Humour (also spelled humor) is the ability or quality of people, objects, or situations to evoke feelings of amusement in other people. The term encompasses a form of entertainment or human communication which evokes such feelings, or which makes people laugh or feel happy.
- Stand-up comedy is not a choice you make; it chooses you. I always felt that it had chosen me. It was forced on me, like a vocational thing.
- Billy Connolly, Daily Express, 29th October 2008
- Life is not a laughing matter ... but can you imagine having to live without laughing?
- Leonid S. Sukhorukov in Reader's Digest, 4, 1998
- Comedy is simply a funny way of being serious.
- Why is a American household a Monarchy?
- I do not find humour funny, I can not laugh at it.
- Dad always thought laughter was the best medicine, which I guess is why several of us died of tuberculosis.
- From the sublime to the ludicrous may take one step, but to be a great humorist takes a lifetime.
- Leonid S. Sukhorukov
- Futurist Aldo Palazzeschi... exhorts us in L'antidolore (1913) to laugh heartily at the mortality built into the plan of creation not out of spite, as has traditionally been the case, but because suffering and death are nothing but pranks of the prime trickster, God. If anything it is the devil who is the spirit of gravity, and it is in taking him seriously that we plummet from grace.
- Humor can be dissected as a frog can, but the thing dies in the process and the innards are discouraging to any but the pure scientific mind.
- E. B. White, Some Remarks on Humor, introduction
- Humour is, by its nature, more truthful than factual.
- P. J. O'Rourke in Parliament of Whores
- Humor is, however, nearer right than any emotion we have. Humor is the atmosphere in which grace most flourishes.
- Henry Ward Beecher, 1874 sermon titled "Unjust Judgments"
- I think you are absolutely right about everything, except I think humor springs from rage, hay fever, overdue rent and miscellaneous hell.
- It is the duty of the humor of any given nation in times of high crisis to attack the catastrophe that faces it in such a manner as to cause the people to laugh at it in such a manner that they do not die before they get killed.
- Lord Buckley, "H-Bomb" (comic monolog), 1960.
- Jokes are not really funny at all, but reflect the most serious of concerns; the pursuit of sobriety through the suppression of the absurd.
- Marvin Minsky in Jokes and the Language of the Cognitive Unconscious
- The secret to humor is surprise.
- To explain the nature of laughter…is to account for the condition of human life.
- Tragedy is when I cut my finger. Comedy is when you walk into an open sewer and die.
- We are not amused.
- Queen Victoria in Laffirmations by Joel Goodman 1995