Quotations About / On: LAUGHTER

  • 11.
    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).)
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  • 12.
    Dignity takes alarm at the unexpected sound of laughter.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Seventh Selection, New York (1990).)
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  • 13.
    Amour is the one human activity of any importance in which laughter and pleasure preponderate, if ever so slightly, over misery and pain.
    (Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), British novelist. Mr. Scogan, in Crome Yellow, ch. 15 (1922).)
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  • 14.
    In my mind, there is nothing so illiberal, and so ill-bred, as audible laughter.
    (Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl Chesterfield (1694-1773), British statesman, man of letters. Letter, March 9, 1748, first published (1774). The Letters of the Earl of Chesterfield to His Son, vol. 1, no. 144, ed. Charles Strachey (1901). In a later letter, Dec. 12, 1765, Chesterfield wrote: "Observe it, the vulgar often laugh, but never smile, whereas well-bred people often smile, and seldom or never laugh. A witty thing never excited laughter, it pleases only the mind and never distorts the countenance." (Lord Chesterfield's Letters to His Godson, no. 135, ed. Earl of Carnarvon, 1889).)
  • 15.
    The laughter of the aphorism is sometimes triumphant, but seldom carefree.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Sixth Selection, New York (1989).)
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  • 16.
    A man who whinnies with noisy laughter, surpasses all the animals in vulgarity.
    (Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 2, p. 330, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). Human, All-Too-Human, "Man Alone With Himself," aphorism 553, "Below the Animals," (1878).)
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  • 17.
    Laughter and tears may not persuade, but they cannot be refuted.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Thirteenth Selection, New York (1994).)
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  • 18.
    In the vain laughter of folly wisdom hears half its applause.
    (George Eliot [Mary Ann (or Marian) Evans] (1819-1880), British novelist. Romola, bk. 1, ch. 12 (1863). Pseudonym of Mary Ann (or Marian) Evans.)
  • 19.
    Laughter means: taking a mischievous delight in someone else's uneasiness, but with a good conscience.
    (Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 3, p. 506, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). The Gay Science, first edition, "Third Book," aphorism 200, "Laughter," (1882). The German expression translated as "taking a mischievous delight in someone else's uneasiness" is schadenfroh sein.)
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  • 20.
    Laughter is ever young, whereas tragedy, except the very highest of all, quickly becomes haggard.
    (Margaret Sackville (1881-1963), British poet. The Works of Susan Ferrier, vol. 1, introduction (1929).)
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