Quotations on 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.
- Joseph Addison
(Keywords: Heart, Laughter, Man, May, Mirth)

One should take good care not to grow too wise for so great a pleasure of life as laughter.
- Joseph Addison
(Keywords: Life, Care, Laughter, Pleasure)

It is not time for mirth and laughter, the cold, gray dawn of the morning after.
- George Ade
(Keywords: Time, Dawn, Laughter, Mirth)

Sensitive, responsive, eagerly welcomed everywhere, the drama, holding the mirror up to nature, by laughter and by tears reveals to mankind the world of men.
- George P. Baker
(Keywords: Men, Nature, Drama, Laughter, Mankind, Tears, World)

Laughter is day, and sobriety is night; a smile is the twilight that hovers gently between both, more bewitching than either.
- Henry Ward Beecher
(Keywords: Day, Laughter, Night, Smile, Twilight)

From quiet homes and first beginning, out to the undiscovered ends, there's nothing worth the wear of winning, but laughter and the love of friends.
- Hilaire Belloc
(Keywords: Love, Winning, Beginning, First, Friends, Laughter, Nothing, Quiet, Worth)

The only cure for vanity is laughter, and the only fault that is laughable is vanity.
- Henri Bergson
(Keywords: Cure, Fault, Laughter, Vanity)

It seems that laughter needs an echo.
- Henri Bergson
(Keywords: Echo, Laughter, Needs)

Now if the harvest is over, And the world cold, Give me the bonus of laughter, As I lose hold.
- John Betjeman
(Keywords: Harvest, Laughter, Now, World)

There is a thin line that separates laughter and pain, comedy and tragedy, humor and hurt.
- Erma Bombeck
(Keywords: Humor, Comedy, Hurt, Laughter, Pain, Tragedy)

There is nothing worth the wear of winning, but laughter and the love of friends.
- James Boswell
(Keywords: Love, Winning, Friends, Laughter, Nothing, Worth)

The only honest art form is laughter, comedy. You can't fake it... try to fake three laughs in an hour - ha ha ha ha ha - they'll take you away, man. You can't.
- Lenny Bruce
(Keywords: Art, Comedy, Laughter, Man)

Let there be more joy and laughter in your living.
- Eileen Caddy
(Keywords: Joy, Laughter, Living)

True humor springs not more from the head than from the heart. It is not contempt; its essence is love. It issues not in laughter, but in still smiles, which lie far deeper.
- Thomas Carlyle
(Keywords: Humor, Love, Lie, Heart, Contempt, Laughter, Smiles)

Laughter is one of the very privileges of reason, being confined to the human species.
- Thomas Carlyle
(Keywords: Being, Laughter, Reason)

While the laughter of joy is in full harmony with our deeper life, the laughter of amusement should be kept apart from it. The danger is too great of thus learning to look at solemn things in a spirit of mockery, and to seek in them opportunities for exercising wit.
- Lewis Carroll
(Keywords: Life, Amusement, Danger, Harmony, Joy, Laughter, Learning, Spirit, Wit)

Laughter is much more important than applause. Applause is almost a duty. Laughter is a reward.
- Carol Channing
(Keywords: Applause, Duty, Laughter, Reward)

Frequent and loud laughter is the characteristic of folly and ill manners.
- Lord Chesterfield
(Keywords: Folly, Laughter, Manners)

You can turn painful situations around through laughter. If you can find humor in anything, even poverty, you can survive it.
- Bill Cosby
(Keywords: Humor, Laughter, Poverty)

I remember certain people in the audience laughing and I wanted to ask: 'What are you laughing at? This isn't funny.' Now I realize that laughter can come from insecurity. They don't know how they should be feeling.
- Jim Dale
(Keywords: Funny, People, Feeling, Insecurity, Laughter, Now)

I don't know why people are so surprised by my live performances. My approach is so simple; every song I sing, every story I tell, every move I make, must move the audience to laughter, tears or inspiration. Otherwise, why should I do it?
- John Davidson
(Keywords: People, Inspiration, Laughter, Song, Tears)

Laughter is, after speech, the chief thing that holds society together.
- Max Eastman
(Keywords: Society, Laughter, Speech)

I think laughter may be a form of courage. As humans we sometimes stand tall and look into the sun and laugh, and I think we are never more brave than when we do that.
- Linda Ellerbee
(Keywords: Courage, Laughter, May, Sun)

I have always felt that laughter in the face of reality is probably the finest sound there is and will last until the day when the game is called on account of darkness. In this world, a good time to laugh is any time you can.
- Linda Ellerbee
(Keywords: Time, Darkness, Day, Laughter, Reality, Sound, Will, World)

I hope you will go out and let stories happen to you, and that you will work them, water them with your blood and tears and you laughter till they bloom, till you yourself burst into bloom.
- Clarissa Pinkola Estes
(Keywords: Work, Hope, Blood, Laughter, Tears, Water, Will)

