“Irony is jesting behind hidden gravity”
“Humor is the only test of gravity, and gravity of humor; for a subject which will not bear raillery is suspicious, and a jest which will not bear serious examination is false wit.”
“I lose my respect for the man who can make the mystery of sex the subject of a coarse jest, yet when you speak earnestly and seriously on the subject, is silent”
Henry David Thoreau
“He jests at scars that never felt a wound”
“The squirrel that you kill in jest, dies in earnest.”
“War is the statesman's game, the priest's delight, The lawyer's jest, the hired assassin's trade.”
Percy Bysshe Shelley
“Never injure a friend, even in jest.”
Marcus Tullius Cicero
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