Quotations About / On: LAUGHTER
It is better to write of laughter than of tears, for laughter is the property of man.
(François Rabelais (1494-1553), French author, evangelist. Prefatory poem, p. 3, Pleiade edition (1995).
Author's apology for book.)
Laughter would be bereaved if snobbery died.
(Peter Ustinov (b. 1921), British actor, writer, director. Quoted in Observer (London, March 13, 1955).)
To jealousy, nothing is more frightful than laughter.
(Françoise Sagan (b. 1935), French novelist. Lucile, in La Chamade, ch. 9 (1965).)
Laughter scares off lust.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Ninth Selection, New York (1992).)
There comes a time when suddenly you realize that laughter is something you remember and that you were the one laughing.
(Marlene Dietrich (1904-1992), German-born U.S. actor. "Laughter," Marlene Dietrich's ABC (1962).)
So the brother in black offers to these United States the source of courage that endures, and laughter.
(Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960), African-American novelist, short story writer, folklorist, playwright and anthropologist. High John de Conquer, American Mercury (1943).)
Old hippies don't die, they just lie low until the laughter stops and their time comes round again.
(Joseph Gallivan (b. 1964), British journalist. Independent (London, August 30, 1990).)
The laughter of man is more terrible than his tears, and takes more formshollow, heartless, mirthless, maniacal.
(James Thurber (1894-1961), U.S. humorist, illustrator. New York Times Magazine (December 7, 1958).)
The sound of laughter is like the vaulted dome of a temple of happiness.
(Milan Kundera (b. 1929), Czechoslovakian author, critic. The Book of Laughter and Forgetting, pt. 3, ch. 2 (1978, trans. 1980).)
Dignity takes alarm at the unexpected sound of laughter.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Seventh Selection, New York (1990).)