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LAUGHTER
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O, I am stabbed with laughter!
      - William Shakespeare, Love's Labor's Lost
         (Boyet at V, ii)

They laugh that win!
      - William Shakespeare,
        Othello the Moor of Venice
         (Othello at IV, i)

Morally considered, laughter is next to the Ten Commandments.
      - Henry Wheeler Shaw (used pseudonyms Josh Billings and Uncle Esek)

Laughter almost ever cometh of things most disproportioned to ourselves and nature: delight hath a joy in it either permanent or present; laughter hath only a scornful tickling.
      - Sir Philip Sidney (Sydney),
        The Defence of Poesy

Laughter is the chorus of conversation.
      - Sir Richard Steele

I am persuaded that every time a man smiles--but much more so when he laughs--it adds something to this fragment of life.
      - Laurence Sterne

Men are contented to be laughed at for their wit, but not for their folly.
      - Jonathan Swift

One good, hearty laugh is a bombshell exploding in the right place, while spleen and discontent are a gun that kicks over the man who shoots it off.
      - Thomas De Witt Talmage

Laugh and be fat.
      - John Taylor ("The Water Poet"),
        Title of a Tract

A good laugh is sunshine in a house.
      - William Makepeace Thackeray

Life without laughing is a dreary blank.
      - William Makepeace Thackeray

People who do not know how to laugh, are always pompous and self-conceited.
      - William Makepeace Thackeray

Stupid people, who do not know how to laugh, are always pompous and self-conceited; that is, ungentle, uncharitable, unchristian.
      - William Makepeace Thackeray

For still the World prevail'd and its dread laugh,
  Which scarce the firm Philosopher can scorn.
      - James Thomson (1), Seasons--Autumn
         (l. 233)

Fight Virtue's cause, stand up in Wit's defence,
  Win us from vice and laugh us into sense.
      - Thomas Tickell, On the Prospect of Peace
         (st. 38)

Laughter would be bereaved if snobbery died.
      - Peter Ustinov

Laughter is the brush that sweeps away the cobwebs of the heart.
      - Mort Walker

The laughter of man is the contentment of God.
      - John Weiss

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, Solitude,
        claimed by Col. John A. Joyce, who had it engraved on his tombstone

Laughter is not at all a bad beginning for a friendship, and it is by far the best ending for one.
      - Oscar Wilde (Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde)

Care to our coffin adds a nail, no doubt;
  And every Grin, so merry, draws one out.
      - Dr. John Wolcot (Wolcott or Woolcott) (used pseudonym Peter Pindar),
        Expostulatory Odes (ode 15)

The house of laughter makes a house of woe.
      - Edward Young, Night Thoughts
         (night VIII, l. 757)


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