is an expression or appearance of happiness or amusement.


“The most thoroughly wasted of all days is that on which one has not laughed. ”

Nicolas Chamfort (1741-1794);
French writer

“A sense of humor... is needed armor. Joy in one's heart and some laughter on one's lips is a sign that the person down deep has a pretty good grasp of life.”

Hugh Sidey (1927-2005);

“If you laugh - you change; and when you change - the world changes.”

Shilpa Shah

“There is something more - the spirit, or the soul. I think that that quality encourages our courtesy and care and our minds. And mercy, and identity.”

Maya Angelou (born 1928);
Poet, dancer, producer, playwright, director, author

“Humor brings insight and tolerance. Irony brings a deeper and less friendly understanding.”

Agnes Repplier (1855-1950);
author, social critic

“Everybody laughs the same in every language because laughter is a universal connection. ”

Yakov Smirnoff (born 1951);
comedian, painter, teacher

“To thrive in life you need three bones. A wishbone. A backbone. And a funny bone.”

Reba McEntire (born 1955);
American country music artist

“You grow up the day you have your first real laugh at yourself.”

Ethel Barrymore (1879-1959);
Academy-Award winning actress

“I have seen what a laugh can do. It can transform almost unbearable tears into something bearable, even hopeful. ”

Bob Hope (1903-2003);
Comedian, Actor

“Laughter is the fireworks of the soul.”

Josh Billings (1818-1885);
[Henry Wheeler Shaw] humorist, essayist

“I've always thought that a big laugh is a really loud noise from the soul saying, 'Ain't that the truth.'”

Quincy Jones (born 1933);
record producer, musician, conductor

“Mix a little foolishness with your prudence: it's good to be silly at the right moment.”

Horace (65-8);
Roman lyric poet

“A day without laughter is a day wasted. ”

Charlie Chaplin (1889-1977);
comic actor, filmmaker, writer

“Into each day, put in about one teaspoonful of good spirits, a dash of fun, a pinch of folly, a sprinkling of play, and a heaping cupful of good humor! ”


“A smile starts on the lips, A grin spreads to the eyes, A chuckle comes from the belly; But a good laugh bursts forth from the soul, Overflows, and bubbles all around.”

Carolyn Birmingham

“When you awaken love and laughter in your life, your mind lets go of fear and anxiety, and your happy spirit becomes the healing balm that transforms every aspect of your human experience.”

Jesse Dylan

“I stopped believing in Santa Claus at age six when my mother took me to see him in a store and he asked for my autograph.”

Shirley Temple Black (born 1928);
child actress and dancer, diplomat during adult years

“Mix a little foolishness with your prudence: It's good to be silly at the right moment. ”

Horace (65-8);
Roman lyric poet

“Dare to be true: nothing can need a lie: A fault, which needs it most, grows two thereby.”

George Herbert (1593-1633);
Poet, orator, priest

“A laugh is a smile that bursts.”

Mary H. Waldrip

“Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.”

Victor Borge (1909-2000);
Danish comedian, pianist, and conductor

“Laughing together heartily at the same thing forms an instant bond.”

Liz Curtis Higgs author

“Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face.”

Victor Hugo (1802-1885);
poet, novelist, playwright

“We are all worms, but I do believe I am a glowworm. ”

Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965);
British statesman, prime minister, author, Nobel Prize winner

“We cannot really love anybody with whom we never laugh.”

Agnes Repplier (1855-1950);
author, social critic

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ROSA C.S 12 months ago from HAMMONDS,CYNTHIA

The laughter of good things is healthy, but frees the misfortune of others is jail.
Anderson about 1 year ago from Colatina, ES - Brasil

Laughter has never come easy for me. Here I am looking straight in the face at 62 and just realizing how little I laugh and that's no laughing matter. Rather sad isn't it? Learning to laugh will be put at the top of my Bucket List. Nothing else matters.
Donna Owens over 1 year ago from Michigan

I love to laugh because laughing is a source to happiness.
Matt Halls over 1 year ago from Ohio

laughing is a smile that bursts:) :) :)
maggi over 1 year ago from madsion

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