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Letter "J" » Jesters
«At least one way of measuring the freedom of any society is the amount of comedy that is permitted, and clearly a healthy society permits more satirical comment than a repressive, so that if comedy is to function in some way as a safety release then it must obviously deal with these taboo areas. This is part of the responsibility we accord our licensed jesters, that nothing be excused the searching light of comedy. If anything can survive the probe of humour it is clearly of value, and conversely all groups who claim immunity from laughter are claiming special privileges which should not be granted.»
Author: Eric Idle
, of value
«In the days of Caesar, kings had fools and jesters. Now network presidents have anchormen.»
«SCEPTER, n. A king's staff of office, the sign and symbol of his authority. It was originally a mace with which the sovereign admonished his jester and vetoed ministerial measures by breaking the bones of their proponents.»
Author: Ambrose Bierce
, office staff
«CANONICALS, n. The motley worm by Jesters of the Court of Heaven.»
«Jesters do oft prove prophets»
«How ill white hairs become a fool and jester!»
«The artist is still a little like the old court jester. He's supposed to speak his vicious paradoxes with some sense in them, but he isn't part of whatever the fabric is that makes a nation.»
Author: William Faulkner
, Court jester
, Old Court