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Leo Rosten Quotes and Sayings

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Humor is the affectionate communication of insight.
- Leo Rosten

Related topics: Humor

Any man who hates dogs and babies can't be all bad.
- Leo Rosten

A conservative is one who admires radicals centuries after they're dead.
- Leo Rosten

First-rate people hire first-rate people;
second-rate people hire third-rate people.
- Leo Rosten

 

Some things are so unexpected that no one is prepared for them.
- Leo Rosten

Why did God give me two ears and one mouth? So that
I will hear more and talk less.
- Leo Rosten

I never cease being dumbfounded by the unbelievable things people believe.
- Leo Rosten

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If you are going to do something wrong at least enjoy it.
- Leo Rosten

Truth is stranger than fiction; fiction has to make sense.
- Leo Rosten

We see things as we are, not as they are.
- Leo Rosten

Satire is focused bitterness.
- Leo Rosten

I learned that it is the weak who are cruel,
and that gentleness is to be expected only from the strong.
- Leo Rosten

An angel is a spiritual creature created by God without
a body for the service of Christendom and the church.
- Leo Rosten

The writer wants to be understood much more than he
wants to be respected or praised or even loved.
And that perhaps, is what makes him different from others.
- Leo Rosten

Courage is the capacity to confront what can be imagined.
- Leo Rosten

Happiness comes only when we push our brains and hearts
to the farthest reaches of which we are capable.
- Leo Rosten

Extremists think "communication" means agreeing with them.
- Leo Rosten

The only reason for being a professional writer is that you can't help it.
- Leo Rosten

Words must surely be counted among the most powerful drugs man ever invented.
- Leo Rosten

A writer writes not because he is educated but because
he is driven by the need to communicate.
Behind the need to communicate is the need to share.
Behind the need to share is the need to be understood.
- Leo Rosten

Proverbs often contradict one another,
as any reader soon discovers.
The sagacity that advises us to look before we leap
promptly warns us that if we hesitate we are lost;
that absence makes the heart grow fonder,
but out of sight, out of mind.
- Leo Rosten

Life's burdens are lighter when I laugh at myself.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie PHOTO

A well-developed sense of humor
is the pole that adds balance to your steps,
as you walk the tightrope of life.
- William Arthur Ward PHOTO

You can turn painful situations around through laughter.
If you can find humor in anything, even poverty,
you can survive it.
- Bill Cosby

Through humor, 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

A person without a sense of humor
is like a wagon without springs.
It's jolted by every pebble on the road.
- Henry Ward Beecher

You grow up the day you have
your first real laugh - at yourself.
- Ethel Barrymore

A willingness to laugh at itself is what distinguishes
a compassionate religion from a cult.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

So long as you have courage and a sense of humor,
it is never too late to start life afresh.
- Freeman Dyson

There is hope for the future because God has a sense
of humor and we are funny to God.
- Bill Cosby

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.
- Hugh Sidey

A sense of humor is just common sense, dancing.
- William James

Good humor is the health of the soul,
sadness is its poison.
- Lord Chesterfield

Humor is mankind's greatest blessing.
- Mark Twain

One can never speak enough of the virtues,
the dangers, the power of shared laughter.
- Francoise Sagan

I think the next best thing to solving a problem is
finding some humor in it.
- Frank Howard Clark

A laugh is a surprise.
And all humor is physical.
I was always athletic, so that came naturally to me.
- Chevy Chase

There is no defense against adverse fortune which is
so effectual as an habitual sense of humor.
- Thomas W. Higginson

This I conceive to be the chemical function of humor:
to change the character of our thought.
- Lin Yutang

The secret to humor is surprise.
- Aristotle

Life is not a tragedy, it is a comedy.
To be alive means to have a sense of humor.
- Osho

Humor can alter any situation and help us cope at the
very instant we are laughing.
- Allen Klein

Puns are a form of humor with words.
- Guillermo Cabrera Infante

A joke is a very serious thing.
- Winston Churchill

Humor is something that thrives between man's aspirations and his limitations.
There is more logic in humor than in anything else.
Because, you see, humor is truth.
- Victor Borge

I have a fine sense of the ridiculous,
but no sense of humor.
- Edward Albee

Humor is emotional chaos remembered in tranquility.
- James Thurber

Humor is merely tragedy standing on its head with its pants torn.
- Irvin S. Cobb

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.
- James Thurber

Analyzing humor is like dissecting a frog.
Few people are interested and the frog dies of it.
- E. B. White

Humor is laughing at what you haven't got when you ought to have it.
- Langston Hughes

Humor distorts nothing, and only false gods are laughed
off their earthly pedestals.
- Agnes Repplier

All I know about humor is that I don't know anything about it.
- Fred Allen

Humor does not diminish the pain - it makes the space around it get bigger.
- Allen Klein

A pun is the lowest form of humor, unless you thought of it yourself.
- Doug Larson

What a strange world this would be if we all had the same sense of humor.
- Bern Williams

Humor is just another defense against the universe.
- Mel Brooks

When humor goes, there goes civilization.
- Erma Bombeck

Like a welcome summer rain, humor may suddenly cleanse and cool the earth,
the air and you.
- Langston Hughes

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.
- John Kenneth Galbraith

One doesn't have a sense of humor.
It has you.
- Larry Gelbart

The more I live, the more I think that humor is the saving sense.
- Jacob August Riis

Humor is everywhere, in that there's irony in just
about anything a human does.
- Bill Nye

If I had no sense of humor,
I would long ago have committed suicide.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Humor is the instinct for taking pain playfully.
- Max Eastman

A sense of humor is a major defense against minor troubles.
- Mignon McLaughlin

Humor brings insight and tolerance.
Irony brings a deeper and less friendly understanding.
- Agnes Repplier

There seems to be no lengths to which humorless people
will not go to analyze humor.
It seems to worry them.
- Robert Benchley

If you could choose one characteristic that would get you through life,
choose a sense of humor.
- Jennifer Jones

Gags die, humor doesn't.
- Jack Benny

Humor is by far the most significant activity of the human brain.
- Edward de Bono


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