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To laugh were want of goodness and of grace;
  And to be grave, exceeds all pow'r of face.
      - Alexander Pope, Prologue to Satires
         (l. 35)

He laughs best who laughs last.
      - Proverb

Wrinkle not thy face with too much laughter, lest thou become ridiculous; neither wanton thy heart with too much mirth, lest thou become vain: the suburbs of folly is vain mirth, and profuseness of laughter is the city of fools.
      - Francis Quarles

The laughter of girls is, and ever was, among the delightful sounds of earth.
      - Thomas De Quincey ("The Opium Eater")

That laughter costs too much, which is purchased by the sacrifice of decency.
      - Quintilian (Marcus Fabius Quintilianus)

A laugh costs too much when bought at the expense of virtue.
  [Lat., Nimium risus pretium est, si probitatis impendio constat.]
      - Quintilian (Marcus Fabius Quintilianus),
        De Institutione Oratoria (VI, 3, 5)

One inch of joy surmounts of grief a span,
  Because to laugh is proper to the man.
      - Francois Rabelais, To the Readers

He who laughs on Friday will weep on Sunday.
  [Fr., Tel qui rit vendredi, dimanche pleurera.]
      - Jean Baptiste Racine, Plaideurs (I, 1)

Better the last smile than the first laughter.
      - John Ray (Wray),
        Collection of Old English Proverbs

Laughter springs from the lawless part of our nature.
      - Agnes Repplier

Has he gone to the land of no laughter,
  The man who made mirth for us all?
      - James Rhoades, Death of Artemus Ward

No one will be more profoundly sad than he who laughs too much.
  [Ger., Nimand wird tiefer traurig als wer zu viel lachelt.]
      - Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (Johann Paul Richter) (used ps. Jean Paul),
        Hesperus (XIX)

We are all here for a spell, get all the good laughs you can.
      - Will Rogers

More people laugh at us than with us, however it may appear at the moment.
      - Giovanni Ruffini

He was born with a gift of laughter and a sense that the world was mad. And that was all his patrimony.
      - Rafael Sabatini, Scaramouche
         (bk. I, ch. 1)

I found people looked better when they laughed.
      - Mort Sahl

He chastizes manners with a laugh.
  [Lat., Castigat ridendo mores.]
      - Jean Baptiste de Santeuil (Santeul or Santolius),
        Motto of the Comedie Italienne, and Opera Comique,

A chuckle a day may not keep the doctor away, but it sure does make those times in life's wanting room a little more bearable.
      - Anne Wilson Schaef

Give me an honest laugher.
      - Sir Walter Scott

Making that idiot, laughter, keep men's eyes,
  And strain their cheeks to idle merriment.
      - William Shakespeare

Oh, I am stabbed with laughter!
      - William Shakespeare

With his eyes in flood with laughter.
      - William Shakespeare

Ay, madam, with his eyes in flood with laughter.
      - William Shakespeare, Cymbeline
         (Iachimo at I, vi)

The brain of this foolish compounded clay-man is not able to invent anything that intends to laughter more that I invent or is invented on me.
      - William Shakespeare,
        King Henry the Fourth, Part II
         (Falstaff at I, ii)

O, you shall see him laugh till his face be like a wet cloak ill laid up!
      - William Shakespeare,
        King Henry the Fourth, Part II
         (Falstaff at V, i)

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