Joking Sayings and Quotes

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


I don't mind making jokes, but I don't want to look like one.     

Marilyn Monroe

Joke exchanges are carried on in deadly earnest, like a verbal duel-mouth-to-mouth combat. Bang, bang: you’re (linguistically) dead.     

David Crystal

Jokes are hilarious only when you take them unreal and dreamlike, otherwise it becomes painful. So I always live otherworldly...     

Saket Assertive

My way of joking is to tell the truth. That's the funniest joke in the world.     

Muhammad Ali

Often, joking for me is a way of diffusing the awkwardness of a situation, so it's kind of exhilarating to be a part of projects where there's nothing funny or lighthearted.     

Emma Stone

People complain that joking about serious subjects is 'making light' of them. Isn't that a good idea? Comedy lets the air out of the bully's tires.     

Peter Baynham

The aim of a joke is not to degrade the human being, but to remind him that he is already degraded.     

George Orwell

Joking decides great things, Stronger and better oft than earnest can.     

John Milton

I never stopped joking around long enough to realize you weren't laughing anymore.     

Alexander Potter

It is not necessary for the public to know whether I am joking or whether I am serious, just as it is not necessary for me to know it myself.     

Salvador Dali

Most jokes state a bitter truth.     

Larry Gelbart

Jesting is often only indigence of intellect.     

Jean De La Bruyere