I think that's one of the most important gifts we have in television - the ability to heal through laughter.
- Soleil Moon Frye
(Keywords: Ability, Gifts, Laughter, Television)

I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge. That myth is more potent than history. That dreams are more powerful than facts. That hope always triumphs over experience. That laughter is the only cure for grief. And I believe that love is stronger than death.
- Robert Fulghum
(Keywords: Death, Dreams, Imagination, Love, Experience, History, Knowledge, Hope, Cure, Facts, Grief, Laughter, Myth)

Old hippies don't die, they just lie low until the laughter stops and their time comes round again.
- Joseph Gallivan
(Keywords: Time, Lie, Hippies, Laughter, Old)

I try to bring the audience's own drama - tears and laughter they know about - to them.
- Judy Garland
(Keywords: Drama, Laughter, Tears)

In the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, and sharing of pleasures. For in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed.
- Khalil Gibran
(Keywords: Friendship, Heart, Dew, Laughter, Sharing, Sweetness)

This happens to be that the power of laughter and love would beat out the power of fear every time. You know, I hate to sound corny about it but it's true, and I think that's what this movie is about.
- John Goodman
(Keywords: Love, Power, Time, Fear, Hate, Laughter, Sound)

Laughter is the valve on the pressure cooker of life. Either you laugh and suffer, or you got your beans or brains on the ceiling.
- Wavy Gravy
(Keywords: Life, Laughter, Pressure)

Laughter relieves us of superfluous energy, which, if it remained unused, might become negative, that is, poison. Laughter is the antidote.
- George Gurdjieff
(Keywords: Negative, Energy, Laughter, Poison)

From your parents you learn love and laughter and how to put one foot before the other. But when books are opened you discover that you have wings.
- Helen Hayes
(Keywords: Love, Books, Laughter, Parents)

I left in love, in laughter, and in truth, and wherever truth, love and laughter abide, I am there in spirit.
- Bill Hicks
(Keywords: Love, Truth, Laughter, Spirit)

Sudden glory is the passion which maketh those grimaces called laughter.
- Thomas Hobbes
(Keywords: Glory, Laughter, Passion)

Laughter is nothing else but sudden glory arising from some sudden conception of some eminency in ourselves, by comparison with the infirmity of others, or with our own formerly.
- Thomas Hobbes
(Keywords: Glory, Laughter, Nothing)

I think I would say 'The King's Speech' is surprisingly funny, in fact the audiences in London, Toronto, LA, New York commented there's more laughter in this film than in most comedies, while it is also a moving tear-jerker with an uplifting ending.
- Tom Hooper
(Keywords: Funny, Audiences, Ending, Fact, Film, Laughter, London, Speech)

At the height of laughter, the universe is flung into a kaleidoscope of new possibilities.
- Jean Houston
(Keywords: Kaleidoscope, Laughter, Possibilities, Universe)

Joy's smile is much closer to tears than laughter.
- Victor Hugo
(Keywords: Joy, Laughter, Smile, Tears)

So the brother in black offers to these United States the source of courage that endures, and laughter.
- Zora Neale Hurston
(Keywords: Brother, Courage, Laughter, states, United)

Amour is the one human activity of any importance in which laughter and pleasure preponderate, if ever so slightly, over misery and pain.
- Aldous Huxley
(Keywords: Importance, Laughter, Misery, Pain, Pleasure)

I take people very seriously. People are all I take seriously, in fact. Therefore, I have nothing but sympathy for how people behave - and nothing but laughter to console them with.
- John Irving
(Keywords: Sympathy, People, Fact, Laughter, Nothing)

Honest good humor is the oil and wine of a merry meeting, and there is no jovial companionship equal to that where the jokes are rather small and laughter abundant.
- Washington Irving
(Keywords: Humor, Companionship, Jokes, Laughter, Meeting, Oil, Wine)

Once you have heard a strange audience burst into laughter at a film you directed, you realize what the word joy is all about.
- Chuck Jones
(Keywords: Film, Joy, Laughter, Word)

It is still not clear from this study how laughter can directly help the heart but other studies have shown that laughter is beneficial for every system in the body.
- Allen Klein
(Keywords: Heart, Body, Help, Laughter, Study)

Laughter can help relieve tension in even the heaviest of matters.
- Allen Klein
(Keywords: Help, Laughter, Tension)

Laughter, and the broader category of humor, are key elements in helping us go on with our life after a loss.
- Allen Klein
(Keywords: Life, Humor, Key, Laughter, Loss)

Now, a recent study from cardiologists at the University of Maryland, has shown that laughter may have a beneficial effect on the heart.
- Allen Klein
(Keywords: Heart, Effect, Laughter, May, Now, Study, University)

Since the goal of my programs is to show audiences how humor can both help them heal as well as deal with not-so-funny stuff, I decided to discuss the events of the previous week, the pain all of us were feeling, and how humor and some laughter might be beneficial.
- Allen Klein
(Keywords: Humor, Goal, Audiences, Events, Feeling, Help, Laughter, Pain)



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