„A serious and good philosophical work could be written consisting entirely of jokes.“

As quoted in "A View from the Asylum" in Philosophical Investigations from the Sanctity of the Press (2004), by Henry Dribble, p. 87
Attributed from posthumous publications

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Ludwig Wittgenstein fénykép
Ludwig Wittgenstein7
osztrák-brit filozófus 1889 - 1951

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Bob Black fénykép

„You may be wondering if I'm joking or serious. I'm joking and serious.“

—  Bob Black, könyv The Abolition of Work

The Abolition of Work (1985)
Kontextus: These experts who offer to do our thinking for us rarely share their conclusions about work, for all its saliency in the lives of all of us. Among themselves they quibble over the details. Unions and management agree that we ought to sell the time of our lives in exchange for survival, although they haggle over the price. Marxists think we should be bossed by bureaucrats. Libertarians think we should be bossed by businessmen. Feminists don't care which form bossing takes so long as the bosses are women. Clearly these ideology-mongers have serious differences over how to divvy up the spoils of power. Just as clearly, none of them have any objection to power as such and all of them want to keep us working.
You may be wondering if I'm joking or serious. I'm joking and serious. To be ludic is not to be ludicrous. Play doesn't have to be frivolous, although frivolity isn't triviality: very often we ought to take frivolity seriously. I'd like life to be a game — but a game with high stakes. I want to play for keeps.

George Gershwin fénykép

„An entire composition written in jazz could not live.“

—  George Gershwin American composer and pianist 1898 - 1937

Page 388
The Composer in the Machine Age (1933)

Winston S. Churchill fénykép

„A joke is a very serious thing.“

—  Winston S. Churchill Prime Minister of the United Kingdom 1874 - 1965

Sometimes attributed to Winston Churchill, it is in fact a slight misquote of "A joke's a very serious thing" from the 1763 poem "The Ghost" by Charles Churchill.
Misattributed

Charles Churchill (satirist) fénykép

„A joke's a very serious thing.“

—  Charles Churchill (satirist) British poet 1731 - 1764

Book IV, line 1386
The Ghost (1763)

„History is always written from the viewpoints of the leaders. And increasingly, in our age, war leaders do not get shot at with any serious consistency.“

—  James Jones American author 1921 - 1977

Preface - 'To Us Old Men'
WWII (1975)
Kontextus: History is always written from the viewpoints of the leaders. And increasingly, in our age, war leaders do not get shot at with any serious consistency. Leaders make momentous, world-encompassing historical decisions. It is your average anonymous soldier, or pilot, or naval gunnery rating who has to carry them out on the ground. Where there is often a vast difference between grandiose logic and plans and what takes place on the terrain. What it is that makes a man go out into dangerous places and get himself shot at with increasing consistency until finally he dies, is an interesting subject for speculation. And an interesting study. One might entitle it, THE EVOLUTION OF A SOLDIER.

Henry Adams fénykép
Jim Morrison fénykép
Niels Bohr fénykép

„Some subjects are so serious that one can only joke about them.“

—  Niels Bohr Danish physicist 1885 - 1962

As quoted in The Genius of Science: A Portrait Gallery (2000) by Abraham Pais, p. 24
Some things are so serious that one can only joke about them.
Variant without any citation as to author in Denial is not a river in Egypt (1998) by Sandi Bachom, p. 85.

Werner Heisenberg fénykép

„Some subjects are so serious that one can only joke about them.“

—  Werner Heisenberg German theoretical physicist 1901 - 1976

Sometimes attributed to Heisenberg, this was actually a statement made by Niels Bohr, as quoted in The Genius of Science: A Portrait Gallery (2000) by Abraham Pais, p. 24
Some things are so serious that one can only joke about them.
Variant without any citation as to author in Denial is not a river in Egypt (1998) by Sandi Bachom, p. 85
Misattributed

Vladimir Putin fénykép
Salvador Dalí fénykép
Ernest Hemingway fénykép

„Like all truly brave people Antonio is light-hearted and likes to joke and make fun of serious things.“

—  Ernest Hemingway American author and journalist 1899 - 1961

Hemingway is describing his friend, the famous bullfighter Antonio Ordóñez.
Forrás: The Dangerous Summer (1985), Ch. 3

Alfred North Whitehead fénykép
Alan Watts fénykép
Guity Novin fénykép
John D. Rockefeller fénykép

„Good management consists of showing average people how to do the work of superior people.“

—  John D. Rockefeller American business magnate and philanthropist 1839 - 1937

As quoted in The Harper Book of Quotations (1993) by Robert I. Fitzhenry, p. 71; the earliest published occurrence of such remarks yet located were those of Jim Low in "The Human in Public Relations" a diner address in Proceedings, Seventh Annual Meeting of the Agricultural Research Institute, October 13-14, 1958, Washington, Pt. 3, p. 83
Disputed

Robert G. Ingersoll fénykép

„And yet, here you have a work upholding slavery, and you say that it was written by an infinitely good God!“

—  Robert G. Ingersoll Union United States Army officer 1833 - 1899

Orthodoxy (1884)
Kontextus: If the devil had written upon the subject of slavery, which side would he have taken? Let every minister answer. If you knew the devil had written a work on human slavery, in your judgment, would he uphold slavery, or denounce it? Would you regard it as any evidence that he ever wrote it, if it upheld slavery? And yet, here you have a work upholding slavery, and you say that it was written by an infinitely good God!

Daniel Radcliffe fénykép
Robert Fripp fénykép

„Creative work is serious play.“

—  Robert Fripp English guitarist, composer and record producer 1946

Guitar Craft Monograph III: Aphorisms, Oct. 27 1988

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