— John Steinbeck, buch The Grapes of Wrath
„Only laughter can blow [a colossal humbug] to rags and atoms at a blast. Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand.“
— Mark Twain, buch The Mysterious Stranger
The Mysterious Stranger (1916)
— Mark Twain, The Mysterious Stranger and Other Curious Tales
Context: Your race, in its poverty, has unquestionably one really effective weapon—laughter. Power, Money, Persuasion, Supplication, Persecution—these can lift at a colossal humbug,—push it a little—crowd it a little—weaken it a little, century by century: but only Laughter can blow it to rags and atoms at a blast. Against the assault of Laughter nothing can stand. "The Chronicle of Young Satan" (ca. 1897–1900, unfinished), published posthumously in Mark Twain's Mysterious Stranger Manuscripts (1969), ed. William Merriam Gibson ( pp. 165–166 http://books.google.com/books?id=LDvA2xcYZKcC&pg=PA165 in the 2005 paperback printing, ).
— Stephen Vincent Benét poet, short story writer, novelist 1898 - 1943
Young Adventure (1918), The Quality of Courage, Context: It is not given me to trace The lovely laughter of that face, Like a clear brook most full of light, Or olives swaying on a height, So silver they have wings, almost; Like a great word once known and lost And meaning all things. Nor her voice A happy sound where larks rejoice, Her body, that great loveliness, The tender fashion of her dress, I may not paint them. These I see, Blazing through all eternity, A fire-winged sign, a glorious tree!
„Humour is, in fact, a prelude to faith; and laughter is the beginning of prayer … Laughter is swallowed up in prayer and humour is fulfilled by faith.“
— Reinhold Niebuhr, Children of Light and the Children of Darkness
— Happy Rhodes American singer-songwriter 1965
Many Worlds Are Born Tonight (1998), Context: Even the leaves laugh 'cause they have what I have Reach from the best tree So he can see me And with your face With your face comes laughter And with your touch And with your touch comes joy. "Ra Is A Busy God"
„Every day brings a chance to live free of regret and with as much joy, fun, and laughter as you can stand.“
— Oprah Winfrey American businesswoman, talk show host, actress, producer, and philanthropist 1954
„I'm struck by how laughter connects you with people. It's almost impossible to maintain any kind of distance or any sense of social hierarchy when you're just howling with laughter. Laughter is a force for democracy.“
— John Cleese actor from England 1939
From The Human Face, BBC Television (2001)
— Erma Bombeck When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and coul… 1927 - 1996