Best Quotes About Amusing

Wild animals never kill for sport. Man is the only one to whom the torture and death of his fellow creatures is amusing in itself. -James Anthony Froude

The art of medicine consists in amusing the patient while nature cures the disease. -Voltaire

Life's more amusing than we thought. -Andrew Lang

Nobody can be so amusingly arrogant as a young man who has just discovered an old idea and thinks it is his own. -Sydney J. Harris

Be amusing: never tell unkind stories; above all, never tell long ones. -Benjamin Disraeli

There are few things more amusing in the world of politics than watching moderate Republicans charging to the right in pursuit of greater glory. -Mario Cuomo

At first, I only laughed at myself. Then I noticed that life itself is amusing. I've been in a generally good mood ever since. -Marilyn vos Savant

Much ingenuity with a little money is vastly more profitable and amusing than much money without ingenuity. -Arnold Bennett

Everything considered, work is less boring than amusing oneself. -Charles Baudelaire

I think we must quote whenever we feel that the allusion is interesting or helpful or amusing. -Clifton Fadiman

Nothing is so perfectly amusing as a total change of ideas. -Laurence Sterne

When I play with my cat, who knows whether she is not amusing herself with me more than I with her. -Michel de Montaigne

I don't like to talk much with people who always agree with me. It is amusing to coquette with an echo for a little while, but one soon tires of it. -Thomas Carlyle

My reputation was a bit exaggerated. Things were written in newspapers, then copied, then doubled. One of the reasons why I never disclaimed that, was because I found it amusing. But I also constructed such an image for myself in order to gain more of a private life. -Thomas Kretschmann

Love is more pleasant than marriage for the same reason that novels are more amusing than history. -Nicolas Chamfort

What we ask of music, first and last, is that it communicate experience – experience of all kinds, vital and profound at its greatest, amusing or entertaining at another level. -Roger Sessions

It is necessary to work, if not from inclination, at least from despair. Everything considered, work is less boring than amusing oneself. -Charles Baudelaire

Movies are usually difficult, often insane, constantly challenging and always strangely amusing to make. -Yahoo Serious

Paul Lucas had a particularly amusing accent, so I chuckled. That was terrible; I shouldn't have done that, but he took it too big. He got up and said he couldn't work with people who laughed at him! -Fay Wray

I guess there's a certain amount of poking fun at certain characters, but that's because there is something amusing about them or about the way they behave, so I guess you can say that that's poking fun at the character. But the character is your own invention, so who cares? -Joel Coen

This is one of his most human and most amusing and witty novels. The characters are very Indian. I decided that I wanted to do a comedy, so this was just the right one. -Ismail Merchant

St. Michaels Mount is a favourite place of mine; people will walk across to the Mount all day and assume they will be able to walk home. The spectacle of hundreds of people realising that the path they walked over on is disappearing under several feet of water is very amusing. -John Dyer

I mean I can do it when I'm very relaxed, and with good friends, then I think I can be amusing. -Rowan Atkinson

I only went to one Star Trek convention and that was in the late '80s. I hadn't gone to a convention before that. It was quite amusing, with the people dressed up and all of that. -Persis Khambatta

It's always amusing to look at how something early in the 20th century was written in anthropology and how it's written now. There's been an enormous shift in how it's done, but yet you can't put your finger on someone who actually did it. -Clifford Geertz

I left the table where there were important people and had lunch with my husband and a few friends. The reception was organised in my honour, so it was rather amusing. -Nana Mouskouri

I die pretty much every year. I find it amusing. -Mark-Paul Gosselaar

The duty of comedy is to correct men by amusing them. -Moliere

Anybody, providing he knows how to be amusing, has the right to talk about himself. -Charles Baudelaire

I never cared for fashion much, amusing little seams and witty little pleats: it was the girls I liked. -David Bailey

Churchill was one of the few men I have met who even in the flesh give me the impression of genius. George Bernard Shaw is another. It is amusing to know that each thinks the other is overrated. -David Low

I confess I enjoy democracy immensely. It is incomparably idiotic, and hence incomparably amusing. -H. L. Mencken

I can't forgive my friends for dying; I don't find these vanishing acts of theirs at all amusing. -Logan Pearsall Smith

I enjoyed the courtroom as just another stage but not so amusing as Broadway. -Mae West

