Laughter, of course, is an activity not of the jaw muscles, but of the mind; indeed, silent laughter is usually the most fitting and satisfied form of mirth with which to confront matters of the profoundest import. The ability to laugh, silently or aloud, at moments of ultimate crisis is a sublime attribute: an expression of everything in us that is human and most civilized.—Julius Novick, "The Gift of Laughter," Harper's Bazaar
A psychologist, observing the behavior of men aboard an atomic submarine which was submerged for weeks at a time, noted that as tension increased so did a kind of earthy humor—horseplay, practical jokes, comical insults. Instead of choking up on their feelings of fear and boredom, the men broke the tension with laughter. Instead of putting a cork on their abhorrence of the situation and stewing it into a hostility for each other, the men openly ridiculed and insulted one another, and in doing so shared by laughter their common feelings.—Capsuled Comments
Of all God's gifts to man, laughter is one of the most subtle and is one of the most precious. It has neither nationality nor religion. As an equalizer, it has no equal. Even science which can do so many things can't teach us to laugh. Mirth is from God, dullness from the devil When we laugh we agree with God that all is good.—Office Gal
Laugh and the world laughs with you;
Weep and you weep alone;
This grand old earth must borrow its mirth,
It has troubles enough of its own.
Sing, and the hills will answer;
Sigh, it is lost on the air;
The echoes bound to a joyful sound
But shrink from voicing care.
Be glad, and your friends are many;
Be sad, and you lose them all;
There are none to decline your nectared wine,
But alone you must drink life's gall.
There is room in the halls of pleasure
For a long and lovely train,
But one by one we must all file in
Through the narrow aisles of pain.
Rejoice and men will seek you;
Grieve and they turn and go—
They want full measure of your pleasure,
But they do not want your woe.—Ella Wheeler Wilcox
(Eccles. 3.4; 7. 3; 10. 19; Luke 6. 21)
TEACHER—"Freddie, you musn't laugh out loud in the schoolroom."
FREDDIE—"I didn't mean to do it. I was smiling, and the smile busted."
Laugh and the world laughs with you,
Weep, and the laugh's on you.
About the best and finest thing in this world is laughter.—Anna Alice Chapin.
Josh Billings said: "Laff every time yu pheel tickled—and laff once in a while enny how."