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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, fourth Earl of Chesterfield Quotes , Source: Letters (vol. I, p. 211), (ed. by Mahon)

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

Philip Dormer Stanhope, fourth Earl of Chesterfield Quotes , Source: Letters (vol. II, pp. 164 & 404), (edited by Mahon)

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What I saw was equal ecstasy: One universal smile it seemed of all things. [It., Cio ch'io vedeva mi sembrava un riso Dell's universo.]

Dante ("Dante Alighieri") Quotes , Source: Paradiso (XXVII, 5)

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He is not always at ease who laughs. [Fr., Ce n'est pas etre bien aise que de rire.]

Dante ("Dante Alighieri") Quotes , Source: Paradiso (XXVII, 5)

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I have known sorrow--therefore I May laugh with you, O friend, more merrily Than those who never sorrowed upon earth And know not laughter's worth. I have known laughter--therefore I May sorrow with you far more tenderly Than those who never guess how sad a thing Seems merriment to one heart's suffering.

Mrs. Frederic J. Faulks ("Theodosia Pickering Garrison") Quotes , Source: Knowledge

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

Richard Watson Gilder Quotes , Source: Ode

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Your laugh is of the sardonic kind.

Caius Sempronius Gracchus Quotes , Source: when his adversaries laughed at his defeat

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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 Quotes , Source: Ariel

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And unextinguish'd laughter shakes the skies.

Homer ("Smyrns of Chios") Quotes , Source: The Iliad (bk. I, l. 771), (Pope's translation)

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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. [Lat., Discit enim citius, meminitque libentius ilud Quod quis deridet, quam quod probat et veneratur.]

Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus) Quotes , Source: Epistles (bk. II, 1, 262)

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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 Quotes , Source: Entertainments--The Penates

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We must laugh before we are happy, for fear we die before we laugh at all.

Jean de la Bruyere Quotes , Source: The Characters or Manners of the Present Age (ch. IV)

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

Alice Meynell Quotes , Source: Laughter

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

Pierre de Beaumarchais Quotes

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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 Quotes

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

Mark Twain Quotes

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The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.

e e cummings Quotes

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Laughter is by definition healthy.

Doris Lessing Quotes

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

Joseph Addison Quotes

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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 Quotes

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Nothing shows a man's character more than what he laughs at.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Quotes

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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 might of been.

William Hazlitt Quotes

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Beware of him who hates the laugh of a child.

Johann Kaspar Lavater Quotes

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

George Bernard Shaw Quotes

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A good laugh is sunshine in a house.

Anonymous Quotes

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