Life can be a drag. We can all get too serious, work too hard, and focus too intently. The world we live in is particularly adept at crushing spirits, reducing mental well-being, and depressing those of us who think. In fact, Jean Racine quipped that “Life is a comedy to those who think, a tragedy to those who feel.” One of the things that can be helpful is to read and re-read some great humor quotes. They have a remarkable ability to open the mind, relax the soul, and create a fresh perspective. And though lightheartedness is, I say, one of the values of the wise (along with humor), a third aspect to this ValueSet is that of recognizing and accepting the absurd.
To illustrate humor quotes and proverbs about lightheartedness, consider the following examples:
“Humor brings insight and tolerance. Irony brings a deeper and less friendly understanding.” ~ Agnes Repplier
“The most completely lost of all days is that on which one has not laughed.” ~ Catullus
“He deserves paradise who makes his companions laugh.” ~ The Koran
“Life is a hard battle anyway, and if we laugh and sing a little as we fight the good fight of freedom, it makes it all go easier.” ~ Sojourner Truth
“Like a welcome summer rain, humor may suddenly cleanse and cool the earth, the air and you.” ~ Langston Hughes
“I realize that humor is not for everyone. It’s only for people who want to have fun, enjoy life, and feel alive.” ~ Anne Wilson Schaef
“Analyzing humor is like dissecting a frog. Few people are interested and the frog dies of it.” ~ E. B. White
“We do not take humor seriously enough.” ~ Konrad Lorenz
“Laughter without a tinge of philosophy is but a sneeze of humor. Genuine humor is replete with wisdom.” ~ Mark Twain
“Men always say the most important thing in a woman is a sense of humor. You know what that means? He’s looking for someone to laugh at his jokes.” ~ Sheila Wenz
“Life is far too important a thing ever to talk seriously about.” ~ Oscar Wilde
To make clearer what is meant by “acceptance of the absurd,” note these quotations:
“We demand freedom of speech and freedom of the press… although we have nothing to say and nothing worth printing.” ~ Kahlil Gibran
“There are well-dressed foolish ideas just as there are well-dressed fools.” ~ Diane Ackerman
“When you know to laugh and when to look upon things as too absurd to take seriously, the other person is ashamed to carry through even if he was serious about it.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt
This page shows briefly some reasons why humor (and I would say, humor quotes!) are so important: it makes us happier and healthier.
Search here for proverbs and sayings about humor and some of the best humor quotes from Woody Allen, Jerry Seinfeld, Carl Reiner, Lily Tomlin, Richard Pryor, Emo Phillips, Henny Youngman, Oscar Wilde, Groucho Marx, Dave Chapelle, Tina Fey, Will Rogers, and Mark Twain.