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By "humorists" I mean any amusing person, throughout all of history, that has said something funny, yet meaningful at the same time.  This could range from genial folks like Mark Twain in the old days to in-your-face stand-up comics like Richard Pryor and George Carlin.

Warner, Charles D.

Charles D. Warner

  • 1897, Hartford Courant editorial: "Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it."
    This one-liner has a rich history.  The quote is often attributed to Mark Twain, although he didn't say it.  It's just one of those things that sounds "Mark Twainy" so it became a widespread belief.  Courant's editor C.H. Clark wrote, in response to the many people who believe Twain said it, "I guess it's no use.  They still believe Mark Twain said it, despite all my assurances that it was Warner."