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Man is the merriest species of the creation; all above or below him are serious.
      - Joseph Addison

Blessed be mirthfulness! It is one of the renovators of the world. Men will let you abuse them if only you will make them laugh.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

Mirth is God's medicine. Everybody ought to bathe in it. Grim care, moroseness, anxiety,--all this rust of life, ought to be scoured off by the oil of mirth. It is better than emery. Every man ought to rub himself with it. A man without mirth is like a wagon without springs, in which one is caused disagreeably to jolt by every pebble over which it runs.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

Mirth is the sweet wine of human life. It should be offered sparkling with zestful life unto God.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

Mirthfulness is in the mind, and you cannot get it out. It is the blessed spirit that God has set in the mind to dust it, to enliven its dark places, and to drive asceticism, like a foul fiend, out at the back door. It is just as good, in its place, as conscience or veneration. Praying can no more be made a substitute for smiling than smiling can for praying.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

The greatness that would make us grave,
  Is but an empty thing.
    What more than mirth would mortals have?
      The cheerful man's a king.
      - Isaac Bickerstaffe (Bickerstaff)

Harmless mirth is the best cordial against the consumption of the spirit; wherefore jesting is not unlawful, if it trespasseth not in quantity, quality, or season.
      - Thomas Fuller (1)

Fun gives you a forcible hug, and shakes laughter out of you, whether you will or no.
      - David Garrick

There is nothing like fun, is there? I haven't any myself, but I
  do like it in others. O, we need it. We need all the counterweights we can muster to balance the sad relations of life. God has made many sunny spots in the heart; why should we exclude the light from them?
      - Thomas Chandler Haliburton (used pseudonym Sam Slick),
        Nature and Human Nature

Mirth itself is too often but melancholy in disguise.
      - Leigh Hunt (James Henry Leigh Hunt)

Care to our coffin adds a nail, no doubt;
  And ev'ry grin so merry draws one out.
      - Peter Pindar (pseudonym of Dr. John Wolcot) (Wolcott)

The thinkers of the world should by rights be guardians of the world's mirth.
      - Agnes Repplier

A merrier man,
  Within the limit of becoming mirth,
    I never spent an hour's talk withal:
      His eye begets occasion for his wit;
        For every object that the one doth catch,
          The other turns to a mirth-moving jest.
      - William Shakespeare

Frame your mind to mirth and merriment,
  Which bars a thousand harms and lengthens life.
      - William Shakespeare

From the crown of his head to the sole of his foot he is all mirth; he has twice or thrice cut Cupid's bowstring, and the little hangman dare not shoot at him: he hath a heart as sound as a bell, and his tongue is the clapper; for what his heart thinks his tongue speaks.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Much Ado About Nothing

I love such mirth as does not make friends ashamed to look upon one another next morning.
      - Izaak Walton, The Compleat Angler
         (pt. I, ch. V)

Mirth is a Proteus, changing its shape and manner with the thousand diversities of individual character, from the most superfluous gayety to the deepest, moat earnest humor.
      - Edwin Percy Whipple

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