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There are many forms, variants of and sides to humour. Kind humour favours a longer and healthier life, a Norwegian study documents. Its main conclusions are statistically significant - that is, they are valid.

Here are over eighty observations on humour. Sayings without author names linked to them, can be credited T. Kinnes.


A dangerous thing in the world is power without humour (Eric Sevareid, mod).

A good guy is naturally full of warm humour.

A joke can be a very serious feat (Cf. Winston Churchill).

A light-hearted sense of humour tends to refrain from being cruel, and is hardly at the expense of kind folks either.

A mind should not lack humour and decency enough to preserve its deep sanity.

A sense of humor is important in marriage. A sense of humor gets people through marriage (Connie Britton, abr.).

A sense of humor is part of the art of leadership, of getting along with people, of getting things done (Dwight D. Eisenhower).

A sense of humor keen enough to show a man his own absurdities will keep him from the commission of all sins, or nearly all, save those worth committing (Samuel Butler).

A sense of humor may take the pressure off some stress.

A sense of humour may also needs a sense of timing to work well, as hoped for or intended.

A unique sense of humour might piss a few people off, you know.

A well-developed sense of humor is the pole that adds balance to your steps as you walk the tightrope of life (William Arthur Ward).

Advanced humor helps a long way in a marriage.

Advertisers hope that entertaining and humorous PR scenes make us bond to their brand or product (Cf. Allen Klein).

Avoid saying a humorous thing to a humourless man. He may use it as evidence against you (Cf. Herbert Beerbohm Tree).

Being a Hot Mom is having a sense of humor about yourself and all the crazy situations that arise (Abr Jami Gertz).

Boisterous and unruly laughter carries a deep protest that comes to the fore by such laughter. It is different with a buddy-laugh or belly-laugh, in my opinion.

British terrorists really show too little good-natured humor (Cf. Al Franken).

Candid humor embraces realism too.

Choose the sense of humor that is good for life and higher than that of brutes.

Disarmed people laugh a lot to show they disagree.

Don't think you have to go to college to be able appreciate great art (Mod Kathleen Hanna).

Everything has a sense of humour to it.

Foul-funny guys smell like sulphur somehow (Cf. Sloane Crosley).

Gloomy and dark places don't own a sense of humor.

Good humour - when it crops up, resentments slip away.

Having a sense of humor has allowed me to keep my sanity (Abr Dee Dee Myers).

Humor and seriousness are not in opposition to each other (Al Franken).

Humor is a most significant characteristic (Mod Edward de Bono).

Humor is a part of spirituality (Zooey Deschanel).

Humor is a serious thing which must be preserved at all cost (Abr James Thurber).

Humor is a significant activity of the human brain.

Humor is a social lubricant that helps us (Abr Steve Allen).

Humor is a way of looking at the world (Ludwig Wittgenstein).

Humor is an affirmation of dignity, a declaration of dignity (With Romain Gary).

Humor is both a form of wisdom and a means of survival (Tom Robbins).

Humor is perhaps an awareness that some things are really important in everyday affairs.

Humor makes the intolerable tolerable (Richelle E. Goodrich).

Humor teaches tolerance (W. Somerset Maugham).

Humour . . . the finest perfection of poetic genius (Thomas Carlyle).

Humour could be the hidden backbone of the monastic establishment.

Humour has share in a common culture.

Humour may avert some serious diseases (Cf. O. Carl Simonthon's research).

I make myself laugh because I appreciate my sense of humor (Abr Regina Hall).

I think humor is important for all of us, and a great comedian is a great treasure (Leila Josefowicz).

Imagination was given to man to show him this and that vividly, just as successful humour sometimes does.

In humor is truth (Cf. Victor Borge).

It is wise to dislike such gadgets as canned laughter in sitcoms on television, for they are means of manipulation.

It looks like there could be health benefits in store for those who recourse to kind humour daily.

It's hard for vain people to be funny (Taran Killam).

It's hard to force creativity and humor out of a person.

Keep your sense of humor, my friend; if you don't have a sense of humor it just isn't funny anymore (Wavy Gravy).

Kind humour helps soundness and prolongs life.

Like art that doesn't take itself too seriously (Mod Kathleen Hanna).

Maintaining a sense of humour has been vital to his survival, says Stephen Hawking.

