— Jim Henson American puppeteer 1936 - 1990
„This is a big statement and it sounds a little precious. Generally a man is ashamed to make such a statement. He is afraid sophisticated people will laugh at him. But I don't mind. I'm asking sophisticated people to laugh. That is what sophistication is for.“
Seventy Thousand Assyrians (1934)
„There's been an awful lot of discussion about what is or isn't simple, and people have gotten a pretty sophisticated notion of simplicity, but I'm not sure it has helped.“
— Ward Cunningham American computer programmer who developed the first wiki 1949
The Simplest Thing that Could Possibly Work
„Because today we live in a society in which spurious realities are manufactured by the media, by governments, by big corporations, by religious groups, political groups…So I ask, in my writing, What is real? Because unceasingly we are bombarded with pseudo-realities manufactured by very sophisticated people using very sophisticated electronic mechanisms. I do not distrust their motives; I distrust their power. They have a lot of it. And it is an astonishing power: that of creating whole universes, universes of the mind. I ought to know. I do the same thing.“
— Philip K. Dick American author 1928 - 1982
"How To Build A Universe That Doesn't Fall Apart Two Days Later" (1978)
„Journalism attracts people with exceptional linguistic talent, but I have found that very few have the mathematical sophistication to appreciate the difference between skill and luck.“
— William J. Bernstein economist 1948
Источник: The Four Pillars of Investing (2002), Chapter 11, Oliver Stone Meets Wall Street, p. 220.
„During the 1960s, large groups of people who are normally passive and apathetic began to try to enter the political arena to press their demands.… The naive might call that democracy, but that's because they don't understand. The sophisticated understand that that's the crisis of democracy.“
— Noam Chomsky, книга Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media
Manufacturing Consent, lecture at the University of Wisconsin (15 March 1989) https://chomsky.info/19890315/.
Quotes 1960s-1980s, 1980s
„I never want to do material that makes people laugh at the expense of making other people feel bad - not to say I'm not guilty of that at times. …“
— Jim Gaffigan comedian, actor, author 1966
Stephanie Bouchard (February 15, 2007) "Pasty-faced and proud of it - Comedian Jim Gaffigan brings his 'Beyond the Pale Tour' to Merrill Auditorium", Portland Press Herald, Blethen Maine Newspapers Inc., D10.
Контексте: I do kind of aspire to do comedy that appeals to a wide range of audiences and doesn't divide people. I never want to do material that makes people laugh at the expense of making other people feel bad - not to say I'm not guilty of that at times.... I try and make humor out of the really important issues of the day, like Hot Pockets and elevators and not wanting to get out of bed.
„If we are going to make the change from community to communitas, and not just end up with an unsustainable adrenaline-junkie culture, we must have a sophisticated process to form people into adventurer-disciples.“
— Alan Hirsch South African missionary 1959
Источник: The Faith of Leap (2011), p. 72
„A film should appeal to sophisticated, profound-thinking people while at the same time entertaining simplistic people. A truly good movie is really enjoyable too. There’s nothing complicated about it. A truly good movie is interesting and easy to understand.“
— Akira Kurosawa Japanese film maker 1910 - 1998
Akira Kurosawa as quoted in Kamiski, Michael (2007). The Secret History of Star Wars(PDF). p. 48. Retrieved 2011-01-31.
„I always say to young people, you can have the best script, be the funniest man, but if they don't laugh — you're not a comedian.“
— Eric Sykes English actor and director 1923 - 2012
Quoted in BBC obituary 4 July 2012 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-18703602
„If you can say something that's funny or do something that's ridiculous, it'll make people laugh. So many people struggle with dark thoughts, depression, and internal pain. I'm not an expert on it, but I know that if I'm ever feeling down, if someone can make me laugh, it really is a cure to those thoughts.“
— Джош Дан American musician 1988
— Roscoe Arbuckle American silent film actor, comedian, director, and screenwriter 1887 - 1933
Interview (1916) http://www.2020site.org/fattyarbuckle/fatty.html
„I have to laugh when people ask, "How's retired life?" I'm as busy as I've ever been, except now I make my own schedule.“
— Ann E. Dunwoody U.S. Army, first four-star general in U.S. military history 1953
Источник: A Higher Standard (2015), p. 200
Контексте: I have to laugh when people ask, "How's retired life?" I'm as busy as I've ever been, except now I make my own schedule. I see my husband every day. I finally get to spend regular quality time with family and friends. I no longer miss milestone events such as baby showers, birthdays, graduations, and weddings. I wrote this book. I started a consulting company, First 2 Four, LLC. I serve on multiple boards. I even continue to give speeches at universities and corporate gatherings, despite my continued fear of public speaking. But nothing- absolutely nothing- can replace the pride and purpose of being a soldier.
„We can laugh at comedies like this for two reasons: Because we feel superior to the characters, or because we pity or like them. I do not much like laughing down at people, which is why the comedies of Adam Sandler make me squirmy (most people, I know, laugh because they like him). In the case of Napoleon Dynamite, I certainly don't like him, but then the movie makes no attempt to make him likable. Truth is, it doesn't even try to be a comedy. It tells his story and we are supposed to laugh because we find humor the movie pretends it doesn't know about.“
— Roger Ebert American film critic, author, journalist, and TV presenter 1942 - 2013
Review http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/napoleon-dynamite-2004 of Napoleon Dynamite (18 June 2004)
Reviews, One-and-a-half star reviews
„…I don't like to make judgments about what people like sexually. Some people like one sex, or the other, or they like fat people, or they like to be tied up, whatever. That's fine. Whatever people like is fine by me. I think that's important, too, because in this country a lot of people want to make laws about that and I'm very much against that. Making certain kinds of sex illegal… To me that's immoral, to illegalize things that people want to do. Same with religious things. I think people should be able to believe whatever they want to believe. I think that when governments try to get involved with that sort of stuff, you're really destroying people's souls. I don't make statements like that in my songs because that's not what I want. I don't want to make a political statement.“
— John S. Hall Poet, author, singer, lawyer 1960
Interview by Elein Fleiss and Olivier Zahm, ca. 1992 ( link http://adaweb.com/~purple/kingm.html)
Quotes from interviews
— Ricky Gervais English comedian, actor, director, producer, musician, writer, and former radio presenter 1961
At Piers Morgan Tonight, 2011
„When you trick people into laughing at themselves, that's wit. If you don't laugh at yourself, everything becomes heavy.“
— Jim Henson American puppeteer 1936 - 1990
Interview with The Boston Globe (1989)
„I have a theory, that there is a terrific link between what is funny and what is scary. I think there is a very close connection between what frightens people and what makes them laugh. Laughter is a kind of nervousness. Animals don't laugh. Smiling is, anthropologists agree, directly linked to the baring of the teeth.“
— Christopher Walken American actor 1943
Jan Moir (March 11, 2002) "'You're not scared of me, are you?': Christopher Walken has cornered the market in movie menace. But, as Jan Moir discovers, he is just as unsettling in real life", The Daily Telegraph, p. 18.
— Alan Alda actor and United States Army officer 1936
„Oscar: In a society where dissenting viewpoints are suppressed, those viewpoints are potent and dangerous… Where dissent is tolerated, it rapidly becomes quaint and is viewed as un-sophisticated; people merely amuse themselves with the expression of contrary opinion.“
— Dave Sim Canadian cartoonist, creator of Cerebus 1956
Источник: Melmoth (1991), p. 41