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The secret to humor is surprise.
Humor is the only test of gravity, and gravity of humor; for a subject which will not bear raillery is suspicious, and a jest which will not bear serious examination is false wit.
Bill Cosby
You can turn painful situations around through laughter. If you can find humor in anything, even poverty, you can survive it.
Charlie Chaplin
In the end, everything is a gag.
Christopher Morley
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.
Dorothy Parker
The two most beautiful words in the English language are 'check enclosed.'
E.B. White
Analyzing humor is like dissecting a frog. Few people are interested and the frog dies of it.
George Carlin
I think it's the duty of the comedian to find out where the line is drawn and cross it deliberately.
Groucho Marx
From the moment I picked your book up until I laid it down I was convulsed with laughter. Some day I intend reading it.
Guy Davenport
Sometimes when reading Goethe I have the paralyzing suspicion that he is trying to be funny.
Kurt Vonnegut
Those who believe in telekinetics, raise my hand.
Well, the telling of jokes is an art of its own, and it always rises from some emotional threat. The best jokes are dangerous, and dangerous because they are in some way truthful.
Mark Twain
If you eat a frog first thing in the morning, the rest of your day will be wonderful.
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.
Humor is mankind's greatest blessing.
Oscar Wilde
Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he is not, and a sense of humor was provided to console him for what he is.
Robert Frost
Humor is the most engaging cowardice.
Sacha Guitry
You can pretend to be serious; you can't pretend to be witty.
Steve Martin
Kids like my act because I'm wearing nose glasses. Adults like my act because there's a guy who thinks putting on nose glasses is funny.
Chaos in the midst of chaos isn't funny, but chaos in the midst of order is.