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The man who can make others laugh secures more votes for a measure than the man who forces them to think.

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Malcolm De Chazal

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A good laugh is sunshine in a house.

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Thackeray

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In good truth, we know what a man is like by the things he finds laughable, we gauge both his understanding and his culture by his sense of the becoming and of the absurd. If the capacity for laughter be one of the things which separates men from brutes, the quality of laughter draws a sharp dividing-line between the trained intelligence and the vacant mind.

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Agnes Repplier

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The man who can make others laugh secures more votes for a measure than the man who forces them to think.

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Malcolm De Chazal

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To provoke laughter without joining in it greatly heightens the effect.

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Balzac

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You grow up the day you have the first real laugh --at yourself.

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Ethel Barrymore

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Society's never going to make any profit until we all learn to pretend we like each other.
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Futurama

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...the truth goes down better in a democracy when it's marinated in humor.
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Bill Moyers

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I don't make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts.
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Will Rogers American cowboy, motion picture actor (50 silent films and 21 talkies), vaudeville performer(including the Ziegfeld Follies), social commentator (more than 4000 nationally syndicated newspaper columns),radio personality, political wit and humorist."Oklahoma's favorite son." He died at age 55 in a small plane crash.

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Talk is cheap because supply exceeds demand.
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Anonymous

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The man who can make others laugh secures more votes for a measure than the man who forces them to think.

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Malcolm De Chazal

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WHEN HELEN LIVED

We have cried in our despair
That men desert,
For some trivial affair
Or noisy, insolent sport,
Beauty that we have won
From bitterest hours;
Yet we, had we walked within
Those topless towers
Where Helen walked with her boy,
Had given but as the rest
Of the men and women of Troy,
A word and a jest.
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W.B. Yeats William Butler Yeats was born in Sandymount, County Dublin, Ireland. His father, John Butler Yeats, was a descendant of Jervis Yeats, a Williamite soldier and linen merchant who died in 1712. Jervis' grandson Benjamin married Mary Butler, daughter of a landed family in County Kildare. At the time of his marriage, John Yeats was studying law but abandoned his studies to study art at Heatherley"�s Art School in London. His mother, Susan Mary Pollexfen, came from a wealthy Anglo-Irish family in County Sligo who owned a prosperous milling and shipping business. Soon after William's birth the family relocated to Sligo to stay with her extended family, and the young poet came to think of the area as his childhood and spiritual home. Its landscape became, over time, both literally and symbolically, his "country of the heart". The Butler Yeats family were highly artistic; his brother Jack went on to be a highly regarded painter, while his sisters Elizabeth and Susan Mary""known to family and friends as Lollie and Lily""became involved in the Arts and Crafts movement.

Yeats grew up as a member of the former Protestant Ascendancy at the time undergoing a crisis of identity. While his family was broadly supportive of the changes Ireland was experiencing, the nationalist revival of the late 19th century directly disadvantaged his heritage, and informed his outlook for the remainder of his life. In 1997, his biographer R. F. Foster observed that Napoleon's dictum that to understand the man you have to know what was happening in the world when he was twenty "is manifestly true of W.B.Y." Yeats's childhood and young adulthood were shadowed by the power shift away from the minority Protestant Ascendancy. The 1880s saw the rise of Parnell and the Home rule movement, the 1890s the momentum of nationalism, while the Catholics became prominent around the turn of the century. These developments were to have a profound effect on his poetry, and his subsequent explorations of Irish identity had a significant influence on the creation of his country's biography.[10]




1907 Portrait by Augustus John

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'Tis a good thing to laugh at any rate; and if a straw can tickle a man, it is an instrument of happiness.

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Dryden

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...the mental condition of which laughter is the expression is something which it behooves the student of human nature and the student of national traits to understand very clearly.

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Agnes Repplier

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A laugh is worth a hundred groans in any market

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Charles Lamb Charles Lamb was an English essayist, best known for his Essays of Elia and for the children's book Tales from Shakespeare, which he produced with his sister, Mary Lamb (1764–1847). Lamb has been referred to by E.V. Lucas, his principal biographer, as the most lovable figure in English literature, and his influence on the English essay form surely cannot be overestimated. (Wikipedia)

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A laugh to be joyous must flow from a joyous heart, for without kindness there can be no true joy.

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Carlyle

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A laughing mouth doth all of its teeth display.

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Victor Hugo

Victor-Marie Hugo (26 February 1802 - 22 May 1885) was a French poet, playwright, novelist, essayist, visual artist, statesman, human rights activist and exponent of the Romantic movement in France.

In France, Hugo's literary fame comes first from his poetry but also rests upon his novels and his dramatic achievements. Among many volumes of poetry, Les Contemplations and La Légende des siècles stand particularly high in critical esteem, and Hugo is sometimes identified as the greatest French poet. Outside France, his best-known works are the novels Les Misérables and Notre-Dame de Paris (also known in English as The Hunchback of Notre-Dame).

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A man isn't poor if he can still laugh.

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Raymond Hitchcock

 

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