Things we find funny change as we get older.
Small children laugh at clowns.
As a tweenager, I recall reading a library book my mother had just finished ― one of Leslie Charteris’s “Saint” stories. I was moved to hysteria over a comment made by Simon Templar to his sidekick, Hoppy. (Hoppy’s words are paraphrased as I don’t recall them exactly.)
Hoppy: I got an idea, boss. Templar: Be kind to it, Hoppy. It’s in a strange place.
For some reason, this tickled my funny bone to an extent that reduced me to incoherence, to the amusement of my mother.
As a full-blown teenager, I would dash home on Sunday evenings to watch the Rowan and Martin Laugh-in. (Enough said.)
But over time my laughter response has become harder to trigger. Does that happen to everyone?
I may have got carried away. . .
I did edit out loads ― honest! Treasure these for their insight as much as their gentle humour.
“Stories of imagination tend to upset those without one.” ― Terry Pratchett
“Knowing things is magical, if other people don’t know them.” ― Terry Pratchett, A Hat Full of Sky
“It’s still magic even if you know how it’s done.” ― Terry Pratchett, A Hat Full of Sky
“In ancient times cats were worshipped as gods; they have not forgotten this.” ― Terry Pratchett
“What kind of man would put a known criminal in charge of a major branch of government? Apart from, say, the average voter.” ― Terry Pratchett, Going Postal
“A lie can run round the world before the truth has got its boots on.” ― Terry Pratchett, The Truth
“The trouble with having an open mind, of course, is that people will insist on coming along and trying to put things in it.” ― Terry Pratchett, Diggers
“The presence of those seeking the truth is infinitely to be preferred to the presence of those who think they’ve found it.” ― Terry Pratchett, Monstrous Regiment
“And what would humans be without love?” “RARE,” said Death. ― Terry Pratchett, Sourcery“
“Real stupidity beats artificial intelligence every time.” ― Terry Pratchett, Hogfather
Always be wary of any helpful item that weighs less than its operating manual.” ― Terry Pratchett, Jingo
“The intelligence of that creature known as a crowd is the square root of the number of people in it.” ― Terry Pratchett, Jingo
“Wisdom comes from experience. Experience is often a result of lack of wisdom.” ― Terry Pratchett
“I’ll be more enthusiastic about encouraging thinking outside the box when there’s evidence of any thinking going on inside it.” ― Terry Pratchett
“No, actually it isn’t,” said Tiffany. “Patronizing is a big word. Zoology is really quite short.” ― Terry Pratchett, The Wee Free Men
A vital ingredient of success is not knowing that what you’re attempting can’t be done. – Terry Pratchett, Equal Rites
A person ignorant of the possibility of failure can be a half-brick in the path of the bicycle of history. – Terry Pratchett, Equal Rites
“It’s not worth doing something unless someone, somewhere would much rather you weren’t doing it”. ― Terry Pratchett
“She was already learning that if you ignore the rules people will, half the time, quietly rewrite them so that they don’t apply to you.” ― Terry Pratchett, Equal Rites
“A good plan isn’t one where someone wins, it’s where nobody thinks they’ve lost.” ― Terry Pratchett, The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents
“If you trust in yourself. . .and believe in your dreams. . .and follow your star. . . you’ll still get beaten by people who spent their time working hard and learning things and weren’t so lazy.” ― Terry Pratchett, The Wee Free Men
“Time is a drug. Too much of it kills you.” ― Terry Pratchett, Small Gods
“…inside every old person is a young person wondering what happened.” ― Terry Pratchett, Moving Pictures
That last one is a leeetle bit close to home.
I’d be interested to hear quotes from your favourite heros.
Which comedies stand the test of time for you? ( Only Fools and Horses comes to mind in the UK.)