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Jean BaudrillardLaughter on American television has taken the place of the chorus in Greek tragedy.

—  Jean Baudrillard, 1929-2007, French intellectual

Walt DisneyLaughter is America's most important export.

—  Walt Disney, 1901-1966, American businessman & cartoonist

Jerry SeinfeldThe Four Levels of Comedy: Make your friends laugh, Make strangers laugh, Get paid to make strangers laugh, and Make people talk like you because it's so much fun.

—  Jerry Seinfeld, 1954-, American comedian

Marilyn MonroeIf you can make a woman laugh, you can make her do anything.

—  Marilyn Monroe, 1926-1962, American actress

Carl SaganThey laughed at Einstein. They laughed at the Wright Brothers. But they also laughed at Bozo the Clown.

—  Carl Sagan, 1934-1996, American astronomer

William ShakespeareIt would be argument for a week, laughter for a month, and a good jest for ever.

—  William Shakespeare, 1564-1616, English poet & playwright ‐ Henry IV-1

Wolfgang GoetheNothing shows a man's character more than what he laughs at.

—  Wolfgang Goethe, 1749-1832, German poet & philosopher

Lord ByronAlways laugh when you can, it is cheap medicine.

—  Lord Byron, 1788-1824, British poet

NapoleonA woman laughing is a woman conquered.

—  Napoleon, 1769-1821, French Emperor

George Bernard ShawIf you're going to tell people the truth, you better make them laugh; otherwise they'll kill you.

—  George Bernard Shaw, 1856-1950, Irish writer, Nobel 1925

Benjamin FranklinTrouble knocked at the door, but, hearing laughter, hurried away.

—  Benjamin Franklin, 1706-1790, American politician & writer

H.L. MenckenOne horse-laugh is worth ten-thousand syllogisms.

—  H.L. Mencken, 1880-1956, American columnist & cultural critic

Mark TwainThe human race has one really effective weapon, and that is laughter.

—  Mark Twain, 1835-1910, American writer

Abraham LincolnI laugh because I must not cry, that is all, that is all.

—  Abraham Lincoln, 1809-1865, American President

Oscar WildeLaughter is not at all a bad beginning for a friendship, and it is by far the best ending for one.

—  Oscar Wilde, 1854-1900, Irish writer

Lord ChesterfieldIn my mind, there is nothing so illiberal and so ill-bred, as audible laughter.

—  Lord Chesterfield, 1694-1773, English statesman & writer

Sam GoldwynOur comedies are not to be laughed at.

—  Sam Goldwyn, 1879-1974, American film producer

Jules RenardOnly in this world do we laugh: in hell, it won't be possible; and in heaven, it won't be proper.

—  Jules Renard, 1864-1910, French writer

Victor HugoLaughter is sunshine, it chases winter from the human face.

—  Victor Hugo, 1802-1885, French writer

Fyodor DostoyevskyIf you wish to glimpse inside a human soul and get to know a man ... just watch him laugh. If he laughs well, he's a good man.

—  Fyodor Dostoyevsky, 1821-1881, Russian writer

George BurnsSomeone who makes you laugh is a comedian. Someone who makes you think and then laugh is a humorist.

—  George Burns, 1896-1996, American comedian

Elbert HubbardTrue life lies in laughter, love and work.

—  Elbert Hubbard, 1856-1915, American writer

William JamesWe don’t laugh because we’re happy, we’re happy because we laugh.

—  William James, 1842-1910, American philosopher

Fred AllenIt is bad to suppress laughter. It goes back down and spreads to your hips.

—  Fred Allen, 1894-1956, American comedian

Walt DisneyFor every laugh, there should be a tear.

—  Walt Disney, 1901-1966, American businessman & cartoonist

Personal Stories

Lord ChesterfieldI am sure that since I have had the full use of my reason, nobody has ever heard me laugh.

—  Lord Chesterfield, 1694-1773, English statesman & writer

Funny Quotes

Groucho MarxFrom the moment I picked your book up until I laid it down I was convulsed with laughter. Someday I intend on reading it.

—  Groucho Marx, 1890-1977, American comedian


Ancient Greek

Pittacus of MytileneA fool laughs even when there is nothing funny.

Γελά ο μωρός καν τι μη γελοίον ή.

—  Pittacus of Mytilene, 650-570 BC, one of the 7 sages of Ancient Greece



International proverbHe who laughs last, laughs best.

—  International proverb

English proverbLaugh and the world laughs with you, weep and you weep alone.

—  English proverb

International proverbHe who laughs last, laughs the longest.

—  International proverb


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