"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."
"A joke is a very serious thing."Jessamyn West on Winston Churchill
"Humor is mankind's greatest blessing."Jessamyn West on Mark Twain
"Common sense and a sense of humor are the same thing, moving at different speeds. A sense of humor is just common sense, dancing."Jessamyn West on William James
"If I had no sense of humor, I would long ago have committed suicide."Jessamyn West on Mahatma Gandhi
"A person without a sense of humor is like a wagon without springs. It's jolted by every pebble on the road."Jessamyn West on Henry Ward Beecher
"Writing is a solitary occupation. Family, friends, and society are the natural enemies of the writer. He must be alone, uninterrupted, and slightly savage if he is to sustain and complete an undertaking."
"There are two barriers that often prevent communication between the young and their elders. The first is middle-aged forgetfulness of the fact that they themselves are no longer young. The second is youthful ignorance of the fact that the middle aged are still alive."
"Faithfulness to the past can be a kind of death above ground. Writing of the past is a resurrection the past then lives in your words and you are free."
"It is very east to forgive others their mistakes it takes more grit and gumption to forgive them for having witnessed your own."
"The past is really almost as much a work of the imagination as the future."
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