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LATIN --- LAUGHING (AT OURSELVES)
LAUGHTER

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LATIN

see: "LANGUAGE" for related links


I did not do well in examinations. This was especially true of my Entrance Examination to Harrow. The Headmaster, Mr Welldon, however, took a broad-minded view of my Latin prose: he showed discernment in judging my general ability. This was the more remarkable, because I was found unable to answer a single question in the Latin paper. I wrote my name at the top of the page. I wrote down the number of the question 'I'. After much reflection I put a bracket round it thus '(I)'. But thereafter I could not think of anything connected with it that was either relevant or true. Incidentally there arrived from nowhere in particular a blot of ink and several smudges. I gazed for two whole hours at this sad spectacle: and then merciful ushers collected my piece of foolscap with all the others and carried it up to the Headmaster's table. It was from these slender indications of scholarship that Mr Welldon drew the conclusion that I was worthy to pass into Harrow. It is very much to his credit. It showed that he was a man capable of looking beneath the surface of things: a man not dependent upon paper manifestations. I have always had the greatest regard for him.
--Winston Churchill (1874—1965)
British Conservative statesman and
Prime Minister [1940—1945, 1951—1955].
_My Early Life_ [1930]

I was in the library in 1915, studying a Latin poet,
and all of a sudden I thought: 'War can't be this
bad.' So I walked out and enlisted.
--Lester B. Pearson (1897—1972)
Canadian prime minister [1963—1968].
In John Robinson Beal _Pearson of Canada_ [1964].

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O LATIN

O Latin! my Latin! that study hour is done
My brain has weathered every verb, the translation now is won,
The time is near, the bell I hear, the pupils all revolting,
While follow eyes the unforeseen, a "comp" test grim and scarring.
But O heart! heart! heart!
The wrong lesson I have read,
And at the desk the teacher sits,
My lord, what she has said!

O Latin! my Latin! O when will ring that bell?
Rise up! rise up! for you are next — ye gods, but this is —
For you bad marks and scarlet "d's", for you a failing waiting,
For you she calls, the teacher dear, her dark green eyes are gleaming,
O trot! dear trot!
The time is almost sped.
It would be fine if on the desk
The teacher would fall dead.

I surely cannot answer, my lips are tight and still,
My teacher looks so wild and bold, she gives me now a chill,
My classmates snicker, now they grin, a murmur starts to run,
A fearful class! I'll never pass! my lessons are not done.
Walk out, O class, when rings the bell,
But I with mournful tread,
Go to the room at her request
And come out almost dead.

--Theodor Seuss Geisel [Dr. Seuss] (1904—1991)
American writer and illustrator of children's books.
At age 14 [7 February 1919].
_Central Recorder_, the school newspaper of Central High School,
Springfield, Massachusetts, quoted in: Charles D. Cohen,
_The Seuss, the Whole Seuss, and Nothing But the Seuss,
A Visual Biography of Theodor Seuss Geisel_ [2004].

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"SI HOC LEGERE SCIS NIMIUM ERUDTIONIS HABES"
(If you can read this, you have too much education.)
--Deacon John Toandl


Acta est fabula: It's all over (lit. the drama has been acted out.)
Alea jacta est: The die is cast.
Audaces fortuna juvat: Fortune favors the bold.
Auri sacra fames: The cursed hunger for gold.
Ave atque vale: Hail and farewell.
Ave Caesar morituri te salutant!: Hail, Caesar! Those who are about to die salute you!

Beati pauperes spiritu: Blessed are the poor in spirit.
Bis repetita placent: The things that please are repeated again and again.

Caveat emptor: Let the buyer beware.
Cogito ergo sum: I think therefore I am.

De facto: In reality.
De mortuis nil nisi bonum: Speak nothing but good of the dead.
Diem perdidi: I have lost the day.
Dignus est intrare: He is worthy to enter.
Donec eris felix, multos numerabis amicos:
As long as you are fortunate, you will have many friends.

Errare humanum est: To err is human.
Et tu, Brute: You too, Brutus.

Felix qui potuit rerum cognoscere causas: Fortunate is he
who has been able to learn the causes of things.
Fluctuat nec mergitur: It is tossed by the waves but it does not sink.

Gloria victis: Glory to the defeated.
Gnothe seauton (Greek): Know thyself.

