Quotation by James Thurber

Humor does not include sarcasm, invalid irony, sardonicism, innuendo, or any other form of cruelty. When these things are raised to a high point they can become wit, but unlike the French and the English, we have not been much good at wit since the days of Benjamin Franklin.
James Thurber (1894–1961), U.S. humorist, illustrator. Letter, June 25, 1954, to Walter Landau. Horn Book Magazine (April 1962).
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