"Humour is not only the hallmark of those who do not allow themselves to be blinded by reality. It also has a more profound aspect, to the extent that it expresses the self's will to liberate itself from reality and to become immune to its attacks. The shocks of the external world can even give rise to pleasure. André Breton quotes Freud's example, in which a condemned man calls out on his way to the gallows one Monday: 'The week is beginning well!' Thanks to the way humour spares us 'the test that pain forces on us', it has a 'higher value', and 'we see it as especially effective for liberating and elevating ourselves'."