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Famous Laughter Quotations

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"Laughter is inner jogging."
by Norman Cousins
"Holding on to anger, resentment and hurt only gives you tense muscles, a headache and a sore jaw from clenching your teeth. Forgiveness gives you back the laughter and the lightness in your life."
by Joan Lunden
"Perhaps I know best why it is man alone who laughs; he alone suffers so deeply that he had to invent laughter."
by Friedrich Nietzsche
"At the height of laughter, the universe is flung into a kaleidoscope of new possibilities."
by Jean Houston
"A man isn't poor if he can still laugh."
by Raymond Hitchcock
"A hearty laugh gives one a dry cleaning, while a good cry is a wet wash."
by Puzant Kevork Thomajan
"Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand."
by Mark Twain
"The most wasted day of all is that on which we have not laughed"
by Chamfort
"The world is not respectable; it is mortal, tormented, confused, deluded forever; but it is shot through with beauty, with love, with glints of courage and laughter; and in these, the spirit blooms timidly, and struggles to the light amid the thorns."
by George Santayana
"Those who don't know how to weep with their whole heart, don't know how to laugh either."
by Golda Meir
"Trouble knocked on the door, but, hearing laughter, hurried away"
by Anonymous
"To promote laughter without joining in it greatly heightens the effect."
by Honore de
"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."
by Thomas Carlyle
"We're just asking people to kind of look at how they're getting their comedy a little bit differently. Since it's not joke-driven in a traditional sense, the jokes are coming out of how we ratchet up the size of the elephant in the room. If you're invested in the characters and you're onboard with them on an emotional level, that laugh will come out of a relatable place."
by Fred Goss
"When you realize how perfect everything is you will tilt your head back and laugh at the sky"
by Anonymous
"Whoever undertakes to set himself up as judge in the field of truth and knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the Gods."
by Anonymous
"You can't deny laughter; when it comes, it plops down in your favorite chair and stays as long as it wants."
by Anonymous
"You can get patents on games, and what's the end result of a game? ... Laughter, tears, emotions--the same thing as a movie."
by James Hall
"And the self-same well from which your laughter rises was often-times filled with your tears."
by Anonymous
"He who laughs best today, will also laughs last."
by Friedrich Nietzsche
"He just laughed at me."
by Keira Knightley
"I am a product. . . . I'm a comedian. I'm not curing cancer. In the end, I tell jokes. I make people laugh. I make sense out of ridiculous situations, but in the end, it's all about laughter. It's all about your cheek hurting, your stomach hurting."
by Carlos Mencia
"I did a scene and he started laughing and said he'd seen everything he needed to see."
by Peter Tolan
"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."
by Joseph Addison
"In the vain laughter of folly wisdom hears half its applause."
by George Eliot
"If you like a man's laugh before you know anything of him, you may say with confidence that he is a good man."
by Fyodor Dostoevski
"If you don't learn to laugh at troubles, you won't have anything to laugh at when you grow old."
by Edward W. Howe
"It's just a wacko laughing on a loop track,"
by Michael Weiss
"No man who has once heartily and wholly laughed can be altogether irreclaimably bad."
by Thomas Carlyle
"Nothing shows a man's character more than what he laughs at.''"
by Anonymous
"Nothing can confound a wise man more than laughter from a dunce."
by Anonymous
"Our revenge will be the laughter of our children."
by Bobby Sands
"Not by wrath does one kill, but by laughter."
by Anonymous
"One horse-laugh is worth ten thousand syllogisms. It is not only more effective; it is also vastly more intelligent."
by H. L. Mencken
"Men show their character in nothing more clearly than by what they find laughable."
by Anon.
"One should take good care not to grow too wise for so great a pleasure of life as laughter."
by Joseph Addison
"The beauty of the world has two edges, one of laughter, one of anguish, cutting the heart asunder."
by Anonymous
"Laughter would be bereaved if snobbery died"
by Peter Ustinov
"Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face."
by Victor Hugo
"Laughter is the closest thing to the grace of God."
by Karl Barth
"Laughter is the cipher key wherewith we decipher the whole man"
by Thomas Carlyle
"Laughter is nothing else but a sudden glory arising from some sudden conception of some eminency in ourselves, by comparison with the infirmity of others, or with our own formerly."
by Thomas Hobbes
"Laughter is ever young, whereas tragedy, except the very highest of all, quickly becomes haggard."
by Margaret Sackville
"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."
by Anonymous
"Laugh alone and the world thinks you're an idiot."
by American Proverb
"If someone can make you laugh, they can make you cry"
by Kazi Shams
"Him, who incessantly laughs in the street, you may commonly hear grumbling in his closet."
by Johann Kaspar
"I can usually judge a fellow by what he laughs at."
by Wilson Mizner
"From the moment I picked your book up until I laid it down I was convulsed with laughter. Some day I intend reading it."
by Groucho Marx
"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."
by Linda Ellerbee
"Laughter is the tonic, the relief, the surcease for pain."
by Anonymous
"Laughter is not at all a bad beginning for a friendship, and it is far the best ending for one."
by Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire
"The most wasted day of all is that during which we have not laughed."
by Sebastian R. N. Chamfort
"When you laugh, be sure to laugh at what people do and not at what people are."
by Author Unknown
"We sometimes laugh from ear to ear, but it would be impossible for a smile to be wider than the distance between our eyes."
by Chazal
"[Humanity] has unquestionably one really effective weapon—laughter. Power, money, persuasion, supplication, persecution—these can lift at a colossal humbug—push it a little—weaken it a little, century by century; but only laughter can blow it to rags and atoms at a blast. Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand."
by Mark Twain
"A day without laughter is a day wasted"
by Charlie Chaplin
"Against the assault of laughter, nothing can stand."
by Mark Twain
"Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand"
by Mark Twain
"All things are cause for either laughter or weeping."
by Lucius Annaeus Seneca
"Amour is the one human activity of any importance in which laughter and pleasure preponderate, if ever so slightly, over misery and pain."
by Aldous Huxley
"And in the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter and the sharing of pleasures. For in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed."
by Kahlil Gibran
"As a general rule, the freedom of any people can be judged by the volume of their laughter."
by Anonymous
"At least one way of measuring the freedom of any society is the amount of comedy that is permitted, and clearly a healthy society permits more satirical comment than a repressive, so that if comedy is to function in some way as a safety release then it must obviously deal with these taboo areas. This is part of the responsibility we accord our licensed jesters, that nothing be excused the searching light of comedy. If anything can survive the probe of humour it is clearly of value, and conversely all groups who claim immunity from laughter are claiming special privileges which should not be granted."
by Eric Idle
"Audacious ribald: your laughter will finish in hideous boredom before morning."
by George Bernard Shaw
"Beware of too much laughter, for it deadens the mind and produces oblivion."
by The Talmud
"Bricks and mortar make a house, but the laughter of children makes a home."
by Irish Proverb
"But whoever gives birth to useless children, what would you say of him except that he has bred sorrows for himself, and furnishes laughter for his enemies."
by Sophocles
"Close friends contribute to our personal growth. They also contribute to our personal pleasure, making the music sound sweeter, the wine taste richer, the laughter ring louder because they are there."
by Judith Viorst
"Do not judge men by mere appearances; for the light laughter that bubbles on the lip often mantles over the depths of sadness, and the serious look may be the sober veil that covers a divine peace and joy."
by E. H. Chapin
"Do not judge men by mere appearances for the light laughter that bubbles on the lip often mantles over the depths of sadness, and the serious look may be the sober veil that covers a divine peace and joy."
by E. H. Chapin
"For I do not believe God means us thus to divide life into two halves - to wear a grave face on Sunday, and to think it out-of-place to even so much as mention Him on a week-day. Do you think He cares to see only kneeling figures and to hear only tones of prayer - and that He does not also love to see the lambs leaping in the sunlight, and to hear the merry voices of the children, as they roll amoung the hay? Surely their innocent laughter is as sweet in His ears as the grandest anthem that ever rolled up from the 'dim religious light' of some solemn cathedral?"
by Lewis Carroll
"For a significant man
woman, the one thought he values greatly, to the laughter and scorn of insignificant men, is a key to hidden treasure chambers; for those others, it is nothing but a piece of old iron."

