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Quotes for
the Journey:

Laughter
(and Humor)


  
Laughter is the sun that
drives winter from the human face.

Victor Hugo

   

Laughter has something in it common with the ancient words of faith and inspiration; it unfreezes pride and unwinds secrecy; it makes people forget themselves in the presence of something greater than themselves.       -Gilbert Keith Chesterton

   

Whatever it is probably won't go away, so we might as well live and laugh through it.  When we double over laughing, we're bending so we won't break.  If you think your particular troubles are too heavy and too traumatic to laugh about, remember that laughing is like changing a baby's diaper.  It doesn't solve any problems permanently, but it makes things more acceptable for awhile.        -Barbara Johnson

   

I am especially glad of the divine gift of laughter:  it has made the world human and lovable, despite all its pain and wrong.       -W.E.B. DuBois

   

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.        -Max Beerbohm

   

Shared laughter creates a bond of friendship.  When people laugh together, they cease to be young and old, master and pupils, worker and driver.  They have become a single group of human beings, enjoying their existence.        -W. Grant Lee

    
Those who have the courage to laugh are almost as much the master of the world as those who are ready to die.       -Giacomo Leopardi

  
A laugh lifestyle is predicated upon our attitude toward the daily stuff of life.  When those tasks seem too dull to endure, figure out a way to make them fun; get creative and entertain yourself.  If the stuff of life for you right now is not dull and boring but instead painful and overwhelming, find something in the midst of the pain that makes you smile or giggle anyway.  There's always something somewhere. . . even if you have to just pretend to laugh until you really do!        -Marilyn Meberg
   

Humans are the only animal that laughs and weeps; for they are the only animal that is struck with the difference between what things are and what they might have been.         -William Hazlitt

    
It better befits us to laugh at life than to lament over it.        -Seneca
    
With the fearful strain that is on me day and night, if I did not laugh, I should die.        -Abraham Lincoln
   

Laughter lifts us over high ridges and lights up dark valleys in a way that makes life so much easier.  It is a priceless gem, a gift of release and healing direct from Heaven.        -Alan Cohen

    
Laughter can relieve tension, soothe the pain of disappointment, and strengthen the spirit for the formidable tasks that always lie ahead.        -Dwight D. Eisenhower
    
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.

Theodosia Garrison
    
The young person who has not wept is a savage, and the old one who will not laugh is a fool.       -George Santayana

     

We know the degree of refinement in people by the matter they laugh at and the ring of the laugh.        -George Meredith
    
Teach us delight in simple things,
And Mirth that has no bitter springs;
Forgiveness free of evil done,
And Love to all men 'neath the sun.

Rudyard Kipling
    
We cannot really love anybody  with whom we never laugh.        -Agnes  Repplier
   
A clown may be the first in the kingdom of heaven,  if he or she has helped lessen the sadness of human life.       -Rabbi Baroka
   
Humor is a prelude to faith and Laughter is the beginning of prayer.       - Reinhold Niebuhr
   
The perception of the Comic is a tie of sympathy with other people, a pledge of sanity.  We must learn by laughter as well as by tears and terror.       -Ralph Waldo Emerson

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When we begin to take our failures non-seriously, it means we are ceasing to be afraid of them.  It is of immense importance to learn to laugh at ourselves.       -Katherine Mansfield
   
If I want to feel younger and look younger, then it's only natural that part of my daily routine is to laugh more. Laughing gives the muscles of my face, chest, and abdomen a workout. A hearty laugh stimulates my heart rate, causes me to breathe deeply, and releases happiness hormones, my endorphins.  Laughter is one of the ways I express my gratitude to God. As I laugh, I release the gladness of my soul into the environment--creating something that's good for me and good for all those around me.       -unattibuted
   
Seriousness is equated with responsibility, when, in fact, I think we would be much more responsible if we had more joy and laughter in our lives.       -Deepak Chopra
   
Laughter is the language of the young at heart and the antidote to what ails us.  No drugstore prescription is required; laughter is available to anyone at any time.  Laughter's benefits are felt immediately.  With large doses, the benefits show on our face, on our body language, and in the spring in our step.  God gave us this capacity to be tickled way deep down inside.  Giggles are as contagious as a viral disease.  And you know what?  You don't have to be happy to laugh.  You become happy because you laugh.       -Barbara Johnson
   
The child in you, like all children, loves to laugh, to be around people who can laugh at themselves and life.  Children instinctively know that the more laughter we have in our lives, the better.       -Wayne Dyer
   
   
If you're not allowed to laugh in Heaven, I don't want to go there.       -Martin Luther
    
Don't take yourself too seriously.  It just makes life all the harder.  It'll all come out in the wash anyway, because God's glory eventually will eclipse everything that goes wrong on this earth.  Lighten up and learn to laugh at yourself.  None of us is infallible.  We make mistakes in life, and more often than not they're funny.  Sometimes, being your own source of comedy is the most fun of all.       -Luci Swindoll
   
It is time to come to your senses.  You are to live and to learn to laugh.  You are to learn to listen to the cursed radio music of life and to reverence the spirit behind it and to laugh at its distortions.  So there you are.  More will not be asked of you.       -Herman Hesse
    
What frightens me possibly more than anything else in our culture is our lack of humor.  We take everything so damn seriously.  We've forgotten how to laugh.  Think back, those of you who are my age and beyond, how much laughter there used to be at home.  I don't hear much laughter anymore. . . . We've forgotten how to be joyous, and worse than that, we've forgotten and don't accept our own madness.  Let's face it: each of us is just a little cuckoo.  Oh, the joy of getting in touch with that cuckooness again!       -Leo Buscaglia
  

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A keen sense of humor helps us to overlook the unbecoming, understand the unconventional, tolerate the unpleasant, overcome the unexpected, and outlast the unbeatable.     -Billy Graham
   
Joyfulness keeps the heart and face young.  A good laugh makes us better friends with ourselves and everybody around us.     -Orison Swett Marden
  
Wholehearted, ready laughter heals, encourages, relaxes anyone within hearing distance.  The laughter that springs from love makes wide the space around it--gives room for the loved one to enter in.  Real laughter welcomes, and never shuts out.     -Eugenia Price
  
If you wish to get inside a human soul and get to know a person. . . just watch that person laugh.  If he or she laughs well, that person is a good person.     -Fyodor Dostoevsky

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