„Humor is emotional chaos remembered in tranquility.“

Quoted in New York Post (29 February 1960)
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James Thurber10
americký karikaturista, autor, novinář, dramatik 1894 - 1961

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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, kniha A Voice from the Attic

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Kontext: 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

The Humanist interview (2012)
Kontext: 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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„Together the, two ingredients—a perceived incongruity with a point and an appropriate emotional climate—seem to be both necessary and sufficient for humor.“

—  John Allen Paulos American mathematician 1945

Zdroj: Mathematics and Humor: A Study of the Logic of Humor (1980), Chapter 1, “Mathematics and Humor” (p. 10)

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„Humor, since it depends on so many emotional, social, and intellectual facets of human beings, is particularly immune to computer simulation.“

—  John Allen Paulos American mathematician 1945

Zdroj: Mathematics and Humor: A Study of the Logic of Humor (1980), Chapter 3, “Self-Reference and Paradox” (p. 51)

„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

Zdroj: 1975, Ch. 1: Puberty
Kontext: During the 60's, I think, people forgot what emotions were supposed to be. And I don't think they've ever remembered. I think that once you see emotions from a certain angle you can never think of them as real again. That's what more or less has happened to me. I don't really know if I was ever capable of love, but after the '60's I never thought in terms of "love" again.

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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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„Motion is a great tranquilizer.“

—  James Howard Kunstler, kniha World Made By Hand

Zdroj: World Made By Hand (2008), Chapter 6, p. 34

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