This, in a delightful travelogue in 1930s Romania, caught my eye as a pithy and original definition of humour. I now keep it in mind as I re-visit examples of jesters using humour to rein in excess, be it self-indulgence by the king (boozing instead of reigning), injustice or cruelty, or just somebody taking themselves too seriously.
‘A sense of humour, after all, is only a sense of proportion and would go a long way to solving the world’s troubles.’
Source: Donald Hall, Romanian Furrow (London: Bene Factum Publishing, 2007), p. 97
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