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God made both tears and laughter, and both for kind purposes; for as laughter enables mirth and surprise to breathe freely, so tears enable sorrow to vent itself patiently. Tears hinder sorrow from becoming despair and madness.
      - Leigh Hunt (James Henry Leigh Hunt)

Laughing has always been considered by theologians as a crime.
      - Robert Green Ingersoll

No man heartily hates him at who he can laugh.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Laugh, and be fat, sir, your penance is known.
  They that love mirth, let them heartily drink,
    'Tis the only receipt to make sorrow sink.
      - Ben Jonson, Entertainments--The Penates

The highlight of my childhood was making my brother laugh so hard that food came out of his nose.
      - Garrison Keillor

We must laugh before we are happy, for fear we die before we laugh at all.
      - Jean de la Bruyere,
        The Characters or Manners of the Present Age
         (ch. IV)

A laugh is worth a hundred groans in any market.
      - Charles Lamb (used pseudonym Elia)

And still, laughter is akin to weeping.
      - Johann Kaspar Lavater (John Caspar Lavater)

Beware of him who hates the laugh of a child.
      - Johann Kaspar Lavater (John Caspar Lavater)

He who always prefaces his tale with laughter is poised between impertinence and folly.
      - Johann Kaspar Lavater (John Caspar Lavater)

You can't stay mad at somebody who makes you laugh.
      - Jay Leno

Then let us laugh. It is the cheapest luxury man enjoys, and, as Charles Lamb says, "is worth a hundred groans in any state of the market." It stirs up the blood, expands the chest, electrifies the nerves, clears away the cobwebs from the brain, and gives the whole system a shock to which the voltaic-pile is as nothing. Nay, its delicious alchemy converts even tears into the quintessence of merriment, and makes wrinkles themselves expressive of youth and frolic.
      - William Matthews

Laugh at yourself first, before anyone else can.
      - Elsa Maxwell

The sense of humor has other things to do than to make itself conspicuous in the act of laughter.
      - Alice Christiana Meynell (Mrs. Alice Thompson),

Sport, that wrinkled Care derides, and Laughter, holding both his sides.
      - John Milton

Haste thee, Nymph, and bring with thee
  Jest, and youthful Jollity,
    Quips, and Cranks, and wanton Wiles,
      Nods, and Becks, and wreathed Smiles,
        Such as hand on Hebe's cheek,
          And love to live in dimple sleek;
            Sport that wrinkled Care derides,
              And Laughter holding both his sides.
      - John Milton, L'Allegro (l. 25)

I can usually judge a fellow by what he laughs at.
      - Wilson Mizner

While her laugh, full of life, without any control,
  But the sweet one of gracefulness, rung from her soul;
    And where it most sparkled, no glance could discover
      In lips, cheeks or eyes, for it brightened all over--
        Like any fair lake that the breeze was upon,
          When it breaks into dimples, and laughs in the sun.
      - Thomas Moore

Not by wrath does one kill but by laughter.
      - Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

Hypocrites weep, and you cannot tell their tears from those of saints; but no bad man ever laughed sweetly yet.
      - Ouida (pseudonym of Marie Louise de la Ramee)

Shared laughter is erotic too.
      - Marge Piercy

To laugh, if but for an instant only, has never been granted to man before the fortieth day from his birth, and then it is looked upon as a miracle of precocity.
      - Pliny the Elder (Caius Plinius Secundus),
        Natural History (bk. VII, ch. I),
        (Holland's translation)

The laughers are a majority.
      - Alexander Pope

Laugh at your friends, and if your friends are sore;
  So much the better, you may laugh the more.
      - Alexander Pope, Epilogue to Satire
         (dialogue I, l. 55)

The man that loves and laughs must sure do well.
      - Alexander Pope, Imitations of Horace
         (ep. VI, bk. I, l. 129)

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