Simon Barnes Quotes

I’ll tell you what Fowler’s trouble is. It is making jokes. It is falling foul of the global conspiracy of the humorless. Jokes humanize, jokes civilize, jokes deflect wrath. Jokes give perspective, insight, clarity. Jokes give complexity. Jokes add life-giving layers of possibility. Jokes do not compromise the seriousness: jokes add to a serious intention […]

But so much of daily life is organized by the conspiracies of the jokeless: the dehumanizers, those who dread perspective, balance, thought. Lord deliver us from the humorless – I fear Fowler has fallen into their clutches. Moral: don’t make jokes. Ever. The humorless always win.