->''You cannot spell "Slaughter" without "Laughter"!''
-->-- [[FauxtivationalPoster Demotivational poster]]
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->''Laughing is all I can do\\
Trying to keep from falling through\\
Nothing ever changes\\
Nothing ever changes''
-->--"Nothing Ever Changes", '''Music/TheWildhearts'''

->''"If you can't stop the bad thoughts from coming to visit, at least you can make fun of them while they're hanging around."''
-->-- '''Harry Dresden''', ''Literature/TurnCoat''

->'''Gloria:''' My father raped me when I was twelve.\\
'''Arthur:''' So, you had six relatively good years.
-->--''{{Film/Arthur}}'' (1981 film)

->ďWhen you lose the power to laugh, you lose your power to think straight.Ē
-->--'''Jerome Lawrence''', ''InheritTheWind''

->[preparing to surrender to police]\\
'''Alfred:''' I suppose they'll lock me up as well. As your "accomplice".\\
'''Bruce:''' Accomplice? I'm going to tell them [[TheButlerDidIt the whole thing was your idea.]]
-->--''[[Film/TheDarkKnightTrilogy The Dark Knight]]''

->'''Louis''': I don't wanna go to your funeral.
->'''Charlie:''' Good. 'Cause I don't wanna see ''you'' there with all that leather and latex shining and taking attention away from my casket.
-->--''Film/TheButler''

->'''Xander:''' I might need a parrot.
->'''Willow:''' Huh?
->'''Xander:''' Well, to go with the eye patch, to really complete the look. I think I still have that costume from Halloween.
->'''Willow:''' Yeah, and don't underestimate the impact of a peg leg. Maybe the hospital can hook you up with a nice one. Maybe they have a "2 Body Parts For the Price of 1" kind of deal.
->'''Xander:''' You know what the best part is? No one will ever make me watch ''Film/Jaws3D'' again!
->'''Willow:''' Yeah, and... ''(sniffles)'' you'll never have to... ''(chokes up)''
->'''Xander:''' Oh, Willow. Please don't.
-->--''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', "Empty Places"

->''"We had to joke about it, because the alternative was to be scared out of your wits."''
-->-- '''Katniss Everdeen''', ''Literature/TheHungerGames''

->'''C-3PO''': His high exaltedness, the Great Jabba the Hutt, has decreed that you are to be terminated immediately.
->'''Han Solo''': Good! I hate long waits.
-->-- '''''ReturnOfTheJedi'''''

->'''Chakotay:''' Seven, I want ''good'' news and thatís an order!
->'''Seven:''' Then I must disobey.
-->--'''''Series/StarTrekVoyager''''', "Night"

->'''Cpl. Gabe Garza:''' How's it feel, motherfucker? How's it feel to be fuckin' dead?
->'''Cpl. Jason Lilley:''' Bro, it feels sad. I feel very alone. And also, I gotta take a shit.
-->--''GenerationKill''

->''"If you must mount the gallows, give a jest to the crowd, a coin to the hangman, and make the drop with a smile on your lips."''
-->--'''Birgitte Silverbow''', ''WheelOfTime''

->''"All humor is gallows humor, and it is on the gallows that we are constrained to learn it."''
-->-- '''Creator/HermannHesse''', ''Steppenwolf''
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->''"We must indeed all hang together, or most assuredly we shall all hang separately."''
-->-- '''Creator/BenjaminFranklin''', to the Continental Congress, just before signing the Declaration of Independence

->''"The two funniest groups of human beings I've ever been around are Indians and Jewish folks. So I guess that says something about the inherent humor of genocide."''
-->-- '''ShermanAlexie'''

->''"If you're going to tell someone the truth, you'd better make them laugh, otherwise they'll kill you."''
-->--'''George Bernard Shaw'''

->''"Human life is basically a comedy. Even its tragedies often seem comic to the spectator, and not infrequently they actually have comic touches to the victim. Happiness probably consists largely in the capacity to detect and relish them. A man who can laugh, if only at himself, is never really miserable."''
-->--'''Creator/HLMencken'''

->''"I do believe that there's a very close connection to what's scary and what's funny. So I think if you have the ability to do one, you might have the ability to do the other."''
-->--'''Creator/ChristopherWalken'''

->''"If my life wasn't funny it would just be true, and that's unacceptable."''
-->--'''Creator/CarrieFisher'''

->''"One of the things I miss about Gene Siskel is that he's not around to make jokes about my condition... His jokes would have the saving grace of being funny. Here's one I'm pretty sure he would have come up with: 'Well, there's one good thing about Roger's surgery. At least he no longer need a bookmark to find his chin.'"''
-->--'''Creator/RogerEbert'''

