Irony Quotes


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

 

A play is made by sensing how the forces in life simulate ignorance-you set free the concealed irony, the deadly joke. - Arthur Miller

 

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

 

The irony of life is that it is lived forward but understood backward. - Soren Aabye Kierkegaard

 

A taste for irony has kept more hearts from breaking than a sense of humour, for it takes irony to appreciate the joke which is on oneself. - Jessamyn West

 

Neither irony or sarcasm is argument. - Samuel Butler

 

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

 

Irony is jesting behind hidden gravity. - John Weiss

 

Irony is an insult conveyed in the form of a compliment. - Edwin P. Whipple

 

Jesus wept; Voltaire smiled. From that divine tear and from that human smile is derived the grace of present civilization. - Victor Hugo

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Irony is the hygiene of the mind.-Elizabeth Bibesco

 

Irony regards every simple truth as a challenge.-Mason Cooley

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Neither irony or sarcasm is argument.-Samuel Butler

 

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

 

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

 

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 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 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

 

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

 

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

 
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