Quotes and Sayings about Irony
"But the irony is that because the band isn't the focus any more, it allows me the chance to enjoy being a member of Def Leppard much more."
- Rick Allen
(Related: Being, Chance, Focus, Irony)
"You know the great irony is that people think you have to have money to enjoy fine food, which is a shame."
- Ted Allen
(Related: Money, Food, People, Irony, Shame)
"Two fundamental literary qualities: supernaturalism and irony."
- Charles Baudelaire
(Related: Irony, Literary)
"Irony is the hygiene of the mind."
- Elizabeth Bibesco
(Related: Hygiene, Irony, Mind)
"We are all tourists in history, and irony is what we win in wars."
- Anatole Broyard
(Related: History, Irony, Tourists)
"There is not much irony when people are being happy on screen."
- Carter Burwell
(Related: People, Being, Irony)
"Neither irony or sarcasm is argument."
- Samuel Butler
(Related: Argument, Irony, Sarcasm)
"And the irony is that they wrote better without access to my quotes."
- Steve Carlton
(Related: Irony, Quotes)
"Irony regards every simple truth as a challenge."
- Mason Cooley
(Related: Truth, Challenge, Irony)
"Brain research tells us that only twenty percent of human beings have a sense of irony, which means that eighty percent of the world takes everything at face value."
- Doug Coupland
(Related: Irony, Research, Sense, Value, World)
"The irony of our social group is that so often everyone feels this, but there's no company whatsoever in that feeling. Think of Pound's great emphasis, the way out is via the door."
- Robert Creeley
(Related: Company, Feeling, Irony)
"The grand irony, however, is that Southern segregation was not brought to an end, nor redneck violence dramatically reduced, by violence."
- Stanley Crouch
(Related: End, Irony, Violence)
"I love Sell Out, I think it's great. I love the jingles. The whole thing as an album is a wonderful piece of work. The cover. Everything about it. It's got humor, great songs, irony."
- Roger Daltrey
(Related: Love, Humor, Work, Irony, Songs)
"At a time like this, scorching irony, not convincing argument, is needed."
- Frederick Douglass
(Related: Time, Argument, Irony)
"That is where the irony of the film comes off, in terms of the language it employs - where he tries desperately to be a 'TV Dad,' to give advice and it's so pat it becomes ridiculous."
- Atom Egoyan
(Related: Dad, Advice, Film, Irony, Language)
"The irony is that the more unapologetically sexist men are in movies, the more women tend to be attracted to them in person."
- Jon Favreau
(Related: Men, Women, Movies, Irony)
"The Academy Awards ceremony is designed to be without irony, but Chris Rock supplied it anyway with filmed movie-theater interviews with black men and women who had never heard of the movies nominated for Best Picture."
- Suzanne Fields
(Related: Men, Movies, Women, Awards, Ceremony, Irony)
"I always thought the biggest failing of Americans was their lack of irony. They are very serious there! Naturally, there are exceptions... the Jewish, Italian, and Irish humor of the East Coast."
- Colin Firth
(Related: Humor, Thought, Americans, Irish, Irony)
"I love the irony. I'm perceived as being really young and yet I have the clinical condition of an old man."
- Michael J. Fox
(Related: Love, Being, Irony, Man, Old)
"Irony is the gaiety of reflection and the joy of wisdom."
- Anatole France
(Related: Wisdom, Irony, Joy, Reflection)
"The accident was a horrible thing - but that horrible thing made Chris, at the end of his life, Superman. It's a happy irony if there is such a thing. I'm proud to have known him."
- Morgan Freeman
(Related: Life, Accident, End, Irony)
"A tragic irony of life is that we so often achieve success or financial independence after the chief reason for which we sought it has passed away."
- Ellen Glasgow
(Related: Life, Success, Financial, Independence, Irony, Reason)
"My book has a very simple surface, but there are layers of irony and paradox all the way through it."
- Mark Haddon
(Related: Irony, Paradox)
"The supreme irony of life is that hardly anyone gets out of it alive."
- Robert A. Heinlein
(Related: Life, Irony)
"Irony differentiates. Cynicism never does."
- Paul Horgan
(Related: Cynicism, Irony)
"It could draw from a greater reservoir of freedom. The irony could develop an even greater ease."
- Elfriede Jelinek
(Related: Freedom, Irony)
"I think that you can fall into bad habits with comedy... It's a tightrope to stay true to the character, true to the irony, and allow the irony to happen."
