110 quotes about Laughter
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One should take good care not to grow too wise for so great a pleasure of life as laughter.
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If we may believe our logicians, man is distinguished from all other creatures by the faculty of laughter. He has a heart capable of mirth, and naturally disposed to it.
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To promote laughter without joining in it greatly heightens the effect.
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You grow up on the day you have your first real laugh at, yourself.
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Laughter is the closest thing to the grace of God.
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Laughter on American television has taken the place of the chorus in Greek tragedy. In other countries, the business of laughing is left to the viewers. Here, their laughter is put on the screen, integrated into the show. It is the screen that is laughing and having a good time. You are simply left alone with your consternation.
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I quickly laugh at everything for fear of having to cry.
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I hasten to laugh at everything, for fear of being obliged to weep.
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Laughter is day, and sobriety is night; a smile is the twilight that hovers gently between both, more bewitching than either.
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Nobody ever died of laughter.
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Laughter -- An interior convulsion, producing a distortion of the features and accompanied by inarticulate noises. It is infectious and, though intermittent, incurable.
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The difference between an optimist and a pessimist? An optimist laughs to forget, but a pessimist forgets to laugh.
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Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.
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There is nothing worth the wear of winning, but laughter and the love of friends.
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That is the saving grace of humor, if you fail no one is laughing at you.
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We must laugh before we are happy, for fear we die before we laugh at all.
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If we couldn't laugh, we would all go insane.
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I want someone to laugh with me, someone to be grave with me, someone to please me and help my discrimination with his or her own remark, and at times, no doubt, to admire my acuteness and penetration.
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Nothing can confound a wise man more than laughter from a dunce.
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Let there be more joy and laughter in your living.
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Laughter is the cipher key wherewith we decipher the whole man
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The person who cannot laugh is not only ready for treason, and deceptions, their whole life is already a treason and deception.
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No man who has once heartily and wholly laughed can be altogether irreclaimably bad.
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The most wasted of all days is that on which one has not laughed.
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Laughter is the tonic, the relief, the surcease for pain.
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The flower in the vase smiles, but no longer laughs.
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We sometimes laugh from ear to ear, but it would be impossible for a smile to be wider than the distance between our eyes.
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Laughter, while it lasts, slackens and unbraces the mind, weakens the faculties and causes a kind of remissness and dissolution in all the powers of the soul; and thus it may be looked on as weakness in the composition of human nature. But if we consider the frequent relieves we receive from it and how often it breaks the gloom which is apt to depress the mind and damp our spirits, with transient, unexpected gleams of joy, one would take care not to grow too wise for so great a pleasure of life.
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Frequent and loud laughter is the characteristic of folly and ill manners.
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Observe it, the vulgar often laugh, but never smile, whereas well-bred people often smile, and seldom or never laugh. A witty thing never excited laughter, it pleases only the mind and never distorts the countenance.
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In my mind, there is nothing so illiberal, and so ill-bred, as audible laughter.
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Laughter does not seem to be a sin, but it leads to sin.
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Laughter kills fear, and without fear there can be no faith. For without fear of the devil there is no need for God.
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Hearty laughter is a good way to jog internally without having to go outdoors.
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The earth laughs in flowers.
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There comes a time when suddenly you realize that laughter is something you remember and that you were the one laughing.
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If you like a man's laugh before you know anything of him, you may say with confidence that he is a good man.
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Laughter is, after speech, the chief thing that holds society together.
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She laughs at everything you say. Why? Because she has fine teeth.
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The more laws, the more offenders.
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Nothing shows a man's character more than what he laughs at.
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There exists a kind of laughter which is worthy to be ranked with the higher lyric emotions and is infinitely different from the twitching of a mean merrymaker.
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The malicious sneer is improperly called laughter.
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The loud laugh that spoke the vacant mind.
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The best way to make your audience laugh is to start laughing yourself.
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Every new time will give its law.
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Laughter translates into any language.
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Laughter is the only tranquilizer with no side effects.
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Man is the only animal that laughs and weeps; for he is the only animal that is struck with the difference between what things are and what they might of been.
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A man isn't poor if he can still laugh.
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Laughter is a highly addictive positive contagious: if somebody starts, it's very difficult to stop.
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Laughter is the best way to make somebody's heart beat.
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If you don't learn to laugh at trouble, you won't have anything to laugh at when you grow old.
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Laughter is higher than all pain.
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Laughter is the most healthful exertion.
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Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face.
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We don't laugh because we're happy -- we're happy because we laugh.
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What provokes your risibility, Sir? Have I said anything that you understand? Then I ask pardon of the rest of the company.
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He deserves Paradise who makes his companions laugh.
