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Humor is consistent with pathos, whilst wit is not. Options
Daemon
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Humor is consistent with pathos, whilst wit is not.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834)
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what is that supposed to mean???Humor is consistent with...(1.) A quality, as of an experience or a work of art, that arouses feelings of pity, sympathy, tenderness, or sorrow.
2. The feeling, as of sympathy or pity, so aroused.
Angus
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I think Coleridge meant that humor can be and is often associated with pathos (e.g. Shakespeare's fools, Charlie Chaplin's Little Tramp, clowns in general, "black humor", etc.) while wit, exemplified by puns and barbed retorts, etc., is intellectual, contrived, and detached. I also think Coleridge was dead wrong. Oscar Wilde comes immediately to mind. And on reflection, so do many of the clever one-liners the late Rodney Dangerfield prefaced with the words, "I don't get no respect".
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Wit thought humor is funny, while humor thought wit is sincere.
Joseph Glantz
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I remember a friend of mine saying of the comedian Mort Sahl - He's very witty but he's not very funny."
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Aristotle said that "wit is educated insolence."
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Now here's a person who is way , way , too serious.I'm out of here.
Marissa La Faye Isolde
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Hey Mary,
I’m with you. Witticism is generally NOT funny. Most of the time it is unkind.
It is like dealing with a person with sharp, pointy, little rodent-like teeth, who is always smiling while they’re bite you. And usually their attempts at 'witticism' are just plain dumb. Usually it is someone trying to seem intelligent with nothing really to say.
However, there are those who actually can be witty and still be funny,which reflects a deep and abiding, compassionate understanding of our ‘humanity'. A person who I think has this gift is Norman Rockwell. I think he was a genius. I think he had a great soul. And I think his art reflects this. I think Socrates would have thought so too.
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The world is a stage. We must do our best to cheer up the party.
BlessedLunaticWiseman
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For the same reason "wits" will end to the "wisdom",whilst the "humors" just cure hemorrhoids!!Sick


Yours/"Blessed Lunatic Wiseman"(the nonsense/serious/humorous)!Drool
Raia Dalila
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MarySM wrote:
Aristotle said that "wit is educated insolence."
it's right while Aristotle was maybe saying this to a insolent pupil I*thinkSpeak to the hand
Raia Dalila
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Marissa La Faye Isolde wrote:
Hey Mary,
I’m with you. Witticism is generally NOT funny. Most of the time it is unkind.
It is like dealing with a person with sharp, pointy, little rodent-like teeth, who is always smiling while they’re bite you. And usually their attempts at 'witticism' are just plain dumb. Usually it is someone trying to seem intelligent with nothing really to say.
However, there are those who actually can be witty and still be funny,which reflects a deep and abiding, compassionate understanding of our ‘humanity'. A person who I think has this gift is Norman Rockwell. I think he was a genius. I think he had a great soul. And I think his art reflects this. I think Socrates would have thought so too.
Please! Ladys and Gentlemen calm yourselfs,dont get angry and think about it!Speak to the hand
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I took it as humour is able to arouse feelings, to emphasize and get a feedback, while wit (as an ability to express oneself in a special manner) cannot. Which I don't see why not?
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Made a mistake. I wrote "emphasize", but meant to write "empathize". Sorry!
Marissa La Faye Isolde
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To Raia.

Not angry. After all, we are all civilized.
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