by Friedrich Nietzsche
"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."
by Helen Hayes
"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."
by Hilaire Belloc
"Friendship: a building contract you sign with laughter and break with tears."
by Anonymous
"From the moment I picked your book up until I laid it down I was convulsed with laughter. Some day I intend reading it"
by Groucho Marx
"From the moment I picked up your book until I laid it down, I was convulsed with laughter. Some day I intend reading it."
by Groucho Marx
"Happy laughter and family voices in the home will keep more kids off the streets at night than the strictest curfew."
by Anonymous
"He was born with a gift of laughter and a sense that the world was mad."
by Rafael Sabatini
"He who has laughter on his side has no need of proof."
by Theodor Adorno
"I always knew that looking back on my tears would someday make me laugh, but I never knew that looking back on my laughter would someday make me cry."
by Anonymous
"I always knew i would look back on my tears and laugh but i never tought i would look back on the laughter and cry"
by Unknown
"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."
by Robert
"I can think of no better way of redeeming this tragic world today than love and laughter. Too many of the young have forgotten how to laugh, and too many of the elders have forgotten how to love. Would not our lives be lightened if only we could all learn to laugh more easily at ourselves and to love one another"
by Theodore Hesburgh
"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?"
by John Davidson
"I think that wherever your journey takes you, there are new gods waiting there, with divine patience -- and laughter."
by Susan M. Watkins
"I want you to know that also I will not make age an issue of this campaign. I am not going to exploit, for political purposes, my opponent's youth and inexperience. [Laughter and applause] If I still have time, I might add that it was Seneca or it was Cicero, I don't know which, that said, If it was not for the elders correcting the mistakes of the young, there would be no state.''"
by Ronald Reagan
"I was irrevocably betrothed to laughter, the sound of which has always seemed to me to be the most civilised music in the world."
by Peter Ustinov
"If its sanity you are after there is no recipe like laughter."
by Henry Elliot
"In the vain laughter of folly, wisdom hears half its applause"
by T.S. Eliot
"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."
by Kahlil Gibran
"It is by vivacity and wit that man shines in company; but trite jokes and loud laughter reduce him to a buffoon"
by Lord Chesterfield
"It is impossible for you to be angry and laugh at the same time. Anger and laughter are mutually exclusive and you have the poser to choose either."
by Wayne Dyer
"Joy's smile is much closer to tears than laughter."
by Victor Hugo
"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."
by Joseph Addison
"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 reliefs 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."
by Joseph Addison
"Laughter would be bereaved if snobbery died."
by Peter Ustinov
"Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face"
by Victor Hugo
"Laughter is the shortest distance between two people."
by Victor Borge


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