The wisdom of Hanukkah is found all over in the rich and beautiful tapestry of the Jewish people. Sometimes it's found in oral tradition, sometimes in the written word, and sometimes it's found in humor and wit. That's why the best Hanukkah quotes range from inspiring to pithy to downright silly, and they all represent the vast personalities of the Jewish religion and its people.
Personally, I have never been to a Hanukkah celebration where someone doesn't make a joke about the quality of the gelt minutes after saying the Al Hanisim prayer in thanks for the everyday miracles. It's just the natural order of things. However, with the recent rise in Anti-Semitic crimes, according to The Wall Street Journal (some in my very own Orthodox Jewish neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York, as reported on by The Brooklyn Paper), some of these quotes feel more necessary. A reminder that no matter what Jews have faced, are facing, and will undoubtedly face in the future, there is light and reason to celebrate. Just as a small amount of olive oil could burn for eight days, so does the inner light within the hearts and souls of Jewish people all over the world.