Ipso facto: By that very fact.
Ira furor brevis est: Anger is a brief madness.
Ita est: Thus it is (yes).
Ita diis placuit: Thus it pleased the gods.

Maior e longinquo reverentia: Greater reverence from afar.
Mens sana in corpore sano: A sound mind in a sound body.
Morituri te salutant: Those who are about to die salute you.

Non omnia possumus omnes: We cannot all do everything.
Non licet omnibus adire Corinthum: Not everyone is permitted to go to Corinth.
Nunc est bibendum: Now it is time to drink.

O tempora, o mores: Oh! the the times! Oh! the habits!

Pax Romana: Roman Peace.
Plaudite cives!: Applaud, citizens!
Populas me sibilat, at mihi plaudo ipse domi simul ac
nummos cotemplor in arca: The people hiss me, but I
applaud myself as I count the money in my strongbox
at home.

Qui habet aures audiendi audiat: He who has
ears, let him understand how to listen.
Quid novi?: What's new?
Quis, quod, ui, quibus auxiliis, cur, quomodo, quando?:
Who, what, where, in what ways, why how and when?
Quo vadis: Whither goest thou?
Quod erat demomstrandum: We have proved the proposition
we set out to prove (lit. Which was to be demonstrated).
Quomodo vales: How are you?
Quot capita, to sensus: There are as many opinions as there are heads.
Quousque tandem?: How long?

Si vis pacem: If you want peace... (ends: 'para bellum' = prepare for war).
Sic ad nauseam: And so on to the point of causing nausea.
Sic transit gloria (mundi): Thus passes away the glory of the world.
Singularis Porcus: Wild boar.
Sol lucet omnibus: The sun shines for everyone.


Timeo Danaos et Dona ferentes: I fear the Greeks even when bearing gifts.

Ubi solitudinem faciunt, pacem appellant:
Where they create desolation, they call it peace.

Vade retro: Get thee behind me.
Vanitas vanitatum et omnia vanitas: Vanity of vanities, all is vanity.
Veni vidi vici: I came, I saw, I conquered.
Veritas odium parit: Truth breeds hatred.
Victurus te saluto: He who is about to win salutes you.
Video meliora proboque deteriora sequor: I see the better
way and approve it, but I follow the worse way.
Vinum et musica laetificant cor: Wine and music gladden the heart.
Vis comica: Sense of humour.

Fun.....

"Domino vobiscum!" (The Pizza guy is here.)
"Revelare Pecunia!" (Show me the money!)
"Motorolus interruptus." (Hold on, I'm going into a tunnel.)
"Sic semper tyrannus." (Your dinosaur is alway ill.)
"Bodicus mutilatus, unemploymi ad infinitum"
(Better take the nose ring out before the job interview)
"Nucleo predicus dispella conducticus" (Remove foil before microwaving)
"Veni, vidi, velcro" (I came, I saw, I stuck around.)
"Veni, vidi, Visa" (I came, I saw, I did a little shopping.)
"Veni, vidi, Vichy" (I came, I saw, I surrendered.)
"Et tu, pluribus unum?" (Did the government just stab me in the back?)




LAUGHING (AT OURSELVES)

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see: "HUMOR" for related links


You grow up the day you have your
first real laugh – at yourself.
--Ethel Barrymore (1879—1959)
American actress of the Barrymore family.
Quoted in "The Tell Tale" [Northern Pacific Railway, 1940].

The person who knows how to laugh at
himself will never cease to be amused.
--Shirley Maclaine [Shirley MacLean Beaty] (b. 1934)
American actress.
_Going Within_ [1989]

Laugh at yourself and at life. Not in the spirit of derision
or whining self-pity, but as a remedy, a miracle drug, that
will ease your pain, cure your depression, and help you
to put in perspective that seemingly terrible defeat of the
moment. Banish tension and concern and worry with
laughter at your predicaments, thus freeing your mind to
think clearly toward the solution that is certain to come.
Never take yourself too seriously.
--Og Mandino (1923—1996)
American author and motivational speaker.
_A Better Way to Live_ [1990] "Rule Eleven"

Laugh at yourself first, before anyone else can.
--Elsa Maxwell (1883—1963)
Attributed in William Safire
_Words of Wisdom: More Good Advice_ [1990].

Laughing at ourselves is possible when we are able to
see humanity as it is — a little lower than the angels
and at times only slightly higher than the apes.
--Tom Mullen
Public speaker and author.
_Laughing Out Loud and Other Religious Experiences_ [1983]

If I were given the opportunity to present a
gift to the next generation, it would be the
ability for each individual to learn to laugh
at himself.
--Charles Schulz (1922—2000)
American cartoonist.
Attributed in Anonymous, _Easy Does It_ [Hazelden Meditations, 1990].

The burden of the self is lightened when I laugh at myself.
--Rabindranath Tagore (1861—1941)
Bengali poet, short-story writer, song composer, playwright,
and painter who won the 1913 Nobel Prize for Literature.
Attributed in Larry Chang _Wisdom for the Soul: Five Millennia
of Prescriptions for Spiritual Healing_, p. 375 [2006].

It is our responsibilities, not ourselves,
that we should take seriously.
--Sir Peter Alexander Ustinov [1921—2004]
British entertainer, writer, and humanitarian.
Quoted in "Iron and Steel" [Iron & Steel Institute, 1969].

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Those who can't laugh at themselves leave the job to others.
--anon.




LAUGHTER

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see: "COMEDY"
see: "HAPPINESS"
see: "HUMOR"
see: "JOKES" & "JOY
see: "PLEASURE"
see: "SMILES"


I have always preferred cheerfulness to mirth.
The latter I consider as an act, the former as
an habit of mind. Mirth is short and transient,
cheerfulness fixed and permanent.
--Joseph Addison (1672—1719)
English essayist, poet, and dramatist.
"The Spectator", #381 [17 May 1712]

Among those whom I like, I can find no common
denominator, but among those whom I love, I can:
all of them make me laugh.
--W.H. [Wystan Hugh] Auden (1907—1973)
English-born poet and man of letters.
_The Dyer's Hand_ [1962], "Notes on the Comic"

Few women care to be laughed at and men
not at all, except for large sums of money.
--Alan Ayckbourn (b. 1939)
English dramatist.
"The Norman Conquests" [1973]

You see, Wendy, when the first baby laughed for
the first time, its laugh broke into a thousand pieces,
and they all went skipping about, and that was the
beginning of fairies.
--Sir James Matthew Barrie (1860—1937)
Scottish writer and dramatist.
_Peter Pan_, act I [1928]

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I quickly laugh at everything, for fear of having to cry.
--Pierre de Beaumarchais (1732—1799)
French playwright and adventurer.
_Le Barbier de Sιville_, I, ii [1775]

& see:

And if I laugh at any mortal thing,
'Tis that I may not weep.
--Lord Byron [George Gordon Byron] (1788—1824)
English Romantic poet and satirist.
"Don Juan", Canto 4, st. 4 [1821]

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Mirth is God's medicine. Everybody ought to bathe
in it. Grim care, moroseness, anxiety — all this rust
of life — ought to be scoured off by the oil of mirth.
--Henry Ward Beecher (1813—1887)
American Congregational minister; brother of
Harriet Beecher Stowe, son of Lyman Beecher.
_Royal Truths_, p. 241 [1862]

Strange, when you come to think of it,
that of all the countless folk who have
lived before our time on this planet not
one is known in history or in legend as
having died of laughter.
--Sir Max Beerbohm (1872—1956)
English satirist and caricaturist.
_And Even Now_, p. 315 [1920]

From quiet homes and first beginning,
Out to the undiscovered ends,
There's nothing worth the wear of winning,
But laughter and the love of friends.
--Hilaire Belloc (1870—1953)
British poet, essayist, historian, and novelist.
_Verses_ [1910], "Dedicatory Ode"

The only cure for vanity is laughter, and
the only fault that's laughable is vanity.
--attributed to Henri Bergson (1859—1941)
French philosopher.

If you can't laugh together in bed, the chances are
you are incompatible. I'd rather hear a girl laugh
well than try to turn me on with long, silent,
soulful, secret looks.
--Richard Burton [Richard Walter Jenkins Jr.] (1925—1984)
Welsh stage and motion-picture actor.
Quoted in "The Sydney Morning Herald" [15 May 1989].

