We look at the dance to impart the sensation of living in an affirmation of life, to energize the spectator into keener awareness of the vigor, the mystery, the humor, the variety, and the wonder of life. This is the function of the American dance
These things will destroy the human race: politics without principle, progress without compassion, wealth without work, learning without silence, religion without fearlessness and worship without awareness
Gaiety that sweetens existence and makes it wholesome - a sense of humor, a zest of enjoyment - this is the accompaniment of courage which gives it a supreme value. Something of the high laughter of a Cyrano de Bergerac - the world needs it.
America is not just a democracy, it represents a certain culture of competitive mobility and personality aspirations, politics is not merely a clash of interests, but a clash of dreams.
I have no political aspirations, although a lot of people believe that politics and acting go hand in hand.
Our politics are our deepest form of expression: they mirror our past experiences and reflect our dreams and aspirations for the future.
Humor is something that thrives between man's aspirations and his limitations. There is more logic in humor than in anything else. Because, you see, humor is truth
Giving votes in exchange for ideological support. To wit: identity politics for homosexuals.
I don't like jokes in speeches. I do like wit and humor. A joke is to humor what pornography is to erotic language in a good novel.
I have wit in my work and a sense of humor, but I do not use irony in any way.
It seems to me a barren thing this conservatism - an unhappy cross breed, the mule of politics that engenders nothing
It has always surprised me how little attention philosophers have paid to humor, since it is a more significant process of mind than reason. Reason can only sort out perceptions, but the humor process is involved in changing them.
Humor is richly rewarding to the person who employs it. It has some value in gaining and holding attention, but it has no persuasive value at all.
In politics, as in poetry, it is sometimes true that it is darkest before dawn.
Politics and the pulpit are terms that have little agreement.
My dream of politics all my life has been that it is the common business, that it is something we owe to each other to understand and discuss with absolute frankness.
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.
A sense of humor always withers in the presence of the messianic delusion, like justice and truth in front of patriotic passion.
Would that the simple maxim, that honesty is the best policy, might be laid to heart; that a sense of the true aim of life might elevate the tone of politics and trade till public and private honor become identical.
To rely upon conviction, devotion, and other excellent spiritual qualities; that is not to be taken seriously in politics.
A dictatorship is a country where they have taken the politics out of the politics.
In my opinion, I think sarcasm and humor in a song, without turning it into a novelty song, is really charming.
Politics is just like show business. You have a hell of an opening, coast for a while, and then have a hell of a close.
Politics is the art of preventing people from sticking their noses in things that are properly their business.
Politics, n. Strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles.