"Gags die, humor doesn't."
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"Comedy has to be based on truth. You take the truth and you put a little curlicue at the end."
"Humor is one of the best ingredients of survival."
"Humor is richly rewarding to the person who employs it. It has some value in gaining and holding attention, but it has no persuasive value at all."
"Humor is a serious thing. I like to think of it as one of our greatest earliest natural resources, which must be preserved at all cost."
"Humor can alter any situation and help us cope at the very instant we are laughing."
"All I know about humor is that I don't know anything about it."
"Humor does not diminish the pain - it makes the space around it get bigger."
"You can't study comedy; it's within you. It's a personality. My humor is an attitude."
"Humour is the weapon of unarmed people: it helps people who are oppressed to smile at the situation that pains them."
"Humor is everywhere, in that there's irony in just about anything a human does."
"Humor is the instinct for taking pain playfully."
"Comedy, we may say, is society protecting itself - with a smile."
"The satirist shoots to kill while the humorist brings his prey back alive and eventually releases him again for another chance."
"Puns are a form of humor with words."
"There seems to be no lengths to which humorless people will not go to analyze humor. It seems to worry them."
"A person without a sense of humor is like a wagon without springs. It's jolted by every pebble on the road."
"A joke is a very serious thing."
"A sense of humor... is needed armor. Joy in one's heart and some laughter on one's lips is a sign that the person down deep has a pretty good grasp of life."
"Common sense and a sense of humor are the same thing, moving at different speeds. A sense of humor is just common sense, dancing."
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