Irony Sayings and Quotes

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

Irony is the gaiety of reflection and the joy of wisdom.     

Anatole France

If a nation values anything more than freedom, it will lose its freedom, and the irony of it is that if it is comfort or money that it values more, it will lose that too     

W. Somerset Maugham

Irony is a clear consciousness of an eternal agility, of the infinitely abundant chaos.     

Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

Irony is one of my favorite aspects of life.     

Wes Studi

Neither irony or sarcasm is argument.     

Samuel Butler

Remember: the time you feel lonely is the time you most need to be by yourself. Life's cruelest irony.     

Douglas Coupland

I'd rather be partly great than entirely useless.     

Neal Shusterman

It is sometimes easier to be happy if you don't know everything.     

Alexander Mccall Smith

Common sense is the most widely shared commodity in the world, for every man is convinced that he is well supplied with it.     

Rene Descartes

Irony is Fate's most common figure of speech.     


Humor is everywhere in that there's irony in just about anything a human does.     

Bill Nye

The greatest way to live with honor in this world is to be what we pretend to be.     


The supreme irony of life is that hardly anyone gets out of it alive.     

Robert A. Heinlein

Irony is a disciplinarian feared only by those who do not know it, but cherished by those who do     

Soren Kierkegaard

My mother never saw the irony in calling me a son-of-a-bitch     

Jack Nicholson

Irony is an insult conveyed in the form of a compliment     

Edwin P. Whipple

Humor brings insight and tolerance. Irony brings a deeper and less friendly understanding.     

Agnes Repplier

Sometimes the appropriate response to reality is to go insane.     

Philip K. Dick

The shortest distance between two points is under construction.     

Noelie Altito

Most people would rather be certain they're miserable than risk being happy.     

Robert Anthony

Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some hire public relations officers.     

Daniel J. Boorstin

People think it must be fun to be a super genius, but they don't realize how hard it is to put up with all the idiots in the world.     


A taste for irony has kept more hearts from breaking than a sense of humor for it takes irony to appreciate the joke which is on oneself.     

Jessamyn West

Irony is the hygiene of the mind.     

Elizabeth Bibesco

Irony regards every simple truth as a challenge     

Mason Cooley

Neither irony nor sarcasm is argument.     

Rufus Choate

Irony, I feel, is a very high form of morality.     

Jean Stafford

Eternity is a mere moment, just long enough for a joke.     

Herman Hesse

Small minds are concerned with the extraordinary, great minds with the ordinary.     

Blaise Pascal

Reality is wrong. Dreams are for real     

Tupac Shakur