Tag Archives: Humor

Too Soon? Still Funny <– George Bernard Shaw

“When a thing is funny, search it for a hidden truth…and take all the fun out of it.”

Life does not cease to be funny when people die

any more than it ceases to be serious when people laugh.

— George Bernard Shaw, The Doctor’s Dilemma (1906)

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Posted by on July 16, 2012 in Humor, Politics


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Honest Cynicism <– Lillian Hellman

Cynicism is an unpleasant way of saying the truth.

— Lillian Hellman, The Little Foxes (1939)


Posted by on February 2, 2012 in education, Humor, Philosophy


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Shoot a Senator

Our constitution protects aliens, drunks, and U. S. Senators. There ought to be one day (just one) when there is open season on senators.
Will Rogers, Autobiography

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Posted by on August 6, 2010 in Humor, Politics


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Humor is the Best Defense <- Horace

Quintus Horatius FlaccusWhat stops a man who can laugh from speaking the truth?

Horace, cited in P.J. O’Rourke’s book Parliament of Whores

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Posted by on October 10, 2009 in Humor, Politics, sentience


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Writer’s Bloque

a1700Usually, writers will do anything to avoid writing.

For instance, the previous sentence was written at one o’clock this afternoon. It is now a quarter to four. I have spent the past two hours and forty-five minutes:

  • Sorting my neckties by width,
  • looking up the word paisly in three dictionaries,
  • attempting to find the town of that name on The New York Times Atlas of the World map of Scotland,
  • sorting my reference books by width,
  • trying to get the bookcase to stop wobbling by stuffing a matchbook cover under its corner,
  • dialing the telephone number on the matchbook cover to see if I should take computer courses at night,
  • looking at the computer ads in the newspaper and deciding to buy a computer because writing seems to be so difficult on my old Remington,
  • reading an interesting article on sorghum farming in Uruguay that was in the newspaper next to the computer ads,
  • cutting that and other interesting articles out of the newspaper,
  • sorting – by width – all the interesting articles I’ve cut out of newspapers recently,
  • fastening them neatly together with paper clips and making a very attractive paper clip necklace and bracelet set…

…which I will present to my girlfriend as soon as she comes home from the three-hour low-impact aerobic workout that I made her go to so I could have some time alone to write.
P.J. O’Rourke, The Wit and Wisdom of P. J. O’Rourke

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Posted by on September 13, 2009 in Humor


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Regarding Your Missive

Horrified SmileyIt was pleasant to me to get a letter from you the other day. Perhaps I should have found it pleasanter if I had been able to decipher it. I don’t think that I mastered anything beyond the date (which I knew) and the signature (which I guessed at).

There’s a singular and a perpetual charm in a letter of yours; it never grows old, it never loses its novelty…Other letters are read and thrown away and forgotten, but yours are kept forever
– unread. One of them will last a reasonable man a lifetime.

Thomas Aldrich, letter to Professor E.S. Morse, circa 1889

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Posted by on September 5, 2009 in Humor


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Government as a Joke <- Will Rogers

WillRogersI don’t make jokes, I just watch the government and report the facts.

– Will Rogers, Saturday Review (25 August 1962)

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Posted by on August 20, 2009 in Humor, Politics


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