108 Great Quotes on Laughter
Laughter Medicine is a powerful break-through tool to work simultaneously on freeing the body and the mind from the contractions caused by stress, pain, injuries and illness.
- “Keep me away from the wisdom that does not cry, the philosophy that does not laugh
and the greatness that does not bow before children.” – Kahlil Gibran
2) “Gentlemen, why do you not laugh? With the fearful strain that is upon me day and night, if I did not laugh, I should die. ” ― Abraham Lincoln
3) I know not all that may be coming, but be it what it will, I’ll go to it laughing.
― Herman Melville, Moby-Dick; or, The Whale
4) Always laugh when you can, it is cheap medicine.”
― George Gordon Byron
5) A priest once quoted to me the Roman saying that a religion is dead when the priests laugh at each other across the altar. I always laugh at the altar, be it Christian, Hindu, or Buddhist, because real religion is the transformation of anxiety into laughter.
― Alan W. Watts
6) I know why we laugh. We laugh because it hurts, and it’s the only thing to make it stop hurting.
― Robert A. Heinlein
I love people who make me laugh. I honestly think it’s the thing I like most, to laugh. It cures a multitude of ills. It’s probably the most important thing in a person.
― Audrey Hepburn
There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humor.
― Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol
“What is this precious love and laughter budding in our hearts? It is the glorious sound of a soul waking up!”
“Be inwardly ever newly joyous, like the ever-fresh laughing waters of a gurgling brook.”
— Paramahaa Yogananda
“What soap is to the body, laughter is to the soul.”
— Yiddish Proverb
“When you laugh, aside from the endorphin rush, there’s also a spiritual opening. You’re not so tight inside yourself. That opening I’ve found to be a real gift, in people being able to absorb spirituality.”
–Rabbi Sydney Mintz
“Man thinks and God laughs.”
“Blessed is he who makes his companions laugh.”
“It is cheerful to God when you rejoice or laugh from the bottom of your heart.” –Martin Luther King Jr.
“Except ye be as little children, ye shall not enter the Kingdom of Heaven.”
“If you’re not allowed to laugh in heaven, I don’t want to go there.”
–Martin Luther (1483-1546)
“It’s one thing to say, ‘I don’t fear death’, but to laugh out loud somehow drives the idea home. It embodies our theology.”
–Rev. Laura Gentry
“But it certainly is a wonderful thing to wake up suddenly in the solitude of the woods and look up at the sky and see the utter nonsense of everything including all the solemn stuff given out by professional asses about the spiritual life; and simply to burst out laughing, and laugh and laugh, with the sky and the trees because God is not in words, and not in systems, and not in liturgical movements, and not in “contemplation” with a big “C,” or in asceticism or in anything like that, not even in the apostolate.”
–Thomas Merton, Trappist monk
“Time spent laughing is time spent with the gods.”
“When you realize how perfect everything is you will tilt your head back and laugh at the sky.”
“If you become silent after your laughter, one day you will hear God also laughing, you will hear the whole existence laughing — trees and stones and stars with you.”
“The point is seeing that THIS — the immediate, everyday and present experience — is IT, the entire and ultimate point for the existence of a universe. I believe that if this state of consciousness could become more universal, the pretentious nonsense which passes for the serious business of the world would dissolve in laughter…”
— Alan Watts
“I would not exchange the laughter of my heart for the fortunes of the multitudes; nor would I be content with converting my tears, invited by my agonized self, into calm. It is my fervent hope that my whole life on this earth will ever be tears and laughter. Tears that purify my heart and reveal to me the secret of life and its mystery, Laughter that brings me closer to my fellow men; Tears with which I join the broken-hearted, Laugher that symbolizes joy over my very existence.”
— Kahlil Gibran
“Laugh my friend, for laughter ignites a fire within the pit of your belly and awakens your being.”
–Stella & Blake
“The whole play of existence is so beautiful that laughter can be the only response to it. Only laughter can be the real prayer, gratitude.”
“Sometimes when I am alone in my room in the dark, I practice smiling to myself. I do this to be kind to myself, to take good care of myself, to love myself. I know that if I cannot take care of myself, I cannot take care of anyone else.”
–Thich Nhat Han
“In a few Zen monasteries, every monk has to start his morning with laughter, and has to end his night with laughter — the first thing and the last thing! You try it. . . For no reason! Because there is no reason. Simply, you are again there, still alive — it is a miracle!”
