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GOOD HUMOR
[ Also see Amiability Cheerfulness Gaiety Humor Smiles ]

Men naturally warm and heady are transported with the greatest flush of good-nature.
      - Joseph Addison

Good-humor, gay spirits, are the liberators, the sure cure for spleen and melancholy. Deeper than tears, these irradiate the tophets with their glad heavens. Go laugh, vent the pits, transmuting imps into angels by the alchemy of smiles. The satans flee at the sight of these redeemers.
      - Amos Bronson Alcott

Good-humor makes all things tolerable.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

The sunshine of the mind.
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

Affability, mildness, tenderness, and a word which I would fain bring back to its original signification of virtue,--I mean good-nature,--are of daily use; they are the bread of mankind and staff of life.
      - John Dryden

Good sense and good-nature are never separated, though the ignorant world has thought otherwise. Good-nature, by which I mean beneficence and candor, is the product of right reason.
      - John Dryden

Good-nature is stronger than tomahawks.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Good-humor will even go so far as often to supply the lack of wit.
      - Henry Fielding

Good-humor is allied to generosity, ill-humor to meanness.
      - Sir Fulke Greville, 1st Baron Brooke, Lord Brooke

Good-humor will sometimes conquer ill-humor, but ill-humor will conquer it oftener; and for this plain reason, good-humor must operate on generosity, ill-humor on meanness.
      - Sir Fulke Greville, 1st Baron Brooke, Lord Brooke

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

Gayety is to good-humor as perfumes to vegetable fragrance: the one overpowers weak spirits; the other recreates and revives them.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Good-humor is a state between gayety and unconcern,--the act or emanation of a mind at leisure to regard the gratification of another.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Good-humor is always a success.
      - Johann Kaspar Lavater (John Caspar Lavater)

The good-humor of a man elated with success often displays itself towards enemies.
      - Thomas Babington Macaulay

Good-humor is goodness and wisdom combined.
      - Owen Meredith (pseudonym of Edward Robert Bulwer Lytton, Lord Lytton)

Good-humor is the clear blue sky of the soul.
      - Frederick Saunders

When good-natured people leave us we look forward with extra pleasure to their return.
      - Henry Wheeler Shaw (used pseudonyms Josh Billings and Uncle Esek)

Good-humor is the health of the soul, sadness its poison.
      - Leszczynski Stanislaus ("Stanislaus I")

People are not aware of the very great force which pleasantry in company has upon all those with whom a man of that talent converses.
      - Sir Richard Steele

Learn good-humor, never to oppose without just reason; abate some degree of pride and moroseness.
      - Isaac Watts

It is also important to guard against mistaking for good-nature what is properly good-humor,--a cheerful flow of spirits and easy temper not readily annoyed, which is compatible with great selfishness.
      - Archbishop Richard Whately


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