Humor Quotes

Humor is the instinct for taking pain playfully.

Max Eastman

There is no defense against adverse fortune which is so effectual as an habitual sense of humor.

Thomas W. Higginson

A sense of humor... is needed armor. Joy in one's heart and some laughter on one's lips is a sign that the person down deep has a pretty good grasp of life.

Hugh Sidey

I think the next best thing to solving a problem is finding some humor in it.

Frank A. Clark

Humor is... despair refusing to take itself seriously.

Arland Ussher

Nothing is more curious than the almost savage hostility that humor excites in those who lack it.

George Saintsbury

Warning: Humor may be hazardous to your illness.

Ellie Katz

A sense of humor is a major defense against minor troubles.

Mignon McLaughlin

Humor is reason gone mad.

Groucho Marx

Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he is not; a sense of humor to console him for what he is.

Francis Bacon

Humor is merely tragedy standing on its head with its pants torn.

Irvin S. Cobb

Humor is just another defense against the universe.

Mel Brooks

If I had no sense of humor, I would long ago have committed suicide.

Mahatma Gandhi

After God created the world, He made man and woman. Then, to keep the whole thing from collapsing, He invented humor.

Bill Kelly

Common sense and a sense of humor are the same thing, moving at different speeds. A sense of humor is just common sense, dancing.

William James

Every survival kit should include a sense of humor.


Humor is a reminder that no matter how high the throne one sits on, one sits on one's bottom.


I'm convinced that it's energy and humor. The two of them combined equal charm.

Judith Krantz

Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he is not; a sense of humor to console him for what he is

Francis Bacon, Sr.

Humor prevents one from becoming a tragic figure even though he/she is involved in tragic events.

E.T. "Cy" Eberhart

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.


I will find humor in my everyday life by looking for people I can laugh at


Someone once defined humor as a way to keep from killing yourself. I keep my sense of humor and I stay alive.

Abe Burrows

Humor is emotional chaos remembered in tranquillity.

James Thurber
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