Monday, April 19, 2010

Our Great Humorists

We are so fortunate to have so many talented, witty English-speaking writers. Today I’m sharing a few of my favorite quotes with you. I know these ladies and gentlemen always bring a smile to my lips.

Oscar Wilde

Always forgive your enemies—nothing annoys them so much.

One should never trust a woman who tells her real age. If she tells that, she'll tell anything.

How can a woman be expected to be happy with a man who insists on treating her as if she were a perfectly normal human being.

Jane Austen

I do not want people to be very agreeable, as it saves me that trouble of liking them a great deal.

One cannot be always laughing at a man without now and then stumbling on something witty.

It was a delightful visit - perfect, in being much too short.

Mark Twain

Get the facts first. You can distort them later. (Perfect for historical authors!)

Reader, suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.

Work is a necessary evil to be avoided.

Dorothy Parker

You can drag a horticulture, but you can't make her think. (when challenged to use “horticulture” in a sentence)

I don't care what anybody says about me as long as it isn't true.

This is not a novel to be tossed aside lightly. It should be thrown with great force.

Who are some of your favorite humorous writers? What are your favorite witty quotes?

14 comments:

  1. That's cute, Shana! Love your quotes! Can't think of any off hand, and I've got to get to work! Have a terrific Monday!

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  2. I have a file of writers on writing quotes. Glancing through it I came across this by Robert A Heinlein (science fiction author)

    "Writing is not necessarily something to be ashamed of, but do it in private and wash your hands afterward."

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  3. S. J. Perelman is a hilarious writer. I read a short story collection of his years ago. He has a gift for the absurd. I want to re-read some of his stuff.

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  4. My favorite is Catherine Aird's quote - If you can't be a good example, then you'll just have to serve as a horrible warning." It's my new heroine's motto.

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  5. I can't come up with book quotes off the top of my head, but movie ones?

    "Oh, Abby Someone."
    "Abby who?"
    "Abby Normal."

    Robin, I'm liking your quote!

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  6. What a fun post, Shana! I love quotes, especially when they are witty and poignant! Oscar Wilde is one of my favorites, as well as George Bernard Shaw:

    "A fashion is nothing but an induced epidemic."

    "The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it."

    "When a thing is funny, search it carefully for a hidden truth."

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  7. Shana,
    I loved them all! One of my favorites is from Marilyn Monroe: I don't mind living in a man's world if I can be a woman in it.

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  8. Oh so cool Shana! I can't quote anybody but I can needlepoint or embordier the quote you gave. Thanks for the ideas.

    Amelia, I like yours to, I want to fit in if I can be myself! Thanks.

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  9. I've always enjoyed Oscar Wilde because his had such a bite to them and were so true.

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  10. Loved the quotes. I'm especially fond of Mark Twain for his sarcastic wit. He wrote lots of funny stuff... too bad I can't remember what it was!

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  11. Some great ones, Shana!

    I too love Twain. One of my favorites goes something like, If Con is the opposite of Pro then Congress must be the opposite of progress.

    And I'm also a big fan of G.B. Shaw. My fave of his is: No good deed goes unpunished. (I had that one on my signature line in my Dreaded Day Job.)

    AC

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  12. The old brain is not firing well enough today to come up with quotes, but this sure was a fun read. Thanks Shana!

    Jane Austen was definitely witty. I was reading through a ton of quotes from her letters for a speech I gave recently and it was very tough to narrow down a few to use! She had "snark" mastered long before the term was created.

    I always loved Erma Bombeck. And Dave Barry is a favorite funny writer.

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  13. Some great quotes here, Shana. I'm gonna give you one my son says: No matter how bad you think it is, it could always be worse. You could be on fire.

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