Do you know why God withheld the sense of humor from
women? That we may love you instead of laughing at you.
--Mrs. Patrick Campbell [Beatrice Stella Tanner] (1865—1940)
British stage actress.
Quoted in Margot Peters
_Mrs. Pat : The Life of Mrs. Patrick Campbell_ [1984].

The man who cannot laugh is not only fit for treasons,
stratagems, and spoils; but his whole life is already a
treason and a stratagem.
--Thomas Carlyle (1795—1881)
Scottish historian and political philosopher.
_Sartor Resartus_, bk. I, ch. V [1833—1834]

Ready to split his sides with laughter.
--Miguel de Cervantes (1547—1616)
Spanish novelist.
_Don Quixote de la Mancha_, pt. 1, bk. 3, ch. 13 [1605]

The most wasted day of all is that
on which we have not laughed.
--Sιbastien-Roch Nicolas Chamfort (1741—1794)
French playwright and conversationalist.
_Pensιes, maximes et anecdotes_ [1795]

I am tipsy with laughing.
--William Congreve (1670—1729)
English dramatist.
"The Way of the World", IV, i [1700]

What the fool cannot learn he laughs at, thinking
that by his laughter he shows superiority instead
of latent idiocy.
--Marie Corelli (1855—1924)
British author.
_The Life Everlasting_ [1911]

It is a fair, even-handed, noble adjustment of things,
that while there is infection in disease and sorrow,
there is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious
as laughter and good humor.
--Charles Dickens (1812—1870)
English novelist.
_A Christmas Carol_ [1843]

If you wish to glimpse inside a human soul and
get to know a man [...] just watch him laugh. If
he laughs well, he's a good man.
--Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1821—1881)
Russian novelist, journalist, and short story writer.
_The Adolescent_ [1875]

I have always felt that laughter in the face of
reality is probably the finest sound there is and
will last until the day when the game is called
on account of darkness. In this world, a good
time to laugh is any time you can.
--Linda Ellerbee (b. 1944)
American journalist.
Quoted in "Reader's Digest" [1992].

Many times what cannot be refuted by
arguments can be parried by laughter.
--Desiderius Erasmus (1469—1536)
Dutch humanist and theologian.
_The Praise of Folly_ [c. 1511]

She laughs at everything you say.
Why? Because she has fine teeth.
--Benjamin Franklin (1706—1790)
American politician, inventor, and scientist.
Attributed in "Think" [pub. by I.B.M., 1960].

That day is lost on which one has not laughed.
--French proverb

Those who tickle themselves
may laugh when they please.
--German proverb

Keep me away from the wisdom which does not
cry, the philosophy which does not laugh and the
greatness which does not bow before children.
--Kahlil Gibran (1883—1931)
Lebanese poet.
Quoted in _The Wisdom of Gibran: Aphorisms
and Maxims_ [Bantam Books, 1973].

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Men show their character in nothing more
clearly than by what they think laughable.
--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749—1832)
German poet, novelist, and playwright.
_Maxims and Reflections_, vol. III, p. 206 [1819]


The intelligent man finds almost everything
ridiculous, the sensible man hardly anything.
--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749—1832)
German poet, novelist, and playwright.
Attributed in Stephen Spender (ed.) _Great Writings of Goethe_ [1958].

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Listen, Suckers, why take life so seriously — in a hundred
years we will all be gone or in some stuffy book. Give me
plenty of laughs and you can take all the rest.
--Mary Cecelia Louise "Texas" Guinan (1884—1933)
American saloon keeper, actress, and entrepreneur.
In Louise Berliner, _Texas Guinan, Queen of the Night Clubs_ [1993].

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Whenever I see an old lady slip and fall on a wet sidewalk,
my first instinct is to laugh. But then I think, what if I was
an ant, and she fell on me. Then it wouldn't seem quite so
funny.
--Jack Handey (b. 1949)
American comedian and comedy writer.
_Deep Thoughts_ [1993]


Dad always thought laughter was the best
medicine, which I guess was why several
of us died of tuberculosis.
--Jack Handey (b. 1949)
American comedian and comedy writer.
_Deeper Thoughts_ [1993]

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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 ought to be.
--William Hazlitt (1778—1830)
English essayist.
_Lectures on the English Comic Writers_ [1819] "On Wit and Humor"

Life can be wildly tragic at times, and I've had
my share. But whatever happens to you, you
have to keep a slightly comic attitude. In the
final analysis, you [must remember] to laugh.
--Katharine Hepburn (1907—2003)
American stage and motion-picture actress; winner of four Academy Awards.
Quoted in William Safire & Leonard Safir
_Words of Wisdom: More Good Advice_ [1989].

