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Irony Quotes and Sayings
Quotes about Irony

Please enjoy these Irony Quotes from the wise, the romantic, and the famous of the past and present.

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 topics: Humor

Humor is everywhere, in that there's irony in just
about anything a human does.
- Bill Nye

Humor brings insight and tolerance.
Irony brings a deeper and less friendly understanding.
- Agnes Repplier

We are all tourists in history, and irony is what we win in wars.
- Anatole Broyard

 

Irony is the hygiene of the mind.
- Elizabeth Bibesco

Probably it is impossible for humor to be ever a revolutionary weapon.
Candide can do little more than generate irony.
- Lionel Trilling

Irony, I feel, is a very high form of morality.
- Jean Stafford

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Clap an extinguisher upon your irony if you are unhappily
blessed with a vein of it.
- Charles Lamb

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

At a time like this, scorching irony,
not convincing argument, is needed.
- Frederick Douglass

Neither irony or sarcasm is argument.
- Samuel Butler

My book has a very simple surface, but there are layers
of irony and paradox all the way through it.
- Mark Haddon

My mother never saw the irony in calling me a son-of-a-bitch.
- Jack Nicholson

Irony is just honesty with the volume cranked up.
- George Saunders

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

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

The grand irony, however, is that Southern segregation
was not brought to an end,
nor redneck violence dramatically reduced,
by violence.
- Stanley Crouch

Irony differentiates.
Cynicism never does.
- Paul Horgan

I was not interested in irony; I wanted to emphasize
the primacy of the idea in making art.
- Sol LeWitt

There is not much irony when people are being happy on screen.
- Carter Burwell

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

And the irony is that they wrote better without access to my quotes.
- Steve Carlton

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

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

I have wit in my work and a sense of humor,
but I do not use irony in any way.
- John Zorn

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

Irony is the form of paradox.
Paradox is what is good and great at the same time.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

We should try to understand our innermost needs.
We shouldn't use irony to reduce their power.
- Manuel Puig

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

You know the great irony is that people think you have
to have money to enjoy fine food,
which is a shame.
- Ted Allen

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

The irony is, going to work every day became the subject
of probably my best poetry.
- Philip Levine

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

The supreme irony of life is that hardly anyone gets out of it alive.
- Robert A. Heinlein

Making a film that's supposed to be fun to watch is really hard -
that's the weird irony of it.
- Steven Soderbergh

It could draw from a greater reservoir of freedom.
The irony could develop an even greater ease.
- Elfriede Jelinek

Listen: our culture is saturated with irony whether we know it or not.
- Barbara Kruger

Sentimental irony is a dog that bays at the moon while pissing on graves.
- Karl Kraus

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

Yes, of course that's true but you know,
the irony of all that is that before the accident,
I'd pretty much lost interest in playing drums.
- Rick Allen

Irony is the gaiety of reflection and the joy of wisdom.
- Anatole France

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

Two fundamental literary qualities: supernaturalism and irony.
- Charles Baudelaire

Irony is a clear consciousness of an eternal agility,
of the infinitely abundant chaos.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Iron rusts from disuse;
water loses its purity from stagnation...
even so does inaction sap the vigor of the mind.
- Leonardo da Vinci

Strike while the iron is hot.
- Proverb

Trust thyself: every heart vibrates to that iron string.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The unthankful heart... discovers no mercies;
but let the thankful heart sweep through the day and,
as the magnet finds the iron,
so it will find, in every hour,
some heavenly blessings!
- Henry Ward Beecher

What a man needs in gardening is a cast-iron back,
with a hinge in it.
- Charles Dudley Warner

I eat a variety of foods like vegetables,
fruit and beef for protein and iron.
- Sasha Cohen

The old Inquisition had its rack and its thumbscrews
and its instruments of torture with iron teeth.
- Rose Schneiderman

A precisely made iron chain 22 yards in length consisting of 100 links.
- Edmund Gunter

I prefer being penetrated by iron to seeing Palestine is loose.
- Theodor Herzl

Idleness is to the human mind like rust to iron.
- Ezra Cornell

We got touring with the Stones, and people were trying to keep up with Keith.
He's like a human machine with a constitution of iron,
and they all thought they could do the same.
- Ron Wood

But let's just say, I'm Irish.
I grew up in the 1950s.
Religion had a very tight iron fist.
- Liam Neeson

We are one of the last heavy metal bands.
Iron Maiden has always been unique.
- Adrian Smith

As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.
- King Solomon

You gotta strike while the iron's hot.
- Josh Schwartz

For us she is not the iron lady.
She is the kind, dear Mrs.
Thatcher.
- Alexander Dubcek

The sword - the first, for a time the only force:
the force of iron.
- John Lothrop Motley

Our real work is prayer.
What good is the cold iron of our frantic little efforts
unless first we heat it in the furnace of our prayer?
Only heat will diffuse heat.
- Mother Maribel


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