Quote by Umberto Eco
The comic is the perception of the opposite humor is the feeling of it.
This quote suggests that comedy or humor is subjective and highly dependent on individual perception. One person may find something humorous while another may not. It implies that humor is determined by our ability to understand and appreciate something as funny, and that it ultimately stems from the way we perceive a certain situation, idea, or message. Ultimately, it highlights the subjective nature of humor and how it can vary from person to person.
I cannot help fearing that men may reach a point where they look on every new theory as a danger, every innovation as a toilsome trouble, every social advance as a first step toward revolution, and that they may absolutely refuse to move at all for fear of being carried off their feet. The prospect really does frighten me that they may finally become so engrossed in a cowardly love of immediate pleasures that their interest in their own future and in that of their descendants may vanish, and that they will prefer tamely to follow the course of their destiny rather than make a sudden energetic effort necessary to set things right.