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Among those whom I like or admire, I can find no common denominator, but among those whom I love, I can: all of them make me laugh.

W. H. Auden (1907-1973) English-born poet and man of letters.

If this is coffee, please bring me some tea; but if this is tea, please bring me some coffee.

Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) Politician. President of the United States.

Comedy is simply a funny way of being serious.

Peter Ustinov (1921-2004) British actor, writer and director.

Humor is not a mood but a way of looking at the world. So if it is correct to say that humor was stamped out in Nazi Germany, that does not mean that people were not in good spirits, or anything of that sort, but something much deeper and more important.

Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951) Austrian-British philosopher.

I used to think that everything was just being funny but now I don't know. I mean, how can you tell?

Andy Warhol (1930-1987) American artist and filmmaker.


It's hard to be funny when you have to be clean.

Mae West (1892-1980) American actress and playwright.

Mirth is like a flash of lightning, that breaks through a gloom of clouds, and glitters for a moment; cheerfulness keeps up a kind of daylight in the mind, and fills it with a steady and perpetual serenity.

Joseph Addison (1672-1719) English essayist, poet, and dramatist.

The secret to humor is surprise.

Aristotle (384 BC-322 BC) Greek philosopher.

It is well known that Beauty does not look with a good grace on the timid advances of Humor.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965) British novelist and playwright.

Even the gods love jokes.

Plato (BC 427-BC 347) Greek philosopher.