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Sarcasm: the last refuge of modest and chaste-souled people when the privacy of their soul is coarsely and intrusively invaded.
When my wife and I met, I couldn't talk to her - and my defense mechanism is sarcasm. I belittle someone with verbal pokes and prods. I did it to her out of complete awe. When friends introduced us, I said 'Hi' - and turned my back. Later, I called my mom and best friend and said, 'I think I just met my wife.'
Sarcasm helps me overcome the harshness of the reality we live, eases the pain of scars and makes people smile.
I'll speak for myself, but there's a lot of humor to be found in sarcasm and darkness. You talk to any paramedic, they survive by developing a pretty off-kilter sense of humor.
I am suggesting that as we go through life, we 'accentuate the positive.' I am asking that we look a little deeper for the good, that we still our voices of insult and sarcasm, that we more generously compliment and endorse virtue and effort.
Gordon B. Hinckley
Neither irony or sarcasm is argument.
Sarcasm is weird. Even not in acting, in life I feel like 'sarcastic' is a word that people use to describe me sometimes so when I meet someone, it's almost like they feel like they have to also be sarcastic, but it can sometimes just come off as mean if it's not used in the right way.
Somebody says, 'Do a Tom Bodett, a folksy kind of thing,' and it sounds like something out of 'Hee Haw,' very insulting. They turn wry humor into disparaging sarcasm, and you get what amounts to insulting advertising.
I grew up in an environment of jokes and sarcasm and puns. I talk that way, so I write that way.
I grew up as a very sarcastic person. I was always the class clown, and to date girls, I had to be really funny. I was really skinny growing up. I was so thin, I had to run around in the shower to get wet. That kind of thin. So I always had to rely on humor and sarcasm.
Sarcasm doesn't translate in print at all.
This music won't do. There's not enough sarcasm in it.
My natural-born sarcasm, when it's unimpeded, can be a bit overbearing at times and I'm the first to admit that.
Canada has a passive-aggressive culture, with a lot of sarcasm and righteousness. That went with my weird messianic complex. The ego is a fascinating monster. I was taught from a young age that I had to serve, so that turned into me thinking I had to save the planet.
The clear problem of the outlawing of insult is that too many things can be interpreted as such. Criticism, ridicule, sarcasm, merely stating an alternative point of view to the orthodoxy, can be interpreted as insult.
What I claim is to live to the full the contradiction of my time, which may well make sarcasm the condition of truth.
Sarcasm is lost in print.
Sarcasm I now see to be, in general, the language of the devil; for which reason I have long since as good as renounced it.
I love the French for their sarcasm, their irony. I love them for their bad moods.
As a former writer for the 'National Lampoon,' I've probably contributed to the sea of sarcasm in which we live.
P. J. O'Rourke
In my opinion, I think sarcasm and humor in a song, without turning it into a novelty song, is really charming.
Some sarcasm is best told simply.
You had to learn at a certain age what sarcasm is, you know?
Sarcasm is a Manchester trait.
My brothers are both 6 ft. 5 in., and if you have younger brothers who are bigger than you then you have to learn the ancient martial art of sarcasm.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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