Selected Quotes about Laughter

Man is distinguished from all other creatures by the faculty of laughter. -- Joseph Addison

Among those whom I like or admire, I can find no common denominator, but among those whom I love, I can: all of them make me laugh. -- W. H. Auden

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. -- Henry Ward Beecher

Nobody ever died of laughter. -- Max Beerbohm

Laughter is the closest distance between two people. -- Victor Borge

Laughter is the shortest distance between two people. -- Victor Borge

If we couldn't laugh, we would all go insane. -- Jimmy Buffett

Always laugh when you can. It is cheap medicine. -- Lord Byron

When the green woods laugh with the voice of joy, And the dimpling stream runs laughing by; When the air does laugh with our merry wit, And the green hill laughs with the noise of it. -- George Gordon Byron

Laughter is one of the very privileges of reason, being confined to the human species. -- Thomas Carlyle

The most wasted day of all is that during which we have not laughed. -- Sebastian R. N. Chamfort

Total absence of humor renders life impossible. -- Colette

Laughter is inner jogging. -- Norman Cousins

The most wasted of all days is one without laughter. -- e e cummings

There comes a time when suddenly you realize that laughter is something you remember and that you were the one laughing. -- Marlene Dietrich

One doesn't have a sense of humor. It has you. -- Larry Gelbart

Life can be wildly tragic at times, and I've had my share. But whatever happens to you, you still have to keep a slightly comic attitude. In the final analyses, you have got not to forget to laugh. -- Katharine Hepburn

Laughter is nothing else but a 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

If you don't learn to laugh at trouble, you won't have anything to laugh at when you're old. -- Edgar Watson Howe

If you don't learn to laugh at troubles, you won't have anything to laugh at when you grow old. -- Edward W. Howe

You can't deny laughter; when it comes, it plops down in your favorite chair and stays as long as it wants. -- Stephen King

Laughter and weeping, the Greek masks of comedy and tragedy, mark the extremes of a continuous spectrum; both provide channels for the overflow of emotion; both are “luxury reflexes” without apparent utility. This much they have in common; in every other respect they are direct opposites. -- Arthur Koestler

He deserves Paradise who makes his companions laugh. -- Koran

You cannot be mad at somebody who makes you laugh - it's as simple as that. -- Jay Leno

Laughter is by definition healthy. -- Doris Lessing

In this life he laughs longest who laughs last. -- John Masefield

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

Those who don't know how to weep with their whole heart, don't know how to laugh either. -- Golda Meir

Laughter gives us distance. It allows us to step back from an event, deal with it and then move on. -- Bob Newhart

Perhaps I know why it is man alone who laughs: He alone suffers so deeply that he had to invent laughter. -- Friedrich Nietzsche

The more you find out about the world, the more opportunities there are to laugh at it. -- Bill Nye

He who laughs, lasts! -- Mary Pettibone Poole

You don't stop laughing because you grow old. You grow old because you stop laughing. -- Michael Pritchard

We cannot really love anybody with whom we never laugh. -- Agnes Repplier

Life does not cease to be funny when people die any more than it ceases to be serious when people laugh. -- George Bernard Shaw

Beware of too much laughter, for it deadens the mind and produces oblivion. -- The Talmud

The laughter of man is more terrible than his tears, and takes more forms—hollow, heartless, mirthless, maniacal. -- James Thurber

The human race has one really effective weapon, and that is laughter. -- Mark Twain

Laughter shall drown the raucous shout; And, though these shelt’ring walls are thin, May they be strong to keep hate out And hold love in. -- Louis Untermeyer

I was irrevocably betrothed to laughter, the sound of which has always seemed to me to be the most civilized music in the world. -- Peter Ustinov

I was irrevocably betrothed to laughter, the sound of which has always seemed to me to be the most civilized music in the world. -- Peter Ustinov

Laughter would be bereaved if snobbery died. -- Peter Ustinov

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