Quotes About Gallows Humor

Quotes tagged as "gallows-humor" (showing 1-19 of 19)
Douglas Adams
“So this is it," said Arthur, "We are going to die."
"Yes," said Ford, "except... no! Wait a minute!" He suddenly lunged across the chamber at something behind Arthur's line of vision. "What's this switch?" he cried.
"What? Where?" cried Arthur, twisting round.
"No, I was only fooling," said Ford, "we are going to die after all.”
Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Suzanne Collins
“The idea of being strong for someone else having never entered their heads, I find myself in the position of having to console them. Since I'm the person going in to be slaughtered, this is somewhat annoying.”
Suzanne Collins, Catching Fire

Terry Pratchett
“We who think we are about to die will laugh at anything.”
Terry Pratchett, Night Watch

Steve Martin
“First the doctor told me the good news: I was going to have a disease named after me.”
Steve Martin

Elizabeth Wein
“Nothing like an arcane literary debate with your tyrannical master while you pass the time leading to your execution.”
Elizabeth Wein, Code Name Verity

Catherynne M. Valente
“Men die. It's practically what they're for.”
Catherynne M. Valente, Deathless

Sigmund Freud
“The ego refuses to be distressed by the provocations of reality, to let itself be compelled to suffer. It insists that it cannot be affected by the traumas of the external world; it shows, in fact, that such traumas are no more than occasions for it to gain pleasure.”
Sigmund Freud

Ashim Shanker
“His hatred for all was so intense that it should extinguish the very love from which it was conceived. And thus, he ceased to feel. There was nothing further in which to believe that made the prospect of feeling worthwhile. Daily he woke up and cast downtrodden eyes upon the sea and he would say to himself with a hint of regret at his hitherto lack of indifference, 'All a dim illusion, was it? Surely it was foolish of me to think any of this had meaning.' He would then spend hours staring at the sky, wondering how best to pass the time if everything—even the sky itself— were for naught. He arrived at the conclusion that there was no best way to pass the time. The only way to deal with the illusion of time was to endure it, knowing full well, all the while, that one was truly enduring nothing at all. Unfortunately for him, this nihilistic resolution to dispassion didn’t suit him very well and he soon became extremely bored. Faced now with the choice between further boredom and further suffering, he impatiently chose the latter, sailing another few weeks along the coast , and then inland, before finally dropping anchor off the shores of the fishing village of Yami.”
Ashim Shanker, Only the Deplorable

Margaret Atwood
“Life is warped. I'm just in sync.”
Margaret Atwood, MaddAddam

J.R. Ward
“Gallows humor is part of having a doctor in the house. Deal with it.”
J.R. Ward, Lover Enshrined

Jasmine Warga
“We're suicidal, not innumerate.”
Jasmine Warga, My Heart and Other Black Holes

Dorothy L. Sayers
“It's very good of you--"

"No, no, not at all. It's my hobby. Not proposing to people, I don't mean, but investigating things. Well, cheer-frightfully-ho and all that. And I'll call again, if I may."

"I will give the footman orders to admit you," said the prisoner, gravely, "you will always find me at home.”
Dorothy L. Sayers, Strong Poison

Raymond E. Feist
“My dear dead mother wanted me to go into an honorable trade, like grave robbing. Would I listen? No. Be an assassin, like your uncle Gustav, she said. Would I pay heed? No. Apprentice to the Necromancer―”
Raymond E. Feist, Prince of the Blood

“Live, die, something else lives. The very soil humanity walks upon is built up from death. Digging into a flowerbed means digging into bones.”
M. Jones, Frankie And Formaldehyde

Rob Thomas
“Was it tacky to get a cake during a hostage crisis? What was the protocol? She pictured chocolate frosting with white lettering: HAPPY BIRTHDAY, HOPE YOUR DAUGHTER ISN’T DEAD. But this year was her fiftieth, a year with a zero. Veronica had to do something. So on her way to the condo she’d swung by a bakery and picked up a small German chocolate cake. It was her mom’s favorite—or at least it had been, a decade ago.”
Rob Thomas

Rob Thomas
“Was it tacky to get a cake during a hostage crisis? What was the protocol? She pictured chocolate frosting with white lettering: HAPPY BIRTHDAY, HOPE YOUR DAUGHTER ISN’T DEAD. But this year was her fiftieth, a year with a zero. Veronica had to do something. So on her way to the condo she’d swung by a bakery and picked up a small German chocolate cake. It was her mom’s favorite—or at least it had been, a decade ago.-page 218 of The Thousand Dollar Tan Line”
Rob Thomas

Lynda Williams
“I hope I died honorably. I have a great deal to atone for. - Eler Nersal”
Lynda Williams

Michael Montoure
“Fell?' he asked. 'Or was pushed?'

Anton shrugged again. 'It hardly makes a difference,' he said, 'when you are the man at the bottom of the stairs.”
Michael Montoure, Slices

Michael J. Tougias
“Any port in a storm.”
Michael J. Tougias, Ten Hours Until Dawn: The True Story of Heroism and Tragedy Aboard the Can Do

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