1. If you’re going to try, go all the way. Otherwise, don’t even start. This could mean losing girlfriends, wives, relatives and maybe even your mind. It could mean not eating for three or four days. It could mean freezing on a park bench. It could mean jail. It could mean derision. It could mean mockery–isolation. Isolation is the gift. All the others are a test of your endurance, of how much you really want to do it. And, you’ll do it, despite rejection and the worst odds. And it will be better than anything else you can imagine. If you’re going to try, go all the way. There is no other feeling like that. You will be alone with the gods, and the nights will flame with fire. You will ride life straight to perfect laughter. It’s the only good fight there is.
2. I love people who make me laugh. I honestly think it’s the thing I like most, to laugh. It cures a multitude of ills. It’s probably the most important thing in a person.
3. Sometimes crying or laughing are the only options left, and laughing feels better right now.
4. There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humor.
5. If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh, otherwise they’ll kill you.
6. If we couldn’t laugh we would all go insane.
7. 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.
8. The earth laughs in flowers.
9. I know not all that may be coming, but be it what it will, I’ll go to it laughing.
10. He was born with a gift of laughter and a sense that the world was mad.
11. Laughter and tears are both responses to frustration and exhaustion. I myself prefer to laugh, since there is less cleaning do to do afterward.
12. If only she could be so oblivious again, to feel such love without knowing it, mistaking it for laughter.
13. It’s not all bad. Heightened self-consciousness, apartness, an inability to join in, physical shame and self-loathing—they are not all bad. Those devils have been my angels. Without them I would never have disappeared into language, literature, the mind, laughter and all the mad intensities that made and unmade me.
14. I am the happiest creature in the world. Perhaps other people have said so before, but not one with such justice. I am happier even than Jane; she only smiles, I laugh.
15. With mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come.
16. Life is worth living as long as there’s a laugh in it.
17. And I have one of those very loud, stupid laughs. I mean if I ever sat behind myself in a movie or something, I’d probably lean over and tell myself to please shut up.
18. I don’t trust anyone who doesn’t laugh.
19. Always laugh when you can, it is cheap medicine.
20. I am fated to journey hand in hand with my strange heroes and to survey the surging immensity of life, to survey it through the laughter that all can see and through the tears unseen and unknown by anyone.
21. You’ll learn, as you get older, that rules are made to be broken. Be bold enough to live life on your terms, and never, ever apologize for it. Go against the grain, refuse to conform, take the road less traveled instead of the well-beaten path. Laugh in the face of adversity, and leap before you look. Dance as though EVERYBODY is watching. March to the beat of your own drummer. And stubbornly refuse to fit in.
22. The human race has only one really effective weapon and that is laughter.
23. If you wish to glimpse inside a human soul and get to know a man, don’t bother analyzing his ways of being silent, of talking, of weeping, of seeing how much he is moved by noble ideas; you will get better results if you just watch him laugh. If he laughs well, he’s a good man.
24. There is a thin line that separates laughter and pain, comedy and tragedy, humor and hurt.
25. Laugh whenever you can. Keeps you from killing yourself when things are bad. That and vodka.
26. You had to know a person well to make them laugh like that.
27. 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.
28. But the fact that some geniuses were laughed at does not imply that all who are laughed at are geniuses. They laughed at Columbus, they laughed at Fulton, they laughed at the Wright brothers. But they also laughed at Bozo the Clown.
29. It was her habit to build up laughter out of inadequate materials.
30. You have a beautiful laugh. Like the promise of tomorrow.
31. We are not going to change the whole world, but we can change ourselves and feel free as birds. We can be serene even in the midst of calamities and, by our serenity, make others more tranquil. Serenity is contagious. If we smile at someone, he or she will smile back. And a smile costs nothing. We should plague everyone with joy. If we are to die in a minute, why not die happily, laughing?
32. I’d rather laugh with the sinners than cry with the saints.
33. Laughter is carbonated holiness.
34. Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.
35. The only real laughter comes from despair.
36. Laughter is America’s most important export.
37. Everyone has a sense of humor. If you don’t laugh at jokes, you probably laugh at opinions.
38. You have as much laughter as you have faith.
39. I was born to catch dragons in their dens / And pick flowers / To tell tales and laugh away the morning / To drift and dream like a lazy stream / And walk barefoot across sunshine days.
40. We look before and after,
And pine for what is not;
Our sincerest laughter
With some pain is fraught;
Our sweetest songs are those that tell
Of saddest thought.
41. Laughter is a sunbeam of the soul.
42. Nothing brings on jealousy like laughter.
43. Lonely people have enthusiasms which cannot always be explained. When something strikes them as funny, the intensity and length of their laughter mirrors the depth of their loneliness, and they are capable of laughing like hyenas. When something touches their emotions, it runs through them like Paul Revere, awakening feelings that gather into great armies.
44. Laughter is more than just a pleasurable activity…When people laugh together, they tend to talk and touch more and to make eye contact more frequently.
45. Those who do not know how to weep with their whole heart don’t know how to laugh either
46. It is cheerful to God when you rejoice or laugh from the bottom of your heart.
47. A priest once quoted to me the Roman saying that a religion is dead when the priests laugh at each other across the altar. I always laugh at the altar, be it Christian, Hindu, or Buddhist, because real religion is the transformation of anxiety into laughter.
48. We can only feel sorry for ourselves when our misfortunes are still supportable. Once this limit is crossed, the only way to bear the unbearable is to laugh at it.
49. There’s nothing more contagious than the laughter of young children; it doesn’t even have to matter what they’re laughing about.
50. People who stop laughing are always the ones who get hurt.
51. The joke loses everything when the joker laughmself.
52. He had never heard anything quite as amazing as that voice. She talked as if she was continuously on the verge of breaking into giggles. And when she giggled she sounded the way Ove imagined champagne bubbles would have sounded if they were capable of laughter.
53. You don’t stop laughing because you grow old. You grow old because you stop laughing.
54. Everything in our background has prepared us to know and resist a prison when the gates begin to close around us . . . But what if there are no cries of anguish to be heard? Who is prepared to take arms against a sea of amusements? To whom do we complain, and when, and in what tone of voice, when serious discourse dissolves into giggles? What is the antidote to a culture’s being drained by laughter?
55. He bursts out laughing. It’s short, as if he regretted allowing me to make him laugh, but the satisfaction’s already mine.
56. 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.
57. Laughter is good for you. Nine out of ten stand-up comedians recommend laughter in the face of intense stupidity.
58. The first time her laughter unfurled its wings in the wind, we knew that the world would never be the same
59. He tried not to laugh, but he wasn’t good at controlling all the laughter that lived inside of him.
60. I have done this—made the sad prince laugh. Made his grieving parents smile. None but me. Think you only kings have power? Stand on a stage and hold the hearts of men in your hands. Make them laugh with a gesture, cry with a word. Make them love you. And you will know what power is.