Criminals are never very amusing. It's because they're failures. Those who make real money aren't counted as criminals. This is a class distinction, not an ethical problem. -Orson Welles

I've always had great respect for Paddington because he is amusingly English and eccentric. He is a great British institution and my generation grew up with the books and then Michael Horden's animations. -Stephen Fry

It's rather amusing at my advanced age to become a sex symbol. -John Forsythe

However my parents – both of whom came from impoverished backgrounds and neither of whom had been to college, took the view that my overactive imagination was an amusing quirk that would never pay a mortgage or secure a pension. -J. K. Rowling

I tend to head for what's amusing because a lot of things aren't happy. But usually you can find a funny side to practically anything. -Maggie Smith

I'd say I'm the opposite of someone that has the urge to stand in front of strangers and make them laugh, but the idea of getting up and telling a story and people finding it amusing always appealed to me. -Eric Bana

Now, as a comic, if you're vaguely amusing you can go straight into TV, then you play the O2 and then everyone's sick of you. -Alexei Sayle

I deeply adored my mum. She was an extraordinary person, even for the prejudice I'm likely to have. She was beautiful, amusing, a tremendous elaborator of things into comic proportions and extravagant in her imagination. -Andrew Motion

As I get older, all sorts of things become less funny. Once one has children, any cruelty involving children becomes far less amusing than when one was at the mercy of one's friends' and relatives' children. -P. J. O'Rourke

I write and write and write, and then I edit it down to the parts that I think are amusing, or that help the storyline, or I'll write a notebook full of ideas of anecdotes or story points, and then I'll try and arrange them in a way that they would tell a semi-cohesive story. -Al Yankovic

Film sets are constantly amusing because you really are creating something that is so very surreal, and I kind of like that. -Hugo Weaving

Things people say strike me as amusing, and I am prone to saying out loud what everybody's thinking. -William Shatner

I've been told to speed up my delivery when I perform. But if I lose the stammer, I'm just another slightly amusing accountant. -Bob Newhart

I find it amusing on one level, poignant on another, when people try to get recognition from an outside source. It's sad. -Grace Slick

Working with Chaplin was very amusing and strange. His films are so funny, but working with him, I found him to be a very serious man. Whereas the films of Hitchcock are macabre, he could be a very funny man to work with, always telling jokes and holding court. Of course, when I worked with Charlie he was getting older. -Tippi Hedren

Now I can broadcast to an audience of several million people on the 'Today' programme. I can talk about the day's news. But on radio, believe it or not, we have notes and scripts. And while we might ad lib the odd wryly amusing asides, they come at the frequency of a suburban bus. About one every 90 minutes. -Evan Davis

Funny things tend not to happen to me. I am not a natural comic. I need to think about things a lot before I can be even remotely amusing. -Rowan Atkinson

There are things you do when you're writing that are so fun to do it's almost like they're private jokes that are amusing to you but no one else is going to enjoy them nearly as much and you worry you're going to have to take them out in the end. -Chad Harbach

As an actor you get categorized by other people, but it's not like I arrange myself into comedy mode or serious mode. If it's good writing you just have to play it true – if it's funny, it's funny. But obviously you don't want it to be amusing if you're playing Hedda Gabler! -Sophie Thompson

What would I put in a museum? Probably a museum! That's an amusing relic of our past. -John Hodgman

I'd worked at a small town newspaper, and I was thinking of all the strange stories that I had seen float through the newsroom in my time there that were dismissed as kind of amusing curiosities. Somehow from that I got to this idea of an eccentric alcoholic who built a lighthouse in the woods. -Michael Koryta

I love funny people, and when I'm with funny people, or people who are amusing in their weirdness, I love it. Because that to me is funny, as opposed to someone who stops and says, 'Hey let me tell you a joke.' -Paul Feig

I always try to keep in mind that while the characters in a farce may find themselves in outrageous dilemmas, and may behave in a way that the audience finds amusing, the characters themselves don't have the consolation of knowing they're in a comedy. -Rupert Holmes

I don't do emoticons unless I'm making a big deal out of them. I'll type out, 'This is so amusing it makes me want to grin in pixels.' And then do it. -Sloane Crosley

I was the youngest of my entire family so you are tap-dancing to try to get the attention of your older cousins. I really hit my social stride in 6th grade, but before that I was a pretty big dork. You learn how to be amusing and how to work for it. -Sloane Crosley

