Joke Quotes

A joke is not a thing but a process, a trick you play on the listener's mind. You start him off toward a plausible goal, and then by a sudden twist you land him nowhere at all or just where he didn't expect to go.

Max Eastman

The remarkable thing about television is that it permits several million people to laugh at the same joke and still feel lonely.

T. S. Eliot

Back in the day, if someone said that hip-hop and rap was a fad, that was a joke to me because they just didn't know what they were talking about.

Jam Master Jay

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

A funny thing is if you're out hiking and your friend gets bit by a poisonous snake, tell him you're going for help, then go about ten feet and pretend YOU got bit by a snake. Then start an argument about who's going to get help. A lot of guys will start crying. That's why it makes you feel good when you tell them it was just a joke.

Jack Handey

The crisis of today is the joke of tomorrow.

H. G. Wells

A caricature is putting the face of a joke on the body of a truth.

Joseph Conrad

A joke's a very serious thing.

Charles Churchill

A sense of humor is the ability to understand a joke-and that the joke is oneself.

Clifton Fadiman

Be not affronted at a joke. If one throw salt at thee, thou wilt receive no harm, unless thou art raw.

Oliver Goldsmith

Eternity is a mere moment, just long enough for a joke.

Hermann Hesse

People are learning to feel more comfortable hearing one another's dreams. It used to be that if you told a dream in public, someone had to make a joke to relieve the tension introduced by that alternative reality.

Henry Reed

Everything is changing. People are taking the comedians seriously and the politicians as a joke.

Will Rogers

My way of joking is to tell the truth. It's the funniest joke in the world.

George Bernard Shaw

God's great cosmic joke on the human race was requiring that men and women live together in marriage

Mark Twain

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