"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, Turn Coat
"We had to joke about it, because the alternative was to be scared out of your wits."
— Katniss Everdeen, The Hunger Games
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.
Janeway: Seven, I want good news and thatís an order!
Seven: Then I must disobey.
—Star Trek: Voyager, "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.
"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, Wheel of Time
"All humor is gallows humor, and it is on the gallows that we are constrained to learn it."
— Hermann Hesse, Steppenwolf
"We must indeed all hang together, or most assuredly we shall all hang separately."
— Benjamin Franklin, 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."
"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."
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.
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!
—Let's Play Normality
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?"
"A Dr Demento favorite and influence (both direct and indirect) on musical comedians of later years and today, (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: people are foolish idiots, governments are corrupt and ineffectual, and 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 Fallout universe in some shape or form: "