An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





Irony is the gaiety of reflection and the joy of wisdom.


Anatole France (1844-1924, French writer)


Good families are generally worse than any others.


Anthony Hope (1863-1933, British writer)


Jesus wept; Voltaire smiled. From that divine tear and from that human smile is derived the grace of present civilization.


Victor Hugo (1802-1885, French poet, dramatist, novelist)


Irony is a disciplinarian feared only by those who do not know it, but cherished by those who do. He who does not understand irony and has no ear for its whispering lacks of what might called the absolute beginning of the personal life. He lacks what at moments is indispensable for the personal life, lacks both the regeneration and rejuvenation, the cleaning baptism of irony that redeems the soul from having its life in finitude though living boldly and energetically in finitude.


Soren Kierkegaard (1813-1855, Danish philosopher, writer)


Sentimental irony is a dog that bays at the moon while pissing on graves.


Karl Kraus (1874-1936, Austrian satirist)


Humor brings insight and tolerance. Irony brings a deeper and less friendly understanding.


Agnes Repplier (1858-1950, American author, social critic)


Irony is the form of paradox. Paradox is what is good and great at the same time.


Friedrich Schlegel (1772-1829, German philosopher, critic, writer)


I have been assured by a very knowing American of my acquaintance in London, that a young healthy child, well nursed, is at a year old, a most delicious, nourishing, and wholesome food, whether stewed, roasted, baked, or boiled; and I make no doubt that it will equally serve in a fricassee, or a ragout.


Jonathan Swift (1667-1745, Anglo-Irish satirist)


Irony is jesting behind hidden gravity.


John Weiss


A taste for irony has kept more hearts from breaking than a sense of humor for it takes irony to appreciate the joke which is on oneself.


Jessamyn West (1903-1984, American author)


Irony is an insult conveyed in the form of a compliment.


Edwin P. Whipple (1819-1886, American essayist)


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