Common sense and a sense of humour are the same thing, moving at different speeds. A sense of humour is just common sense, dancing. William James
Humour is a great vehicle for getting a message across: If you get too serious, you could die of starch. Cyndi Lauper
Humour is a reminder that no matter how high the throne one sits on, one sits on one's bottom. Taki
Humour is also a way of saying something serious. T S Eliot
Humour is just another defence against the universe. Mel Brooks
Humour is merely tragedy standing on its head with its pants torn. Irvin S. Cobb
Humour 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
Laughter is a tranquilizer with no side effects. Arnold Glasow
Humour is reason gone mad. Groucho Marx
Humour is the great thing, the saving thing. The minute it crops up, all our irritation and resentments slip away and a sunny spirit takes their place. Mark Twain
Humour is an affirmation of dignity, a declaration of man's superiority to all that befalls him. Roman Gary
Humour is emotional chaos remembered in tranquillity. James Thurber
Humour is the instinct for taking pain playfully. Max Eastman
What is comedy? Comedy is the art of making people laugh without making them puke. Steve Martin
Humour is despair refusing to take itself seriously. Arland Ussher
Humour results when society says you can't scratch certain things in public, but they itch in public. Tom Walsh
Humour is a rubber sword - it allows you to make a point without drawing blood. Mary Hirsch
Humour is a social lubricant that helps us get over some of the bad spots. Steve Allen
Comedy is acting out optimism. Robin Williams
You can't deny laughter; when it comes, it plops down in your favourite chair and stays as long as it wants. Stephen King
Comedy is simply a funny way of being serious. Peter Ustinov
Honest good humour is the oil and wine of a merry meeting, and there is no jovial companionship equal to that where the jokes are rather small and laughter abundant. Washington Irving
A man isn't poor if he can still laugh. Raymond Hitchcock
If I had no sense of humour, I would long ago have committed suicide. Mahatma Gandhi
I am thankful for laughter, except when milk comes out of my nose. Woody Allen
I could not tread these perilous paths in safety, if I did not keep a saving sense of humour. Horatio Nelson
I think the next best thing to solving a problem is finding some humour in it. Frank A. Clark
A laugh is a smile that bursts. Mary H. Waldrip
Bad humour is an evasion of reality; good humour is an acceptance of it. Malcolm Muggeridge
A person without a sense of humour is like a wagon without springs. It's jolted by every pebble on the road. Henry Ward Beecher
After God created the world, He made man and woman. Then, to keep the whole thing from collapsing, He invented humour. Bill Kelly
Laughter gives us distance. It allows us to step back from an event, deal with it and then move on. Bob Newhart
Laughter is a social sanction against inflexible behaviour, which requires a momentary anaesthesia of the heart. Henri Bergson
Laughter is an instant vacation. Milton Berle
Laughter is the shortest distance between two people. Victor Borge
Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face. Victor Hugo
Life literally abounds in comedy if you just look around you. Mel Brooks
Mark my words, when a society has to resort to the lavatory for its humour, the writing is on the wall. Alan Bennett
Perhaps I know best why it is man alone who laughs; he alone suffers so deeply that he had to invent laughter. Friedrich Nietzsche
So many tangles in life are ultimately hopeless that we have no appropriate sword other than laughter. Gordon W. Allport
The kind of humour I like is that which makes me laugh for five seconds and think for ten minutes. William Davis
The most wasted of all days is one without laughter. E E Cummings
The secret to humour is surprise. Aristotle
There is more logic in humour than in anything else. Because, you see, humour is truth. Victor Borge
Through humour, 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
Warning: Humour may be hazardous to your illness. Ellie Katz
What monstrous absurdities and paradoxes have resisted whole batteries of serious arguments, and then crumbled swiftly into dust before the ringing death-knell of a laugh! Agnes Repplier
To truly laugh, you must be able to take your pain, and play with it! Charlie Chaplin
All I need to make a comedy is a park, a policeman and a pretty girl. Charlie Chaplin
If you could choose one characteristic that would get you through life, choose a sense of humour. Jennifer Jones
I've always thought that a big laugh is a really loud noise from the soul saying, "Ain't that the truth". Quincy Jones
With the fearful strain that is on me night and day, if I did not laugh I should die. Abraham Lincoln
You can turn painful situations around through laughter. If you can find humour in anything, even poverty, you can survive it. Bill Cosby
You can't stay mad at somebody who makes you laugh. Jay Leno
John Marwood Cleese was born in Weston-Super-Mare on 27 October 1939. His father had changed their surname to Cleese from Cheese before signing up for the army in World War 1. By all accounts, Cleese’s childhood wasn’t a perfect one. Being six foot tall at the age of twelve made him an easy target for bullies, and Cleese recalls that he started using humour as a way of avoiding fights. When we started Monty Python, we had no idea how many people were watching," he said. "The only aim we ever had was to make each other laugh."
Russ Baleson (author) from Sandhurst, United Kingdom on February 21, 2016:
Thanks Dove, glad you enjoyed it.
DoveFreexrolo on February 21, 2016:
thanks for posting this, it really is informative
Russ Baleson (author) from Sandhurst, United Kingdom on September 10, 2010:
Thanks, much appreciated.Hope it put a smile on your face. Russ
Computerrecording on September 10, 2010:
Nice hub .
Russ Baleson (author) from Sandhurst, United Kingdom on July 14, 2010:
Hi Lena, thank you, glad you enjoyed it. Russ
Lena Kovadlo from Staten Island, NY on July 14, 2010:
You've collected great quotes into your hub. Nicely done. I enjoyed it.
Russ Baleson (author) from Sandhurst, United Kingdom on January 16, 2010:
Thanks John and Tony, we need to laugh to keep it all in perspective.
Tony McGregor from South Africa on January 03, 2010:
Thanks Russ for a lkot of good laughs! Great stuff!
Love and peace
John Cain from Dayton, Texas on December 31, 2009:
A very nice, yet true hub. When all else fails, try a little humor. It can soften the hardest edged person there is, most of the time.
Russ Baleson (author) from Sandhurst, United Kingdom on December 31, 2009:
Hi Hotspur, I think it's a mechanism we have to help us cope with the difficulties of life. Have a great new year.
hotspur from England on December 29, 2009:
Good reminder! Like the Gandhi quote. Didn't know so many people had so many smart quotes about humour...is it in everyone's contract?
Russ Baleson (author) from Sandhurst, United Kingdom on December 17, 2009:
Thank you, it certainly does!
lmmartin from Alberta and Florida on December 17, 2009:
Thank you for this reminder it is humor that keeps us sane.