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  That's the irony in the work: the best stories are the worst things that happen. My best times were somebody else's worst.  
 -  Michael Connelly
  

  Irony is the hygiene of the mind.  
 -  Elizabeth Bibesco
  

  Brain research tells us that only twenty percent of human beings have a sense of irony, which means that eighty percent of the world takes everything at face value.  
 -  Doug Coupland
  

  It's kind of ironic how common sense isn't common at all.  
 -  Unknown
  

  Neither irony or sarcasm is argument.  
 -  Samuel Butler
  

  People use irony as a defense mechanism.  
 -  David Byrne
  

  And the irony is that they wrote better without access to my quotes.  
 -  Steve Carlton
  

  Life is too ironic. It takes sadness to know what happiness is, noise to appreciate silence, & absence to value presence.  
 -  Unknown
  

  I have wit in my work and a sense of humor, but I do not use irony in any way.  
 -  John Zorn
  

  Americans are not renowned for having a sense of irony.  
 -  Andrew Dominik
  

  The cruel irony of housework: people only notice when you don't do it.  
 -  Danielle Raine
  

  We are all tourists in history, and irony is what we win in wars.  
 -  Anatole Broyard
  

  Hollywood is a place of great irony at all times.  
 -  Mark Canton
  

  Irony regards every simple truth as a challenge.  
 -  Tre Cool
  

  Two fundamental literary qualities: supernaturalism and irony.  
 -  Charles Baudelaire
  

  I'm so sick of sarcasm and irony, I could kill! Sincerely, the real root of things is love and sacrifice.  
 -  Ben Foster
  

  I love the irony. I'm perceived as being really young and yet I have the clinical condition of an old man.  
 -  Michael J. Fox
  

  I think the French have a romantic cliche that Englishmen have great style, great music, irony and sense of humour. Well, sometimes cliches are true.  
 -  Josephine de La Baume
  

  The irony of environmental opposition to the Keystone XL project is that stopping the pipeline to the U.S. will not stop production in the oil sands of Canada. Instead of coming to the United States, the oil will still be produced and shipped by rail or a pipeline similar to the Keystone XL to Canada's Pacific Coast.  
 -  John Hoeven
  

  That's the difference between irony and sarcasm. Irony can be spontaneous, while sarcasm requires volition. You have to create sarcasm.  
 -  Christopher Moore
  

  The great thing about irony is that it splits things apart, gets up above them so we can see the flaws and hypocrisies and duplicates.  
 -  David Foster Wallace
  

  Irony is the gaiety of reflection and the joy of wisdom.  
 -  Anatole France
  

  A tragic irony of life is that we so often achieve success or financial independence after the chief reason for which we sought it has passed away.  
 -  Ellen Glasgow
  

  The irony is that the more unapologetically sexist men are in movies, the more women tend to be attracted to them in person.  
 -  Jon Favreau
  

  Humor brings insight and tolerance. Irony brings a deeper and less friendly understanding.  
 -  Agnes Repplier
  

  I don't mock things, which makes me more vulnerable to mockery myself. If you're cynical, you're protected from mockery. But I have to be nice. I don't think I have irony. A sense of humour, yes, but not irony.  
 -  Michel Gondry
  

  At a time like this, scorching irony, not convincing argument, is needed.  
 -  Frederick Douglass
  

  I love the irony of movies. I really do. For whatever reason, I'm incredibly intrigued by the irony of reality in a motion picture.  
 -  Zack Snyder
  

  United Nations peacekeepers are going all over the world spreading AIDS even while they're trying to bring peace. What a supreme irony.  
 -  Richard Holbrooke
  

  That is where the irony of the film comes off, in terms of the language it employs - where he tries desperately to be a 'TV Dad,' to give advice and it's so pat it becomes ridiculous.  
 -  Atom Egoyan
  

  Irony is an insult conveyed in the form of a compliment.  
 -  Edwin P. Whipple
  

  I remember my fourth grade teacher reading 'Charlotte's Web' and 'Stuart Little' to us - both, of course, by E. B. White. His stories were genuinely funny, thought provoking and full of irony and charm. He didn't condescend to his readers, which was why I liked his books, and why I wasn't a big reader of other children's' books.  
 -  Louis Sachar
  

  Clap an extinguisher upon your irony if you are unhappily blessed with a vein of it.  
 -  Charles Lamb
  

  Irony differentiates. Cynicism never does.  
 -  Paul Horgan
  

  If a nation values anything more than freedom, it will lose its freedom, and the irony of it is that if it is comfort or money that it values more, it will lose that too.  
 -  W. Somerset Maugham
  

  Irony, I feel, is a very high form of morality.  
 -  Jean Stafford
  

  Irony is the gaiety of reflection and the joy of wisdom.  
 -  Anatole France
  

  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.  
 -  Jessamyn West
  

  The irony is that you can't use real rain to make movies.  
 -  Greg Kinnear
  

  I think that you can fall into bad habits with comedy... It's a tightrope to stay true to the character, true to the irony, and allow the irony to happen.  
 -  Ben Kingsley
  

  The accident was a horrible thing - but that horrible thing made Chris, at the end of his life, Superman. It's a happy irony if there is such a thing. I'm proud to have known him.  
 -  Morgan Freeman
  

  Humor is everywhere in that there's irony in just about anything a human does.  
 -  Bill Nye
  

  Irony is the form of paradox. Paradox is what is good and great at the same time.  
 -  Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel
  

  Listen: our culture is saturated with irony whether we know it or not.  
 -  Peter Kropotkin
  

  The supreme irony of life is that hardly anyone gets out of it alive.  
 -  Robert A. Heinlein
  

  I like the irony in my work.  
 -  Miuccia Prada
  

  To me the biggest irony of this lifetime that I'm living is that for someone who thrives in the public eye in the creative ways that I do, I actually don't enjoy being in the public eye.  
 -  Alanis Morissette
  

  My book has a very simple surface, but there are layers of irony and paradox all the way through it.  
 -  Mark Haddon
  

  What people adore about superhero movies is the signal quality of the Christopher Nolan films - their complete lack of irony when it comes to the portrayal of heroism and the need for heroes to confront evil.  
 -  John Podhoretz