Joker Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old joker quotes, joker sayings, and joker proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


The art of the clown is more profound than we think. It is the comic mirror of tragedy, and the tragic mirror of comedy.     

Andre Suares

The jokes are great but what really matters for a comedian is his performance, his whole attitude, and the laughs that he gets between the jokes rather than on top of the jokes.     

Jack Dee

A clown is like aspirin, only he works twice as fast.     

Groucho Marx

There's some sad things known to man, but ain't too much sadder than, the tears of a clown when no one's around.     

Smokey Robinson

A joker is a little fool who is different from everyone else. He's not a club, diamond, heart, or spade. He's not an eight or a nine, a king or a jack. He is an outsider. He is placed in the same pack as the other cards, but he doesn't belong there. Therefore, he can be removed without anybody missing him.     

Man Ray

The cleverest character in comedy is the clown, for he who would make people take him for a fool, must not be one.     

Miguel de Cervantes

I had rather have a fool to make me merry than experience to make me sad.     

William Shakespeare

Enlightened beings are rare in the universe. They are the joker in the deck. They are outside the circle.     

Frederick Lenz

The comic spirit masquerades in all things we say and do. We are each a clown and do not need to put on a white face.     

James Hillman

Laughter may instruct but it may also conceal, defending the joker against anger and retaliation: a game is only a game.     

Margaret Atwood

Comedy is obviously a matter of personal taste and the world always needs a clown and some people have no taste at all and any clown will do.     

Marc Maron

Nobody likes a clown at midnight.     

Stephen King

There is always Joker to see through the delusion. Generation succeeds generation, but there is a fool walking the earth who is never ravaged by time.     

Jostein Gaarder

The joke loses everything when the joker laughs himself.     

Friedrich Schiller

The arrival of a good clown exercises a more beneficial influence upon the health of a town than the arrival of twenty asses laden with drugs.     

Thomas Sydenham

Clowns and elephants are the pegs on which the circus is hung.     

P. T. Barnum

Sometimes you don't want to be a slapstick clown in order to convey a funny perception of the world.     

Tina Weymouth

The first thing any comedian does on getting an unscheduled laugh is to verify the state of his buttons.     

W. C. Fields

There is no more terrible fate for a comedian than to be taken serously.     

Barry Humphries

Give a clown your finger, and he will take your hand.     

George Herbert

The funniest thing a comedian can do is not do it.     

W. C. Fields

The role of a clown and a physician are the same - it's to elevate the possible and to relieve suffering.     

Patch Adams

A clown sees life simply, without complications.     

George Bishop

A joker is near akin to a buffoon; and neither of them is the least related to wit.     

Lord Chesterfield

A comedian who starts talking to himself becomes his own audience. This is fatal.     

Fred Allen

A comedian does funny things. A good comedian does things funny.     

Buster Keaton

A wise man can play the part of a clown, but a clown can't play the part of a wise man.     

Malcolm X

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.     

Cole Porter

Though the clown is often deadpan, he is a connoisseur of laughter.     

Mel Gussow

There is no better role to play among the great than that of jester.     

Denis Diderot