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.     

Trevanian

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.     

Socrates

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.     

Calvin

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

It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets.     

Voltaire

Why do they call it rush hour when nothing moves?     

Robin Williams

A leader leads by example, whether he intends to or not.     

Steve Jobs

Example is not the main thing in influencing others, it's the only thing     

Albert Schweitzer

Irony regards every simple truth as a challenge.     

Mason Cooley

Pleasure in irony ... is an ego trip.     

Jessamyn West

Irony is the form of paradox. Paradox is what is good and great at the same time.     

Friedrich Von Schlegel

It's a tragic irony. The sick stayed well and the healthy became blind.     

Philip Yordan

You know, there's a certain irony in the fact that our lives and perhaps the lives of everyone on Earth may depend on Captain Patterson's sex appeal.     

Charles Beaumont

Irony is jesting behind hidden gravity.     

John Weiss

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 an insult conveyed in the form of a compliment.     

Edwin P. Whipple

Sentimental irony is a dog that bays at the moon while pissing on graves.     

Karl Kraus

I am consistently inconsistent.     

Don Williams, Jr.

Clap an extinguisher upon your irony if you are unhappily blessed with a vein of it     

Charles Lamb

It's like rain on your wedding day.' Only if you're marrying a weatherman and he set the date.     

Ed Byrne

Define irony: a bunch of idiots dancing around on a plane to a song     

Garland Greene

A man is as young as the woman he feels.     

Groucho Marx

I feel so miserable without you, it's almost like having you here.     

Stephen Bishop

Sometimes I need what only you can provide: your absence.     

Ashleigh Brilliant

It's always darkest before it turns absolutely pitch black.     

Paul Newman

History teaches us that men and nations behave wisely once they have exhausted all other alternatives.     

Abba Eban