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Blessed is he who makes his companions laugh.
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The sound of laughter is like the vaulted dome of a temple of happiness.
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A laugh is worth a hundred groans in any market.
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Him, who incessantly laughs in the street, you may commonly hear grumbling in his closet.
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Beware of him who hates the laugh of a child.
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Laughter is by definition healthy.
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With the fearful strain that is on me night and day, if I did not laugh I should die.
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If I am not allowed to laugh in heaven, I don't want to go there.
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Laugh at yourself and at life. Not in the spirit of derision or whining self-pity, but as a remedy, a miracle drug, that will ease your pain, cure your depression, and help you to put in perspective that seemingly terrible defeat and worry with laughter at your predicaments, thus freeing your mind to think clearly toward the solution that is certain to come. Never take yourself too seriously.
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You are not angry with people when you laugh at them. Humor teaches tolerance.
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Laugh at yourself first, before anyone else can.
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One horse-laugh is worth ten thousand syllogisms. It is not only more effective; it is also vastly more intelligent.
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The sense of humor has other things to do than to make itself conspicuous in the act of laughter.
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I can usually judge a fellow by what he laughs at.
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Not by wrath does one kill, but by laughter.
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He who laughs best today, will also laughs last.
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There is a form of laughter that springs from the heart, heard every day in the merry voice of childhood, the expression of a laughter -- loving spirit that defies analysis by the philosopher, which has nothing rigid or mechanical in it, and totally without social significance. Bubbling spontaneously from the heart of child or man. Without egotism and full of feeling, laughter is the music of life.
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No one is more profoundly sad as one who laughs too much.
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There is a kind of laughter that sickens the soul. Laughter when it is out of control: when it screams and stamps its feet, and sets the bells jangling in the next town. Laughter in all its ignorance and cruelty. Laughter with the seed of Satan in it. It tramples upon shrines; the belly-roarer. It roars, it yells, it is delirious: and yet it is as cold as ice. It has no humor. It is naked noise and naked malice.
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Laughing is not always the proof of a mind at ease.
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Time spent laughing is time spent with the Gods.
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I always knew I would look back at the times I'd cried and laugh, but I never knew that I'd look back at the times I'd laughed and cry.
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That laughter costs too much which is purchased by the sacrifice of decency.
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We cannot really love anybody with whom we never laugh.
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The truth is, laughter always sounds more perfect than weeping. Laughter flows in a violent riff and is effortlessly melodic. Weeping is often fought, choked, half strangled, or surrendered to with humiliation.
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Laughter can be more satisfying than honor; more precious than money; more heart-cleansing than prayer.
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Good laws lead to the making of better ones; bad ones bring about worse.
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They laugh well who laugh last.
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It is more fitting for a man to laugh at life than to lament over it.
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No one is laughable who laughs at himself.
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Present mirth hath present laughter. What's to come is still unsure.
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Most of the appearance of mirth in the world is not mirth, it is art. The wounded spirit is not seen, but walks under a disguise.
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I am sure that since I have had the full use of my reason, nobody has heard me laugh.
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I am persuaded that every time a man smiles, but much more so when he laughs, it adds something to this fragment of life.
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The burden of the self is lightened with I laugh at myself.
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A good laugh is sunshine in the house.
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A hearty laugh gives one a dry cleaning, while a good cry is a wet wash.
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We are a nation that has always gone in for the loud laugh, the wow, the yak, the belly laugh, and the dozen other labels for the roll- em-in-the-aisles gagerissimo. This is the kind of laugh that delights actors, directors, and producers, but dismays writers of comedy because it is the laugh that often dies in the lobby. The appreciative smile, the chuckle, the soundless mirth, so important to the success of comedy, cannot be understood unless one sits among the audience and feels the warmth created by the quality of laughter that the audience takes home with it.
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The laughter of man is more terrible than his tears, and takes more forms -- hollow, heartless, mirthless, maniacal.
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The human race has but one really affective weapon, and that is laughter.
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Laughter is the greatest weapon we have and we, as humans, use it the least.
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Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand.
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You enjoy it more if you can laugh at it.
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You can judge a man by what he laughs at.
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When you laugh, be sure to laugh at what people do and not at what people are.
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The shortest distance between two people is laughter.
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It is easier to make people cry than to make them laugh.
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If you can laugh at it then you can live with it
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People who laugh actually live longer than those who don't laugh. Few persons realize that health actually varies according to the amount of laughter.
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It ain't sin if you crack a few laws now and then, just so long as you don't break any.
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Laugh, and the world laughs with you; Weep, and you weep alone; For the sad old earth must borrow its mirth, But has trouble enough of its own.
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