Laughter

Whoever undertakes to set himself up as a judge in the field of truth and knowledge is shipwrecked By the laughter of the gods.

If the animals suddenly got the gift of laughter, they would begin by laughing at themselves sick about man, that most ridiculous, most absurd, most foolish of all animals.

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

Laughter is a tranquilizer with no side effects.

Laughter is a most healthful exertion; it is one of the greatest helps to digestion with which I am acquainted.

Happiness is a thing of gravity. It seeks for hearts of bronze, and carves itself there slowly; pleasure startles it away by tossing flowers to it. Joy's smile is much more close to tears than it is to laughter.

I like the laughter that opens the lips and the heart, that shows at the same time pearls and the soul.

Did you ever observe that immoderate laughter always ends in a sigh?

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; and laughter is on top of the very privileges of reason, being confined to the human species.

What is pornography to one man is the laughter of genius to another... Men are freest when they are most unconscious of freedom... The world fears a new experience more than it fears anything. Because a new experience displaces so many old experiences... the world doesn't fear a new idea. It can pigeonhole any idea. It can't pigeon-hole a new experience.

Science will never be able to reduce the value of a sunset to arithmetic. Nor can it reduce friendship to a formula. Laughter and love, pain and loneliness, the challenge of accomplishment in living, and the depth of insight into beauty and truth: these will always surpass the scientific mastery of nature.

The acceptance of truth that joy and sorrow, laughter and tears are not confined to any particular time, place or people, but are universally distributed, should make us more tolerant of and more interested in the lives of others.

To jealousy, nothing is more frightful than laughter.

The beauty of the world has two edges, one of laughter, one of anguish, cutting the heart asunder.

There is, above all, the laughter that comes from the eternal joy of creation, the joy of making the world new, the joy of expressing the inner riches of the soul - laughter from triumphs over pain and hardship in the passion for an enduring ideal, the joy of bringing the light of happiness, of truth and beauty into a dark world. This is divine laughter par excellence.

Laughter does not seem to be a sin, but it leads to sin.

Many times what cannot be refuted by arguments can be parried by laughter.

Humor is one of God’s most marvelous gifts. Humor give us smiles, laughter, and gaiety. Humor reveals the roses and hides the thorns. Humor makes our heavy burden light and smooths the rough spots in our pathways. Humor endows us with the capacity to clarify the obscure, to simplify the complex, to deflate the pompous, to chastise the arrogant, to point a moral, and to adorn a tale.

Laughter spreads ripples on the surface; tears come from the inside.

I prefer to make up my own quotes and attribute them to very smart people, so that I can use them to win arguments.