Irony Quotes

Irony, I feel, is a very high form of morality.

Jean Stafford

Irony differentiates. Cynicism never does.

Paul Horgan

A taste for irony has kept more hearts from breaking than a sense of humor for it takes irony to appreciate the joke which is on oneself.

Jessamyn West

Civilizations die from philosophical calm, irony, and the sense of fair play quite as surely as they die of debauchery.

Joseph Wood Krutch

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 that it values more, it will lose that too

William Somerset Maugham

The cruel irony is that abortion has been presented as something that would set a woman free. This brings to mind the gypsy in Verdi's opera Il Trovatore. Outraged by the count's cruel injustice, she stole his infant son and, in a crazed act of vengeance, flung him into the fire. Or so she thought. For, in turning around, she discovered the count's son lay safe on the ground behind her; it was her own son she had thrown into the flames. Abortion can present itself as glittering liberty, a defiant way to cast off the shackles of injustice. That illusion lasts only until you realize who it was that you threw into the flames. So the second point to make when trying to persuade is that abortion hurts women; it does not deliver on its promise to liberate them.

Frederica Matthewes-Green

Neither irony nor sarcasm is argument.

Rufus Choate

Our universities are so determined to impose tolerance that they'll expel you for saying what you think and never notice the irony

John Perry Barlow

Neither irony or sarcasm is argument.

Rufus Choate

The irony of commitment is that it's deeply liberating -- in work, in play, in love.

Anne Morriss

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 that it values more, it will lose that too.

Somerset Maugham

What is called music today is all too often only a disguise for the monologue of power. However, and this is the supreme irony of it all, never before have musicians tried so hard to communicate with their audience, and never before has that communication been so deceiving. Music now seems hardly more than a somewhat clumsy excuse for the self-glorification of musicians and the growth of a new industrial sector.

Jacques Attali

The Channel is a slipper-bath of irony through which we pass these serious Continentals in order not to be infected by their gloom.

Alan Bennett
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