A Quote by James Hillman on mediocrity, violence, and humor

Mediocrity is no answer to violence. In fact, it probably invites violence. At least the mediocre and the violent appear together as in the old Western movies - the ruffian outlaw band shooting up main street and the little white church with the little white schoolteacher wringing her hands. To cool violence you need rhythm, humor, tempering; you need dance and rhetoric. Not therapeutic understanding.

James Hillman

Source: Hillman, James and Michael Ventura, We’ve Had a Hundred Years of Psychotherapy and the Worls’s Getting Worse, San Francisco: HarperCollins, 1993.

Contributed by: pj

A Quote by Richard Lewis on humor


My grandfather was a Jewish juggler: he used to worry about six things at once.

Richard Lewis

Source: Winokur, True Confessions

Contributed by: pj

A Quote by Woody Allen on humor and jewish

I was raised in the Jewish tradition, taught never to marry a Gentile woman, shave on Saturday and, most especially, never to shave a Gentile woman on Saturday.

Woody Allen (1935 -)

Source: Winokur, True Confessions

Contributed by: pj

A Quote by unknown on humor, jokes, wisdom, simplicity, country living, and advice

An Old Farmer's Advice:

* Your fences need to be horse-high, pig-tight and bull-strong. *

* Keep skunks and bankers at a distance.*

* Life is simpler when you plow around the stump.*

* A bumble bee is considerably faster than a John Deere tractor.*

* Words that soak into your ears are whispered...not yelled.*

* Meanness don't jes' happen overnight.*

* Forgive your enemies. It messes up their heads.*

* Do not corner something that you know is meaner than you.*

* It don't take a very big person to carry a grudge.*

* You cannot unsay a cruel word.*

* Every path has a few puddles.*

* When you wallow with pigs, expect to get dirty.*

* The best sermons are lived, not preached.

* Most of the stuff people worry about ain't never gonna happen anyway.*

* Don't judge folks by their relatives.*

* Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.*

* Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and think back, you'll enjoy it a second time.*

* Don't interfere with somethin' that ain't bothering you none.*

* Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a Rain dance.*

* If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop diggin'.*

* Sometimes you get, and sometimes you get got.*

* The biggest troublemaker you'll probably ever have to deal with, watches you from the mirror every mornin'.*

* Always drink upstream from the herd.*

* Good judgment comes from experience, and a lotta that comes from bad judgment.*

* Lettin' the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier than puttin' it back in.*

* If you get to thinkin' you're a person of some influence, try orderin' somebody else's dog around.*

* Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply.*

* Don't pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.*


Contributed by: boznamedsoo

A Quote by Rob Brezsny on prayer, soul mates, longing, enunciation, clarity, and humor

If you bury your face in your tear-stained pillow and beg God to please send you your soul mate, may you not slur your words in such a way that they sound like "cell mate."

Rob Brezsny

Source: Pronoia Is the Antidote for Paranoia: How the Whole World Is Conspiring to Shower You with Blessings, Pages: 258

Contributed by: Tsuya

A Quote by Iron and Wine on assume, best, worst, irony, and humor

We all assume the worst the best we can.

Iron and Wine

Source: Muddy Hymnal

Contributed by: Bee

A Quote by unknown on philosophy and humor

There comes a time when you have to be honest, have to face your personal demons, have to throw away all your preconceptions and a priori visions of the world around you.

Fortunately, that time is not yet upon us.


Contributed by: Starfish

A Quote by 1Vector3 on humor, silliness, laughter, inspiration, and upliftment

Silliness is next to Godliness.

(The original saying attributed to the American Protestant-religion Puritans in the 1600's is: Cleanliness is next to Godliness.)

Rev. O.M. Bastet

Contributed by: 1Vector3

A Quote by e. e. cummings on art, life, humor, and poetry

Your poems are rather hard to understand, whereas your paintings are so easy.
Of course — you paint flowers and girls and sunsets; things that everybody understands.
I never met him.
Did you ever hear of nonrepresentational painting?
I am.
Pardon me?
I am a painter, and painting is nonrepresentational.
Not all painting.
No: housepainting is representational.
And what does a housepainter represent?
Ten dollars an hour.
In other words, you don't want to be serious —
It takes two to be serious.

e.e. cummings (1894 - 1962)

Source: "Forward to an Exhibit: II" (1945)

Contributed by: Nalini

A Quote by John Updike on america, happy, happiness, conspiracy, vast, truth, and humor

America is a vast conspiracy to make you happy.

John Updike (1932 -)

Contributed by: Joy Bringer

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