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The oil and wine of merry meeting.
      - Washington Irving

Above all things, and at all times, practice yourself in good humor.
      - Thomas Jefferson

Humor is the harmony of the heart.
      - Douglas William Jerrold

A jest breaks no bones.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

A man sufficiently gifted with humor is in small danger of succumbing to flattering delusions about himself, because he cannot help perceiving what a pompous ass he would become if he did.
      - Konrad Zacharias Lorenz

We do not take humor seriously enough.
      - Konrad Zacharias Lorenz

Good taste and humor are a contradiction in terms, like a chaste whore.
      - Malcolm Muggeridge

Humor distorts nothing, and only false gods are laughed off their earthly pedestals.
      - Agnes Repplier, Points of View

Everything is funny as long as it is happening to somebody else.
      - Will Rogers

Humor is the affectionate communication of insight.
      - Leo Rosten

What an ornament and safeguard is humor! Far better than wit for a poet and writer. It is a genius itself, and so defends from the insanities.
      - Sir Walter Scott

Flashes of merriment that were wont to set the table on a roar.
      - William Shakespeare

Now I perceive the devil understands Welsh.
  And 'tis no marvel he is so humorous.
    By'r Lady, he is a good musician.
      - William Shakespeare,
        King Henry the Fourth, Part I
         (Hotspur at III, i)

There's the humour of it.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Merry Wives of Windsor (I, i),
        inserted by Theobald from the quarto

My way of joking is to tell the truth. It is the funniest joke in the world.
      - George Bernard Shaw,
        John Bull's Other Island (act II)

Life does not cease to be funny when people die any more than it ceases to be serious when people laugh.
      - George Bernard Shaw, The Doctor's Dilemma
         (act V)

It is a difficult thing to like anybody else's ideas of being funny.
      - Gertrude Stein

It is not in the power of every one to taste humor, however he may wish it; it is the gift of God! and a true feeler always brings half the entertainment along with him.
      - Laurence Sterne

Good humor is one of the best articles of dress one can wear in society.
      - William Makepeace Thackeray

Humor is the mistress of tears.
      - William Makepeace Thackeray

Humor is wit and love.
      - William Makepeace Thackeray

Humor is emotional chaos remembered in tranquility.
      - James Thurber

Humor implies a sure conception of the beautiful, the majestic, and the true, by whose light it surveys and shapes their opposites. It is an humane influence, softening with mirth the ragged inequalities of existence, prompting tolerant views of life, bridging over the spaces which separate the lofty from the lowly, the great from the humble.
      - Edwin Percy Whipple

Humor, warm and all-embracing as the sunshine, bathes its objects in a genial and abiding light.
      - Edwin Percy Whipple

Whenever you find humor, you find pathos close by his side.
      - Edwin Percy Whipple

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