Irony Quotes

Quotes tagged as "irony" (showing 1-30 of 918)
Douglas Coupland
“Remember: the time you feel lonely is the time you most need to be by yourself. Life's cruelest irony.”
Douglas Coupland, Shampoo Planet

Cassandra Clare
“What are all these?" Clary asked.
"Vials of holy water, blessed knives, steel and silver blades," Jace said, piling the weapons on the floor beside him, "electrum wire - not much use at the moment but it's always good to have spares - silver bullets, charms of protetion, crucifixes, stars of David-"
"Jesus," said Clary
"I doubt he'd fit."
"Jace." Clary was appalled.”
Cassandra Clare, City of Bones

Voltaire
“It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets.”
Voltaire

Fyodor Dostoyevsky
“I say let the world go to hell, but I should always have my tea.”
Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Notes from Underground

H.P. Lovecraft
“From even the greatest of horrors irony is seldom absent.”
H.P. Lovecraft, Tales of H.P. Lovecraft

Neal Shusterman
“I'd rather be partly great than entirely useless.”
Neal Shusterman, Unwind

Joss Whedon
“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the road less traveled by and they CANCELLED MY FRIKKIN' SHOW. I totally shoulda took the road that had all those people on it. Damn.”
Joss Whedon

Michel de Montaigne
“I quote others only in order the better to express myself.”
Michel de Montaigne, The Complete Essays

George R.R. Martin
“The things I do for love.”
George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones

Christopher Moore
“It’s sarcasm, Josh.”

“Sarcasm?”

“It’s from the Greek, sarkasmos. To bite the lips. It means that you aren’t really saying what you mean, but people will get your point. I invented it, Bartholomew named it.”

“Well, if the village idiot named it, I’m sure it’s a good thing.”

“There you go, you got it.”

“Got what?”

“Sarcasm.”

“No, I meant it.”

“Sure you did.”

“Is that sarcasm?”

“Irony, I think.”

“What’s the difference?”

“I haven’t the slightest idea.”

“So you’re being ironic now, right?”

“No, I really don’t know.”

“Maybe you should ask the idiot.”

“Now you’ve got it.”

“What?”

“Sarcasm.”
Christopher Moore, Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal

Jane Austen
“Nobody can tell what I suffer! But it is always so. Those who do not complain are never pitied.”
Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

Alexander McCall Smith
“It is sometimes easier to be happy if you don't know everything.”
Alexander McCall Smith, Morality for Beautiful Girls

Andy Warhol
“As soon as you stop wanting something, you get it.”
Andy Warhol

J.K. Rowling
“Would you like me to [kill you] now?" asked Snape, his voice heavy with irony. "Or would you like a few moments to compose an epitaph?”
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Philip K. Dick
“If you think this Universe is bad, you should see some of the others.”
Philip K. Dick

Oscar Wilde
“Irony is wasted on the stupid”
Oscar Wilde

Harlan Ellison
“If you make people think they're thinking, they'll love you; but if you really make them think, they'll hate you.”
Harlan Ellison

George Harrison
“With every mistake, we must surely be learning.”
George Harrison

Haruki Murakami
“The sense of tragedy - according to Aristotle - comes, ironically enough, not from the protagonist's weak points but from his good qualities. Do you know what I'm getting at? People are drawn deeper into tragedy not by their defects but by their virtues.
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[But] we accept irony through a device called metaphor. And through that we grow and become deeper human beings.”
Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore

Ursula Hegi
“That's the nature of being a parent, Sabine has discovered. You'll love your children far more than you ever loved your parents, and -- in the recognition that your own children cannot fathom the depth of your love -- you come to understand the tragic, unrequited love of your own parents.”
Ursula Hegi

Marie Lu
“The irony of life is that those who wear masks often tell us more truths than those with open faces.”
Marie Lu, The Rose Society

René Descartes
“Common sense is the most widely shared commodity in the world, for every man is convinced that he is well supplied with it.”
René Descartes

Christopher Moore
“That's the difference between irony and sarcasm. Irony can be spontaneous, while sarcasm requires volition. You have to create sarcasm.”
Christopher Moore, Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal

William Shakespeare
“O, wonder!
How many goodly creatures are there here!
How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world,
That has such people in't!”
William Shakespeare, The Tempest

Roger Zelazny
“Nobody steals books but your friends.”
Roger Zelazny, The Guns of Avalon

Steven Wright
“I'd kill for a Nobel Peace Prize.”
Steven Wright

Jim Butcher
“Nay, but prithee, with sprinkles 'pon it instead," I said solemnly, "and frosting of white.”
Jim Butcher, Small Favor

Charles Bukowski
“What is your advice to young writers?”
“Drink, fuck and smoke plenty of cigarettes.”
Charles Bukowski, Hot Water Music

Teresa of Ávila
“Christ has no body now on earth but yours,
no hands but yours,
no feet but yours,
Yours are the eyes through which to look out
Christ's compassion to the world
Yours are the feet with which he is to go about
doing good;
Yours are the hands with which he is to bless men now.”
Teresa of Ávila

Jane Austen
“Mr. Bennet, how can you abuse your own children in such a way? You
take delight in vexing me. You have no compassion for my poor nerves."

"You mistake me, my dear. I have a high respect for your nerves. They
are my old friends. I have heard you mention them with consideration
these last twenty years at least.”
Jane Austen

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