Quotations About / On: HUMOR
Miller's sexual humor is the humor of the men's house, more specifically, the men's room.
(Kate Millett (b. 1934), U.S. feminist theorist, literary critic, essayist, autobiographer, sculptor. Sexual Politics, ch. 6, Simon and Schuster (1970).)
The humorist just regales, entertains through his humour.
No man can be an agnostic who has a sense of humour.
(E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. The Longest Journey, pt. I, ch. 10 (1907).
Emily Failing speaking to Rickie.)
Humour is the first of the gifts to perish in a foreign tongue.
(Virginia Woolf (1882-1941), British novelist. The Common Reader, "On Not Knowing Greek," First Series (1925).)
Good taste and humour are a contradiction in terms, like a chaste whore.
(Malcolm Muggeridge (1903-1990), British journalist. quoted in Time (New York, Sept. 14, 1953).
Defending his editorship of the humorous magazine Punch.)
Humor is the mask of wisdom.
(Friedrich Dürrenmatt (1921-1990), Swiss dramatist, novelist, essayist. Trans. by Gerhard P. Knapp (1995). 55 Sentences on Art and Reality, no. 31 (1977).)
Humour is by far the most significant activity of the human brain.
(Edward De Bono (b. 1933), British writer. Daily Mail (London, January 29, 1990).
On thinking processes.)
The comic is the perception of the opposite; humor is the feeling of it.
(Umberto Eco (b. 1932), Italian semiologist, novelist. repr. In Travels in Hyperreality, trans. by William Weaver (1986). "De consolatione Philosophiae," (1980).)
Cynicism is the humour of hatred.
(Herbert Beerbohm, Sir Tree (1853-1917), British actor-manager. Quoted in Hesketh Pearson, Beerbohm-Tree, ch. 12 (1956).)
Nothing spoils a romance so much as a sense of humour in the woman.
(Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Lord Illingworth, in A Woman of No Importance, act 1.)