Humour Quotes

It is a curious fact that people are never so trivial as when they take themselves seriously.

Oscar Wilde

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

William Makepeace Thackeray

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

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

Malcolm Muggeridge

Humour is also a way of saying something serious.

T S Eliot

Humour is emotional chaos remembered in tranquility.

James Thurber

Humour is a social lubricant that helps us get over some of the bad spots.

Steve Allen

Humour is the first of the gifts to perish in a foreign tongue.

Virginia Woolf

A person without a sense of humour is like a wagon without springs. It's jolted by every pebble on the road.

Henry Ward Beecher

Humour is the instinct for taking pain playfully.

Max Eastman

The secret to humour is surprise.


Total absence of humor renders life impossible.


Humor is by far the most significant activity of the human brain.

Edward De Bono

The best defence against misguided arrogance is a keen sense of humour.

Kathryn L. Nelson

Humor is our way of defending ourselves from life's absurdities by thinking absurdly about them.

Lewis Mumford

Humor is just another defense against the universe.

Mel Brooks

Humor is a reminder that no matter how high the throne one sits on, one sits on one's bottom.


Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he is not; a sense of humor to console him for what he is.

Francis Bacon

Humor results when society says you can't scratch certain things in public, but they itch in public.

Tom Walsh

The satirist shoots to kill while the humorist brings his prey back alive and eventually releases him again for another chance.

Peter De Vries

Comedy is simply a funny way of being serious.

Peter Ustinov

Comedy has to be based on truth. You take the truth and you put a little curlicue at the end.

Sid Caesar

Many a true word is spoken in jest.

English Proverb

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

Alan Bennett

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Updated On : April 15, 2011
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