A Quote by Rita Rudner on cynicism, humor, and wealth

Someday I want to be rich. Some people get so rich they lose all respect for humanity. That's how rich I want to be.

Rita Rudner

Contributed by: Jordan

A Quote by Clarence Seward Darrow on cynicism and humor

I have never killed a man, but I have read many obituaries with great pleasure.

Clarence Darrow (1857 - 1938)

Contributed by: Jordan

A Quote by Gustave Flaubert on flaubert and humor


"I go from exasperation to a state of collapse, then I recover and go from prostration to Fury, so that my average state is one of being annoyed." -Flaubert

Gustave Flaubert (1821 - 1880)

Contributed by: Krodhakali Das

A Quote by Ken Wilber on one taste, experience, joke, humor, dentist, spirit, progress, soul, and holistic

Like going to the dentist, where you write: "Dental appointment today. All of the dentists in Boulder are 'holistic.' They can't fill a cavity but they're good for your soul. Your teeth rot, but apparently your spirit prospers."

Ken Wilber

Source: One Taste

Contributed by: Joy Bringer

A Quote by Daniel Pinchbeck on 2012, prophecy, paradox, cosmic giggle, and humor

"Perhaps there is a law operating in the universe that the one who bends his mind to a paradox ends up insolubly meshed within that paradox?  Perhaps the universe purely operates on wit, and the best joke, inducing the longest fit of cosmic giggles, becomes the operative law at the next quantum mind-shift?  If, as the physicist Arthur March puts it, "the world is inseparable from the observing subject and is accordingly not objectifiable," then perhaps undertaking the quest for prophetic knowledge, in itself, causes reality to shiver and shift, as new possibilities open like the petals of an extravagant, multidimensional flower?  The message, as I apparently received it, that "a quest to understand prophecy has become the fulfillment of prophecy," suggested some such wild card hypothesis."     

Daniel Pinchbeck

Source: 2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl, Pages: 371

Contributed by: Chris

A Quote by Edward Paul Abbey on wit, humor, and laughter

The distrust of wit is the beginning of tyranny.

Edward Abbey (1927 - 1989)

Source: A Voice Crying in the Wilderness (Vox Clamantis in Deserto): Notes from a Secret Journal, Pages: 18

Contributed by: Tsuya

A Quote by Douglas Adams on complaining, introduction, and humor

Radio Scripts Intro

I do enjoy having these little chats at the front of books. This is a complete lie, in fact. What actually happens is that you are battling away trying to finish, or at least start, a book you promised to deliver seven months ago, and faxes start arriving asking you if you could possibly write yet another short little introduction to a book that you clearly remember writing "The End" to in about 1981. It won't promises the fax, take you two minutes. Damn right it won't take you two minutes. It actually takes about thirteen hours and you miss another dinner party and your wife won't speak to you and the book gets so late that you start missing entire camping holidays in the Pyrenees and your wife won't talk to you, particularly since the camping holiday was your idea and not hers and she was only going on it because you wanted to and now she has to go and do it by herself when you know perfectly well that she hates camping. (So do I, incidentally. I am making this bit up). 

Douglas Adams

Source: The Salmon of Doubt: Hitchhiking the Galaxy One Last Time, Pages: 31

Contributed by: Gavin

A Quote by Sir Walter Scott on humor, celebration, and nostalgia

"Saint George and the Dragon!-Bonny Saint George for Merry England!-The castle is won!"

Sir Walter Scott (1771 - 1832)

Source: Ivanhoe (Tor Classics), Pages: (Chapter XXXI)

Contributed by: Brondu

A Quote by unknown on humor, imagination, and sense of humor

Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he is not, and a sense of humor was provided to console him for what he is.


Contributed by: Zaady

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