Irony Quotes

Time changes all things and cultivates even in herself an appreciation of irony, and, therefore, why shouldn't I have changed a trifle?

James Branch Cabell

Remember: the time you feel lonely is the time you most need to be by yourself. Life's cruelest irony.

Douglas Coupland

To think that one's actions could please the masses is indeed a notion bound in irony; someone will inevitably find something wrong in almost everything. So do what it is that you do best and remember to have enough tolerance for two.

Brandon Boyd

It is in the irony of things that the theatre should be the most dangerous place for the actor. But, then, after all, the world is the worst possible place, the most corrupting place, for the human soul. And just as there is no escape from the world, which follows us into the very heart of the desert, so the actor cannot escape the theatre. And the actor who is a dreamer need not. All of us can only strive to remain uncontaminated. In the world we must be unworldly, in the theatre the actor must be untheatrical.

Minnie Maddern Fiske

Humor is everywhere, in that there's irony in just about anything a human does.

Bill Nye

At a time like this, scorching irony, not convincing argument, is needed.

Frederick Douglass

Irony is an insult conveyed in the form of a compliment.

Edwin P. Whipple

Probably it is impossible for humor to be ever a revolutionary weapon. Candide can do little more than generate irony

Lionel Trilling

Irony is the hygiene of the mind.

Elizabeth Asquith Bibesco

Irony regards every simple truth as a challenge.

Mason Cooley

Irony is just honesty with the volume cranked up.

George Saunders

A tragic irony of life is that we so often achieve success or financial independence after the chief reason for which we sought it has passed away.

Ellen Glasgow

Irony is a disciplinarian feared only by those who do not know it, but cherished by those who do

Soren Kierkegaard

The supreme irony of life is that hardly anyone gets out of it alive.

Robert A. Heinlein

Sentimental irony is a dog that bays at the moon while pissing on graves.

Karl Kraus

Irony is the gaiety of reflection and the joy of wisdom.

Anatole France

Irony is jesting behind hidden gravity.

John Weiss

Irony is the form of paradox. paradox is what is good and great at the same time.

Friedrich Schlegel

If a nation values anything more than freedom, it will lose its freedom; and the irony of it is that, if it is comfort or money it values more, it will lose that too

William Somerset Maughan

What a cunning mixture of sentiment, pity, tenderness, irony surrounds adolescence, what knowing watchfulness! Young birds on their first flight are hardly so hovered around.

Georges Bernanos

I have wit in my work and a sense of humor, but I do not use irony in any way.

John Zorn

One can be a true believer in anything: psychic ability, Christianity or, as Bertrand Russell classically suggested (with irony), in the fact there is a teapot orbiting the earth. I could believe any of those things with total conviction. But my conviction doesn't make them true. Indeed, it is something of an insult to the very truth I might hold dear to say that something is true just because I believe it is.

Derren Victor Brown

We are all tourists in history, and irony is what we win in wars.

Anatole Broyard

Two fundamental literary qualities: supernaturalism and irony.

Charles Baudelaire
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