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

Defining and analyzing humor is a pastime of humorless people.
Robert Benchley

Humor is mankind's greatest blessing.
Mark Twain

Humor is the great thing, the saving thing. The minute it crops up, all our irritations and resentments slip away and a sunny spirit takes their place.
Mark Twain

Humor is the only test of gravity, and gravity of humor for a subject which will not bear raillery is suspicious, and a jest which will not bear serious examination is false wit.
Aristotle

It is the ability to take a joke, not make one, that proves you have a sense of humor.
Max Eastman

Humore is an affirmation of man's dignity, a declaration of man's superiority to all that befalls him.
Romain Cary

Class has a sense of humor. It knows that a good laugh is the best lubricant for oiling the machinery of human relations. Class never makes excuses. It takes its lumps and learns from past mistakes. Class bespeaks an aristocracy unrelated to ancestors or money. Some extremely wealthy people have no class at all, while others who are struggling to make ends meet are loaded with it. Class is real. You can't fake it. Class never tries to build itself up by tearing others down. Class is already up and need not attempt to look better by making others look worse. Everyone is comfortable with the person who has class because he is comfortable with himself. If you have class, you've got it made. If you don't have class, no matter what else you have, it won't make up for it.
Ann Landers

A person without a sense of humor is like a wagon without springs -- jolted by every pebble in the road.
Henry Ward Beecher

Any man who has had the job I've had and didn't have a sense of humor wouldn't still be here.
Harry S Truman

There's no trick to being a humorist when you have the whole government working for you.
Will Rogers

Humor is richly rewarding to the person who employs it. It has some value in gaining and holding attention. But it has no persuasive value at all.
John Kenneth Galbraith

Where humor is concerned there are no standards - no one can say what is good or bad, although you can be sure that everyone will.
John Kenneth Galbraith

Exercise ferments the humors, casts them into their proper channels, throws off redundancies, and helps nature in those secret distributions, without which the body cannot subsist in its vigor, nor the soul act with cheerfulness.
Joseph Addison

People who are tremendously concerned about their identification, their individuality, their self-expression, or their sense of humor, always seem to be missing the very things they pursue.
Walter Lippmann

Humor is not a postscript or an incidental afterthought it is a serious and weighty part of the world's economy. One feels increasingly the height of the faculty in which it arises, the nobility of things associated with it, and the greatness of services it renders.
Oscar W. Firkins

Humor is something that thrives between man's aspirations and his limitations. There is more logic in humor than in anything else. Because, you see, humor is truth.
Victor Borge

Wit is the lowest form of humor.
Alexander Pope

This I conceive to be the chemical function of humor to change the character of our thought.
Lin Yutang

Humor is perhaps a sense of intellectual perspective an awareness that some things are really important, others not and that the two kinds are most oddly jumbled in everyday affairs.
Christopher Morley

Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he is not a sense of humor to console him for what he is.
Francis Bacon

We take the shortest route to the puck and arrive in ill humor.
Bobby Clarke

You can turn painful situations around through laughter. If you can find humor in anything --even poverty--you can survive it.
Bill Cosby

America is not only big and rich, it is mysterious and its capacity for the humorous or ironical concealment of its interests matches that of the legendary inscrutable Chinese.
David Riesman

A sense of humor is a major defense against minor troubles.
Mignon McLaughlin

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

Good humor is one of the best articles of dress one can wear in society.
William Makepeace Thackeray

No mind is thoroughly well organized that is deficient in a sense of humor.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Humor is, I think, the subtlest and chanciest of literary forms. It is surely not accidental that there are a thousand novelists, essayists, poets or journalists for each humorist. It is a long, long time between James Thurbers.
Leo C. Rosten

Humor is the affectionate communication of insight.
Leo C. Rosten

A great step toward independence is a good humored stomach.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca

I can imagine no more comfortable frame of mind for the conduct of life than a humorous resignation.
W. Somerset Maugham

Humor is also a way of saying something serious.
T. S. Eliot

Humor distorts nothing, and only false gods are laughed off their earthly pedestals.
Agnes Repplier

Humor brings insight and tolerance. Irony brings a deeper and less friendly understanding.
Agnes Repplier

Harriet What do you look for in a woman you date Charlie Well, I know everyone always says sense of humor, but I'd really have to go with breast size.
So I Married an Axe Murderer