Everyone has been in a social situation where you say something and it goes unnoticed, then someone else says the same thing and everyone laughs a lot. You learn how to be more creative and whacky and amusing. -Sloane Crosley

I do find it amusing when somebody cuts me off, makes an aggressive move on me in a car. I'm like, 'Do you have any idea what I do for a living? Why?' -Jimmie Johnson

Athletes these days are too robotic. People like to see performances filled with emotion. In my career I tried to be amusing, to differentiate myself from the other champions. -Daley Thompson

I love Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart because they're bringing irony back into American humor, which is a delicious treat. The entire Colbert persona of being extreme right-wing when he's not at all is highly amusing. He does it so well, but sometimes a little too well. My wife is convinced he's completely that way. -John Lydon

I got this Christmas gift with the entire Beatles catalog. I had fun trying to duplicate what I was hearing on these records, only using the instruments I had at hand – an acoustic guitar, and that's all. It was endlessly amusing to me to try to imitate John Lennon and Paul McCartney's harmonies using the guitar. -M. Ward

Technologies evolve in the strangest ways. Computers were created to calculate ballistics equations, and now we use them to create amusing illusions. Creating amusing illusions is a big business if you play it right. -Howard Rheingold

I love comedy, but it has to be hysterical and really amusing; I'm not really a big fan of romantic comedies, in fact I can't stand them. I'm really more of a fan of 'Team America' and 'Dodgeball.' -Rachel Hurd-Wood

I'm useless scrabbling around at home. I get on everyone's nerves, including my own. I'm not very good at amusing myself. -Laurence Fox

What is most amusing and can happen only in India is that the most posh and big households that I've seen in Mumbai, the 'big city', will have their balconies and windows festooned with rows of baniyans and tauliyas hanging on them. -Kailash Kher

Mindfulness is a quality that's always there. It's an illusion that there's a meditation and post-meditation period, which I always find amusing, because you're either mindful or you're not. -Richard Gere

I never wanted to be famous. It was amusing at first, but now I hate it. I just wanted to be respected by people I respect. And I wanted to be rich. It's best to get rich, then you can do what you want. -Caitlin Moran

Telly never has any smart, amusing intellectuals living on a council estate. -Caitlin Moran

I'm amusing and crazy on Twitter. I talk about important things, stupid things. -Cher

As to a media personality, well that just happened in large measure because people found me amusing, and I did lots and lots of T.V. news interview shows. -Ben Stein

William F. Buckley was a man who had a great capacity for fun and for amusing himself by amazing others. -Dick Cavett

I find it amusing that I'm on the Internet now, because I've criticized it, but mainly I've criticized it on the basis of, 'What are you going to do with it?' -Ray Bradbury

Teaching, I find, is not the most amusing thing on earth; in fact, with a stupid lump for a Pupil, it is about the most irksome. -Jane Welsh Carlyle

It is not a very difficult task to make what is commonly called an amusing book of travels. Any one who will tell, with a reasonable degree of graphic effect, what he has seen, will not fail to carry the reader with him; for the interest we all feel in personal adventure is, of itself, success. -James Fenimore Cooper

I usually balance out autobiography with goofy, amusing stuff to help keep the humour in my more serious work. -Jeffrey Brown

I'm really into the irony of writing vaguely radical plays that instantly win huge establishment awards. It's really amusing. -Israel Horovitz

I definitely at times notice a difference in service when I go out. You know, I can walk in to grab a cup of coffee or walk in to have lunch or dinner, and people definitely seem on their best behavior, which is funny, or I start to see people clean up around me, which I always find really, really amusing. -Tabatha Coffey

I think when I start out writing, I always try to write the version of the movie that I want to go see. I don't mean it in a way that ignores the audience, but I really set out to make a movie that I want to see and that, hopefully, other people will want to go see it. So whatever's amusing to me, I guess, I throw it all in there. -Brian Helgeland

You re-watch 'Napoleon Dynamite', and there's a lot of thrift shopping that goes on in that movie; there's a lot of funny stuff. It's definitely amusing, and paying 99 cents for a samurai sword is amazing. -Al Madrigal

Jane Austen is very amusing. -James Callis

Cavorting around fantasy-style environments with a rampaging horde of sycophantic psychos is inherently amusing. -Rhianna Pratchett

