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LAUGHTER
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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
      Dell's universo.]
      - Dante ("Dante Alighieri"), Paradiso
         (XXVII, 5)

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"),
        Knowledge

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
         (st. 39)

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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