"It's self-effacing, it's hard-luck, the shtetl stories. All those Coasters things are an amalgam of Yiddish and black humor."
"A joke is a very serious thing."Jerry Leiber on Winston Churchill
"Humor is mankind's greatest blessing."Jerry Leiber 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."Jerry Leiber on William James
"If I had no sense of humor, I would long ago have committed suicide."Jerry Leiber 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."Jerry Leiber on Henry Ward Beecher
"I heard this music coming out of the radio and it was 'Ain't Nobody's Business.' It got me. I thought, 'I can do this.' I decided just like that. No romantic story."