Men are happy to evoke laughter for their humour, and not their folly (Cf. Jonathan Swift).

People are messed up, but humor lets us see how ignorant we can be (Marlon Wayans).

People in Russia adapt to misery by a deep, deep humor (Ian Frazier).

People with a sense of humor tend to be less defeated in times of travail (Abr Bob Newhart).

Remember that when a person first undergoes a somewhat bizarre-looking laughter-course it might be from very noble motives.

Some forms of humour clarify what people already feel is real.

Some have more room for mild humour than others.

Someone once defined humor as a way to keep from killing yourself (Abe Burrows).

Sound humour is in part an art and it may improve with decent practice outside of schools.

The day we censor humor is a sad one for sure (Marlee Matlin).

The humorist may be the one who manages to see clearly and soberly and take charge.

The plain, normal sense of humor Americans have (Antonio Banderas).

The schizophrenic fights for a sense of disarming humour. Without it, her world little by little turns into a shrivelled-up, quite unfriendly place, like the surroundings of Jesus.

The secret to humour is surprise (Aristotle).

The sense of tragedy and the sense of humour happen to be bedfellows.

There is some humour in the Bible too, if we but find it.

There's also a fine line between horror and humour (With Roy Blount, Jr.).

There's some kind of saving grace in good, honest humour.

Those who knew Lincoln described him as an extraordinarily funny man. Humor was an essential aspect of his temperament (Doris Kearns Goodwin).

To be a college president, you need a thick skin, a good sense of humor, and nerves like sewer pipes (Gordon Gee).

Value the ability to tell a good story more than status (Mod Rebecca Wells).

When all are satisfied after a public dinner, smiles and laughs come easier.

When humor goes, there goes civilization (Erma Bombeck).

Who lives on humour has to be serious and perhaps very gruff so as to bear it all.

You can get humour and seriousness at the same time, but you don't have to get pompous about it.

You probably find "How to Survive a Robot Uprising" in the humor section (Mod Daniel H. Wilson).

More about humour


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Abrams, Meyer Howard, and Geoffrey Galt Harpham. A Glossary of Literary Terms. 10th ed. International ed. Andover, Hampshire: Cengage Learning/Wadsworth, 2012. ⍽▢⍽ Many forms of humour uses tricks that are defined and given special names in books on literary terms and means.

Attardo, Salvatore, ed. The Routledge Handbook of Language and Humor. New York: Routledge, 2017.

Baldick, Chris. The Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms. 3rd ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008.

Blyth, Reginald Horace. Oriental Humour. Tokyo: Hokuseido, 1963.

Bremmer, Jan, and Herman Roodenburg, eds. A Cultural History of Humour: From Antiquity to the Present Day. Oxford: Polity Press, 1997.

Critchley, Simon. On Humour. London: Routledge, 2002.

Dickinson, Leon. A Guide to Literary Study. New York: Holt, Rinehart, and Wilson, 1959.

Freud, Sigmund. Jokes and Their Relation to the Unconscious. Vol. VIII (1905) Translated from the German under the General Editorship of James Strachey in Collaboration with Anna Freud. The Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud. London: The Hogarth Press, 1960.

Griffith, R Drew, and Robert B. Marks. A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Agora: Ancient Greek and Roman Humour. 2nd ed. Agora Harder! Kingston, Ontario: Legacy Books, 2012.

Halsall, Guy. Humour, History and Politics in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2004.

Johnsen, Birgit Hertzberg. Hva ler vi av? Om nordmenns forhold til humor. Oslo: Pax, 1997.

Koestler, Arthur. The Act of Creation. New York: Dell, 1967.

Moody, Raymond. Laugh after Laugh: The Healing Power of Humor. Jacksonville: Headwaters, 1978.

Morreall, John. Comic Relief: A Comprehensive Philosophy of Humor. Chichester, West Sussex: John Wiley and Sons, 2009.

Palmer, Jerry. Taking Humour Seriously. London: Routledge, 1994.

Sherrin. Ned, ed. The Oxford Dictionary of Humorous Quotations. Paperback ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1996.

Svebak, Sven. Forlenger en god latter livet? Humor, stress og helse. Bergen: Fagbokforlaget, 2000.

Wiseman, Richard. Laughlab: The Scientific Search for the World's Funniest Joke. Laughlab's Final Report, 2002. (PDF - online).

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