If you don't learn to laugh at trouble, you won't
have anything to laugh at when you are old.
--Edgar Watson Howe (1854—1937)
American journalist and author.
Attributed in "Forbes" [1980].

A good laugh and a long sleep are
the best cures in the doctor's book.
--Irish proverb

Time spent laughing is time spent with the gods.
--Japanese proverb

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Does laughing make your heart healthier? It may sound funny,
but doctors now say they have serious evidence to support the
idea. A new study shows that enjoying a joke or two can improve
the function of blood vessels.

Medical experts have warned about the effects of stress on
cardiovascular health, and science backs up their concerns:
When faced with a difficult situation, the body releases hormones
that elevate blood pressure. These hormones, adrenaline and
noradrenaline, produce this effect by causing blood vessels to
constrict.

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A study published in 2000 provided preliminary evidence that
laughter can help the heart, says Michael Miller, director of
preventive cardiology at the University of Maryland Medical
Center in Baltimore. In that study, he and his colleagues
interviewed people who had either suffered heart attacks
or undergone procedures to clear out clogged arteries. They
found that these patients reported laughing less than those
who did not have heart disease.

--Roxanne Khamsi
"Laughter boosts blood-vessel health"
BioEd Online [7 March 2005]

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Anything awful makes me laugh.
I misbehaved once at a funeral.
--Charles Lamb (1775—1834)
English essayist.
_Letter to Southey_ [1815]

When the wise man learns the Way
He tries to live by it.
When the average man learns the Way
He lives by only part of it.
When the fool learns the Way
He laughs at it.
Yet if the fool did not laugh at it,
It would not be the Way.
Indeed; if you are seeking the Way
Listen for the laughter of fools.
--Lao-tzu (c. 6th cent. B.C.)
The first philosopher of Chinese Taoism and alleged author of
the _Tao-te Ching_ (Chinese: Classic of the Way of Power).

Each section of the British Isles has its own
way of laughing, except Wales which doesn't.
--Stephen Butler Leacock (1869—1944)
Canadian humorist.
_Humor: Its Theory and Technique_ [1935]

With the fearful strain that is on me night
and day, if I did not laugh I should die.
--Abraham Lincoln (1809—1865)
American Republican statesman, President [1861—1865].
22 September 1862, as quoted in Francis E.
Leupp _Walks about Washington_ [1915].

If you are not allowed to laugh in
heaven, I don't want to go there.
--attributed to Martin Luther (1483—1546)
German Protestant theologian.

Laugh at yourself first, before anyone else can.
--Elsa Maxwell (1883—1963)
Attributed in William Safire
_Words of Wisdom: More Good Advice_ [1990].

Laughter is man's most distinctive emotional
expression. Man shares the capacity for love
and hate, anger and fear, loyalty and grief,
with other living creatures. But humor, which
has an intellectual as well as an emotional
element, belongs to man.
--Margaret Mead (1901—1978)
American anthropologist.
In "Redbook" magazine [March 1963].

The freedom of any society varies proportionately
with the volume of its laughter.
--Zero Mostel (1915—1977)
Stage actor who was blacklisted in the 1950s.
Quoted in "Think" [pub. by IBM, 1962].

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We should consider every day lost on which we have not
danced at least once. And we should call every truth
false which was not accompanied by at least one laugh.
--Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche (1844—1900)
German classical scholar, philosopher, and critic of culture.
_Thus Spake Zarathustra_ (Also sprach Zarathustra), pt. 3 [1883-85]


He who laughs best today will also laugh last.
--Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche (1844—1900)
German classical scholar, philosopher, and critic of culture.
_The Twilight of the Idols_ [1889]


Perhaps I know best why it is man alone who laughs; he
alone suffers so deeply that he had to invent laughter.
--Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche (1844—1900)
German classical scholar, philosopher, and critic of culture.
In _The Will to Power_ (ed. Heinrich Kφselitz, Ernst Horneffer,
and August Horneffer), quoted by William Mackintire Salter
in _Nietzsche the Thinker: A Study_ [1917].