->'''Creator/AnneHathaway''': Oh no!
->'''Creator/KristenStewart''': ''(on crutches)'' I know, Iím an idiot. But congratulations!
->'''Anne:''' Please tell me youíre going on stage with those crutches.
->'''Kristen:''' Nope. Iím gonna hobble.
->'''Anne:''' Well, break a leg -- Oops!
-->--Backstage at the 85th Academy Awards

->''"Iíd much rather be doing comedy on a beach in a tiki bar on Costa Rica right now, but they donít have comedy there, they donít need comedians, because theyíre already smiling naturally. Comedy works when people are miserable and for that reason alone, you are the best audiences on Earth."''
-->-- '''DougStanhope'''

->''"Comedians get asked a lot whether they were funny as a child. That's probably because it's a more comfortable question than 'Were you a lonely soul struggling for a way to make sense of a society that's inherently absurd and evil?'"''
-->--'''{{Creator/Seanbaby}}'''

->'''Gabriel:''' Did you ever see that dude who, like, survived Auschwitz and then filmed himself dancing out in front of the gates? Dude, applaud that.
->'''[[Creator/BenCroshaw Yahtzee]]''': That's how you show they didn't win. Once you can laugh about it, that means they've lost.
->'''Gabriel:''' ''I'' won, cunts!
-->--'''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fG_-8F4zhVs Let's Play]]''' ''Normality''

->''"Proving what a wonderful character he really is, OíBrien manages to find the fun in the very dangerous situation they have wound up in by reacting in horror [[SkewedPriorities at his torn trousers!]] This in turn makes everybody laugh their head off at such ridiculous minutiae when they have just stared death in the face so intimately. "''
-->--'''[[http://www.docohobigfinish.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/deep-space-nine-season-six.html Doc Oho]]''' on ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', "Rocks and Shoals"

->''"It says a lot about both babies and rubbers that a man would willingly pay someone to cut open his scrotum to ensure he never has to deal with either entity ever again...Every urologist is a fucking comedian. I went for my consult, and the doc had to bend me over and check my prostate. When he stuck his finger up my ass, I squirmed a bit, which is a logical reaction to a stranger poking around inside you. When he pulled out, he joked, 'Well, [[BlackComedyRape you wouldn't do so hot in prison]].' HE SAID THAT. Swear to God. I bet that was the most well-worn quip in his arsenal."''
-->--'''[[http://theconcourse.deadspin.com/the-amazing-true-story-of-my-exploding-balls-1661128148 Drew Magary]]'''

->''"A DrDemento favorite and influence (both direct and indirect) on musical comedians of later years and today, [[Music/TomLehrer (Tom) Lehrer]] remains a cultural icon despite his relatively short performance career and his refusal to write newer songs. While this does mean we are robbed of the sort of topical satire he excelled at, much of Lehrer's songbook remains fresh today, largely due to the gleeful pessimism that is the man's trademark. Yes, underneath the jolly piano vamps and atrocious slant rhymes of his ditties lurks a deep, dark hatred and distrust of humanity, and the bitter tragedy that is modern life: [[HumansAreMorons people are foolish idiots]], [[HobbesWasRight governments are corrupt and ineffectual]], and [[InYourNatureToDestroyYourselves complete annihilation]] is only one botched political conflict away... With nihilist numbers like this one, it's more than a little surprising Lehrer hasn't turned up in the ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' universe in some shape or form: "''
-->--'''''[[http://www.toplessrobot.com/2011/08/the_11_most_cynical_tom_lehrer_songs.php Topless Robot]]'''''

->''"I would say laughter is the best medicine. But itís more than that. Itís an entire regime of antibiotics and steroids. Laughter brings the swelling down on our national psyche, and then applies an antibiotic cream... Obviously, itís a challenge to make light of the darkness but, um, itís better than crying about it."''
-->-- '''Creator/StephenColbert'''

->''"The earth will be cold tomorrow."''
->''"Ask to be buried in a fur coat."''
-->--'''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pierre_Fran%C3%A7ois_Lacenaire Pierre Lacenaire]]''' and '''Victor Avril''', the night before their execution

->''"I'm going to my death by a poor route: Up a stairway."''
-->-- '''Lacenaire''''s FamousLastWords as he was climbing the scaffold

->''"You can take my hacienda, my land, my wealth, even - as you are going to do - my life. But there is one thing that you cannot take from me: the fear that I have!"''
-->-- '''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pedro_Mu%C3%B1oz_Seca Pedro MuŮoz Seca]]''' facing the [[ShotAtDawn firing squad]]

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