„Irony is jesting hidden behind gravity. Humor is gravity concealed behind the jest.“

—  John Weiss, Wit, Humor, and Shakespeare: Twelve essays (1876), p. 63.
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—  Aristotle Classical Greek philosopher, student of Plato and founder of Western philosophy -384 - -321 a.C.
Misattributed, Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 3rd Earl of Shaftesbury, Sensus Communis: An Essay on the Freedom of Wit and Humour (1709), Part 1, Sec. 5, incorrectly attributing it to Gorgias via Aristotle.

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—  John Fletcher, The Little French Lawyer
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„Chance is necessity hidden behind a veil.“

—  Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach Austrian writer 1830 - 1916
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„I have written the tale of our life
For a sheltered people's mirth,
In jesting guise—but ye are wise,
And ye know what the jest is worth.“

—  Rudyard Kipling English short-story writer, poet, and novelist 1865 - 1936
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