Do people really think that about my nose? I spent my whole life hating it, so it's amusing that people like it! -Richard C. Armitage

It's an amusing idea to some, this feminism thing – this audacious notion that women should be able to move through the world as freely, and enjoy the same inalienable rights and bodily autonomy, as men. At least, that's the impression given when feminism and feminists are all too often the targets of lazy humor. -Roxane Gay

Because work takes up a lot of time, you have to choose your moments for really letting rip. I hang out with my friends and my family and I spend time with my kids when I'm not working. They don't see my being an actor as exotic. For them, it's just an everyday thing. Sometimes it's amusing to them and other times, embarrassing. -Aidan Gillen

It was great fun to hang around the Beatles. They had amazingly fast minds, and they were incredibly amusing and funny and witty. They were great. There was a very high energy surrounding them. -Pattie Boyd

The secret of success lies in that old word, 'Drudgery,' in doing one thing long after it ceases to be amusing; and it is 'this one thing I do' that gathers me together from my chaos, that concentrates me from possibilities to powers, and turns powers into achievements. -Orison Swett Marden

I think it was 'Tales of Topographic Oceans' on 8-track that was the funniest thing because it would fade out in the middle of a song and fade back in again, and when the tracks change, it was quite amusing. -Chris Squire

I have ideas that I think might be amusing, and I try them, and if they look right, I carry them out, and if they don't, I throw them out and try something else. I don't agonize about it. -Iris Apfel

When I go a stretch without tweeting, I will occasionally get an email from my mom, checking in. I always find this amusing but also gratifying: Thanks to Twitter, I can keep in touch with my parents and let them in on what I'm doing in a way that even the regular phone calls of a doting daughter can't do. -Rachel Sklar

When people take themselves really seriously, I find it silly and amusing. -Sarah Steele

The amusing thing about 'X-Force' is that it was highly rated – and hated – in about equal measure, Which suited me just fine. If no-one's feathers were a little ruffled, we probably wouldn't have been doing our jobs right. -Peter Milligan

When it comes down to it, glam rock was all very amusing. At the time, it was funny, then a few years later it became sort of serious-looking and a bit foreboding. -David Bowie

I have often been downcast but never in despair; I regard our hiding as a dangerous adventure, romantic and interesting at the same time. In my diary, I treat all the privations as amusing. -Anne Frank

No one knows Anne's better side, and that's why most people can't stand me. Oh, I can be an amusing clown for an afternoon, but after that, everyone's had enough of me to last a month. -Anne Frank

My bag is acting or getting into an amusing situation and then sharing my amusement. -Dean Jones

There are some extremely acceptable male comedians out there: Joel Osteen, Abraham Lincoln, the man who played Phil Spector in HBO's 'Phil Spector.' But even those guys, while insightful and amusing, aren't exactly funny. -Ellie Kemper

Sometimes if something is entertaining and amusing, people tend to think that it doesn't have the depth of something that's dramatic. I don't think that's true. -T. C. Boyle

In places like Glasgow and Newcastle, audiences have a tradition of being amusingly combative. But they're not trying to ruin the act, they're trying to give you a challenge. It's like a cat playing with a mouse – the cat doesn't want the mouse to die, it wants to keep it alive for its own amusement and to be entertained by its struggle. -Stewart Lee

We fitted, amusingly enough, into none of the form categories of 'The Young American Couple'… security to us is in ourselves, and no job, not even money, can give us what we have to develop: faith in our work and hard, hard work, which is Spartan in many ways. -Sylvia Plath

I think I'm just like a lot of people who had nothing. We had to amuse ourselves, so we had to become amusing. -Alec Baldwin

I know that, as a comedian, I've made great strides because I've worked as hard as a person can work at being at least wildly amusing. -T. J. Miller

For a lot of actors, there's a sort of code of honor around playing something other than yourself, which I just don't have. I love feeling like I'm – I won't even say acting out, but performing in some deep seam of my consciousness or my family's consciousness or my past. That's really amusing to me. -Tilda Swinton

A really good comedy, I think, is played as if it was real, and it's the circumstances that make it amusing. And I think that the – the inverse or the reverse is true for drama. -Kenneth Lonergan

I often find it maddening to live in America, in a way that is both amusing and horrifying to me. America clings to versions of itself that are absolutely hypocritical. I can't shake my outrage at it, so I write about it. -Theresa Rebeck

