A sharp sense of the ironic can be the equivalent of the faith that
moves mountains. Far more quickly than reason or logic, irony can
penetrate rage and puncture self-pity.
A taste for irony has kept more hearts from breaking than a sense of
humor, for it takes irony to appreciate the joke which is on oneself.
And irony, oh the goddamed irony, that courses through the popular
culture like a cancer. If nothing is serious anymore, then there's
nothing to satirize.
Britain and America are separated by the Irony Curtain.
Clap an extinguisher upon your irony if you are unhappily blessed with a
vein of it.
From even the greatest of horrors irony is seldom absent.
I hate corporations and I'm not happy that they have taken over the film
business but on the same hand I find myself being the head of a
corporation. There's a certain irony there.
If a nation values anything more than freedom, it will lose its freedom;
and the irony of it is that if it is comfort that it values more, it
will lose that too.
-W. Somerset Maugham
Irony is a clear consciousness of an eternal agility, of the infinitely
-Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel
Irony is a qualification of subjectivity.
Irony is the form of paradox. Paradox is what is good and great at the
-Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel
Irony is the gaiety of reflection and the joy of wisdom.
Irony is the glory of slaves.
It was announced Gloria Steinem was recently married at the home of a
lady friend named Wilma Mankiller, presumably in a bid by Ms. Steinem to
see if she could get The Guinness Book of Irony to implode.
Men who retain irony are not to be trusted. They can't always resist an
impulse to tickle themselves.
My mother never saw the irony in calling me a son of a bitch.
Our universities are so determined to impose tolerance that they'll
expel you for saying what you think and never notice the irony.
-John Perry Barlow
Sentimental irony is a dog that bays at the moon while pissing on graves.
Sufficiently advanced political correctness is indistinguishable from
The irony is that in our decades, the combination of rationalism,
asceticism, and individualism (the so-called Protestant Ethic) has
produced precisely the system of boondoggling, luxury-consumption, and
The irony of man's condition is that the deepest need is to be free of
the anxiety of death and annihilation; but it is life itself which
awakens it, and so we must shrink from being fully alive.
The main business of a lawyer is to take the romance, the mystery, the
irony, the ambiguity out of everything he touches.
The real marriage of true minds is for any two people to possess a sense
of humor or irony pitched in exactly the same key, so that their joint
glances on any subject cross like interarching searchlights.
To dread irony is to fear reason.
We didn't need light and shade, irony or humor. An iconic Daltrey bellow
could convey an extrodinary range of human emotion; withering sadness,
self pity, loneliness, abandonment, spiritual desperation, the loss of
childhood, as well as the more obvious rage and frustration, joy and
When the government gives things names, you should keep your sense of
White Americans have a very unusual sense of history. They make it up as
they go along, constantly revising to suit their tastes in a manner that
would make Stalin blush. Very few of them saw any irony in the fact that
during a recent nasty Balkans conflict, when Uncle Sam intervened to
stop the Serbs from ethnically cleansing the Bosnians, the military
action was performed using Apache helicopter gunships. Helicopters named
after a people that had been ethnically cleansed in the United States
less than one hundred years previously. Sixteen lane highways across the
sacred burial grounds. Yee-hah.