This article is from the Quotations FAQ, by Sir Hans email@example.com Jason Newquist firstname.lastname@example.org with numerous contributions by others.
Fun is a good thing but only when it spoils nothing
George Santayana (1863-1952)
"The Sense of Beauty" (1896) ``The Comic''
Basically, anything not covered by 1.1, but specifically ``Laws''
(as in variation on Murphy's Law, the Peter Principle--those have
attained ``quotation'' status, due to their well-knownness and the
fact that they're attributable (and more or less original) are not
appreciated, as are other humorous variations on real quotations.
Jokes and fulldeckisms belong in rec.humor. Fragments from movies and
television series are often not appropriate, only being able to be
appreciated by fans of the series (but check out 2.3). Of course as
always there are exceptions--"Casablanca" has now a few firmly entombed
entries in "Oxford", for example, but this is--and should, in "my"
arrogant opinion, remain--an exception.
@A: Murphy, Edward A. (1918-) *
@Q: I was project manager at Edwards Airforce Base during Colonel J.
P. Stapp's experimental crash research testing on the track at North
Base. The law's namesake was Captain Ed Murphy--a development engineer
from Wright aircraft lab. Frustration with a strap transducer which
was malfunctioning due to an error by a lab technician in the wiring of
the strain gauge bridges caused Murphy to remark: ``If there's "any"
way to do it wrong, he will!'' I assigned Murphy's Law to the
statement and the associated variations.
@R: George E. Nichols in "The Listener" 16 February 1984
@A: Peter, Laurence J. (1919-1990) and Hull, Raymond (1919-) *
@Q: My analysis . . . led me to formulate "The Peter Principle": In a
Hierarchy Every Employee Tends to Rise to His Level of Incompetence.
@R: "The Peter Principle" (1969) ch. 1