The idea of Seth Rogen as the Green Hornet so inflaming the fanboy community is amusing, since that group's 20/50 vision also had it tsking its disapproval about Michael Keaton as Batman and Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man. -Elvis Mitchell

'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' – I had a lot of friends who told me to watch it. And I was like, 'I'm not buying seven seasons of a frickin' show.' It got to the point where, 'Seriously, you have to watch it.' Buffy is not my favorite, but it's amusing. -Retta

Any woman who diets all the time can't help but be grouchy. Nobody can be amusing or entertaining on a diet. -Zsa Zsa Gabor

We live in a world in which there are many live things other than human beings, and many of these things can seem beautiful and amusing and interesting to us if they can catch our attention and if we can step back from our crabbed and limiting and lonely anthropocentricity to consider them. -Sue Hubbell

I'm still coming to terms with what it's like to have people follow your personal life as well as your public life. It gets amusing. -Sam Heughan

I'm a total puritan, but I found Jacques' adventures amusing. We couldn't be further apart. I am a Calvinist toward myself and totally indulgent toward others. -Karl Lagerfeld

The rest-seeking procrastinators would generally rather not exert themselves at all, while the fun-task procrastinators enjoy being busy and active all the time but have a hard time starting things that are not so amusing. -Daniel Levitin

I find it amusing when you look at plastic surgeons because they don't seem to have had anything done. -Robert Rinder

I hope I'm always appropriate on 'JR' if it's a serious case. But if you have a case of a man who has a wardrobe malfunction with a lime green mankini, even I on the odd occasion find it mildly amusing. -Robert Rinder

The logical quandaries thrown up by well-meaning systems are clearly something that I find darkly amusing. -Charlie Brooker

I call America our emerging market. They find it very amusing when I said that. -Anand Mahindra

There is nothing more amusing than when two people known for being non-objective argue over objectivity. This is the summation of Keith Olbermann vs. Ted Koppell. -Dana Loesch

We need to make friends with ourselves. We are stuck with our self all day, so let's be kinder, gentler, more amusing company. Let's take our own hand and say, 'There, there, sister. You're doing a good job. I'm proud of how you're handling all this craziness down here. Don't give up. Carry on, warrior.' -Glennon Doyle Melton

'Bloodlight and Bami' delivers. Ms. Jones shucks her own oysters – stressfully. She does her own make up and performs her own vexed yet amusing contract negotiations. -Wesley Morris

I'm interested in the things that might seem slight or amusing but which I feel have a kind of profundity. -Allison Pearson

Where Americans might coo over a child's most inane remark to boost his confidence, middle-class French parents teach their kids to be concise and amusing, to keep everyone listening. -Pamela Druckerman

Critics always get the lyrics wrong in reviews, which is amusing – especially when they use them against you. -Kurt Vile

Paul Ryan's love of Rage Against the Machine is amusing, because he is the embodiment of the machine that our music has been raging against for two decades. -Tom Morello

I think it's amusing to watch a naive, well-meaning character kind of undo more cynical characters – kind of like watching Laurel and Hardy or Charlie Chaplin. -Stephen Hillenburg

Generally, we try not to write down to kids. We really just try to write a visual, character-driven cartoon that has a lot of slapstick and really appeals to us. I guess we are just lucky that other adults find that amusing, too. -Stephen Hillenburg

It was very amusing to do 'GI Joe: Retaliation' scenes with Bruce Willis, who spends months rewriting his dialogue and then turns up and doesn't say it. Part of the time, he doesn't say anything, but mumbles and mutters. -Jonathan Pryce

People shouting abuse has happened for a very long time, and I find it kind of amusing and irrelevant. -Tony Wilson

I was once very unpleasantly groped while I was broadcasting by a famous individual who shall remain nameless. When I told the staff afterwards what had happened, everybody thought it was amusing. There was a shrugged shoulder approach to the whole thing. -Sandi Toksvig

We live in a time where it's very much in vogue, constant search for pure utopian equality, and which, on one level, is quite amusingly silly but also on another probably very important. -Nicolas Winding Refn

What people don't understand is that when I hear what somebody has said about me, I wonder, 'Don't you know what they are saying about you, too?' It's quite amusing. -Gauri Khan

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