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





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


Jane Austen (1775-1817, British novelist)


It is commonly said that ridicule is the best test of truth; for that it will not stick where it is not just. I deny it. A truth learned in a certain light, and attacked in certain words, by men of wit and humor, may, and often doth, become ridiculous, at least so far, that the truth is only remembered and repeated for the sake of the ridicule.


Philip Dormer Stanhope Chesterfield (1694-1773, British statesman, author)


Ridicule has always been the enemy of enthusiasm, and the only worthy opponent to ridicule is success.


Oliver Goldsmith (1728-1774, Anglo-Irish author, poet, playwright)


I believe they talked of me, for they laughed consumedly.


George Farquhar (c.1677-1707, Irish playwright)


Oh that wisdom was half as zealous for converts as ridicule.


Franz Grillparzer (1791-1872, Austrian dramatic poet)


We grow tired of everything but turning others into ridicule, and congratulating ourselves on their defects.


William Hazlitt (1778-1830, British essayist)


Resort is hard to ridicule only when reason is against us.


Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826, American President (3rd))


No great movement designed to change the world can bear to be laughed at or belittled. Mockery is a rust that corrodes all it touches.


Milan Kundera (1929-, Czech author, critic)


Mockery is often the result of a poverty of wit.


Jean De La Bruyere (1645-1696, French classical writer)


Ridicule often checks what is absurd, and fully as often smothers that which is noble.


Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832, British novelist, poet)


When a person can no longer laugh at himself, it is time for others to laugh at him.


Thomas Szasz (1920-, American psychiatrist)


Ridicule is a weak weapon when pointed at a strong mind; but common people are cowards and dread an empty laugh.


Martin Tupper (1810-1889, British author, poet, inventor)


No God and no religion can survive ridicule. No political church, no nobility, no royalty or other fraud, can face ridicule in a fair field, and live.


Mark Twain (1835-1910, American humorist, writer)


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