200 Quotes on laughter

200 Quotes on laughter

Quotes on laughter

“I am persuaded that every time a man smiles – but much more so when he laughs – it adds something to this fragment of life.”

LAURENCE STERNE (2013). “3 Books by Laurence Sterne”, p.3,

“The person who has a sense of humor is not just more relaxed in the face of a potentially stressful situation, but is more flexible in his approach.”

JOHN MORREALL (1983). “Taking Laughter Seriously”, p.108, SUNY Press
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“The size of a man’s understanding might always be justly measured by his mirth.”

SAMUEL JOHNSON, “Johnsoniana, Or, Supplement to Boswell: Being Anecdotes and Sayings of Dr. Johnson”.

“There comes a time when suddenly you realize that laughter is something you remember and that you were the one laughing.”

MARLENE DIETRICH (2012). “Marlene Dietrich’s ABC: Wit, Wisdom, & Recipes”, p.70, Open Road Media
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“Him, who incessantly laughs in the street, you may commonly hear grumbling in his closet.”

JOHANN KASPAR LAVATER, “Aphorisms on Man” by Johann Kaspar Lavater, (c. 1788). – Quotes on laughter

“I laugh until I weep And weep until I smile”

RAY BRADBURY (1973). “When elephants last in the dooryard bloomed: celebrations for almost any day in the year”, Alfred A. Knopf
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“To laugh is proper to man.”

FRANCOIS RABELAIS, Gargantua bk. 1, “Rabelais to the Reader” (1534) – Quotes on laughter

“Laughter is the language of the heart”

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi (1986). “Thirty Years Around the World: 1957-1964”, Stichting Drukkerij En Uitgeverij Mvu
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“For a man learns more quickly and remembers more easily that which he laughs at, than that which he approves and reveres.”

HORACE, “Epistles” by Horace, Book II. 1. 262,

“I was irrevocably betrothed to laughter, the sound of which has always seemed to me the most civilised music in the world.”

PETER USTINOV, Dear Me (1977) ch. 3
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“Laughter is the climax in the tragedy of seeing, hearing and smelling self-consciously.”

WYNDHAM LEWIS, “Inferior Religions” by Wyndham Lewis, 1917. – Quotes on laughter

“A good time to laugh is any time you can.”

LINDA ELLERBEE (1993). “Move On”
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“For what do we live, but to make sport for our neighbors and laugh at them in our turn?”

JANE AUSTEN, Pride and Prejudice ch. 57 (1813)

“From your parents you learn love and laughter and how to put one foot before the other. But when books are opened you discover that you have wings.”

HELEN HAYES (1969). “Another Fawcett Crest Book”
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“Back of every mistaken venture and defeat is the laughter of wisdom, if you listen.”

CARL SANDBURG, “Incidentals”. Book by Carl Sandburg, 1904. – Quotes on laughter

“When a person can no longer laugh at himself, it is time for others to laugh at him.”

THOMAS SZASZ (2017). “Words to the Wise: A Medical-Philosophical Dictionary”, p.260, Routledge
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“A good laugh is a mighty good thing, and rather too scarce a good thing.”

HERMAN MELVILLE, “The Complete Works of Herman Melville”.

“In this life he laughs longest who laughs last.”

JOHN MASEFIELD, Widow in Bye Street (1912) ch. 4, p. 66
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“The loud laugh that spoke the vacant mind.”

OLIVER GOLDSMITH, ‘The Deserted Village’ (1770) l. 121.

“The head thinks, the hands labor, but it’s the heart that laughs.”

LIZ CURTIS HIGGS (1993). “One Size Fits All and Other Fables”, Thomas Nelson Publishers
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“Our laughter is always the laughter of a group.”

HENRI BERGSON (2013). “Comedy: An Essay on Comedy”, p.68, Doubleday

“One inch of joy surmounts of grief a span, Because to laugh is proper to the man.”

FRANCOIS RABELAIS, “Gargantua and Pantagruel: Five Books of the Lives, Heroic Deeds and Sayings of Gargantua and his Son Pantagruel”, Library of Alexandria
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“Laugh and the world laughs with you; cry — and the world laughs harder.”

EVAN ESAR (1978). “The Comic Encyclopedia: A Library of the Literature and History of Humor Containing Thousands of Gags, Sayings, and Stories”, Doubleday Books

“In my mind, there is nothing so illiberal, and so ill-bred, as audible laughter.” 

LORD CHESTERFIELD, ‘Letters to his Son’ (1774) 9 March 1748.
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“Total absence of humor renders life impossible.”

SIDONIE GABRIELLE COLETTE, “Chance Acquaintances”. Book by Sidonie Gabrielle Colette, 1952.

“He who has laughter on his side has no need of proof.”

THEODOR W. ADORNO, E. F. N. Jephcott (2005). “Minima Moralia: Reflections on a Damaged Life”, p.210, Verso
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“Comedy is simply a funny way of being serious.”

PETER USTINOV (1969). “The wit of Peter Ustinov”

“Remember me with smiles and laughter, for that is how I’ll remember you all. If you can only remember me with tears, then don’t remember me at all.”

