From the Quotation of the day mailing list, 2012-09-09:
"People forget that words are for fun, not only for serious communication. And sometimes words are both for fun and for serious purpose, as humorists like Mark Twain and Garrison Keillor have understood.
"Actually, making fun of people clumsily and unfairly is really easy. That's why bullies and comedians are a dime a dozen. Making fun of people cleverly and fairly is very difficult, and that's why true humorists are rare. And some of us never figure out how the bully differs from the humorist, so we don't know when to protest and when to laugh."
-- James M. Kauffman, Professor Emeritus of Education at the University of Virginia, on his website "I, James M. Kauffman, Did Not Write the Open Letter to Dr. Laura" (Chapter 1: Fame Without Fortune, p. 5).
(submitted to the mailing list by Kelly Groves)