Irony Quotes

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

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
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