Quotes for
the Journey:

Laughter 2

A good laugh is as good
as a prayer sometimes.

Lucy Maud Montgomery


Laughter can be more satisfying than honor; more precious than money; more heart cleansing than prayer.     -Harriet Rochlin

There are times for all of us when all the laughter seems to be gone, but we should not permit these periods to last too long.  When we’ve lost our sense of humor, there isn’t very much left.  We become ridiculous.  We must then go to war against the whole world, and that’s a war we cannot win.     -Earl Nightingale
If there is not laughter in intimacy, it becomes heavy, burdensome, and dull.  At my best moments, the love dialogue I try to carry on with You each day is comic--what could be more comic than a human addressing the Ground of Being as an intimate?  It's a kind of blasphemy that I dare because you have called for it, and that is pretty humorous, too.     -Andrew M. Greeley, Love Affair:  A Prayer Journal
Get into the habit of laughing; too many of us have forgotten how to laugh.  As people grow older, they sometimes forget that they ever laughed.  It is a part of their childhood that they can no longer remember.     -Maxwell Maltz
Honest good humor is the oil and wine of a merry meeting, and there is no jovial companionship equal to that where the jokes are rather small and the laughter abundant.     -Washington Irving

A person without a sense of humor is like a wagon without springs, jolted by every pebble in the road.       -Henry Ward Beecher
Humor is my sword and my shield.  It protects me.  You can open a door with humor and drive a truck right through.       -Alan Simpson
Humor is an affirmation of dignity, a declaration of one's superiority to all that befalls one.        -Roman Gary
The giggles in life usually come from little things.  If we train ourselves to look for them, see them, and then giggle with them or even at them, we get a “perk.”  Seeing these potential breaks from routine sometimes requires that we adjust the lenses through which we see life.  That adjustment can be as simple as heightening our awareness of the quirky and unusual around us.  Giggle potential is everywhere; we just need to slow down long enough to see it.
-Marilyn Meberg
If I had no sense of humor, I should long ago have committed suicide.       -Mohandas Gandhi
Total absence of humor renders life impossible.       -Colette
A sense of humor can help you overlook the unattractive, tolerate the unpleasant, cope with the unexpected, and smile through the unbearable.       -Moshe Waldoks
Humor is the healthy way of feeling "distance" between one's self and the problem, a way of standing off and looking at one's problem with perspective.       -Rollo May

A sense of humor judges one's actions and the actions of others from a wider reference. . . it pardons shortcomings; it consoles failure.  It recommends moderation.       -Thornton Wilder
Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.        -Victor Borge


I want to make people laugh--so they will begin to see things seriously.       -William Zinser
Always laugh when you can; it is cheap medicine.  Merriment is a philosophy not well understood.  It is the sunny side of existence.       -Lord Byron

The faculty of laughter is not in
the brain but in the heart.

Laurent Joubert

The most completely lost of all days is
the one on which we have not laughed.

Nicolas Chamfort

Laughter is the language of the soul.        -Pablo Neruda
Nothing shows our character more than what we laugh at.       -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Of all the things God created, I am often most grateful He created laughter.       -Charles Swindoll
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.

Hillaire Belloc
Those who can't laugh at themselves leave the job to others.       -unattributed
The most valuable sense of humor is the kind that enables a person to see instantly what it isn't safe to laugh at.
I get many poems and letters containing healthy humor that grows out of the author's affliction.  These wise people are seeing life in its fullest and not making the affliction the central point of their existence.  Laughter can always remove fear and anxiety, no matter what the situation.  You can't suffer when you are laughing.  The two just can't be experienced together.  It has to be one or the other, and joy always overcomes fear.  Love creates, but laughter is the cement that holds our lives together.       -Bernie Siegel

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