William James Page

“Common sense and a sense of humor are the same thing, moving at different speeds. A sense of humor is just common sense, dancing.”

- William James

Bill Cosby Page

“Through humor, you can soften some of the worst blows that life delivers. And once you find laughter, no matter how painful your situation might be, you can survive it.”

- Bill Cosby

Mahatma Gandhi Page

“If I had no sense of humor, I would long ago have committed suicide.”

- Mahatma Gandhi

Lewis Mumford Page

“Humor is our way of defending ourselves from life's absurdities by thinking absurdly about them.”

- Lewis Mumford

Jim Rohn Page

“The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not bully; be thoughtful, but not lazy; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humor, but without folly.”

- Jim Rohn


David Lynch Page

“Absurdity is what I like most in life, and there's humor in struggling in ignorance. If you saw a man repeatedly running into a wall until he was a bloody pulp, after a while it would make you laugh because it becomes absurd.”

- David Lynch

Dr. Seuss Page

“Nonsense wakes up the brain cells. And it helps develop a sense of humor, which is awfully important in this day and age. Humor has a tremendous place in this sordid world. It's more than just a matter of laughing. If you can see things out of whack, then you can see how things can be in whack.”

- Dr. Seuss

Source/Notes: As reported in "Dr. Seuss: American Icon" (A&C Black, 2005) by Philip Nel, p. 38
Wentworth Miller Page

“Confidence is at the root of so many attractive qualities, a sense of humor, a sense of style, a willingness to be who you are no matter what anyone else might think or say and it's true, I do have a certain fondness for women that have dark hair.”

- Wentworth Miller

Man Ray Page

“I have been accused of being a joker. But the most successful art to me involves humor.”

- Man Ray

Source/Notes: As quoted in an interview Man Ray: Photographer published in Camera (1981) edited by Philippe Sers
Walt Disney Page

“Childishness? I think it's the equivalent of never losing your sense of humor. I mean, there's a certain something that you retain. It's the equivalent of not getting so stuffy that you can't laugh at others.”

- Walt Disney

Source/Notes: The Quotable Walt Disney (2001)


Rudy Giuliani Page

“What children need most are the essentials that grandparents provide in abundance. They give unconditional love, kindness, patience, humor, comfort, lessons in life. And, most importantly, cookies.”

- Rudy Giuliani

Bill Cosby Page

“There is hope for the future because God has a sense of humor and we are funny to God.”

- Bill Cosby

Walt Disney Page

“I always like to look on the optimistic side of life, but I am realistic enough to know that life is a complex matter. With the laugh comes the tears and in developing motion pictures or television shows, you must combine all the facts of life — drama, pathos and humor.”

- Walt Disney

Source/Notes: Ch. 1 : It All Started with a Boy, p. 16 - How to Be Like Walt : Capturing the Magic Every Day of Your Life (2004)
David Draiman Page

“I would like to thank a world that never understood or accepted me, family and friends that never believed in me, and a God with one hell of a sense of humor. You have all made me what I am today. Let that weigh heavily on your consciences.”

- David Draiman

Source/Notes: sleeve notes, The Sickness (2000)
Redd Foxx Page

“Music played a large role in the survival of the black people in America — that and a sense of humor that just couldn't be enslaved.”

- Redd Foxx

Source/Notes: The Redd Foxx Encyclopedia of Black Humor (1977) (co-written with Norma Miller)


T. S. Eliot Page

“Humor is also a way of saying something serious.”

- T. S. Eliot

Dodinsky Page

“When I see an opportunity for humor, I grab it! After all, life is too short to be grumpy.”

- Dodinsky