History Jokes: Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Funny anecdotes and short stories are a great source of examples in public speeches. This website contains short funny stories, clean jokes and humorous legends of kings and queens, politicians, famous literary figures and artists from many books and sources. The styles of writers from different time periods was preserved - they often enhance the stories in an amusing way. Enjoy and have fun!

Samuel Taylor Coleridge 
Saturday, September 29, 2007, 03:09 PM - British humor, history of England, Jokes and anecdotes of famous people, Modern Age History
Posted by Court Jester

Coleridge, the Poet, once dined in company with a person who listened to the conversation and said nothing for a long time; but occasionally nodded his head, and Coleridge concluded him a thoughtful and intelligent man. At length, towards the end of the dinner, some apple dumplings were placed on the table, and the listener had no sooner seen them than he burst forth, "Them's the fellows for me!" Coleridge adds: "I wish Spurzheim could have examined the fellow's head."

(Johann Gaspar Spurzheim (1776-1832) was a German physician who became one of the chief proponents of phrenology, a branch of the neurosciences created approximately in 1800 by Franz Joseph Gall (1758-1828).)
view entry ( 375 views )   |  permalink   |  related link
Polite Mayor 
Saturday, September 29, 2007, 12:47 PM - Modern Age History
Posted by Court Jester
At the time when Queen Elizabeth was making one of her progresses through the kingdom, a mayor of Coventry, attended by a large cavalcade, went out to meet her Majesty, and usher her into the city with due formality. On their return they passed through a wide brook, when Mr. Mayor's horse several times attempted to drink, and each time his worship checked him; which the Queen observing, called out to him, "Mr. Mayor, let your horse drink, Mr. Mayor;" but the magistrate, bowing very low, modestly answered, "Nay, nay, may it please your Majesty's horse to drink first."
view entry ( 523 views )   |  permalink
Peter the Great and the lawyers 
Saturday, September 29, 2007, 11:19 AM - Modern Age History
Posted by Court Jester

Peter the Great, being at Westminster Hall in term time, and seeing multitudes of people swarming about the courts of law, is reported to have asked some about him, what all those busy people were, and what they were about? and being answered, "They are lawyers." "Lawyers!" returned he, with great vivacity, "why I have but four in my whole kingdom, and I design to hang two of them as soon as I get home."
view entry ( 414 views )   |  permalink   |  related link
Napoleon and His Engineer 
Friday, September 28, 2007, 10:54 PM - History of France, Jokes and anecdotes of famous people
Posted by Court Jester
Bonaparte was passing along the dreadful road across the Echelles de Savoie, with his engineer, when he stopped, and pointing to the mountain, said, "Is it not possible to cut a tunnel through yonder rock, and to form a more safe and commodious route beneath it?" "It is possible, certainly, sire," replied his scientific companion, "but"—"No buts;—let it be done, and immediately," replied the Emperor.
view entry ( 730 views )   |  permalink
Louis XII 
Friday, September 28, 2007, 08:22 PM - Medieval jokes and anecdotes
Posted by Court Jester
This father of his people was told that the players
of Paris had the insolence to take him off upon
the Theatre, as an avaricious man who drank
out of a vessel full of pieces of gold, without
being able to quench his thirst. "Buffoons,"
said he coolly, " think they have the privilege to
turn every one into ridicule. I am not more
perfect than the rest of mankind. The idea is
fair enough. I very readily forgive them: and
after all," added he, "I had rather that my
people laughed at my parsimony, than that they
wept at my prodigality."
view entry ( 263 views )   |  permalink

<<First <Back | 23 | 24 | 25 | 26 | 27 | 28 | 29 | 30 | 31 | 32 | Next> Last>>

Privacy Policy