– Interview in New York World Sunday Magazine, November 26, 1905 Humor, to be comprehensible to anybody, must be built upon a foundation with which he is miliar. If he cant see the foundation the superstructure is to him merely a freak — like the Flatiron building without any visible means of support — something that ought to be arrested.
The humorous writer professes to awaken and direct your love, your pity, your kindness–your scorn for untruth, pretension, imposture….He takes upon himself to be the week-day preacher.
– interview Mark Twain: Arrival in Auckland, New Zealand Herald, November 21, Humor 1895 English humor is hard to appreciate, though, unless you are trained to it. The English s, in reporting my speeches, always put laughter in the wrong place.
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– A Humorists Confession, The New York Times, November 26, 1905American humor is different entirely to French, German, Scotch, or English humor. And the difference lies in the mode of expression. Though it comes from the English, American humor is distinct. As a rule when an Englishman writes or tells a story, the knob of it, as we would call it, has to be emphasized or italicized, and exction points put in. Now, an American story-teller does not do that. He is apparently unconscious of the effect of the joke.
– Mark Twain in Eruption
– quoted in interview
from Washington Times, June 28, 1907
– What Paul Bourget Thinks of Us
– Mark Twain,new york asian escort model a Biography
– quoted in Sydney Morning Herald, September 17, 1895, pp. 5-6.
I have had a call to literature, of a low order–i.e. humorous. It is nothing to be proud of, but it is my strongest suit, &nd time, it seems to me, is the true test of humour. It must be antiseptic.
Humor is mankinds greatest blessing.
– Mark Twain, a Biography
– Notebook, 1879
Laughter without a tinge of philosophy is but a sneeze of humor. Genuine humor isMark Twain Humor replete with wisdom.
What is it that strikes a spark of humor from a man? It is the effort to throw off, to fight back the burden of grief that is laid on each one of us. In youth we dont feel it, but as we grow to manhood we find the burden on our shoulders. Humor? It is natures effort to harmonize conditions. The further the pendulum swings out over woe the further it is bound to swing back over mirth.
– Notes on Thackerays Essay on Swift
The funniest things are the forbidden.
– quoted in Mark Twain and I, Opie Read
– Interview titled With Mark Twain, Sydney (Australia) Bulletin, January 4, 1896
– Mark Twains Autobiography
The humorous story is told gravely; the teller does his best to conceal the ct that he even dimly suspects that there is anything funny about it.
– The Chronicle of Young Satan, Mysterious Stranger Manuscripts
– Following the Equator
Against the assault of laughter, nothing can stand.
Humor is the good natured side of a truth.
Everything human is pathetic. The secret source of Humor itsHumorelf is not joy but sorrow. There is no humor in heaven.
– quoted in Mark Twain and I, Opie Read
San Francisco Call, July 8, 1907
Humor must not professedly teach, and it must not professedly preach, but it must do both if it would live forever.
Humor is the great thing, the saving thing after all. The minute it crops up, all our hardnesses yield, all our irritations, and resentments flit away, and a sunny spirit takes their place.
– How to Tell a Story
Humorists of the mere sort cannot survive. Humor is only a fragrance, a decoration.
It is not true that owing to my lack of humor I was once discharged from a humorous publication. Its an event that could very likely happen were I on the staff of a humorous –but then Id never get into a fix like that. Id never undertake to be humorous by contract. If I wanted my worst enemy to be racked Id make him the editor of a comic . For me there must be contrast; for humorous effect I must have solemn background; Id let my contribution into an undertakers or the London Times. Set a diamond upon a pall of black if youd have it glisten.
Humor must be one of the chief attributes of God. Plants and animals that are distinctly humorous in form and characteristics are Gods jokes.