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15 of the Funniest Quotes in Literature

I know I’m making some bold claims here. THE funniest quotes? In all of literature? There’s a lot of literature out there, and some of it is pretty funny. But can I really guarantee that these quotes are the funniest, bar none?

The truth is, I can’t guarantee this. No one can guarantee anything in this life except death, taxes, and Pirates of the Caribbean sequels. So I’m setting my sights lower. If even ONE of the following quotes merits a guffaw, a chuckle, or something resembling a smile, I will consider that a rousing success. If, however, they do not, then I guess I’ll just die. Please take my imminent death into consideration when you decide whether to laugh or not. 

And with that in mind, let’s begin the slideshow.