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Early to rise and early to bed makes a man healthy, wealthy, and dead.
Laughter need not be cut out of anything, since it improves everything.
Man has gone long enough, or even too long, without being man enough to face the simple truth that the trouble with man is man.
Discussion in America means dissent.
The laughter of man is more terrible than his tears, and takes more forms hollow, heartless, mirthless, maniacal.
The dog has got more fun out of Man than Man has got out of the dog, for the clearly demonstrable reason that Man is the more laughable of the two animals.
A word to the wise is not sufficient if it doesn't make sense.
He who hesitates is sometimes saved.
It's a naive domestic Burgundy without any breeding, but I think you'll be amused by its presumption.
You might as well fall flat on your face as lean over too far backward.
The animals that depend on instinct have an inherent knowledge of the laws of economics and of how to apply them; Man, with his powers of reason, has reduced economics to the level of a farce which is at once funnier and more tragic than Tobacco Road.
We all have faults, and mine is being wicked.
Nowadays men lead lives of noisy desperation.
Old age is the most unexpected of all the things that can happen to a man.
A drawing is always dragged down to the level of its caption.
There is something about a poet which leads us to believe that he died, in many cases, as long as 20 years before his birth.
Don't get it right, just get it written.
Love is the strange bewilderment that overtakes one person on account of another person.
The only rules comedy can tolerate are those of taste, and the only limitations those of libel.
Comedy has to be done en clair. You can't blunt the edge of wit or the point of satire with obscurity. Try to imagine a famous witty saying that is not immediately clear.
The nation that complacently and fearfully allows its artists and writers to become suspected rather than respected is no longer regarded as a nation possessed with humor or depth.
I'm 65 and I guess that puts me in with the geriatrics. But if there were fifteen months in every year, I'd only be 48. That's the trouble with us. We number everything. Take women, for example. I think they deserve to have more than twelve years between the ages of 28 and 40.
The appreciative smile, the chuckle, the soundless mirth, so important to the success of comedy, cannot be understood unless one sits among the audience and feels the warmth created by the quality of laughter that the audience takes home with it.
My opposition to Interviews lies in the fact that offhand answers have little value or grace of expression, and that such oral give and take helps to perpetuate the decline of the English language.
The sanity of the average banquet speaker lasts about two and a half months; at the end of that time he begins to mutter to himself, and calls out in his sleep.
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