„There's great value in being able to step back and laugh at yourself, at life and at attitudes. Laughter helps you put everything into perspective.“
— Jim Henson American puppeteer 1936 - 1990
Interview with The Boston Globe (1989)
„Make them laugh, make them cry, and back to laughter. What do people go to the theater for? An emotional exercise. And no preachment.“
— Mary Pickford Canadian-American actress 1892 - 1979
Kevin Brownlow, The Parade's Gone By ... (1968), p. 134
„it is always a genial laughter. Not at mere weakness, at misery or poverty; never. No man who can laugh, what we call laughing, will laugh at these things. It is some poor character only desiring to laugh, and have the credit of wit, that does so. Laughter means sympathy.“
— Thomas Carlyle Scottish philosopher, satirical writer, essayist, historian and teacher 1795 - 1881
1840s, Heroes and Hero-Worship (1840), The Hero as Poet
„Laughing at the universe liberated my life. I escape its weight by laughing. I refuse any intellectual translations of this laughter, since my slavery would commrnce from that point on.“
— Georges Bataille French intellectual and literary figure 1897 - 1962
— Wendell Berry author 1934
"Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front" in Farming: A Hand Book (1970).
„Laughter opens your heart and soothes your soul. No one should ever take life so seriously that they forget to laugh at themselves.“
— Robin S. Sharma Canadian self help writer 1965
Forrás: The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari: A Fable About Fulfilling Your Dreams Reaching Your Destiny
— Angela Carter, könyv Nights at the Circus
Forrás: Nights at the Circus
„Laughter is more than just a pleasurable activity… When people laugh together, they tend to talk and touch more and to make eye contact more frequently.“
— Gretchen Rubin American writer 1966
Forrás: The Happiness Project: Or Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun
„Happy in the time of Jesus were those who wept! Happy, now, are those who can laugh, because laughter is the attribute of man, as the great prophet of the Renaissance, Rabelais, said. Laughter is forbearance; laughter is philosophy. The heavens clear when they laugh, and the great secret of divine omnipotence resides in an eternal smile!“
— Eliphas Levi French writer 1810 - 1875
Book Two: The Royal Mystery or the Art of Subduing the Powers, Chapter V: The Outer Darkness
The Great Secret: or Occultism Unveiled
„Laughter is wine for the soul – laughter soft, or loud and deep, tinged through with seriousness. Comedy and tragedy step through life together, arm in arm, all along, out along, down along lea. A laugh is a great natural stimulator, a pushful entry into life; and once we can laugh, we can live. It is the hilarious declaration made by man that life is worth living.“
— Sean O`Casey Irish writer 1880 - 1964
The Green Crow (New York: George Braziller, 1956) p. 226.
„People are always coming up to me and saying, 'I love you, love your work.' And then the next sentence is, 'I loved your brother.' John made people laugh, and laughter is a powerful thing“
— Jim Belushi American actor, comedian, singer, and musician 1954
Forrás: Rick Kogan. " Belushis: Funny is in their bones: Jim, son Robert and stand-up Kyle Lane team up to create intimate Comedy Bar on Ontario Street http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2012-10-26/entertainment/ct-ae-1028-kogan-sidewalks-20121026_1_stand-up-comedy-improv-funny-guyThe," in: The Chicago Tribune, October 26, 2012.
„I steeled myself against laughter; I would rather die than laugh. I didn’t laugh, I did not laugh. But I died, I did die.“
— Miranda July American performance artist, musician and writer 1974
Forrás: No One Belongs Here More Than You
„Icke: The best way of removing negativity is to laugh and be joyous, Terry, so I'm glad that there's been so much laughter in the audience tonight.
Wogan: But they're laughing at you. They're not laughing with you.
Icke: I don't care.“
— David Icke English writer and public speaker 1952
Interview with Terry Wogan, ibid.
— Anne Lamott Novelist, essayist, memoirist, activist 1954
Forrás: Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith
— William Watson (poet) English poet, born 1858 1858 - 1935
April http://www.recmusic.org/lieder/get_text.html?TextId=22188 (1897).
— Amanda Palmer American punk-cabaret musician 1976
Do You Swear to Tell the Truth the Whole Truth and Nothing but the Truth So Help Your Black Ass (2010)
„You laughed for the marrow in their bones that was not yet ready for laughter;
And you wept for their eyes that yet were dry.“
— Khalil Gibran, könyv Jesus, The Son of Man
A Man From Lebanon: Nineteen Centuries Afterward
Jesus, The Son of Man (1928)
Kontextus: You laughed for the marrow in their bones that was not yet ready for laughter;
And you wept for their eyes that yet were dry.
Your voice fathered their thoughts and their understanding.
Your voice mothered their words and their breath.