Quotations on Laughter

[15] The heart which is not struck by the sweet smiles of an infant is still asleep (Hazrat Inayat Khan) | [17] Love sees as a child sees | [19] We do not stop playing  because we are old; we grow old because we stop playing. | [21] Life was a funny thing that occured on the way to the grave (Quentin Crisp) | [24] When I grow up I want to be a little boy (Joseph Heller) | [26] Please do not say, “It is morning”, and dismiss it with a name of yesterday. See it for the first time as a newborn child that has no name (Rabindranath Tagore) | Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young (Henry Ford) | [36] Laughter is higher than all pain (Elbert Hubart) | [38] Laughter is a most healthful exertion (Christoph Wilhelm Hufeland) | [39] A merry heart doeth good like a medicine; but a broken spirit drieth the bones (Proverbs 17:22) | [47] Physician, be happy thyself (Luke 4:23) | [49] He who laughs best today, will also laugh last (Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche) | [49] The most wasted day is that in which we have not laughed | [55] We don’t laugh because we’re happy—we’re happy because we laugh (williams james) | [61] The ability to laugh at oneself, in particular, is a vital psychological immunity against the modern thinking disease of ‘over-seriousness’ | [62] Humour is a whisper from the Soul, imploring mind and body to relax, let go and be at peace again | [63] There cannot be a crisis next week. My schedule is already full (Henry Kissinger) | [65] Anything awful makes me laugh. I misbehaved once at a funeral (Charles Lamb) | [66] I have a new philosophy. I’m going to dread only one day at a time (Charles Schultz) | [67] Laughter is the best way to make somebody’s heart beat (R. Holden) | [67] Laughter is an affirmation of dignity, a declaration of man’s superiority to all that befalls him (Romain Gary) | [68] Laugh, and the world laughs with you (Ella Wheeler Wilcox) | [73] Good humour is one of the best articles of dress one can wear in society (William Makepeace Thackeray) | [79] A Laugh is a laugh is a laugh (Inspired by Gertrude Stein) | [80] Laughter is a highly addictive positive contagion: if somebody starts, it’s very difficult to stop (R. Holden) | [83] Laugh, and I’ll tell you who you are (R. Holden) | [85] Laughter is not at all a bad beginning for a friendship, and it is by far the best ending for one (Oscar Wilde) | [86] One funny friend in life makes up for all the trouble, toil and strife (R. Holden) | [87] A good laugh is sunshine in a house (William Makepeace Thackeray) | [88] What magic there is in a girl’s smile. It is the raisin which, dropped in the yeast of male complacency induces fermentation (P.G. Wodehouse) | [90] Laughter is the shortest distance between two people (Victor Borge) | [92] By helping a person to laugh, you are helping that person to live (R. Holden) | [98] A laugh is worth a hundred groans in any market (Charles Lamb) | [101] When work is a pleasure, life is joy! When work is a duty, life is slavery. (Maxim Gorky) | [105] A winning smile makes winners of us all | [105] Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing (Theodore Roosevelt) | [115] I am persuaded that every time a man smiles, but much more when he laughs, it adds something to this fragment of life (Laurence Sterne) | [116] It is a test of a good religion whether you can make a joke of it (G.K. Chesterton) | [119] Let there be mirth on Heaven and Earth (R. Holden) | [122] It is more fitting for a man to laugh at life than to lament over it (Seneca) | [125] Let us live while we live (Philip Doddridge) | [120] God made both tears and laughter and both for kind purposes; for as laughter enables mirth and surprise to breathe freely (Leigh Hunt) | [122] Laugh if you are wise (Latin poet Martial) | [122] Laughter can facilitate love; love can facilitate laughter. To put in another way: through laughter, we learn to love; trough love, we learn to laugh.


Robert Holden, Laughter: The Best Medicine. The Healing Power if Happiness, Humour, and Laughter, (London: HarperCollinsPublisher, 1993), 15-122.

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