— David Ogilvy Advertising executive 1911 - 1999
— Amy Sedaris, I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence
„I think being successful in comedy is being funny and making jokes - anything beyond that is the icing on the cake.“
— Jimmy Carr British comedian and humourist 1972
Charlotte Cripps (January 31, 2007) "Stand up and be counted, comedians", The Independent.
„I may make jokes about Microsoft at times, but at the same time, I think the Microsoft hatred is a disease.“
— Linus Torvalds Finnish-American software engineer and hacker 1969
„You know lots of criticism is written by characters who are very academic and think it is a sign you are worthless if you make jokes or kid or even clown.“
— Ernest Hemingway American author and journalist 1899 - 1961
Context: You know lots of criticism is written by characters who are very academic and think it is a sign you are worthless if you make jokes or kid or even clown. I wouldn't kid Our Lord if he was on the cross. But I would attempt a joke with him if I ran into him chasing the money changers out of the temple. Letter (21 June 1952); published in Ernest Hemingway: Selected Letters 1917–1961 (1981) edited by Carlos Baker
„Please note: if you think the above is offensive, it is of course a joke and you did not get it. If you do not find it offensive, it is of course not a joke, and you did not get it. This is not a joke. Get it?“
— Erik Naggum Norwegian computer programmer 1965 - 2009
Re: Preventing a class from being instantiated http://email@example.com (Usenet article).
„“The trouble with you,” the Ugly Girl said, “is that you think you know just what everyone should do, don’t you?”
The Mad Duke smiled at her. His face was bright and sharp, smooth and glittering. “Yes,” he said, “I do.”
“And what,” she said, “if you’re wrong?”
“And what,” he said, “if I’m not?”“
— Ellen Kushner American writer 1955
Part I, Chapter VIII (p. 82)
„I personally think confession was just someone's idea of a sick joke. One dude came up with it, then he died, and he forgot to tell everyone he was only fuckin' around. Think about the idea of confession... You take a guy who's not allowed to masturbate, or have sex, ever, then you make him wear a costume, then he has to sit in a dark booth, and listen to fuck stories whispered through a hole in the wall!“
— Joe Rogan American martial artist, podcaster, sports commentator and comedian 1967
„The devil came to Eve in Genesis chapter three, ‘The serpent said unto the woman, ‘Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?” First sentence out of the devil's mouth was a question to make Eve doubt God's word. He always does that by the way. He’s always going to make you try to doubt God's word. The second thing he said to the woman was, ‘Ye shall not surely die:’ Now he’s calling God a liar. The third thing he said to the woman was, ‘Hey, if you eat off that tree, ye shall be as gods.’ And right there is where the whole idea of Evolution got started. It didn’t start with Charley Darwin. It started with Satan in the Garden of Eden. He wants you to think you can become like gods. Yes boys and girls, we are evolving. We started off like an amoeba and we’re getting bigger and better and stronger and smarter and in some day we’re going to sail around the universe and discover new life forms like Star Trek.“
— Kent Hovind American young Earth creationist 1953
„A guy, a fighter is going to tell you that, ooh, he's not nervous, that he believes in himself 100%. I think he's a liar, or I think he's just not all there. Before [you] fight, you always have some little doubt about yourself, and I think that's what keeps you sharper. So yes, I was confident, but at the same time I was worried. I think that little feeling makes me sharper and makes me stronger.“
— Georges St. Pierre Canadian mixed martial artist 1981
UFC 65 post fight press conference.
„“Could Yarl the Omnipotent create a stone so heavy he couldn’t lift it?” Green Green asked him.
”No,” said Courtcour.
”He would not.”
”That is no answer.”
”Yes, it is. Think about it. Would you?”“
— Roger Zelazny American speculative fiction writer 1937 - 1995
Chapter 7 (p. 157)
„"We were making the future," he said, "and hardly any of us troubled to think what future we were making. And here it is!"“
— H. G. Wells English writer 1866 - 1946
When The Sleeper Wakes (1899)