Category Archives: HUMOUR

“But I like my madness. There is a thrill in it unknown to such sanity as yours. ~ Book 1, Chapter 9,” ― Rafael Sabatini, Scaramouche

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“A man must sometimes laugh at himself or go mad–Few realize it. That is why there are so many madmen in the world.”
Rafael Sabatini, Captain Blood

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Mostly I did it because it annoyed me that all fairies and goblins always seemed to be English. I thought it would make them far more funny if they were all Scottish. PRATCHETT.

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“Magic
Sandra’s seen a leprechaun,
Eddie touched a troll,
Laurie danced with witches once,
Charlie found some goblins gold.
Donald heard a mermaid sing,
Susy spied an elf,
But all the magic I have known
I’ve had to make myself.”
― Shel Silverstein, Where the Sidewalk Ends: The Poems and Drawings of Shel Silverstein

“A well-developed sense of humour is the pole that adds balance to your step as you walk the tightrope of life.” William A Ward

IZZY MALLACOOTA“Something is always born of excess: great art was born of great terror, great loneliness, great inhibitions, instabilities, and it always balances them.”

 Anaïs Nin

FOTO – IZZY FOREAL IN MALLACOOTA 2013

Oh, beware, my lord, of jealousy; It is the green eyed monster which doth mock. IAGO

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“As his wife, Emilia must know Iago better than anybody else. She does not know, any more than the others, that he is malevolent, but she does know that her husband is addicted to practical jokes. What Shakespeare gives us in Iago is a portrait of a practical joker of a peculiarly appalling kind, and perhaps the best way of approaching the play is by a general consideration of the Practical Joker.”

― W.H. Auden, The Dyer’s Hand

We should put the emphasis on the rediscovery of our own individual clown, the one that has grown-up within us and which society does not allow us to express. Jacques Lecoq

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The genius of clowning is transforming the little, everyday annoyances, not only overcoming, but actually transforming them into something strange and terrific. it is the power to extract mirth out of nothing and less than nothing.

“Grock” Karl Adrie

http://www.silentclown.com/inspirations.htm

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TERRY BRENNAN

Fear of Clowns

Over summer the circus came again to the Regatta Grounds

and all up and down in clear view of highway intersections

half-a-dozen huge jumping-castle sized inflated clowns

were blown up ridiculously and roped down in various front yards.

Six metres tall, with orange hair, the pink nose, big eyes and luber lips

and bobbing blue hats taller than the brick veneer and carport.

Sitting squat and wiggling in the wind like silly super-sized toddlers,

with their grimacing gigantic gargantuan gobs.

Coulrophobia is a ‘fear of clowns’, and arguably it’s well-founded.

I don’t know how Hobart Coulrophobiasts cope

when the circus comes to town and flogs its bill.

There’s no road out of town safe from the grease-paint monsters.

One Sunday morning when the winds really gusted up

I saw one of these jumping-castle clowns jump its fence.

It bounced like a nightmare nursery rhyme ball, its ropes dangling,

all the way over a six-lane highway to finish stupefied against a cyclone fence.

 

The clown has great importance. as part of the search for what is laughable and ridiculous in man.

 

 

 

We should put the emphasis on the rediscovery of our own individual clown, the one that has grown-up within us and which society does not allow us to express.

 

Jacques Lecoq

http://www.silentclown.com/inspirations.htm

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Open-mouthed, with painted smile, the clowns stand in formation,

Constantly they shake their heads in cynical negation,

Notwithstanding players skill the clowns will always win,

They walk free from the courtroom and the cycle starts again.

