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I think being funny is not anyone's first choice.

Woody Allen (1935-?) American director, actor and comedian.

The perception of the comic is a tie of sympathy with other men, a pledge of sanity, and a protection from those perverse tendencies and gloomy insanities in which fine intellects sometimes lose themselves. A rogue alive to the ludicrous is still convertible. If that sense is lost, his fellow-men can do little for him.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) U.S. poet, essayist and lecturer.

Comedy deflates the sense precisely so that the underlying lubricity and malice may bubble to the surface.

Paul Goodman (1911-1972) American author, poet and critic.

We mustn't complain too much of being comedians, it's an honorable profession. If only we could be good ones the world might gain at least a sense of style. We have failed, that's all. We are bad comedians, we aren't bad men.

Graham Greene (1904-1991) English writer.

Comedy naturally wears itself out -- destroys the very food on which it lives; and by constantly and successfully exposing the follies and weaknesses of mankind to ridicule, in the end leaves itself nothing worth laughing at.

William Hazlitt (1778-1830) British essayist.


A man's got to take a lot of punishment to write a really funny book.

Ernest Hemingway (1898-1961) American Writer.

And I did laugh sans intermission an hour by his dial. O noble fool, a worthy fool, motley's the only wear.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616) British poet and playwright.

Though it make the unskillful laugh, cannot but make the judicious grieve.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616) British poet and playwright.

All I need to make a comedy is a park, a policeman and a pretty girl.

Charlie Chaplin (1889-1977) English author.

Life is a tragedy when seen in close-up, but a comedy in long-shot.

Charlie Chaplin (1889-1977) English author.