Best-Known Jack Handey "Deep Thoughts"?

Scot LaFaive slafaive at GMAIL.COM
Mon Jan 19 19:40:56 UTC 2009

Here's a link to the most emailed deep thoughts according to this site.

I'm not sure I could pick a best or most popular one, but this one gets a
good chuckle out of me.

"I think a good gift for the President would be a chocolate revolver, and
since he is so busy, you'd probably have to run up to him real quick and
give it to him."


On Mon, Jan 19, 2009 at 1:09 PM, Benjamin Zimmer <
bgzimmer at> wrote:

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> On Mon, Jan 19, 2009 at 1:15 PM, Shapiro, Fred <fred.shapiro at>
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> > I enjoy Jack Handey's "Deep Thoughts" and would like to include some in
> my next edition
> > of The Yale Book of Quotations, but I have trouble selecting a few out of
> them as particularly
> > famous.  Can anyone offer with any confidence suggestions of the
> best-known "Deep Thoughts"?
> One of the best-known ones is...
> It takes a big man to cry, but it takes a bigger man to laugh at that man.
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