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If you could choose one characteristic that would get you through life, choose a sense of humor.

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

In looking for humor, keep in mind this guideline: Sometimes it takes a little time to see the humor in your upsets; you may not find something to laugh about immediately.

It was the saying of an ancient sage that humor was the only test of gravity, and gravity of humor; for a subject that would not bear raillery was suspicious, and a jest that would not bear a serious examination was certainly false wit.

Laughter, and the broader category of humor, are key elements in helping us go on with our life after a loss.

Nothing is so galling to a people not broken in from the birth as a paternal, or in other words a meddling government, a government which tells them what to read and say and eat and drink and wear.

One doesn't have a sense of humor. It has you.

One nice thing about telling a clean joke is there's a good chance that no one has heard it before.

Since the goal of my programs is to show audiences how humor can both help them heal as well as deal with not-so-funny stuff, I decided to discuss the events of the previous week, the pain all of us were feeling, and how humor and some laughter might be beneficial.

Sometimes it takes ten seconds to see some humor in your dilemmas, sometimes ten years.

The gallows humor of previous disasters, no matter how tasteless, provided an outlet for people to vent their feelings.

The love of truth lies at the root of much humor.

The more I live, the more I think that humor is the saving sense.

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

The world is a perpetual caricature of itself; at every moment it is the mockery and the contradiction of what it is pretending to be. But as it nevertheless intends all the time to be something different and highly dignified, at the next moment it corrects and checks and tries to cover up the absurd thing it was; so that a conventional world, a world of masks, is superimposed on the reality, and passes in every sphere of human interest for the reality itself. Humor is the perception of this illusion, whilst the convention continues to be maintained, as if we had not observed its absurdity.

There is certainly no defence against adverse fortune which is, on the whole, so effectual as an habitual sense of humor.

There is no defense against adverse fortune which is so effectual as an habitual sense of humor.

These poor gentlemen endeavor to gain themselves the reputation of wits and humorists by such monstrous conceits as almost qualify them for bedlam; not considering that humor should always lie under the check of reason, and that it requires the direction of the nicest Judgment, by so much the more as it indulges itself in the most boundless freedoms.

This I conceive to be the chemical function of humor: to change the character of our thought.

Throughout history, great leaders have known the power of humor.


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