„Some subjects are so serious that one can only joke about them.“

Sometimes attributed to Heisenberg, this was actually a statement made by Niels Bohr, as quoted in The Genius of Science: A Portrait Gallery (2000) by Abraham Pais, p. 24
Some things are so serious that one can only joke about them.
Variant without any citation as to author in Denial is not a river in Egypt (1998) by Sandi Bachom, p. 85
Misattributed

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deutscher Physiker und Nobelpreisträger 1901 - 1976

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„Some subjects are so serious that one can only joke about them.“

—  Niels Bohr Danish physicist 1885 - 1962

As quoted in The Genius of Science: A Portrait Gallery (2000) by Abraham Pais, p. 24
Some things are so serious that one can only joke about them.
Variant without any citation as to author in Denial is not a river in Egypt (1998) by Sandi Bachom, p. 85.

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„You may be wondering if I'm joking or serious. I'm joking and serious.“

—  Bob Black, buch The Abolition of Work

The Abolition of Work (1985)
Kontext: These experts who offer to do our thinking for us rarely share their conclusions about work, for all its saliency in the lives of all of us. Among themselves they quibble over the details. Unions and management agree that we ought to sell the time of our lives in exchange for survival, although they haggle over the price. Marxists think we should be bossed by bureaucrats. Libertarians think we should be bossed by businessmen. Feminists don't care which form bossing takes so long as the bosses are women. Clearly these ideology-mongers have serious differences over how to divvy up the spoils of power. Just as clearly, none of them have any objection to power as such and all of them want to keep us working.
You may be wondering if I'm joking or serious. I'm joking and serious. To be ludic is not to be ludicrous. Play doesn't have to be frivolous, although frivolity isn't triviality: very often we ought to take frivolity seriously. I'd like life to be a game — but a game with high stakes. I want to play for keeps.

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„All jokes about religion cause offence, so it's pointless apologising for them.“

—  Rowan Atkinson English actor, comedian, and screenwriter 1955

As quoted in a letter to The Times https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Times (2018)

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„Only the saints would joke so about the gods, because it was either joke or scream, and they alone knew it was all the same to the gods.“

—  Lois McMaster Bujold Science Fiction and fantasy author from the USA 1949

Quelle: World of the Five Gods series, The Curse of Chalion (2000), p. 313

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„A joke's a very serious thing.“

—  Charles Churchill (satirist) British poet 1731 - 1764

Book IV, line 1386
The Ghost (1763)

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„A joke is a very serious thing.“

—  Winston S. Churchill Prime Minister of the United Kingdom 1874 - 1965

Sometimes attributed to Winston Churchill, it is in fact a slight misquote of "A joke's a very serious thing" from the 1763 poem "The Ghost" by Charles Churchill.
Misattributed

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„A joke can only get laughs for one reason because it resonates.“

—  Yang Li Chinese stand-up comedian 1992

Quelle: "She Mocked Men’s Bluster. Then Came the Complaints." in The New York Times https://www.nytimes.com/2020/12/30/world/asia/male-confidence-comedian-china.html (30 December 2020)

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„It's difficult to talk to people who whisper even at home, afraid of Americans eavesdropping on them. It’s not a figure of speech, not a joke, I'm serious.“

—  Vladimir Putin President of Russia, former Prime Minister 1952

(17 April 2014) http://on.rt.com/vqds8o
2011 - 2015

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„I am not a joking subject!“

—  Moses Golola Kick Boxer, Eating Champion 1980

ChimpReports http://chimpreports.com/index.php/news-in-pictures/sports-in-pictures/18122-fnl4-golola-tries-zig-zag-skills-at-basketball.html

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„Some one is generally sure to be the sufferer by a joke.“

—  William Hazlitt English writer 1778 - 1830

"On Wit and Humour"
Lectures on the English Comic Writers (1819)

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„People confuse the subject of the joke with the target of the joke, and they’re very rarely the same.“

—  Ricky Gervais English comedian, actor, director, producer, musician, writer, and former radio presenter 1961

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„I thought you guys said only some of the vampire bikes could fly?"
"Only some of them can!"
"How did you know this was one of them?“

—  Cassandra Clare, The Mortal Instruments

"I didn't!"
Clary and Jace, pg. 289-290
The Mortal Instruments, City of Bones (2007)

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„A serious and good philosophical work could be written consisting entirely of jokes.“

—  Ludwig Wittgenstein Austrian-British philosopher 1889 - 1951

As quoted in "A View from the Asylum" in Philosophical Investigations from the Sanctity of the Press (2004), by Henry Dribble, p. 87
Attributed from posthumous publications

„Only the search back to the origins of one’s ideas in order to see the real arguments for them, before people became so certain of them that they ceased thinking about them at all, can liberate us.“

—  Allan Bloom American philosopher, classicist, and academician 1930 - 1992

“Western Civ,” p. 20.
Giants and Dwarfs (1990)
Kontext: Only the search back to the origins of one’s ideas in order to see the real arguments for them, before people became so certain of them that they ceased thinking about them at all, can liberate us. Our study of history has taught us to laugh at the follies of the whole past, the monarchies, oligarchies, theocracies, and aristocracies with the fanaticism for empire or salvation, once taken so seriously. But we have very few tools for seeing ourselves in the same way, as others will see us. Each age always conspires to make its own way of thinking appear to be the only possible or just way, and our age has the least resistance to the triumph of its own way. There is less real presence of respectable alternatives and less knowledge of the titanic intellectual figures who founded our way.

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„We need anarchists unencumbered by anarchism. Then, and only then, we can begin to get serious about fomenting anarchy.“

—  Bob Black American anarchist 1951

Anarchism And Other Impediments To Anarchy (1985)
Kontext: Every organization has more in common with every other organization than it does with any of the unorganized. The anarchist critique of the state, if only the anarchists understood it, is but a special case of the critique of organization. And, at some level, even anarchist organizations sense this.
Anti-anarchists may well conclude that if there is to be hierarchy and coercion, let it be out in the open, clearly labeled as such. Unlike these pundits (the right-wing "libertarians", the minarchists, for instance) I stubbornly persist in my opposition to the state. But not because, as anarchists so often thoughtlessly declaim, the state is not "necessary". Ordinary people dismiss this anarchist assertion as ludicrous, and so they should. Obviously, in an industrialized class society like ours, the state is necessary. The point is that the state has created the conditions in which it is indeed necessary, by stripping individuals and face-to-face voluntary associations of their powers. More fundamentally, the state's underpinnings (work, moralism, industrial technology, hierarchic organizations) are not necessary but rather antithetical to the satisfactions of real needs and desires. Unfortunately, most brands of anarchism endorse all these premises yet balk at their logical conclusion: the state.
If there were no anarchists, the state would have had to invent them. We know that on several occasions it has done just that. We need anarchists unencumbered by anarchism. Then, and only then, we can begin to get serious about fomenting anarchy.

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