“With mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come.”
“Maturity is a bitter disappointment for which no remedy exists, unless laughter can be said to remedy anything.”
“A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men.”
–“Willy Wonka” (Roald Dahl)
“The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.”
“God is a comedian playing to an audience too afraid to laugh.”
“Laughter is the sun that drives winter from a human face.”
“Earth laughs in flowers.”
–Ralph Waldo Emerson
“All you need in the world is love and laughter. That’s all anybody needs. To have love in one hand and laughter in the other.”
“Laugh because that is the purest sound.”
“Laughter and tears are both responses to frustration and exhaustion. I myself prefer to laugh, since there is less cleaning up to do afterward.”
“Man, when you lose your laugh you lose your footing.”
“Laughter is the most direct route to God, filling our heads with light as we go…” –Henry Miller
“No man who has once heartily and wholly laughed can be altogether irreclaimably bad.”
–Thomas Carlyle, Sartor Resartus, Book I, chapter 4
“The old man laughed loud and joyously, shook up the details of his anatomy from head to foot, and ended by saying that such a laugh was money in the man’s pocket, because it cut down the doctor’s bills like everything.”
–“Tom Sawyer” (Mark Twain)
“I have been confronted with many difficulties throughout the course of my life, and my country is going through a critical period. But I laugh often, and my laughter is contagious. When people ask me how I find the strength to laugh now, I reply that I am a professional laugher.”
–The Dalai Lama
“We’re in pain, of course, but to cheer ourselves up we get together and laugh from the bottom of our hearts. At any moment, we’re scared. But at least this way, if there’s another earthquake and I’m killed, I won’t die alone.”
–Kunimas Nakata, Earthquake survivors sitting around a campfire, Kobe, Japan.
“So many tangles in life are ultimately hopeless that we have no appropriate sword other than laughter.”
–Gordon W. Allport
“Nothing is worth more than laughter. It is strength to laugh and to abandon oneself, to be light. Tragedy is the most ridiculous thing.”
“It is impossible for you to be angry and laugh at the same time. Anger and laughter are mutually exclusive and you have the power to choose either.”
“Laughter is the valve on the pressure cooker of life. Either you laugh and suffer, or you got your beans or brains on the ceiling.”
“Laughter is a tranquilizer with no side effects.”
“The old saying that ‘laughter is the best medicine,’ definitely appears to be true when it comes to protecting your heart. . .We know that exercising, not smoking and eating foods low in saturated fat will reduce the risk of heart disease. Perhaps regular, hearty laughter should be added to the list.”
–Michael Miller, M.D., director of the Center for Preventive Cardiology at the University of Maryland Medical Center
“A good laugh and a long sleep are the two best cures for anything.”
“Laughter is a form of internal jogging. It moves your internal organs around. It enhances respiration. It is an igniter of great expectations.”
“I can’t think of any mind-body technique that has caught on in this way. Laughter Yoga could help lower American health-care costs.”
–Dr. Andrew Weil
“A good, real, unrestrained, hearty laugh is a sort of glorified internal massage, performed rapidly and automatically. It manipulates and revitalizes corners and unexplored crannies of the system that are unresponsive to most other exercise methods.”
–Author unknown, from an editorial in New York Tribune, quoted in Quotations for Special Occasions by Maud van Buren
“Every blessed one of you feels better for that burst of laughter.”
“Strange when you come to think of it, that of all countless folk who have lived on this planet, not one is known in history or in legend as having died of laughter.”
–Sir Max Beerbohm
“There is little success where there is little laughter.”
“The first half of life is learning to be an adult—the second half is learning to be a child.”
“Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.”
“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.”
“Perhaps the mission of those who love mankind (humankind) is to make people laugh at the truth, to make truth laugh, because the only truth lies in learning to free ourselves from insane passion for the truth”
“Laughter is not about laughing. It is actually about cultivating childlike playfulness. Once you learn to play, you don’t have to laugh. Laughter will be the natural outcome of your playful inner child.”
–Dr. Madan Kataria
“I have always felt that laughter in the face of reality is probably the finest sound there is and will last until the day when the game is called on account of darkness. In this world, a good time to laugh is any time you can.”
“I’ve always thought that a big laugh is a really loud noise from the soul saying, ‘Ain’t that the truth’.”
