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"Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand." - Mark Twain

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Mark Twain
Quotable Mark Twain

Opting for sly deadpan rather than an outright bellylaugh, famous humorists often take deadly aim at stuffed shirts, crooked politicians, and the social picadillos of just about everybody -- including themselves.

If the soul of wit is brevity (as Shakespeare once put it) then readers can often count on skilled writers to tell the truth in the fastest possible time.

And we quote:

"If you want to know what God thinks of money, just look at the people he gave it to." - Dorothy Parker

"Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself." - Mark Twain

"My one regret in life is that I am not someone else." - Woody Allen

"Always forgive your enemies - nothing annoys them so much." - Oscar Wilde

“If there is one thing I dislike, it is the man who tries to air his grievances when I wish to air mine.”  - P.G. Wodehouse

"“If you are a dog and your owner suggests that you wear a sweater, suggest that he wear a tail.” - Fran Lebowitz

"Drinking makes such fools of people, and people are such fools to begin with that it's compounding a felony." - Robert Benchley

"Sixty minutes of thinking of any kind is bound to lead to confusion and unhappiness." - James Thurber

More writing humor and social commentary around the Web:

From the great lines of of Shakespeare and Chaucer to more contemporary yuks from The New Yorker, you'll discover a treasure of humor on the Web at top sites featuring complete works, quotes and excerpts... - A meta-page with annotated listings for selected online resources to the life and works of the medieval writer and social commentator..

Moliere Index - Biography, analysis and essays on the 17th century French comedic dramatist.

World Wide School Library: Literature-Humor - With complete texts from the likes of Ambrose Pierce, P.G. Wodehouse, Mark Twain and more.

Mark Twain in His Times - Comprehensive overview of the American original and his work, including examples of book illustrations, contemporary reviews, and a photo gallery.

The New Yorker - Wit and humor from some of the funniest contemporary writers around, although the cartoons alone are worth a look. - Essays, short stories and articles, plus more information on plays, books and movies written by the actor-comedian.

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