My great ambition is not to grow cross.– Horace Walpole
Caressez longtemps votre phrase, elle finira par sourire. – Anatole France
NO MANUAL OF STYLE that I know has a word to say of good humour; and yet, for me, a lack of it can sometimes blemish all the literary beauties and blandishments ever taught.
Good humour is, indeed, a part of urbanity. (‘What!’ you groan. ‘Still more on that tedious topic?’) But though one cannot have urbanity without good humour, one may have good humour without the least urbanity. I would suggest that a style is usually much the better for both. Any week you may read reviews that were clearly written in a temper; any year you may watch literary controversialists growing ...