Some subjects are so serious

Some subjects are so serious

A succinct and provocative statement by Niels Bohr, flying in the face of the common supposition that the more serious the subject the less appropriate it is to joke about it.  It also echoes an equally pithy quotation, from Hemingway’s For Whom the Bells Toll. ...
Unlimited licence

Unlimited licence

A commonly mentioned feature of the court jester is their acknowledged but informal and ill-defined ‘licence’ to speak out, mock, criticize, tell the truth.  Here is a striking description of a caste (or even out-caste) of clowns said to have had...
Folly is a divine state

Folly is a divine state

There, doesn’t that make you feel better?  However, note that in being a divine state, you are no more entitled to be proud than ashamed of it. ‘It is all too often forgotten that the ancient symbol for the prenascence of the world is a fool, and that...

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