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Wit enables us to act rudely with impunity.

—La Rochefoucauld, 1678

I used to think that everyone was just being funny. But now I don’t know. I mean, how can you tell?

—Andy Warhol, 1970

There is nothing sillier than a silly laugh.

—Catullus, c. 60 BC

A joke is at most a temporary rebellion against virtue, and its aim is not to degrade the human being but to remind him that he is already degraded.

—George Orwell, 1945

A difference of taste in jokes is a great strain on the affections.

—George Eliot, 1876

Comedy, like sodomy, is an unnatural act.

—Marty Feldman, 1969

He who laugheth too much, hath the nature of a fool; he that laugheth not at all, hath the nature of an old cat.

—Thomas Fuller, 1732

Jests and scoffs do lessen majesty and greatness and should be far from great personages and men of wisdom.

—Henry Peacham, 1622

A jest breaks no bones.

—Samuel Johnson, 1781

I said of laughter, “It is mad,” and of pleasure, “What use is it?”

—Book of Ecclesiastes, 225 BC

No man ever distinguished himself who could not bear to be laughed at.

—Maria Edgeworth, 1809

Jesters do oft prove prophets.

—William Shakespeare, c. 1605

Laughter almost ever cometh of things most disproportioned to ourselves and nature. Laughter hath only a scornful tickling.

—Philip Sidney, 1582