Quotations on Laughter about 15% of the quotes on laughter from my personal database.
JOY, FACE, SADNESS, GRIEF
In joy the face expands, in grief it lengthens.
Charles Darwin, Expression of The Emotions In Man And Animals
FACES, EMOTIONS, LAUGHING, CRYING, ART
"Between the expressions of laughter and weeping there is no difference in the motion of the features, either in the eyes, mouth or cheeks; only in the ruffling of the brows, which is added when weeping, but more elevated and extended when laughing.
...Those who weep, raise the brows, and bring them close together above the nose, forming many wrinkles on the forehead, and the corners of the mouth are turned down-wards. Those who laugh have them turned upwards, and the brows open and extended."
DaVinci, Leonardo, A TREATISE ON PAINTING
LAUGHTER, FUN, HAPPINESS
'Tis a good thing to laugh at any rate; and if a straw can tickle a man, it is an instrument of happiness.
Laughter is, indeed, akin to weeping; and true humor is as closely allied to pity as it is abhorrent to derision.
Nothing shows a man's character more than what he laughs at.
The loud laugh that spoke the vacant mind.
The character and temperament of an age as well as its common sense are reflected in its laughter.
J.C. Gregory, Sense of Humor
The way men laugh and the things they laugh at reflect their tastes, thoughts, and sympathies... Society offers its
pulse in the nature of its laughter.
J.C. Gregory, Sense of Humor
Man is the only creature endowed with the power of laughter.
Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face.
I like the laughter that opens the lips and heart,- that shows at the same time pearls and the soul.
"A laughing mouth doth all of its teeth display."
FORGIVE, PEACE, TRUCE
"One hearty laugh together will bring enemies into a closer communion of heart than hours spent on both sides in inward
wrestling with the mental demon of uncharitable feeling.
O, glorious laughter! thou man-loving spirit, that for a time
doth take the burden from the weary back, that doth lay salve
to the weary feet, bruised and cut by flints and shards.
We must laugh before we are happy lest we die without having laughed.
A laugh is worth a hundred groans in any market
Lamb, Charles (Elia.)
One who has the courage to laugh is almost as much the master of the world as he who is ready to die.
Laugh if you are wise.
"Then let us laugh. It is the cheapest luxury man enjoys, and, as Charles Lamb says, ''is worth a hundred groans in any state of the market.'' It stirs up the blood, expands the chest, electrifies the nerves, clears away the cobwebs
from the brain, and gives the whole system a shock to which the voltaic- pile is as nothing. Nay, its delicious alchemy
converts even tears into the quintessence of merriment, and makes wrinkles themselves expressive of youth and frolic."
Man alone suffers so excruciatingly in the world that he was compelled to invent laughter.
Nietzsche, The Will To Power
You must laugh ten times during the day, and be cheerful; otherwise your stomach, the father of affliction, will disturb
you in the night.
"Care to our coffin adds a nail, no doubt; And every grin so merry, draws one out."
DENIAL, MASK, HIDE, EMOTION, FEELINGS
"So, to keep tongues from wagging,
I laugh when I'm crying, bitterly
And gaily sing when my heart is sad."
De Pisan, Christine, Rondeau XI
"One inch of joy surmounts of grief a span;
Because to laugh is proper to the man."