LAURA INGALLS WILDER, “Fictional character: Reverend Robert Alden”. TV Series “Little House on the Prairie” (“Remember Me: Part 1”, 1975), www.imdb.com. 1974–1983.
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“…that is the best-to laugh with someone because you both think the same things are funny.”

GLORIA VANDERBILT (1986). “Once Upon a Time: A True Story”, Fawcett Books

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

ROSARIO CASTELLANOS (1988). “A Rosario Castellanos Reader”, p.258, University of Texas Press
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“It’s no use crying over spilt evils. It’s better to mop them up laughing.”

ELEANOR FARJEON (1920). “Gypsy and Ginger”

“Peace begins with a smile.”

MOTHER TERESA  (2010). “In the Heart of the World: Thoughts, Stories & Prayers”, p.13, New World Library
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“Man is distinguished from all other creatures by the faculty of laughter.”

JOSEPH ADDISON, ‘The Spectator’ no. 494, 26 September 1712

“Laughter… the most civilized music in the world.”

PETER USTINOV, Dear Me (1977) ch. 3
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“We are all here for a spell, get all the good laughs you can.”

WILL ROGERS, “Peter’s Quotations: Ideas for Our Time”. Book by Laurence J. Peter, p. 285, 1979.

“I’m really only happy when I’m on stage. I just feed off the energy of the audience. That’s what I’m all about – people and laughter.”

LARRY DAVID, “Larry David: The Man Behind Seinfeld”. Interview, www.laughfactory.com. April, 1994.
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“Humor is laughing at what you haven’t got when you ought to have it.”

LANGSTON HUGHES (2002). “The Collected Works of Langston Hughes: Essays on art, race, politics, and world affairs”, p.525, University of Missouri Press

“All you need in the world is love and laughter. That’s all anybody needs. To have love in one hand and laughter in the other.”

AUGUST WILSON (1988). “Joe Turner’s Come and Gone: A Play in Two Acts”, Plume
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“Laughter would be bereaved if snobbery died.”

PETER USTINOV, In ‘Observer’ 13 March 1955

“He who laughs on Friday will weep on Sunday.”

JEAN RACINE, “Les Plaideurs” by Jean Racine, I. 1, June 20, 1664.
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“Laugh, and the world laughs with you: Weep, and you weep alone. For the sad old earth must borrow its mirth, But has trouble enough of its own.”


“Laughter is by definition healthy.”

DORIS LESSING, “The Summer Before the Dark”. Book by Doris Lessing, 1973.
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“It ‘s possible to forgive someone a great deal if he makes you laugh.”

CAROLINE LLEWELLYN (1994). “Life Blood”

“The beauty of the world, which is so soon to perish, has two edges, one of laughter, one of anguish, cutting the heart asunder.”

VIRGINIA WOOLF (2007). “Selected Works of Virginia Woolf”, p.573, Wordsworth Editions
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“A person who knows how to laugh at himself will never ceased to be amused.”

SHIRLEY MACLAINE (2010). “Going Within: A Guide for Inner Transformation”, p.1, Bantam

“Never set limits, go after your dreams, don’t be afraid to push the boundaries. And laugh a lot – it’s good for you!”

PAULA RADCLIFFE, Interview with Rosanna Greenstreet, www.theguardian.com. July 1, 2011.
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“If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh, otherwise they’ll kill you.”

OSCAR WILDE “The Picture of Dorian Gray – and more”, Eighty Pence Books

“It’s so easy to laugh,

It’s so easy to hate,

It takes guts to be gentle and kind.”

STEVEN MORRISSEY, “Song: ‘I Know It’s Over'”. 1986.
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“Laughter is a powerful weapon for it carries the light. To laugh is to defy the darkness.”

ISOBELLE CARMODY (1996). “The Gathering”, Puffin

Laughter is the only thing that’ll cut trouble down to a size where you can talk to it.”

DAN JENKINS (2015). “LIFE ITS OWN SELF”, p.236, Simon and Schuster
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“My dogs have been the reason I have woken up every single day of my life with a smile on my face.”

JENNIFER SKIFF (2013). “The Divinity of Dogs: True Stories of Miracles Inspired by Man’s Best Friend”, p.2, Simon and Schuster

“As long as I am still interested and curious I enjoy getting up in the morning, but I can’t say I have a happy smile on my face 24/7.”

HARRIET WALTER, “My body & soul”. Interview with Catherine Rapley, March 7, 2009.
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“I wake up every morning literally with a smile on my face, grateful for another day I never thought I would see.”

DICK CHENEY, “Former Vice President Dick Cheney”. “This Week” with George Stephanopoulos, abcnews.go.com. October 27, 2013. 

“I will keep a smile on my face and in my heart even when it hurts today.”

OG MANDINO (1986). “Mission: success!”, Bantam Dell Pub Group
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2 thoughts on “200 Quotes on laughter

  1. Thank you for sharing. These quotes are amazing, and it would have been a lot of work to put this together with all the reference connections. There was a couple from Joel Osteen, the one I liked the best was “Sometimes you have to smile by faith. If you smile by faith, soon the joy will follow!”.

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