„Humor is emotional chaos remembered in tranquility.“

—  James Thurber, Quoted in New York Post (29 February 1960)
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americký karikaturista, autor, novinář, dramatik 1894 - 1961
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—  Grace Hartigan American artist 1922 - 2008
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„In emotional vibrancy experience is recollected not in tranquility… but in excitement.“

—  Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan Indian philosopher and statesman who was the first Vice President and the second President of India 1888 - 1975

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„Emotional chaos is not pleasant; distillation of that chaos afterward may perhaps be pleasant in some of its aspects, and undoubtedly gives pleasure to others.“

—  Robertson Davies Canadian journalist, playwright, professor, critic, and novelist 1913 - 1995
Context: Complementary to his is Thurber's remark that "humour is a kind of emotional chaos, told about quietly and calmly in retrospect". Emotional chaos is not pleasant; distillation of that chaos afterward may perhaps be pleasant in some of its aspects, and undoubtedly gives pleasure to others.

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„I have always employed humor, and I think it’s absolutely crucial that we do because, among other things, humor is the only free emotion.“

—  Gloria Steinem American feminist and journalist 1934
Context: There were never that many women stand-up comics in the past because the power to make people laugh is also a power that gets people upset. But the ones who were performing were making jokes on themselves usually and now that’s changed. So there are no rules exactly but I think if you see a whole group of people only being self-deprecating, it’s a problem. But I have always employed humor, and I think it’s absolutely crucial that we do because, among other things, humor is the only free emotion. I mean, you can compel fear, as we know. You can compel love, actually, if somebody is isolated and dependent — it’s like the Stockholm syndrome. But you can’t compel laughter. It happens when two things come together and make a third unexpectedly. It happens when you learn something, too. I think it was Einstein who said he had to be careful when he shaved because if he thought of something suddenly, he’d laugh and cut himself. So I think laughter is crucial. Some of the original cultures, like the Dalit and the Native American, don’t separate laughter and seriousness. There’s none of this kind of false Episcopalian solemnity.

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„I remember when humor was gentle pokes. I used to call it 'arm around the shoulder' humor. Now they go for the jugular and they take no prisoners. It's mean, mean stuff.“

—  Robert Orben American magician and writer 1928
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„During the 1960s, I think, people forgot what emotions were supposed to be. And I don't think they've ever remembered.“

—  Andy Warhol American artist 1928 - 1987
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„Let chaos reign, then rein in chaos.“

—  Andrew S. Grove Hungarian-born American businessman, engineer, and author 1936 - 2016
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