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A gentleman is often seen, but very seldom heard to laugh.
- 4th Earl of Chesterfield, Philip Dormer Stanhope,
Letters (vol. II, pp. 164 & 404),
(edited by Mahon)
Though laughter is allowable, a horse-laugh is abominable.
- Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short)
I am tipsy with laughing.
- William Congreve
Laughter is a powerful way to tap positive emotions.
- Norman Cousins
Ten minutes of genuine belly laughter had an anesthetic effect and would give me at least two hours of pain-free sleep.
- Norman Cousins
What I saw was equal ecstasy:
One universal smile it seemed of all things.
[It., Cio ch'io vedeva mi sembrava un riso
- Dante ("Dante Alighieri"), Paradiso
If you lose the power to laugh, you lose the power to think.
- Clarence Darrow
It is a fair, even-handed, noble adjustment of things, that while there is infection in disease and sorrow, there is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good-humor.
- Charles Dickens
He is not always at ease who laughs.
[Fr., Ce n'est pas etre bien aise que de rire.]
- Charles de Marguetel de Saint-Denis de Saint-Evremond
I have known sorrow--therefore I
May laugh with you, O friend, more merrily
Than those who never sorrowed upon earth
And know not laughter's worth.
I have known laughter--therefore I
May sorrow with you far more tenderly
Than those who never guess how sad a thing
Seems merriment to one heart's suffering.
- Mrs. Frederic J. Faulks ("Theodosia Pickering Garrison"),
Whatever you laugh at in others, laughs at yourself.
- Harry Emerson Fosdick
I am the laughter of the new-born child
On whose soft-breathing sleep an angel smiled.
- Richard Watson Gilder, Ode
Men show their character in nothing more clearly than by what they think laughable.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
The loud laugh that spoke the vacant mind.
- Oliver Goldsmith
Your laugh is of the sardonic kind.
- Caius Sempronius Gracchus,
when his adversaries laughed at his defeat
Man is the only creature endowed with the power of laughter.
- Sir Fulke Greville, 1st Baron Brooke, Lord Brooke
Low gurgling laughter, as sweet
As the swallow's song i' the South,
And a ripple of dimples that, dancing, meet
By the curves of a perfect mouth.
- Paul Hamilton Hayne, Ariel
Least at thine own things laugh.
- George Herbert
Laugh not too much; the witty man laughs least:
For wit is news only to ignorance.
Lesse at thine own things laugh; lest in the jest
Thy person share, and the conceit advance.
- George Herbert, The Temple--Church Porch
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
Uncontrollable laughter arose among the blessed gods.
- Homer ("Smyrns of Chios")
And unextinguish'd laughter shakes the skies.
- Homer ("Smyrns of Chios"), The Iliad
(bk. I, l. 771), (Pope's translation)
For a man learns more quickly and remembers more easily that which he laughs at, than that which he approves and reveres.
[Lat., Discit enim citius, meminitque libentius ilud
Quod quis deridet, quam quod probat et veneratur.]
- Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus),
Epistles (bk. II, 1, 262)
Laughter is a most healthful exertion; it is one of the greatest helps to digestion with which I am acquainted.
- Christoph Welhelm Hufeland
Did you ever observe that immoderate laughter always ends in a sigh?
- Leigh Hunt (James Henry Leigh Hunt)
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