Humour Quotes

Bad humour is an evasion of reality; good humour is an acceptance of it.

Malcolm Muggeridge

If someone had told me years ago that sharing a sense of humour was so vital to partnerships, I could have avoided a lot of sex!

Kate Beckinsale

Good humour is one of the best articles of dress one can wear in society.

William Makepeace Thackeray

Humour is the weapon of unarmed people: it helps people who are oppressed to smile at the situation that pains them

Simon Wiesenthal

Humour is the only test of gravity, and gravity of humour, for a subject which will not bear raillery is suspicious, and a jest which will not bear serious examination is false wit.

Aristotle

Mark my words, when a society has to resort to the lavatory for its humour, the writing is on the wall.

Alan Bennett

Nothing spoils a romance so much as a sense of humour in the woman.

Oscar Wilde

Cynicism is the humour of hatred.

Herbert Beerbohm

Let your humour always be good-humour, in the double sense of the phrase: if it comes from a bad humour, it is almost sure to be bad humour.

Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare

Humour and a bit of charm will get most women in bed.

Jerri Byrne

Humour is a great vehicle for getting a message across: If you get too serious, you could die of starch.

Cyndi Lauper

It's the teenage and university crowd, so we give them lots of sex jokes and gross humour.

Keenen Ivory Wayans

... "Eh--a State prisoner. Yes, yes. She has that kind of look." Then she turned to John, with mingled slyness and humour, "On va changer ...

Mrs. Henry De La Pasture

Van Gogh was right in saying that the method he had chosen could be compared to that of caricature. Caricature had always been "expressionist," for the caricaturist plays with the likeness of his victim, and distorts it to express just what he feels about his fellow man. As long as these distortions of nature sailed under the flag of humour nobody seemed to find them difficult to understand. Humourous art was a field in which everything was permitted, because people did not approach it with the prejudices they reserved for Art with a capital A. But the idea of a serious caricature, of an art which deliberately changed the appearance of things not to express a sense of superiority, but maybe love, or admiration, or fear, proved indeed a stumbling block as Van Gogh had predicted.

E.H. Gombrich

Honest good humour is the oil and wine of a merry meeting, and there is no jovial companionship equal to that where the jokes are rather small and laughter abundant.

Washington Irving

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