„Common sense and a sense of humor are the same thing, moving at different speeds. A sense of humor is just common sense, dancing.“
— Clive James Australian author, critic, broadcaster, poet, translator and memoirist 1939
„The man of Humor sees common life, even mean life, under the new light of sportfulness and love ; whatever has existence has a charm for him. Humor has justly been regarded as the finest perfection of poetic genius.“
— Thomas Carlyle Scottish philosopher, satirical writer, essayist, historian and teacher 1795 - 1881
Context: Humor is properly the exponent of low things; that which first renders them poetical to the mind. The man of Humor sees common life, even mean life, under the new light of sportfulness and love; whatever has existence has a charm for him. Humor has justly been regarded as the finest perfection of poetic genius. He who wants it, be his other gifts what they may, has only half a mind; an eye for what is above him, not for what is about him or below him. Now, among all writers of any real poetic genius, we cannot recollect one who, in this respect, exhibits such total deficiency as Schiller. In his whole writings there is scarcely any vestige of it, scarcely any attempt that way. His nature was without Humor; and he had too true a feeling to adopt any counterfeit in its stead. Thus no drollery or caricature, still less any barren mockery, which, in the hundred cases are all that we find passing current as Humor, discover themselves in Schiller. His works are full of labored earnestness; he is the gravest of all writers.
„He is the most intelligent, intellectually curious, and charming man I have ever had the pleasure of meeting“
— Munir Butt British diplomat 1940 - 2015
Speaking about Bill Clinton, Source: The Times, 1997.
— Oscar Wilde, A Woman of No Importance
„Are you trying to grasp the quality of intelligence, compassion, the immense sense of beauty, the perfume of love and that truth which has no path to it?“
— Jiddu Krishnamurti Indian spiritual philosopher 1895 - 1986
Context: The questioner says, how can the conditioned brain grasp the unlimited, which is beauty, love, and truth? What is the ground of compassion and intelligence, and can it come upon us — each one of us? Are you inviting compassion? Are you inviting intelligence? Are you inviting beauty, love, and truth? Are you trying to grasp it? I am asking you. Are you trying to grasp the quality of intelligence, compassion, the immense sense of beauty, the perfume of love and that truth which has no path to it? Is that what you are grasping — wanting to find out the ground upon which it dwells? Can the limited brain grasp this? You cannot possibly grasp it, hold it. You can do all kinds of meditation, fast, torture yourself, become terribly austere, having one suit, or one robe. All this has been done. The rich cannot come to the truth, neither the poor. Nor the people who have taken a vow of celibacy, of silence, of austerity. All that is determined by thought, put together sequentially by thought; it is all the cultivation of deliberate thought, of deliberate intent. Last Talks at Saanen, 1985 (1987), p. 158
„The attempt to develop a sense of humor and to see things in a humorous light is some kind of a trick learned while mastering the art of living.“
— Viktor E. Frankl Austrian neurologist and psychiatrist, and Holocaust survivor 1905 - 1997
„Confidence is at the root of so many attractive qualities - a sense of humor, a sense of style, a willingness to be who you are no matter what anyone else might think or say.“
— Wentworth Miller British-born American actor 1972
TheScene.com.au. 14 Jun 2007. Beanpole give Miller a Break. 27 Aug 2009. http://www.thescene.com.au/Fashion/Hype/BEANPOLES-GIVE-MILLER-A-BREAK/ TV.com Trivia http://www.tv.com/wentworth-miller/person/714/trivia.html on what qualities he finds attractive in a woman, at a Beanpole Press Conference in South Korea
— Jesse Ventura American politician and former professional wrestler 1951
Context: Congratulations, you have a sense of humor. And to those who didn't: Go stick your head in the mud. Speaking in a news conference to reporters, where a few were wearing the "Official Jackal" security passes that he had issued. (23 February 2001)
„The same qualities that make a decent boy make a decent man. They have different manifestations, but fundamentally they are the same. If a boy has not got pluck and honesty and common-sense he is a pretty poor creature; and he is a worse creature if he is a man and lacks any one of those three traits.“
— Theodore Roosevelt American politician, 26th president of the United States 1858 - 1919
Context: I want to speak to you first of all as regards your duties as boys; and in the next place as regards your duties as men; and the two things hang together. The same qualities that make a decent boy make a decent man. They have different manifestations, but fundamentally they are the same. If a boy has not got pluck and honesty and common-sense he is a pretty poor creature; and he is a worse creature if he is a man and lacks any one of those three traits.
— Alfred, Lord Tennyson British poet laureate 1809 - 1892