My posts with proverbs and quotes were so well received so I decided to make another selection of quotes here. This time we will look at some with a humoristic touch. It doesn't make them less serious or their message less relevant - nothing is as deadly serious as humour; it can make us realise a truth we would otherwise deny or simply not notice.
Hesiod, active some time 750-650 BC, was a ancient Greek poet, approximately contemporary with Homer.
"Bacteria: The only culture some people have."
(Attributed to Hesiod about 700 BC. Probably incorrect, they didn't know about bacteria at that time.)
Alfred E. Newman is a fictitious cover boy of "Mad", a humour magazine.
"We are living in a world today where lemonade is made from artificial flavours and furniture polish is made from real lemons."
(Alfred E. Newman)
Kelvin Throop III is another fictitious character. He was created by R.A.J. Phillips in 1964 and appeared in many short stories in a magazine named "Analog Science Fiction and Science Fact".
"Isn't it interesting that the same people who laugh at science fiction listen to weather forecasts and economists?"
(Kelvin Throop III)
“Eat your spinach and you'll grow up big and strong like Popeye. You'll also end up with a girlfriend that looks like Olive Oyl.”
“Tact: to make your guests feel at home, while you wish they were.”
Paul Merton is an English writer, comedian, and presenter in radio and television.
"I'm always amazed to hear of air crash victims so badly mutilated that they have to be identified by their dental records. What I can't understand is, if they don't know who you are, how do they know who your dentist is?"
Anton Chekhov, 1860-1904, a great Russian author and playwright.
"Doctors are just the same as lawyers; the only difference is that lawyers merely rob you, whereas doctors rob you and kill you too."
Terry Pratchett, 1948-2015, was an English author, best known for his fantasy novels with a humoristic touch.
"Most gods throw dice, but Fate plays chess, and you don't find out till too late that he's been playing with two queens all along."
Anatole France, 1844-1924, French author and Nobel prize winner in literature in 1921
"People who have no weaknesses are terrible; there is no way of taking advantage of them."
(Anatole France, The Crime of Sylvestre Bonnard)
"Everybody should believe in something. I believe I'll have another coffee."
Related articles: "Make a Distinction Between Quotes & Proverbs, and Attribute Properly!", "Proverbs - Some Favourites" and "Some Favourite Quotes".
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