Oh, and wouldn’t that be a bite, huh? Missing a whole wrestling meet!
There seems to be no lengths to which humorless people will not go to analyze humor. It seems to worry them.
This I conceive to be the chemical function of humor: to change the character of our thought.
When humor goes, there goes civilization.
What a strange world this would be if we all had the same sense of humor.
Wit is the lowest form of humor.
When a thought takes one’s breath away, a grammar lesson seems impertinence.
Thomas W. Higginson
There is no defense against adverse fortune, which is so effectual as a habitual sense of humor.
Thomas W. Higginson
Wit – the salt with which the American humorist spoils his intellectual cookery by leaving it out.
Get well cards have become so humorous that if you don’t get sick you’re missing half the fun.
Day by day, we let love just walk away. And I’ll be the first to say, I was glad to see it go. And day by day, ever since you went away, I’m finding I’m still missing you.
Lyrics to Song
I agree with Walter Murch’s theory that digital will never have the emotional or visual power of regular film, because audiences respond to absences. Regular film has a split second of blank screen between each shot, which the audience’s brain has to automatically fill in. Digital doesn’t have that, so it doesn’t engage the audience in the same ways. In all modernist literature, the most present thing is what’s absent. Like the opening of The Sound and the Fury, where they’re looking between the fence. Or in Closer the most important parts, the relationships, are missing and have to be filled in by the audience. Absences are crucial.
Have more than thou showest,
Speak less than thou knowest.
Have the courage to be ignorant of a great number of things, in order to avoid the calamity of being ignorant of everything.
An autobiography is an obituary in serial form with the last chapter missing.
Put your trust in God – - but keep your powder dry.
When angry, count four; when very angry, swear.
Don’t get your knickers in a knot. Nothing is solved and it just makes you walk funny.
Early to rise and early to bed makes a male healthy and wealthy and dead.
In the fight between you and the world, back the world.
Football is not a contact sport. Its a collision sport
Work as if you were to live 100 years; pray as if you were to die tomorrow.
I leave you gentleman now and you will write it. You will interpret it. That’s your right. But as I leave you I want you to know Ñ just think how much you’re going to be missing. You don’t have Nixon to kick around any more, because, gentlemen, this is my last press conference and it will be one in which I have welcomed the opportunity to test wits with you.
Press conference after losing the election for Governor of California, (7 November 1962); “Transcript of Nixon’s News Conference on His Defeat by Brown in Race for Governor of California”, New York Times (8 November 1962), p. 18.
Certainly, for me, if we were ever on stage, the three of us, there’d be someone missing, … I’d look over there and there’d be someone missing and that’d be John.
Anyone who says he can see through women is missing a lot.
‘O God, thy sea is so great and my boat is so small’
(Old Breton prayer inscribed on plaques given to new submarine captains by Admiral Rickover) Remarks at dedication of the East Coast Memorial to the Missing at Sea , 5/23/63
I never looked at the consequences of missing a big shot… when you think about the consequences you always think of a negative result.
We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.
There are moments when I can’t believe I’m as old as I am. But I feel better physically than I did 10 years ago. I don’t think, Oh God, I’m missing something.
Can miles truly separate you from friends…. If you want to be with someone you love, aren’t you already there?
Parting is all we know of heaven and all we need to know of hell.
Emily Dickinson, “Parting”
Your absence has gone through me Like thread through a needle Everything I do is stitched with its color.
W.S. Merwin, “Separation”
Life is so short, so fast the lone hours fly, We ought to be together, you and I.
Henry Alford, “You and I” (Thanks, Jenn)
The reason it hurts so much to separate is because our souls are connected.
Nicholas Sparks, The Notebook
To die and part is a less evil; but to part and live, there, there is the torment.
Missing someone gets easier every day because even though it’s one day further from the last time you saw each other, it’s one day closer to the next time you will.
Ye flowers that drop, forsaken by the spring, Ye birds that, left by summer, cease to sing, Ye trees that fade, when Autumn heats remove, Say, is not absence death to those who love?
Absence diminishes little passions and increases great ones, as the wind extinguishes candles and fans a fire.
Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld, translated from French
Love is missing someone whenever you’re apart, but somehow feeling warm inside because you’re close in heart.
Nothing makes the earth seem so spacious as to have friends at a distance; they make the latitudes and longitudes.
Henry David Thoreau
Absence from whom we love is worse than death, and frustrates hope severer than despair.
Love reckons hours for months, and days for years; and every little absence is an age.
Oft in the tranquil hour of night, When stars illume the sky, I gaze upon each orb of light, And wish that thou wert by.
I keep coming back to you in my head, but you couldn’t know that, and I have no carbons.
The joy of meeting pays the pangs of absence; else who could bear it?
She went her un-remembering way, She went and left in me The pang of all the partings gone, And partings yet to be.
Don’t be dismayed by good-byes. A farewell is necessary before you can meet again. And meeting again after moments or a lifetime is certain for those who are friends.
It is loneliness that makes the loudest noise. This is true of men as of dogs.
Sometimes, when one person is missing, the whole world seems depopulated.
If I had a single flower for every time I think about you, I could walk forever in my garden.
What is the opposite of two? A lonely me, a lonely you.
Every parting is a form of death, as every reunion is a type of heaven.
Days of absence, sad and dreary, Clothed in sorrow’s dark array, – Days of absence, I am weary; She I love is far away.
I am tired, Beloved, of chafing my heart against the want of you; of squeezing it into little ink drops, And posting it.
Amy Lowell, “The Letter”
Why can’t we get all the people together in the world that we really like and then just stay together? I guess that wouldn’t work. Someone would leave. Someone always leaves. Then we would have to say good-bye. I hate good-byes. I know what I need. I need more hellos.
Charles M. Schulz
One kind kiss before we part, Drop a tear, and bid adieu; Though we sever, my fond heart Till we meet shall pant for you.
Ever absent, ever near; Still I see thee, still I hear; Yet I cannot reach thee, dear!
I think we dream so we don’t have to be apart so long. If we’re in each other’s dreams, we can play together all night.
Bill Watterson, Calvin & Hobbes