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Laughter is wine for the soul — laughter soft, or loud
and deep, tinged through with seriousness. ... the
hilarious declaration made by man that life is worth
living.
--Sean O'Casey (1880—1964)
Irish dramatist and memorist.
“Saturday Night” in _Green Crows_ [1956]

Four be the things I am wiser to know:
Idleness, sorrow, a friend, and a foe.
Four be the things I'd been better without:
Love, curiosity, freckles, and doubt.
Three be the things I shall never attain:
Envy, content, and sufficient champagne.
Three be the things I shall have till I die:
Laughter and hope and a sock in the eye.
--Dorothy Parker (1893—1967)
American critic and humorist.
"Inventory" [1926]

He who laughs, lasts!
--Mary Pettibone Poole (fl. 1938)
American writer.
_A Glass Eye at a Keyhole_ [1938]

Laugh at your friends, and, if your friends are sore;
So much the better, you may laugh the more.
--Alexander Pope (1688—1744)
English poet.
"Epilogue to the Satires" [1738]

That laughter costs too much, which is
purchased by the sacrifice of decency.
--Quintilian (c. 35—100)
Roman rhetorician.
Attributed in D. E. MacDonnel _A Dictionary of Select
and Popular Quotations_, p. 177 [3rd Am. ed. 1818].

We cannot really love anybody with whom we never laugh.
--Agnes Repplier (1855—1950)
American author.
_Americans and Others_ [1912]

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Everything is funny as long as it
is happening to somebody else.
--Will Rogers [William Penn Adair Rogers] (1879—1935)
American humorist and actor.
_The Illiterate Digest_ "Warning to Jokers: Lay Off the Prince" [1924]


We are all here for a spell; get all the good laughs you can.
--Will Rogers [William Penn Adair Rogers] (1879—1935)
American humorist and actor.
Attributed in Alfred Armand Montapert (ed.)
_Distilled Wisdom: An Encyclopedia of Wisdom_ [1964].

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To jealousy, nothing is more frightful than laughter.
--Franηoise Sagan (1935—2004)
French novelist.
_La Chamade_ [1965]

The young man who has not wept is a savage,
and the old man who will not laugh is a fool.
--George Santayana (1863—1952)
Spanish-born philosopher and critic.
_Dialogues in Limbo_, ch. 3 [1925]

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A good laugh is sunshine in a house.
--William Makepeace Thackeray (1811—1863)
English novelist.
_Sketches and Travels in London_ [1856]


Stupid people, who do not know how to laugh,
are always pompous and self-conceited; that is,
ungentle, uncharitable, unchristian.
--William Makepeace Thackeray (1811—1863)
English novelist.
Attributed in Maturin M. Ballou _Edge-Tools of Speech_, p. 265 [1886].

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The sound of laughter has always seemed to
me the most civilized music in the universe.
--Sir Peter Alexander Ustinov [1921—2004]
British entertainer, writer, and humanitarian.
Quoted in Jerome Agel & Walter D. Glanze
_Pearls of Wisdom_, p. 131 [1987].

Maturity is a bitter disappointment for which no
remedy exists, unless laughter could be said to
remedy anything.
--Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. (1922—2007)
American novelist and short-story writer.
_Cat's Cradle_ [1963]

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.
--Ella Wheeler Wilcox (1850—1919)
American author and poet.
"Solitiude" [1883]

Sexiness wears thin after a while and beauty fades,
but to be married to a man who makes you laugh
every day, ah — now that's a real treat!
--attributed to Joanne Woodward (b. 1930)
American actress.

What soap is to the body, laughter is to the soul.
--Yiddish proverb

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cachinnation (noun) [kak-uh-`ney-shuhn]
Convulsive, hysterical, or immoderate laughter.

chortle [CHOR-tl], transitive and intransitive verb:
To utter, or express with, a snorting, exultant laugh
or chuckle.

paraoxysm (noun) ['pζ-rhκk-si-zm]
A spasm or convulsion; a sudden, convulsive outburst of emotion.

risible [RIZ-uh-buhl], adjective:
1. Capable of laughing; disposed to laugh.
2. Exciting or provoking laughter; worthy of laughter;
laughable; amusing.
Synonyms: ludicrous, laughable, amusing.


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