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Tragedy plus time equals comedy.

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Steve Allen (1922-2000) American composer, entertainer, and wit.
“Steve Allen’s Almanac,” Cosmopolitan (Feb 1957)

Similar formulations have been made by Carol Burnett, Lenny Bruce, Bob Newhart, and Woody Allen. For more discussion see here.
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Nothing is better than the unintended humor of reality.

Steve Allen (1922-2000) American composer, entertainer, and wit.
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One of the nice things about problems is that a good many of them do not exist except in our imaginations.

Steve Allen (1922-2000) American composer, entertainer, and wit.
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Quoted in Reader's Digest (Nov 1989)
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We are entitled to make almost any reasonable assumption, but should resist making conclusions until evidence requires that we do so.

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Men will take almost any kind of criticism except the observation that they have no sense of humor.

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Do not allow children to mix your martini. It is unseemly and they use too much vermouth.

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The purpose of having an open mind is the same as having an open mouth, the object being eventually to close it on something solid. But one should never close either mind or mouth until the general circumstances of the moment make it reasonable to do so.

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Humor is a social lubricant that helps us get over some of the bad spots.

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There are hundreds of millions who believe the Messiah has come. If he did, then it is unfortunately the case that his heroic sacrifice and death have had no effect whatsoever on the very problem his coming might have been expected to address, for history demonstrates, beyond question, that we Christians have been just as dangerous, singly and en masse, as non-Christians.

Steve Allen (1922-2000) American composer, entertainer, and wit.
The Bible, Religion, and Morality (1990)
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To those who wish to punish others — or at least to see them punished, if the avengers are too cowardly to take matters into their own hands — the belief in a fiery, hideous hell appears to be a great source of comfort.

Steve Allen (1922-2000) American composer, entertainer, and wit.
The Bible, Religion, and Morality (1990)
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The Bible has been interpreted to justify such evil practices as, for example, slavery, the slaughter of prisoners of war, the sadistic murders of women believed to be witches, capital punishment for hundreds of offenses, polygamy, and cruelty to animals. It has been used to encourage belief in the grossest superstition and to discourage the free teaching of scientific truths. We must never forget that both good and evil flow from the Bible. It is therefore not above criticism.

Steve Allen (1922-2000) American composer, entertainer, and wit.
The Bible, Religion, and Morality (1990)
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No philosophy, sadly, has all the answers. No matter how assured we may be about certain aspects of our belief, there are always painful inconsistencies, exceptions, and contradictions. This is true in religion as it is in politics, and is self-evident to all except fanatics and the naive.

Steve Allen (1922-2000) American composer, entertainer, and wit.
Essay, in P. Berman, The Courage of Conviction (1985)
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