Some Good Zingers

The court jesters of olden times were the only people authorized to ridicule the status quo and the powerful royal personages who ruled everyone else.  At least, to a point. With the proliferation of democratic republics, jesters became more familiar with the general public.  Their humorous asides began poking fun at a wider range of topics. “Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city.”– George Burns

Jesters don’t need to be professional comedians to practice their ad hoc craft.  The quips come from scholars, “By all means let’s be open-minded, but not so open-minded that our brains drop out.”–Richard Dawkins.

The zingers can come out of the mouths of esteemed scientists like Albert Einstein, “If the facts don’t fit the theory, change the facts.”

Even extremely wealthy Nebraskans come up with a self-deprecating zing now and then, “I buy expensive suits. They just look cheap on me.”–Warren Buffett

The winking self-insult isn’t new, “I used to be Snow White, but I drifted.”–Mae West. It’s a timeless quotation that could be made by nearly anyone who doesn’t take themselves too seriously.

The United States used to have a class of people called “humorists”.  They weren’t comedians and clowns as we know them today.  The humorists were a bit more sophisticated and literary.  Think of Will Rogers’ political asides, “I am not a member of any organized political party. I am a Democrat.”

The most famous American humorist was Mark Twain.  He created many thoughtful zingers. “Go to Heaven for the climate, Hell for the company.”

Sometimes you wonder if the zinger was or was not intentional, “Smoking kills. If you’re killed, you’ve lost a very important part of your life.”–Brooke Shields

Some zingers just had to be intentional, “Frisbeetarianism is the belief that when you die, your soul goes up on the roof and gets stuck.”–George Carlin

If you pay attention, sometimes you find something you can find useful. “I always wanted to be somebody, but now I realize I should have been more specific.”–Lily Tomlin

Finally, zingers also came from the pen of one of the United States’ founding fathers. “Wine is constant proof that God loves us and loves to see us happy.– Benjamin Franklin


The Blue Jay of Happiness noticed that former Philippean first lady Imelda Marcos once debunked a common misconception about her. “I did not have three thousand pairs of shoes, I had one thousand and sixty.”

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