„Irony is jesting hidden behind gravity. Humor is gravity concealed behind the jest.“

—  John Weiss, Wit, Humor, and Shakespeare: Twelve essays (1876), p. 63.
John Weiss2
United States clergyman and abolitionist 1818 - 1879

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„Humour is the only test of gravity, and gravity of humour. For a subject which would not bear raillery is suspicious; and a jest which would not bear a serious examination is certainly false wit.“

—  Aristotle Classical Greek philosopher, student of Plato and founder of Western philosophy -384 - -322 p. n. e.
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„There is no jesting with edge tools.“

—  John Fletcher English Jacobean playwright 1579 - 1625
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„Intermingle...jest with earnest.“

—  Francis Bacon English philosopher, statesman, scientist, jurist, and author 1561 - 1626
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„Never injure a friend, even in jest.“

—  Marcus Tullius Cicero Roman philosopher and statesman -106 - -43 p. n. e.

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