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Humor Friday

The backdrop: Senator Henry Clay of Kentucky desperately wanted to become the nominee and win the presidential election of 1840. In an effort to appease both sides on the issue of slavery, he sang two songs on the subject depending on his crowd of listeners. On 07 Feb 1839, on the floor of the US Senate, in a speech geared to garner favor with pro-slavery Southerners, Clay proclaimed, “I would rather be right than be president!” To which Speaker of the House Thomas Brackett Reed famously quipped to the senator:

The gentleman need not trouble himself. He’ll never be either.

—Thomas Brackett Reed (by Mathew Brady; Public Domain)

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Humor Friday

I tell you, I get no respect. My uncle’s dying wish – he wanted me on his lap. He was in the electric chair.

—Rodney Dangerfield (Public Domain)

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Humour Friday: Brexit Edition

If one could only teach the English how to talk, and the Irish how to listen, society here would be quite civilized.

—Oscar Wilde (1889, by Napoleon Sarony; Public Domain)

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Humor Friday

I much prefer a compliment, even if insincere, to sincere criticism.

—Plautus, 254-184 BC, Roman playwright (Image Licensed)

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Humor Friday

Do not condemn the judgment of another because it differs from your own. You may both be wrong.

—Dandamis (Acropolis, Athens; Image Licensed)

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Humor Friday

I just filled out my income tax forms. Who says you can’t get killed by a blank?

—Milton Berle (Public Domain)

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Humor Friday

I have enough money to last me the rest of my life, unless I buy something.

—Jackie Mason (by Carl Lender; Creative Commons)

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