- Ben Kingsley
(Related: Character, Comedy, Habits, Irony)
"Certainly, it seems true enough that there's a good deal of irony in the world... I mean, if you live in a world full of politicians and advertising, there's obviously a lot of deception."
- Kenneth Koch
(Related: Advertising, Deception, Irony, Politicians, World)
"Sentimental irony is a dog that bays at the moon while pissing on graves."
- Karl Kraus
(Related: Irony, Moon)
"Listen: our culture is saturated with irony whether we know it or not."
- Barbara Kruger
(Related: Culture, Irony)
"Clap an extinguisher upon your irony if you are unhappily blessed with a vein of it."
- Charles Lamb
"The irony is, going to work every day became the subject of probably my best poetry."
- Philip Levine
(Related: Poetry, Work, Day, Irony)
"I was not interested in irony; I wanted to emphasize the primacy of the idea in making art."
- Sol LeWitt
(Related: Art, Idea, Irony)
"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
(Related: Money, Values, Comfort, Freedom, Irony, Nation, Will)
"This commitment to truth is something one senses more and more Americans yearning for, just as they are becoming more and more sophisticated at knowing when the truth is being obscured - an irony that seems to elude most of today's elected officials."
- Michael Musto
(Related: Truth, Americans, Being, Commitment, Irony, Senses, Today, Yearning)
"My mother never saw the irony in calling me a son-of-a-bitch."
- Jack Nicholson
(Related: Mother, Son, Irony)
"Humor is everywhere, in that there's irony in just about anything a human does."
- Bill Nye
(Related: Humor, Irony)
"We should try to understand our innermost needs. We shouldn't use irony to reduce their power."
- Manuel Puig
(Related: Power, Irony, Needs)
"Humor brings insight and tolerance. Irony brings a deeper and less friendly understanding."
- Agnes Repplier
(Related: Humor, Irony, Tolerance, Understanding)
"Irony is just honesty with the volume cranked up."
- George Saunders
(Related: Honesty, Irony)
"Irony is the form of paradox. Paradox is what is good and great at the same time."
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel
(Related: Time, Irony, Paradox)
"Irony is a clear consciousness of an eternal agility, of the infinitely abundant chaos."
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel
(Related: Chaos, Consciousness, Irony)
"The irony of that is, what makes it kind of ironic, is when you do become successful as a professional athlete in particular, a lot of the young children who are emulating these stars do have a different perspective."
- Frank Shorter
(Related: Successful, Children, Irony, Perspective, Stars)
"Making a film that's supposed to be fun to watch is really hard - that's the weird irony of it."
- Steven Soderbergh
(Related: Film, Fun, Irony)
"Irony, I feel, is a very high form of morality."
- Jean Stafford
(Related: Morality, Irony)
"The irony of the Supreme Court hearing on these cases last week and of the outright hostility that the Court has displayed against religion in recent years is that above the head of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court is a concrete display of the Ten Commandments."
- Cliff Stearns
(Related: Religion, Court, Hearing, Irony, Justice, Years)
"It's no small irony that the government inevitably and invariably ends up promoting precisely that which they would most like to repress."
- Jock Sturges
(Related: Government, Irony)
"Probably it is impossible for humor to be ever a revolutionary weapon. Candide can do little more than generate irony."
- Lionel Trilling
(Related: Humor, Irony)
"The great thing about irony is that it splits things apart, gets up above them so we can see the flaws and hypocrisies and duplicates."
- David Foster Wallace
(Related: Flaws, Irony)
"The problem is that once the rules of art are debunked, and once the unpleasant realities the irony diagnoses are revealed and diagnosed, "then" what do we do?"
- David Foster Wallace
(Related: Art, Irony, Rules)
"Which is a wonderful irony, I have property there. I go back every chance I get. One of the main reasons I actually wrote the book, agreed to write it having never wanted to do that in my life, very intimidating by the way to write a book."
- Sela Ward
(Related: Life, Chance, Irony, Property)
"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
(Related: Humor, Irony, Sense, Taste)
"The irony here is this administration is spending more money on climate change research and development than any administration in all the rest of the industrialized world combined."
- Christine Todd Whitman
(Related: Change, Money, Development, Climate, Climate change, Irony, Research, Rest, World)
"Without a trace of irony I can say I have been blessed with brilliant enemies. I owe them a great debt, because they redoubled my energies and drove me in new directions."
- E. O. Wilson
(Related: Debt, Enemies, Irony)
"I have wit in my work and a sense of humor, but I do not use irony in any way."
- John Zorn
(Related: Work, Humor, Irony, Sense, Wit)