Irony is the gaiety of reflection and the joy of wisdom .
Anatole France, as quoted in Satanic Satire in the Modern Novel (1925) by Sidney Stephen Greenleaf, p. 25
Time changes all things and cultivates even in herself an appreciation of irony.
Irony is the cultivation of the spirit and therefore follows next after immediacy; then comes the ethicist, then the humourist, then the religious person.
There are no exact guidelines. There are probably no guidelines at all. The only thing I can recommend at this stage is a sense of humor , an ability to see things in their ridiculous and absurd dimensions, to laugh at others and at ourselves, a sense of irony regarding everything that calls out for parody in this world .
Since my earliest childhood a barb of sorrow has lodged in my heart. As long as it stays I am ironic if it is pulled out I shall die.
Irony is the birth-pangs of the objective mind (based upon the misrelationship, discovered by the I , between existence and the idea of existence). Humor is the birth -pangs of the absolute mind (based upon the misrelationship, discovered by the I , between the I and the idea of the I .)
Irony is a qualification of subjectivity.
Irony limits, finitizes, and circumscribes and thereby yields truth, actuality, content; it disciplines and punishes and thereby yields balance and consistency.
The presence of irony does not necessarily mean that the earnestness is excluded. Only assistant professors assume that.
Irony, some say, is the art of juxtaposing incongruous parts. One needs a knowing distance . Irony presupposes detachment, which, in the case of Animal Rights, we may forgive Doctor Dillamond for being without.
Given a long enough time, of course, a wide enough frame, there is nothing said or done, ever, that isn't ironic in the end.
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.
He knew that women appreciated neither irony nor sarcasm , but simple jokes and funny stories. He was amply provided with both.
Surely the cosmic irony that loves men's dullness because it alone can preserve them from madness, and retorts upon the cosmic terrors with a jest, is higher than gallantry and more enduring. It arrives at tolerance for all human shortcomings; it embraces high and low in its sympathies; it achieves urbanity as a final goal. It is the stuff of which great literature is made.
God is an iron … If a person who indulges in gluttony is a glutton, and a person who commits a felony is a felon, then God is an iron.
Irony is the form of paradox . Paradox is what is good and great at the same time.
Throughout human history, we have been dependent on machines to survive. Fate, it seems, is not without a sense of irony.
Irony is an insult conveyed in the form of a compliment.
If parody alone can adequately render the reality of our times, only irony offers us the freedom and detachment that are the essential condition of responsible analysis and action.
Humor is everywhere, in that there's irony in just about anything a human does.Bill Nye
Ironic philosophies produce passionate works.
Neither irony nor sarcasm is argument.
When irony first makes itself known in a young man's life, it can be like his first experience of getting drunk; he has met with a powerful thing which he does not know how to handle.