I sometimes think that the saving grace of America lies in the fact that the overwhelming majority of Americans are possessed of two great qualities- a sense of humor and a sense of proportion.
Franklin D. Roosevelt

I have a fine sense of the ridiculous, but no sense of humor.
Edward Albee

It's hard to create humor because of the unfair competition from the real world.
Peter's Almanac

The humorous man recognizes that absolute purity, absolute justice, absolute logic and perfection are beyond human achievement and that men have been able to live happily for thousands of years in a state of genial frailty.
Brooks Atkinson

When humor goes, there goes civilization.
Erma Bombeck

Humor is by far the most significant activity of the human brain.
Edward De Bono

Righteous people have no sense of humor.
Bertolt Brecht

Humor is just another defense against the universe.
Mel Brooks

That is the saving grace of humor, if you fail no one is laughing at you.
A. Whitney Brown

He had the sort of face that makes you realize God does have a sense of humor.
Bill Bryson

People love to admit they have bad handwriting or that they can't do math. And they will readily admit to being awkward 'I'm such a klutz' But they will never admit to having a poor sense of humor or being a bad driver.
George

For health and the constant enjoyment of life, give me a keen and ever-present sense of humor it is the next best thing to an abiding faith in providence.
George Barrell Cheever

Humor is always based on a modicum of truth. Have you ever heard a joke about a father-in-law
Dick Clark

I think the next best thing to solving a problem is finding some humor in it.
Frank A. Clark

The love of truth lies at the root of much humor.
Robertson Davies

The kind of humor I like is the thing that makes me laugh for 5 seconds and think for 10 minutes.
William Davis

It is characteristic of all deep human problems that they are not to be approached without some humor and some bewilderment.
Freeman John Dyson

A sense of humor is the ability to understand a joke and that the joke is oneself.
Clifton Paul Fadiman

I have often been downcast, but never in despair I regard our hiding as a dangerous adventure, romantic and interesting at the same time. In my diary I treat all the privations as amusing. I have made up my mind now to lead a different life from other girls and, later on, different from ordinary housewives. My start has been so very full of interest, and that is the sole reason why I have to laugh at the humorous side of the most dangerous moments.
Anne Frank

One doesn't have a sense of humor. It has you.
Larry Gelbart

In order to find a good quotation in a dictionary of humorous quotations, I didn't leave any stone unturned.
B. J. Gupta

There are people who can talk sensibly about a controversial issue they're called humorists.
Cullen Hightower

If you could choose one characteristic that would get you through life, choose a sense of humor.
Jennifer Jones

WARNING Humor may be hazardous to your illness.
Ellie Katz

There are two insults no human being will endure that he has no sense of humor, and that the has never known trouble.
Sinclair Lewis

Think of what would happen to us in America if there were no humorists life would be one long Congressional Record.
Tom Masson

A humorist is a fellow who realizes, first, that he is no better than anybody else, and, second, that nobody else is either.
Homer McLin

Silence will not betray your thoughts but the expression on your face will. Humor has a hundred faces tragedy only a few.
H. G. Mendelson

The more I live, the more I think that humor is the saving sense.
Jacob August Riis

Love is an attachment to another self. Humor is a form of self-detachment -- a way of looking at one's existence, one's misfortune, or one's discomfort. If you really love, if you really know how to laugh, the result is the same you forget yourself.
Claude Roy

Nothing is more curious than the almost savage hostility that humor excites in those who lack it.
George Saintsbury

Next to power without honor, the most dangerous thing in the world is power without humor.
Eric Sevareid

A taste for irony has kept more hearts from breaking than a sense of humor, for it takes irony to appreciate the joke which is on oneself.
Jessamyn West

Analyzing humor is like dissecting a frog. Few people are interested and the frog dies of it.
E. B. White

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

I think we're losing our sense of humor instead of being able to relax and laugh at ourselves. I don't care whether it's ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, or whose ox is being gored.
Betty White

Total absence of humor renders life impossible.
Colette

Humor is a rubber sword - it allows you to make a point without drawing blood.
Mary Hirsch

The wit makes fun of other persons the satirist makes fun of the world the humorist makes fun of himself, but in so doing, he identifies himself with people--that is, people everywhere, not for the purpose of taking them apart, but simply revealing their true nature.
James Thurber

The wit makes fun of other persons the satirist makes fun of the world the humorist makes fun of himself.
James Thurber