Great Throughts Treasury

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Henri Bergson, aka Henri-Louis Bergson

You would hardly appreciate the comic if you felt yourself isolated from others. Laughter appears to stand in need of an echo. Listen to it carefully: it is not an articulate, clear, well-defined sound; it is something which would fain be prolonged by reverberating from one to another, something beginning with a crash, to continue in successive rumblings, like thunder in a mountain. still, this reverberation cannot go on for ever. It can travel within as wide a circle as you please: the circle remains, none the less, a closed one.

Beginning | Character | Laughter | Need | Sound |

Albert Einstein

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

Character | Knowledge | Laughter | Truth |

Heinrich Heine

Seriousness shows itself more majestic when laughter leads the way.

Character | Laughter |

Philo, aka Philo of Alexandria, Philo Judaeus, Philo Judaeus of Alexandria, Yedidia, "Philon", and Philo the Jew NULL

The goal of wisdom is laughter and play - not the kind that one sees in little children who do not yet have the faculty of reason, but the kind that is developed in those who have grown mature through both time and understanding. If someone has experienced the wisdom that can only be heard from oneself, learned from oneself, and created from oneself, he does not merely participate in laughter: he becomes laughter itself.

Character | Children | Laughter | Little | Play | Reason | Time | Understanding | Wisdom |

John Weiss

The laughter of man is the contentment of God.

Character | Contentment | God | Laughter | Man |

J. E. Boodin

There is the laughter which is born out of the pure joy of living, the spontaneous expression of health and energy - the secret laughter of the child. This is a gift of God. There is the warm laughter of the kindly soul which heartens the discouraged, gives health to the sick and comfort to the dying... 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 that 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.

Beauty | Comfort | Energy | Eternal | Excellence | God | Health | Joy | Laughter | Light | Pain | Passion | Riches | Soul | Truth | Wisdom | World | Riches | Hardship | Beauty |

Thomas Dekker

To awaken each morning with a smile brightening my face; to greet the day with reverence for the opportunities it contains; to approach my work with a clean mind; to hold ever before me, even in the doing of little things, the Ultimate Purpose toward which I am working; to meet men and women with laughter on my lips and love in my heart; to be gentle, kind and courteous through all the hours; to approach the night with weariness that ever woos sleep and the joy that goes with work well done - this is how I desire to waste wisely my days.

Day | Desire | Heart | Joy | Laughter | Little | Love | Men | Mind | Purpose | Purpose | Reverence | Smile | Waste | Wisdom | Work |

Albert Einstein

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

Knowledge | Laughter | Truth | Wisdom |

David Garrick

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

Fun | Laughter | Will | Wisdom |

Victor Hugo

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

Heart | Laughter | Soul | Time | Wisdom |

James Henry Leigh Hunt

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.

Despair | God | Laughter | Madness | Mirth | Reason | Sorrow | Tears | Wisdom |

James Henry Leigh Hunt

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

Ends | Laughter | Wisdom |

D. H. Lawrence, fully David Herbert "D.H." Lawrence

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.

Experience | Fear | Freedom | Genius | Laughter | Man | Men | Wisdom | World | Old |

Louis Orr

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.

Accomplishment | Beauty | Challenge | Insight | Laughter | Loneliness | Love | Nature | Pain | Science | Truth | Will | Wisdom | Friendship | Beauty | Value |

William M. Peck

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.

Acceptance | Joy | Laughter | People | Sorrow | Tears | Time | Truth | Wisdom |

John Elof Boodin

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.

Beauty | Eternal | Excellence | Joy | Laughter | Light | Pain | Passion | Riches | Soul | Truth | World | Riches | Hardship | Beauty |

Arthur Schopenhauer

The cause of laughter is simply the sudden perception of the incongruity between a concept and the real object.

Cause | Laughter | Object | Perception |

Benjamin De Casseres

Progress is nothing but the victory of laughter over dogma.

Dogma | Laughter | Nothing | Progress |

Charles Dickens, fully Charles John Huffam Dickens

While there is infection in disease and sorrow, there is nothing in the world quite so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humor.

Disease | Good | Humor | Laughter | Nothing | Sorrow | World |

Hilaire Belloc, fully Joseph Hilaire Pierre René Belloc

There is nothing worth the wear of winning, But laughter and the love of friends.

Laughter | Love | Nothing | Worth |