“I was irrevocably betrothed to laughter, the sound of which has always seemed to me the most civilized music in the world.”
“He who has laughter on his side has no need of proof.”
The first time her laughter unfurled its wings in the wind, we knew that the world would never be the same.
― Brian Andreas
Among those whom I like or admire, I can find no common denominator, but among those whom I love, I can; all of them make me laugh.
― W.H. Auden
If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh, otherwise they’ll kill you.
― Oscar Wilde, The Nightingale and the Rose
Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face.
We don’t laugh because we’re happy – we’re happy because we laugh.
A laugh is a smile that bursts.
–Mary H. Waltdrip
The earth laughs in flowers.
At the height of laughter, the universe is flung into a kaleidoscope of new possibilities.
You have as much laughter as you have faith.
― Martin Luther
I am thankful for laughter, except when milk comes out of my nose.
Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.
A person who knows how to laugh at himself will never cease to be amused.–Shirley MacClain
A day without laughter is a day wasted. –ee cummings
If you’re too busy to laugh, you are too busy. –Proverb
If we couldn’t laugh, we would all going to go insane. –Jimmy Buffett
Laughter is poison to fear.
― George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones
“If you can’t laugh, you won’t make it.”
― Jennifer Love Hew
In the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, and sharing of pleasures. For in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed.
Through humor, you can soften some of the worst blows that life delivers. And once you find laughter, no matter how painful your situation might be, you can survive it.
Laughter gives us distance. It allows us to step back from an event, deal with it and then move on. –Bob Newhart
I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge. That myth is more potent than history. That dreams are more powerful than facts. That hope always triumphs over experience. That laughter is the only cure for grief. And I believe that love is stronger than death. –Robert Fulghum
Laughter is an instant vacation. If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.
Whether we laugh or cry, days will go by…so better to laugh
–Amma (Mata Amritanandamayi)
Laughter is America’s most important export.
― Walt Disney Company
You can’t deny laughter; when it comes, it plops down in your favorite chair and stays as long as it wants. –Stephen King
I don’t trust anyone who doesn’t laugh.
The human race has only one really effective weapon and that is laughter.
I’d rather laugh with the sinners than cry with the saints.
Laughter is carbonated holiness.
Laughter is the language of the angels. Laughter is the conductor of peace and unity. It is not only universal but effects worlds in all dimensions. Tears of compassion create a more compassionate world. Laughter brings harmony and merges with the musical spheres of Heaven. It is that which creates inspiration for the vibration of this is powerful and touches all with memories of home, where the infinite dwells, infinite love, infinite consolation, infinite inspiration. -Anonymous
It is cheerful to God when you rejoice or laugh from the bottom of your heart.
-Martin Luther King Jr.
Laughter is the sound of the soul dancing. My soul probably looks like Fred Astaire.
― Jarod Kintz
Everybody laughs the same in every language because laughter is a universal connection.
I am the happiest creature in the world. Perhaps other people have said so before, but not one with such justice. I am happier even than Jane; she only smiles, I laugh.”
― Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
“If you wish to glimpse inside a human soul and get to know a man, don’t bother analyzing his ways of being silent, of talking, of weeping, of seeing how much he is moved by noble ideas; you will get better results if you just watch him laugh. If he laughs well, he’s a good man.
― Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Holding on to anger, resentment and hurt only gives you tense muscles, a headache and a sore jaw from clenching your teeth. Forgiveness gives you back the laughter and the lightness in your life.
Laughter and tears are both responses to frustration and exhaustion. I myself prefer to laugh, since there is less cleaning up to do afterward.
If you’re going to try, go all the way. Otherwise, don’t even start. This could mean losing girlfriends, wives, relatives and maybe even your mind. It could mean not eating for three or four days. It could mean freezing on a park bench. It could mean jail. It could mean derision. It could mean mockery–isolation. Isolation is the gift. All the others are a test of your endurance, of how much you really want to do it. And, you’ll do it, despite rejection and the worst odds. And it will be better than anything else you can imagine. If you’re going to try, go all the way. There is no other feeling like that. You will be alone with the gods, and the nights will flame with fire. You will ride life straight to perfect laughter. It’s the only good fight there is.
