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  1. "Man is distinguished from all other creatures by the faculty of laughter."--
    Joseph Addison
  2. "Laugh at yourself, but don't ever aim your doubt at yourself. Be bold. When you embark for strange places, don't leave any of yourself safely on shore. Have the nerve to go into unexplored territory."--
    Alan Alda
  3. "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."--
    W.H. Auden
  4. "One cannot be always laughing at a man without now and then stumbling on something witty."
    -- Jane Austen
  5. "Humor is that which most efficiently recognizes that we are living in an imperfect world, with imperfect arguments and things that are insane, illogical, and irrational. And the only way we can live with that fact is to laugh."--
    J. Barsoux
  6. "Something special happens when people laugh together over something genuinely funny, and not hurtful to anyone. It's like a magic rain that showers down feelings of comfort, safety and belonging to a group."--
    Mary Jane Belfie
  7. "Laughter is the sensation of feeling good all over and showing it principally in one place."
    -- Josh Billings
  8. "There are some things so serious you have to laugh at them."--
    Niels Bohr
  9. "If you can't make it better, you can laugh at it."--
    Erma Bombeck
  10. "Laughter is the closest distance between two people."--
    Victor Borge
  11. "Always laugh when you can. It is cheap medicine."--
    Lord Byron
  12. "A person who can bring the spirit of laughter into a room is indeed blessed."--
    Bennett Cerf
  13. "Total absence of humor renders life impossible."--
  14. "You can turn painful situations around through laughter. If you can find humor in anything even poverty you can survive it."--
    Bill Cosby
  15. "Laughter is inner jogging."--
    Norman Cousins
  16. "The most wasted of all days is one without laughter."--
    e e cummings
  17. "If you lose the power to laugh, you lose the power to think."--
    Clarence Darrow
  18. "It is impossible for you to be angry and laugh at the same time. Anger and laughter are mutually exclusive and you have the power to choose either."--
    Wayne Dyer
  19. "One doesn't have a sense of humor. It has you."--
    Larry Gelbart
  20. "Wisdom ceases to be wisdom when it becomes too proud to weep, too grave to laugh, and too selfful to seek other than itself."--
    Kahlil Gibran
  21. "Anyone who takes himself too seriously always runs the risk of looking ridiculous; anyone who can consistently laugh at himself does not."--
    Vaclav Havel
  22. "Once you can laugh at your own weaknesses, you can move forward. Comedy breaks down walls. It opens up people. If you're good, you can fill up those openings with something positive. Maybe you can combat some of the ugliness in the world."--
    Goldie Hawn
  23. "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 have been."--
    William Hazlitt
  24. "We do have a zeal for laughter in most situations, give or take a dentist."
    -- Joseph Heller
  25. "The head thinks, the hands labor, but it's the heart that laughs."--
    Liz Curtis Higgs
  26. "I have seen what a laugh can do. It can transform almost unbearable tears into something bearable, even hopeful."--
    Bob Hope
  27. "At the height of laughter, the universe is flung into a kaleidoscope of new possibilities."
    -- Jean Houston
  28. "If you don't learn to laugh at trouble, you won't have anything to laugh at when you're old."--
    Edgar Watson Howe
  29. "Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face. "--
    Victor Hugo
  30. "I've always thought a big laugh is a really loud noise from the soul saying ~Ain't that the truth.~ "--
    Quincy Jones
  31. "You can't deny laughter; when it comes, it plops down in your favorite chair and stays as long as it wants."--
    Stephen King
  32. "He deserves Paradise who makes his companions laugh."--
  33. "The sound of laughter is like the vaulted dome of a temple of happiness."--
    Milan Kundera
  34. "Laughter is by definition healthy."--
    Doris Lessing
  35. "You can't stay mad at somebody who makes you laugh."--
    Jay Leno
  36. "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
  37. "In this life he laughs longest who laughs last."--
    John Masefield
  38. "Laugh at yourself first, before anyone else can."--
    Elsa Maxwell
  39. "Those who don't know how to weep with their whole heart, don't know how to laugh either."--
    Golda Meir
  40. "I can usually judge a fellow by what he laughs at."--
    Wilson Mizner
  41. "All you earnest young men out to save the world. . . please, have a laugh."
    -- Reinhold Niebuhr
  42. "Laughter gives us distance. It allows us to step back from an event, deal with it and then move on."--
    Bob Newhart
  43. "Laughter is wine for the soul ~ laugh soft, or loud and deep, tinged through with seriousness. Comedy and tragedy step through life together, arm in arm... Once we can laugh, we can live."--
    Sean O'Casey
  44. "She knew what all smart women knew: Laughter made you live better and longer."--
    Gail Parent
  45. "He who laughs, lasts!"--
    Mary Pettibone Poole
  46. "You don't stop laughing because you grow old. You grow old because you stop laughing."--
    Michael Pritchard
  47. "We cannot really love anybody with whom we never laugh."--
    Agnes Repplier
  48. "You cannot hold back a good laugh any more than you can the tide. Both are forces of nature."--
    William Rotsler
  49. "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."--
    Carl Sagan
  50. "If I were given the opportunity to present a gift to the next generation, it would be the ability for each individual to learn to laugh at himself."--
    Charles Schulz
  51. "I'm nuts and I know it. But so long as I make 'em laugh, they ain't going to lock me up."
    -- Red Skelton
  52. "Beware of too much laughter, for it deadens the mind and produces oblivion."--
    The Talmud
  53. "A good laugh is sunshine in the house."--
    William Makepeace Thackeray
  54. "The human race has one really effective weapon, and that is laughter."--
    Mark Twain
  55. "Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand."--
    Mark Twain
  56. "The average man is proof enough that a woman can take a joke."
    -- Unknown
  57. "Blessed are those who can laugh at themselves, for they shall never cease to be amused."--
  58. "Laughter and tears are both responses to frustration and exhaustion . . . . I myself prefer to laugh, since there is less cleaning up to do afterward."--
    Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
  59. "To make mistakes is human; to stumble is commonplace; to be able to laugh at yourself is maturity. "--
    William A. Ward
  60. "Laugh, and the world laughs with you; Weep, and you weep alone; For the sad old earth must borrow its mirth, But has trouble enough of its own."--
    Ella Wheeler Wilcox
  61. "Laughter is not at all a bad beginning for a friendship, and it is far the best ending for one."--
    Oscar Wilde

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