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Max Eastman Quotes and Sayings

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

Related topics: Humor

It is art that makes life, makes interest,
makes importance and I know of no substitute whatever
for the force and beauty of its process.
- Max Eastman

Dogs laugh, but they laugh with their tails.
- Max Eastman

The defining function of the artist is to cherish consciousness.
- Max Eastman

 

Classic art was the art of necessity:
modern romantic art bears the stamp of caprice and chance.
- Max Eastman

It is the ability to take a joke, not make one,
that proves you have a sense of humor.
- Max Eastman

The worst enemy of human hope is not brute facts,
but men of brains who will not face them.
- Max Eastman

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A liberal mind is a mind that is able to imagine itself believing anything.
- Max Eastman

A smile is the universal welcome.
- Max Eastman

People who demand neutrality in any situation are usually
not neutral but in favor of the status quo.
- Max Eastman

A poet in history is divine, but a poet in the next room is a joke.
- Max Eastman

Robert Benchley has a style that is weak and lies down frequently to rest.
- Max Eastman

I don't know why it is we are in such a hurry to get up when we fall down.
You might think we would lie there and rest for a while.
- Max Eastman

Emotion is the surest arbiter of a poetic choice,
and it is the priest of all supreme unions in the mind.
- Max Eastman

Laughter is, after speech, the chief thing that holds society together.
- Max Eastman

A joke is not a thing but a process,
a trick you play on the listener's mind.
You start him off toward a plausible goal,
and then by a sudden twist you land him nowhere at
all or just where he didn't expect to go.
- Max Eastman

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

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

You can turn painful situations around through laughter.
If you can find humor in anything, even poverty,
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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Humor is emotional chaos remembered in tranquility.
- James Thurber

Humor is the affectionate communication of insight.
- Leo Rosten

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

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

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

Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he is not;
a sense of humor to console him for what he is.
- Francis Bacon

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

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

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

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

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

In conversation, humor is worth more than wit and easiness more than knowledge.
- George Herbert

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

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

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

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

The secret to humor is surprise.
- Aristotle

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

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

A taste for irony has kept more hearts from breaking than a sense of humor,
for it takes irony to appreciate the joke which is on oneself.
- Jessamyn West

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

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

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

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

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

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

When humor goes, there goes civilization.
- Erma Bombeck

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

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

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

Gags die, humor doesn't.
- Jack Benny

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

A joke is a very serious thing.
- Winston Churchill

My computer beat me at checkers, but I sure beat it at kickboxing.
- Emo Philips

Humor is reason gone mad.
- Groucho Marx


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