Graeme King

THE LAUGHING CLOWNS

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The Australian Women’s Weekly (1933 – 1982), Saturday 7 August 1937

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A clown needn’t be the same out of the ring as he has to be when he’s in it. If you look at photographs of clowns when they’re just being ordinary men, they’ve got quite sad faces.
― Enid Blyton, Five Go Off in a Caravan

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I am Psmith,” said the old Etonian reverently. “There is a preliminary P before the name. This, however, is silent. Like the tomb. Compare such words as ptarmigan, psalm, and phthisis. P.G. Wodehouse, Psmith, Journalist

 

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THE PTARMIGAN IS STRANGE
AS STRANGE AS HE CAN BE
NEVER SITS ON PTELEPHONE POLES
OR ROOSTS UPON A PTREE
AND THE WAY HE PTAKES PTO SPELLING
IS THE STRANGEST THING PTO ME.

Anonymous

Having a personal philosophy is like having a pet marmoset, because it may be very attractive when you acquire it, but there may be situations when it will not come in handy at all. Lemony Snicket.

http://www.litera.co.uk/ancient_greek_proverbs_do_like_the/126/

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Whispers of Immortality

WEBSTER was much possessed by death
And saw the skull beneath the skin;
And breastless creatures under ground
Leaned backward with a lipless grin.

Daffodil bulbs instead of balls
Stared from the sockets of the eyes!
He knew that thought clings round dead limbs
Tightening its lusts and luxuries.

Donne, I suppose, was such another
Who found no substitute for sense,
To seize and clutch and penetrate;
Expert beyond experience,

He knew the anguish of the marrow
The ague of the skeleton;
No contact possible to flesh
Allayed the fever of the bone.
. . . . .
Grishkin is nice: her Russian eye
Is underlined for emphasis;
Uncorseted, her friendly bust
Gives promise of pneumatic bliss.

The couched Brazilian jaguar
Compels the scampering marmoset
With subtle effluence of cat;
Grishkin has a maisonette;

The sleek Brazilian jaguar
Does not in its arboreal gloom
Distil so rank a feline smell
As Grishkin in a drawing-room.

And even the Abstract Entities
Circumambulate her charm;
But our lot crawls between dry ribs
To keep our metaphysics warm.

T. S. Eliot

There are two insults no human will endure. The assertion that he has no sense of humor and the doubly impertinent assertion that he has never known trouble.

Sinclair Lewis

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Noise is the most impertinent of all forms of interruption. It is not only an interruption, but also a disruption of thought.

Arthur Schopenhauer

Club Secretary: “I say, Lawrence. You are a clown!” T.E. Lawrence: “Ah, well, we can’t all be lion tamers.”

― T.E. Lawrence

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Be a clown, be a clown, All the world loves a clown. Act the fool, play the calf, And you’ll always have the last laugh.
The Pirate (1948) “Be A Clown” (written in 1946)

Cole Porter

A sense of humour is the only divine quality of man”

― Arthur Schopenhauer

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Out of compassion I destroy the darkness of their ignorance. From within them I light the lamp of wisdom and dispel all darkness from their lives.

Bhagavad Gita

A joke is often the hole through which truth whistles.

Japanese

http://www.inspirationalstories.com/proverbs/japanese-silence-makes-irritation-grow/

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“Do you know what I think about crying? I think some people have to learn to do it. But once you learn, once you know how to really cry, there’s nothing quite like it. I feel sorry for those who don’t know the trick. It’s like whistling or singing.”

― Anne Rice, Memnoch the Devil

The reason that ‘guru’ is such a popular word is because ‘charlatan’ is so hard to spell.

― William J. Bernstein, The Investor’s Manifesto: Preparing for Prosperity, Armageddon, and Everything in Between

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Let the fragrance of humour play in those eyes.
Imported midget of a soul, brown eyed,
Cuddled in cologne-sodden hands;
Worked out devil, doped in cognac.

Written by naturemithya

http://deepundergroundpoetry.com/poems/25136-charlatan/

But he won’t let the pain blot out the humour no more’n he’ll let the humour blot out the pain.

― Ken Kesey, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

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“What the Chronics are – or most of us – are machines with flaws inside that can’t be repaired, flaws born in, or flaws beat in over so many years of the guy running head-on into solid things that by the time the hospital found him he was bleeding rust in some vacant lot. ”

― Ken Kesey, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest