quotations The Best Quotes About Laughter  

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Laughter is the tonic, the relief, the surcease for pain. Charlie Chaplin

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Laughter is the greatest weapon we have and we, as humans, use it the least. Mark Twain

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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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Time spent laughing is time spent with the Gods.

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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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They laugh well who laugh last.

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If I am not allowed to laugh in heaven, I don't want to go there. Martin Luther

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No one is more profoundly sad as one who laughs too much. Jean Paul

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With the fearful strain that is on me night and day, if I did not laugh I should die. Abraham Lincoln

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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. Ella Wheeler Wilcox

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Laughing is not always the proof of a mind at ease.

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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. William Osler

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We cannot really love anybody with whom we never laugh. Agnes Repplier

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You are not angry with people when you laugh at them. Humor teaches tolerance. W. Somerset Maugham

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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. Mae West

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Good laws lead to the making of better ones; bad ones bring about worse. Jean-Jacques Rousseau

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It is more fitting for a man to laugh at life than to lament over it. Seneca the Younger

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If you can laugh at it then you can live with it

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The burden of the self is lightened with I laugh at myself. Rabindranath Tagore

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It is easier to make people cry than to make them laugh.

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Not by wrath does one kill, but by laughter. Friedrich Nietzsche

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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. Og Mandino

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You can judge a man by what he laughs at.

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One horse-laugh is worth ten thousand syllogisms. It is not only more effective; it is also vastly more intelligent. H. L. Mencken

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I can usually judge a fellow by what he laughs at. Wilson Mizner

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You enjoy it more if you can laugh at it.

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Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand. Mark Twain

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The human race has but one really affective weapon, and that is laughter. Mark Twain

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We don't laugh because we're happy -- we're happy because we laugh. William James

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He who laughs best today, will also laughs last. Friedrich Nietzsche

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Present mirth hath present laughter. What's to come is still unsure. William Shakespeare

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Him, who incessantly laughs in the street, you may commonly hear grumbling in his closet. Johann Kaspar Lavater

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Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face. Victor Hugo

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Hearty laughter is a good way to jog internally without having to go outdoors. Norman Cousins

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The earth laughs in flowers. E. E. Cummings

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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. Marlene Dietrich

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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. Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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The best way to make your audience laugh is to start laughing yourself. Oliver Goldsmith

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The more laws, the more offenders. Thomas Fuller

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Let there be more joy and laughter in your living. Eileen Caddy

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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. James Thurber

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The laughter of man is more terrible than his tears, and takes more forms -- hollow, heartless, mirthless, maniacal. James Thurber

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The most wasted of all days is that on which one has not laughed. Nicolas Chamfort

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Nobody ever died of laughter. Max Beerbohm

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We must laugh before we are happy, for fear we die before we laugh at all. Jean de La Bruyère

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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. Ambrose Bierce

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No one is laughable who laughs at himself. Seneca the Younger

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A good laugh is sunshine in the house. William Makepeace Thackeray

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In my mind, there is nothing so illiberal, and so ill-bred, as audible laughter.