November 22, 2017

Laughter

cur-mudg-eon (cur-muj’un), n. [origin unknown] 1. archaic: a crusty, ill-tempered, churlish old man. 2. modern: anyone who hates hypocrisy and pretense and has the temerity to say so; anyone with the habit of pointing out unpleasant facts in an engaging and humorous manner.

“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

“Life does not cease to be funny when people die any more than it ceases to be serious when people laugh.”
— George Bernard Shaw

“A person without a sense of humor is like a wagon without springs, jolted by every pebble in the road.”
— Henry Ward Beecher

“At the height of laughter, the universe is flung into a kaleidoscope of new possibilities.”
— Jean Houston

“We do have a zeal for laughter in most situations, give or take a dentist.”
— Joseph Heller

“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

“Nobody ever died of laughter.”
— Max Beerbohm

“I am thankful for laughter, except when milk comes out of my nose.”
— Woody Allen

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