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Laughter quotes and quotations

It 's possible to forgive someone a great deal if he makes you laugh.
Carolyn Llewellyn

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

Laugh at yourself first before anyone else can.
Elsa Maxwell

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

A hearty laugh gives one a dry cleaning, while a good cry is a wet wash.
Puzant Kevork Thomajan

Laughter springs from the lawless part of our nature.
Agnes Repplier

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

Total absence of humor renders life impossible.
Colette

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

We have to laugh. Because laughter, we already know, is the first evidence of freedom.
Rosario Castellanos

Laughter is much more important than applause. Applause is almost a duty. Laughter is a reward.
Carol Channing

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

The laughter of adults was always very different from the laughter of children. The former indicated a recognition of the familiar, but in children it came from the shock of the new.
Elizabeth Hardwick

A man isn't poor if he can still laugh.
Raymond Hitchcock

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

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

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

That laughter costs too much which is purchased by the sacrifice of decency.
Quintilian

A good laugh is sunshine in a house.
Anonymous

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

He deserves Paradise who makes his companions laugh.
Koran

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

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

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

Laughter is inner jogging.
Norman Cousins

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

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

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

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.
William Blake

Truth's sacred fort th' exploded laugh shall win, And coxcombs vanquish Berkeley with a grin.
John Brown (1)

Laughter is the closest distance between two people.
Victor Borge

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

I hasten to laugh at everything, for fear of being obliged to weep.
Pierre Auguste Caron de Beaumarchais

For as the crackling of thorns under a pot, so is the laughter of the fool: this also is vanity.
Bible

The landlord's laugh was ready chorus.
Robert Burns

For a man learns more quickly and remembers more easily that which he laughs at, than that which he approves and reveres.
Horace

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

We must laugh before we are happy, for fear we die before we laugh at all.
Jean de la Bruyere

And if I laugh at any mortal thing, 'Tis that I may not weep.
Lord Byron

How much lies in Laughter: the cipher-key, wherewith we decipher the whole man.
Thomas Carlyle

Nothing is more silly than silly laughter.
Catullus

The vulgar only laugh, but never smile; whereas well-bred people often smile, but seldom laugh.
Philip Dormer Stanhope

The most completely lost of all days is that on which one has not laughed.
Catullus

When you laugh, be sure to laugh at what people do and not at what people are.
Anonymous

Loud laughter is the mirth of the mob, who are only pleased with silly things; for true wit or good sense never excited a laugh since the creation of the world.
Philip Dormer Stanhope

A day without laughter is a day wasted.
Catullus

Man is the only animal that laughs and weeps; for he is the only animal that is struck with the difference between what things are and what they might of been.
William Hazlitt

Beware of him who hates the laugh of a child.
Johann Kaspar Lavater

Unless a man or woman has experienced the darkness of the soul he or she can know nothing of that transforming laughter without which no hint of the ultimate reality of the opposites can be faintly intuited.
Luke

We sometimes laugh from ear to ear, but it would be impossible for a smile to be wider than the distance between our eyes.
Chazal

Nothing shows a man's character more than what he laughs at.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

I am the laughter of the new-born child On whose soft-breathing sleep an angel smiled.
Richard Watson Gilder

A gentleman is often seen, but very seldom heard to laugh.
Philip Dormer Stanhope

What I saw was equal ecstasy: One universal smile it seemed of all things.
Dante

Your laugh is of the sardonic kind.
Caius Sempronius Gracchus

He is not always at ease who laughs.
Dante

Low gurgling laughter, as sweet As the swallow's song i' the South, And a ripple of dimples that, dancing, meet By the curves of a perfect mouth.
Paul Hamilton Hayne

Laugh not too much; the witty man laughs least: For wit is news only to ignorance. Lesse at thine own things laugh; lest in the jest Thy person share, and the conceit advance.
George Herbert

And unextinguish'd laughter shakes the skies.
Homer

The sense of humor has other things to do than to make itself conspicuous in the act of laughter.
Alice Meynell

I quickly laugh at everything, for fear of having to cry.
Pierre de Beaumarchais

From the moment I picked up your book until I laid it down, I was convulsed with laughter. Some day I intend reading it.
Groucho Marx

Laughter is by definition healthy.
Doris Lessing

Maturity is a bitter disappointment for which no remedy exists, unless laughter can be said to remedy anything.
Kurt Vonnegut, Jr

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

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