― Charles Bukowski, Factotum
Osho Quotes on Laughter
Laughter is spiritual health. And laughter is very unburdening. While you laugh, you can put your mind aside very easily. For a man who cannot laugh the doors of the buddha are closed. To me, laughter is one of the greatest values. No religion has ever thought about it. They have always been insisting on seriousness, and because of their insistence the whole world is psychologically sick.
Everybody knows from his own experience that after laughter, good laughter, a belly laugh, you almost feel that you have taken an ice-cold shower; a peace, a silence, a freshness… The same is true about crying, but very few people know the secret of crying because it is more repressed than laughter.
Laughter is such a healthy exercise. Somebody is laughing — that’s perfectly good exercise, join him. Somebody is being playful — if you have time, join him.
Millions of people have tried meditation and dropped out of it because they took it very seriously. Religion has been thought to be a very serious affair — it is not. One has to understand — at least those who are with me — that religion is a playfulness, a laughter. Take it easy; then things blossom without any tension. You are not taking it easy, you are making it difficult.
Existence loves laughter. You may have observed, or not, that man is the only animal in the whole of existence who is capable of laughing. Laughter is the only distinguishing mark that you are not a buffalo, you are not a donkey; you are a human being. Laughter defines your humanity and your evolution. And the greatest laugh is at your own ridiculous things.
I would like you to accept only one prayer, and that is laughter, because when you are totally laughing you are in the present. You cannot laugh in the future and you cannot laugh in the past. All those people who have created this retarded humanity have taken away all juice, all laughter, all smiles, and dragged everybody into being inauthentic. And if you are inauthentic, insincere, you can never grow the seed that has been given to you by this great compassionate universe.
I want my people to understand that because only man is capable to laugh, that means laughter is the highest point of consciousness, the highest point of understanding, the highest point of evolution. That’s why I have started calling laughter “the prayer time.”
I want my people to laugh like a lion’s roar. Then even laughter becomes a tremendous experience, because it is intelligence at its peak.
I want to be taken playfully, not seriously — not with a long British face, but with beautiful laughter. Your laughter, your playfulness is the recognition that you have understood me. Your seriousness shows that you have misunderstood me, you have missed it — because seriousness is nothing but sickness. It is another name of sadness; it is a shadow of death. And I am all for life. If it is needed for your laughter, your dance, even to reject me, then reject me — but don’t reject the dance and the song and the life, because that is my teaching.
But laughter is in some way unique; when you laugh, you are also total in it. A laughter which is not total will be phony, a pretension, just a performance. So when you laugh, you also laugh totally. That is the only act you do totally — so you know that laughter is total. If you see me laughing, it is a natural conclusion that it is a total act, because it corresponds with your experience. You cannot laugh partially. Try, and you will fail. You can laugh only totally. That is a unique quality about laughter. That’s why I had made a meditation of it — because of its unique quality: in laughter you are total without anyone saying to you, “Be total.”
Man is the only animal that laughs and weeps; for he is the only animal that is struck with the difference between what things are, and what they ought to be.”
― William Hazlitt
We can only feel sorry for ourselves when our misfortunes are still supportable. Once this limit is crossed, the only way to bear the unbearable is to laugh at it.”
― Marjane Satrapi, Persepolis 2: The Story of a Return
…it was her habit to build up laughter out of inadequate materials.
― John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath
We are not going to change the whole world, but we can change ourselves and feel free as birds. We can be serene even in the midst of calamities and, by our serenity, make others more tranquil. Serenity is contagious. If we smile at someone, he or she will smile back. And a smile costs nothing. We should plague everyone with joy. If we are to die in a minute, why not die happily, laughing?
― Swami Satchidananda, The Yoga Sutras
There are three types of laughter. The first is laughing when we see or remember the faults or blunders of others. Unfortunately, today’s world, we mostly tend to laugh at others, making fun of their faults or shortcomings. In doing this, we lose the ability to see and correct our own shortcomings and weaknesses.
The second type of laughter is laughing at our own shortcomings and mistakes.
The third is the laughter of pure bliss, absorbed in the self, forgetting the world. Among these, the first is the lowest form of laughter. The second is at a higher level than the first. The third is the highest form of laughter. It is the height of bliss. If we recognize our faults and shortcomings, laugh at them, and strive to transcend them, gradually the third laughter will become ours.
–Amma (Mata Amritanandamayi Devi) from The Healing Power of Good Laughter