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IRONY
[ Also see Humor Jeering Ridicule Sarcasm Satire Sneer Wit ]

A careful observation of Nature will disclose pleasantries of superb irony. She has for instance placed toads close to flowers.
      - Honore de Balzac

Irony is the gaiety of reflection and the joy of wisdom.
      - Jacques Anatole I. France (Jacques Anatole Thibault)

Sentimental irony is a dog that bays at the moon while pissing on graves.
      - Karl Kraus

Clap an extinguisher upon your irony if you are unhappily blessed with a vein of it.
      - Charles Lamb (used pseudonym Elia)

For what is irony but the repository of hurt? And what is hurt but the repository of hope?
      - Joyce Carol Oates, Ugly

Irony is jesting hidden behind gravity.
      - John Weiss

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.
      - Jessamyn West

Irony is an insult conveyed in the form of a compliment.
      - Edwin Percy Whipple


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