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[ Also see Comedy Epigrams Fancy Good Humor Irony Jesting Jokes Laughter Merriment Nonsense Paradoxes Pun Repartee Sarcasm Satire Slander Smiles Tragedy Wit Witticisms ]

I have a fine sense of the ridiculous, but no sense of humour.
      - Edward Albee,
        Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (act I)

It is requisite for the relaxation of the mind that we make use, from time to time, of playful deeds and jokes.
      - Saint Thomas Aquinas

Humor is the only test of gravity, and gravity of humor; for a subject which will not bear raillery is suspicious, and a jest which will not bear serious examination is false wit.
      - Aristotle

The gods too are fond of a joke.
      - Aristotle

Defining and analyzing humor is a pastime of humorless people.
      - Robert Benchley

Gags die, humor doesn't.
      - Jack Benny

Humor is just another defense against the universe.
      - Mel Brooks

Unconscious humor.
      - Samuel Butler (1), Life and Habit

The essence of humor is sensibility; warm, tender fellow-feeling with all forms of existence.
      - Thomas Carlyle

True humor springs not more from the head than from the heart; it is not contempt; its essence is love; it issues not in laughter, but in still smiles, which lie far deeper. It is a sort of inverse sublimity, exalting, as it were, into our affections what is below us, while sublimity draws down into our affections what is above us.
      - Thomas Carlyle

Humor has justly been regarded as the finest perfection of poetic genius.
      - Thomas Carlyle, Essays-Schiller

In the end, everything is a gag.
      - Charlie Chaplin

No mind is thoroughly well organized that is deficient in a sense of humor.
      - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

The genius of the Spanish people is exquisitely subtle, without being at all acute; hence there is so much humor and so little wit in their literature.
      - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Total absence of humor renders life impossible.
      - Sidonie Gabrielle Colette

Sometimes when reading Goethe I have the paralyzing suspicion that he is trying to be funny.
      - Guy Davenport

The love of truth lies at the root of much humor.
      - Robertson Davies

Humor is of a genial quality, and closely allied to pity.
      - Henry Giles

Not a shred of evidence exists in favor of the idea that life is serious.
      - Brendan Gill

Humor is one of the elements of genius--admirable as an adjunct; but as soon as it becomes dominant, only a surrogate for genius.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

A keen sense of humor helps us to overlook the unbecoming, understand the unconventional, tolerated the unpleasant, overcome the unexpected, and outlast the unbearable.
      - Billy Graham

A humorist is a man who feels bad but feels good about it.
      - Don Herold

I never dare to write
  As funny as I can.
      - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.,
        The Height of the Ridiculous

Humor is laughing at what you haven't got when you ought to have it.
      - Langston Hughes

Like a welcome summer rain, humor may suddenly cleanse and cool the earth, the air and you.
      - Langston Hughes

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