30 Irony Quotes Proving Life is Stranger than Fiction


As we go through life, we discover the prevalence of irony. It manifests in our decisions and their consequences; in our thoughts, words, and actions. It touches everything and life is both special and tragic because of it. Perhaps every circumstance is a product of irony.

But we manage to get around it nevertheless. We find ways to walk the tricky roads of an ironic world by focusing on its wisdom and humor rather than its viciousness. Because life may be difficult, but it sure is dull without its endless roster of ironies.

Here are 30 irony quotes that are as poignant as they are amusing.

Irony is a clear consciousness of an eternal agility, of the infinitely abundant chaos. – Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

From my point of view, humour and irony include tragedy; they’re two sides of the same coin. – Maurizio Cattelan

Irony is just honesty with the volume cranked up. – George Saunders

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The irony of life is that those who wear masks often tell us more truths than those with open faces. – Marie Lu

Humor is everywhere in that there’s irony in just about anything a human does. – Bill Nye

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I experienced so intense a moment of despair, frustration and rebelliousness that irony, my most trusted weapon of defense, became instead another scalpel for probing my own wounds. – Romain Gary

Remember: the time you feel lonely is the time you most need to be by yourself. Life’s cruelest irony. – Douglas Coupland

The supreme irony of life is that hardly anyone gets out of it alive. – Robert Heinlein

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It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets. – Voltaire

The beauty and mystery of this world only emerges through affection, attention, interest and compassion . . . open your eyes wide and actually see this world by attending to its colors, details and irony. – Orhan Pamuk

I think that true love, fairy tales, the positive messages of positive stories – I don’t think those ever die. Sometimes we like to hide them in sarcasm or irony, but they are still there, and they still move us. – Jon M. Chu

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For years, young adults have adopted extremely liberal world views in their attempts to be different, ultimately failing to see the irony that they’ve all become the same. – Steven Crowder

Irony regards every simple truth as a challenge. – Mason Cooley

The great thing about irony is that it splits things apart, gets up above them so we can see the flaws and hypocrisies and duplicates. – David Foster Wallace

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A tragic irony of life is that we so often achieve success or financial independence after the chief reason for which we sought it has passed away. – Ellen Glasgow

At a time like this, scorching irony, not convincing argument, is needed. – Frederick Douglass

Irony is the word I forget the meaning of immediately after I look it up, but I kind of feel like I live in a constant state of it. – Maureen Johnson

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Humor brings insight and tolerance. Irony brings a deeper and less friendly understanding. – Agnes Repplier

We are all tourists in history, and irony is what we win in wars. – Anatole Broyard

If you turned your back on irony, it curdled into sarcasm. And what good was it then? Sarcasm was irony which had lost its soul. – Julian Barnes

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A taste for irony has kept more hearts from breaking than a sense of humor, for it takes irony to appreciate the joke which is on oneself. – Jessamyn West

In a world where irony reigns, where you have to separate, protect and laugh at anything that is honest or has an emotional charge, I bet for catharsis. I like to invest emotionally in things. And catharsis, when it touches the emotional vein, can open the doors of even those who protect themselves. – Alejandro González Iñárritu

From even the greatest of horrors irony is seldom absent. – H.P. Lovecraft

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A vast percentage of the human race is literally not wired neurologically to get irony. Well more than half of humanity takes life at face value, which is to me terrifying. – Douglas Coupland

I still see the world as a place of bitter irony and black humour, failed hopes, dashed plans. I hope to make my work sparer, to outgrow my desire to show off. – Clive Sinclair

Irony can be an endearing friend in one moment, and a cruel enemy in the next. – Dave Cenker

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I don’t embrace irony, but I do think it’s a pre-existing condition; we manage it as best we can. – Fred Tomaselli

What a cruel irony it is, that we get to choose our thoughts but not our feelings. – Justin Wetch

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We should try to understand our innermost needs. We shouldn’t use irony to reduce their power. – Manuel Puig

The irony of life is not that you cannot forget but that you can. – Gertrude Atherton

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