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Quotations about Humor



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

Humor is perhaps a sense of intellectual perspective:  an awareness that some things are really important, others not; and that the two kinds are most oddly jumbled in everyday affairs.  ~Christopher Morley

Humor is merely tragedy standing on its head with its pants torn.  ~Irvin S. Cobb

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

Humor has a way of bringing people together.  It unites people.  In fact, I’m rather serious when I suggest that someone should plant a few whoopee cushions in the United Nations.  ~Ron Dentinger

Every survival kit should include a sense of humor.  ~Author Unknown

Humor is the great thing, the saving thing.  The minute it crops up, all our irritation and resentments slip away, and a sunny spirit takes their place.  ~Mark Twain

Humor is emotional chaos remembered in tranquillity.  ~James Thurber

Common sense and a sense of humor are the same thing, moving at different speeds.  A sense of humor is just common sense, dancing.  ~William James

After God created the world, He made man and woman.  Then, to keep the whole thing from collapsing, He invented humor.  ~Bill Kelly, “Mordillo”

If I had no sense of humor, I would long ago have committed suicide.  ~Mahatma Gandhi

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

Humor is just another defense against the universe.  ~Mel Brooks

Humor is reason gone mad.  ~Groucho Marx

A sense of humor is a major defense against minor troubles.  ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic’s Notebook, 1966

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

Warning:  Humor may be hazardous to your illness.  ~Ellie Katz

Nothing is more curious than the almost savage hostility that humor excites in those who lack it.  ~George Saintsbury

Humor is… despair refusing to take itself seriously.  ~Arland Ussher

Humor is a rubber sword – it allows you to make a point without drawing blood.  ~Mary Hirsch

The kind of humor I like is the thing that makes me laugh for five seconds and think for ten minutes.  ~William Davis

Many a true word is spoken in jest.  ~English Proverb

I think the next best thing to solving a problem is finding some humor in it.  ~Frank A. Clark

Above all else: go out with a sense of humor.  It is needed armor.  Joy in one’s heart and some laughter on one’s lips is a sign that the person down deep has a pretty good grasp of life.  ~Hugh Sidey

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

Let your humour always be good-humour, in the double sense of the phrase:  if it comes from a bad humour, it is almost sure to be bad humour.  ~Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare, Guesses at Truth, by Two Brothers, 1827

Humor prevents one from becoming a tragic figure even though he/she is involved in tragic events.  ~E.T. “Cy” Eberhart

Humor is the instinct for taking pain playfully.  ~Max Eastman

A person without a sense of humor is like a wagon without springs – jolted by every pebble in the road.  ~Henry Ward Beecher

There is more logic in humor than in anything else.  Because, you see, humor is truth.  ~Victor Borge, London Times, 3 January 1984

Someone once defined humor as a way to keep from killing yourself.  I keep my sense of humor and I stay alive.  ~Abe Burrows

Humor is an affirmation of dignity, a declaration of man’s superiority to all that befalls him.  ~Roman Gary

Humor is, I think, the subtlest and chanciest of literary forms.  It is surely not accidental that there are a thousand novelists, essayists, poets or journalists for each humorist.  It is a long, long time between James Thurbers.  ~Leo Rosten


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Being Polite

I simply love the Vodafone Delights tag line: “Isn’t it nice when someone makes you feel special?”

I guess we all feel nice when we are given preferential treatment. So how about being someone else’s reason of delight or even just giving them their due respect?

I am sure you have heard the quote, ‘Do unto others, what you want others to do to you.’ Be nice to people around you. Every time we interact with people, remember that a smile, a wink, a raised hand, a small pat on the back, a firm handshake… that’s all it takes to show your appreciation. A lot of times we tend to believe that such small gestures don’t make any difference. Think again and I am sure you will think otherwise.

I agree that while at work, it might be someone’s duty to do a particular job and doesn’t call for a ‘thank you’. Yet, we should try to be polite with all those we interact. We should respect everyone and not look down upon anyone. As a team manager would agree, every team member is important in the team. Everyone in the team is like a piece of the jig-saw puzzle and the picture wouldn’t be complete without each one of them. Just imagine a day when your maid wouldn’t turn up, your office boy or the housekeeping guy is on leave…. the job they do isn’t easy. So, respect that!

A lot of times, we may be facing the wrath of someone through no fault of our own. At times, with so much pressure, frustration, and despair all around us we tend to lose our temperament and shout, even abuse people for something they do which upsets us. Look around, the incidents of ‘Road Rage’ are on the increase. Any provocation and our emotions just erupt like a volcano. It does not get square if we vent out all our frustration on someone else.

Let me clarify that being polite doesn’t mean being a soft rubber that anyone can tread over. If your team member is not doing what he is supposed to do and deserves a dressing down, the same should be done in private and not in an open forum. I strongly believe that being polite and giving respect is a sign of strength and not weakness.

Be strong, take charge of your emotions and channel your energy. I know, it’s easier said than done.

Copyright © 2010 Bhupesh Dhawan
I work for a multinational Bank in New Delhi. I hope by sharing this thought, there can be a small change in our behavior for the good of all.

You can reach me at http://bhupeshdhawan.blogspot.com for any comments.

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