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sense of humor

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n sense of humor the trait of appreciating (and being able to express) the humorous "she didn't appreciate my humor","you can't survive in the army without a sense of humor"
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Quotations

  • Edward Albee
    Edward Albee
    “I have a fine sense of the ridiculous, but no sense of humor.”
  • Mahatma Gandhi
    Mahatma%20Gandhi
    “If I had no sense of humor, I would long ago have committed suicide.”
  • Lord Nelson
    Lord Nelson
    “I could not tread these perilous paths in safety, if I did not keep a saving sense of humor.”
  • William E. Rothschild
    William E. Rothschild
    “Anyone without a sense of humor is at the mercy of everyone else.”
  • Harry S Truman
    Harry%20S%20Truman
    “Any man who has had the job I've had and didn't have a sense of humor wouldn't still be here.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “It is important to rely on your imagination for your sense of humor and your memory for your truths. Not the other way around.”

Usage

In literature:

The old herder, who had a quiet sense of humor, said he didn't need another boy: that Pete did very well.
"The Ridin' Kid from Powder River" by Henry Herbert Knibbs
He was an earnest youth and entirely without a sense of humor.
"The Plastic Age" by Percy Marks
If she is sure of herself and has a sense of humor, this may be an amusing experience.
"The Business of Being a Woman" by Ida M. Tarbell
Say, Ford; doesn't that appeal to your sense of humor?
"Empire Builders" by Francis Lynde
Mr. Nute did not possess a delicate sense of humor or of satire.
"The Skipper and the Skipped" by Holman Day
But I'll tell you what I have got, son, and that's a sense of humor.
"The Pride of Palomar" by Peter B. Kyne
Even into the letters describing these gallant incidents there creep frequent evidences of Atkins's unconquerable spirit and sense of humor.
"Tommy Atkins at War" by James Alexander Kilpatrick
The contrast struck Mr. Thorndike's sense of humor full in the centre.
"Once Upon A Time" by Richard Harding Davis
This seemed to appeal to the housekeeper's sense of humor.
"'Way Down East" by Joseph R. Grismer
He hadn't much sense of humor.
"The Bad Man" by Charles Hanson Towne
Your sense of humor will save you from any dangerous doctrine.
"Class of '29" by Orrie Lashin and Milo Hastings
Sylvia had no sense of humor.
"The Shoulders of Atlas" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
The corrective of ridicule is safe only as it is a kindly expression of the sense of humor.
"Religious Education in the Family" by Henry F. Cope
At all events, the Orang-outang has a certain sense of humor which is not possessed by animals in general.
"Round-about Rambles in Lands of Fact and Fancy" by Frank Richard Stockton
He lacks a sense of humor, and that lack makes arid the exuberant sources of life.
"The Vitalized School" by Francis B. Pearson
The last time I was here you exhibited so fine a sense of humor that I was really quite proud of you.
"Bob Hampton of Placer" by Randall Parrish
He felt he was acting in some ridiculous dream; but his sense of humor saved him.
"None Other Gods" by Robert Hugh Benson
He would, beside, proclaim his folly, for woman has small sense of humor.
"The Golden Censer" by John McGovern
Nor are they devoid of a sense of humor.
"The Seminole Indians of Florida" by Clay MacCauley
Mrs. Wiggin's delightful sense of humor pervades the sketch.
"A Mother's List of Books for Children" by Gertrude Weld Arnold
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In poetry:

No sense of humor dropped its oil
On the hard ways his purpose went;
Small play of fancy lightened toil;
He spake alone the thing he meant.
"Sumner" by John Greenleaf Whittier

In news:

Apparently some people have little sense of humor.
Their work ethic, sense of humor have won over peers, mentors.
Blake Shelton 's Not So Family Christmas special premieres Monday night on NBC at 10 ET, featuring tons of music, special guests and Blake Shelton's twisted sense of humor.
The animals have a sense of humor too.
To maintain your sanity, you have to keep your sense of humor.
"A very wicked sense of humor," current Lee County Commissioner Tammy Hall said of Bigelow.
Students who know Kyle Stockford said his sense of humor is odd, one that teeters between funny and disturbing.
Ross' personality and sense of humor only added to his collection, which he proudly showed off to anyone and everyone who would ask.
A-Rod Displays Sense of Humor.
Russian literary scholars aren't known for their sense of humor, unless they're Elif Batuman.
Somebody with a seriously warped sense of humor and some time on their hands went around the London subway system and stuck these signs up.
Aging sanely pretty much demands a sense of humor.
According to Gary Williams' dry sense of humor, it might be Braxton Dupree.
Foo Fighters have a great sense of humor.
Although Les Claypool's twisted sense of humor has fueled Primus' best-known work, the singer and bassist is deeply serious about his two-year-old nephew Matthew, who is battling leukemia.
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In science:

His enlightening insight, keen sense of humor, side-pro ject business pursuits, and love of fine cognac provided much enjoyment. I would also like to thank Charles Parks for his continuing support and friendship.
Variational Principles in General Relativity
He is devoted to his students, has a wonderful sense of humor, and is truly a pleasure to work with.
Random Surfaces
However, they do not deserve any blame in the unlikely case you lack a sense of humor. I thank Chris Kochanek and Molly Peeples for their useful comments on an earlier version of this paper.
How long should an astronomical paper be to increase its Impact?
At the personal level, I discovered that Alain is a very warm person, full of life, and has fantastic sense of humor. I am proud of his friendship.
Noncommutative Geometry as the Key to Unlock the Secrets of Space-Time
His sense of humor, humility, and flexibility are much appreciated.
Bose-Einstein Condensation of Atomic Hydrogen
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