Best Quotes About Laughter

The human race has one really effective weapon, and that is laughter. -Mark Twain

Nobody ever died of laughter. -Max Beerbohm

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

I am thankful for laughter, except when milk comes out of my nose. -Woody Allen

So many tangles in life are ultimately hopeless that we have no appropriate sword other than laughter. -Gordon W. Allport

You can't deny laughter; when it comes, it plops down in your favorite chair and stays as long as it wants. -Stephen King

Seven days without laughter makes one weak. -Mort Walker

We do have a zeal for laughter in most situations, give or take a dentist. -Joseph Heller

Perhaps I know best why it is man alone who laughs; he alone suffers so deeply that he had to invent laughter. -Friedrich Nietzsche

If slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be a vegetarian. -Paul McCartney

A day without laughter is a day wasted. -Charlie Chaplin

From the moment I picked your book up until I laid it down, I was convulsed with laughter. Someday I intend reading it. -Groucho Marx

Now if the harvest is over, And the world cold, Give me the bonus of laughter, As I lose hold. -John Betjeman

The appreciative smile, the chuckle, the soundless mirth, so important to the success of comedy, cannot be understood unless one sits among the audience and feels the warmth created by the quality of laughter that the audience takes home with it. -James Thurber

One has to be a lowbrow, a bit of a murderer, to be a politician, ready and willing to see people sacrificed, slaughtered, for the sake of an idea, whether a good one or a bad one. -Henry Miller

It was a somber place, haunted by old jokes and lost laughter. Life, as I discovered, holds no more wretched occupation than trying to make the English laugh. -Malcolm Muggeridge

The beauty of the world, which is so soon to perish, has two edges, one of laughter, one of anguish, cutting the heart asunder. -Virginia Woolf

Maturity is a bitter disappointment for which no remedy exists, unless laughter could be said to remedy anything. -Kurt Vonnegut

Whoever undertakes to set himself up as a judge of Truth and Knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods. -Albert Einstein

The person who can bring the spirit of laughter into a room is indeed blessed. -Bennett Cerf

The sound of laughter is like the vaulted dome of a temple of happiness. -Milan Kundera

Against the assault of laughter, nothing can stand. -Mark Twain

I hope you will go out and let stories happen to you, and that you will work them, water them with your blood and tears and you laughter till they bloom, till you yourself burst into bloom. -Clarissa Pinkola Estes

I try to bring the audience's own drama – tears and laughter they know about – to them. -Judy Garland

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. -Wayne Dyer

You can turn painful situations around through laughter. If you can find humor in anything, even poverty, you can survive it. -Bill Cosby

More people have been slaughtered in the name of religion than for any other single reason. That, my friends, that is true perversion. -Harvey Milk

If I have caused just one person to wipe away a tear of laughter, that's my reward. -Victor Borge

There is a thin line that separates laughter and pain, comedy and tragedy, humor and hurt. -Erma Bombeck

Really, sex and laughter do go very well together, and I wondered – and I still do – which is more important. -Hermione Gingold

One can never speak enough of the virtues, the dangers, the power of shared laughter. -Francoise Sagan

When onstage, I always try to take my audience through as many emotions as I possibly can. I want them to go from laughter to tears, be shocked and surprised and walk out the door with a renewed sense of themselves – and maybe a smile. -Reba McEntire

While the laughter of joy is in full harmony with our deeper life, the laughter of amusement should be kept apart from it. The danger is too great of thus learning to look at solemn things in a spirit of mockery, and to seek in them opportunities for exercising wit. -Lewis Carroll

Joy's smile is much closer to tears than laughter. -Victor Hugo

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. -Linda Ellerbee

A handful of men, inured to war, proceed to certain victory, while on the contrary, numerous armies of raw and undisciplined troops are but multitudes of men dragged to the slaughter. -Publius Flavius Vegetius Renatus

The fact is that as soon as they reach Baghdad gates, we will besiege them and slaughter them. Until now they have refused to do battle with us. They are just going places. One can describe them as a boa: when it feels threatened, it runs to somewhere else. -Mohammed Saeed al-Sahaf

Yesterday, we slaughtered them and we will continue to slaughter them. -Mohammed Saeed al-Sahaf

The house of laughter makes a house of woe. -Edward Young

If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter. -George Washington

The same people who are murdered slowly in the mechanized slaughterhouses of work are also arguing, singing, drinking, dancing, making love, holding the streets, picking up weapons and inventing a new poetry. -Raoul Vaneigem

In the vain laughter of folly wisdom hears half its applause. -George Eliot

The only honest art form is laughter, comedy. You can't fake it… try to fake three laughs in an hour – ha ha ha ha ha – they'll take you away, man. You can't. -Lenny Bruce

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

From your parents you learn love and laughter and how to put one foot before the other. But when books are opened you discover that you have wings. -Helen Hayes

To jealousy, nothing is more frightful than laughter. -Francoise Sagan

With mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come. -William Shakespeare

True humor springs not more from the head than from the heart. It is not contempt; its essence is love. It issues not in laughter, but in still smiles, which lie far deeper. -Thomas Carlyle

Hearty laughter is a good way to jog internally without having to go outdoors. -Norman Cousins

Let there be more joy and laughter in your living. -Eileen Caddy

Frequent and loud laughter is the characteristic of folly and ill manners. -Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield

In my mind, there is nothing so illiberal, and so ill-bred, as audible laughter. -Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield

The sense of humor has other things to do than to make itself conspicuous in the act of laughter. -Alice Meynell

It is not time for mirth and laughter, the cold, gray dawn of the morning after. -George Ade

The most wasted of all days is one without laughter. -e. e. cummings

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. -Khalil Gibran

From quiet homes and first beginning, out to the undiscovered ends, there's nothing worth the wear of winning, but laughter and the love of friends. -Hilaire Belloc

I was irrevocably betrothed to laughter, the sound of which has always seemed to me the most civilised music in the world. -Peter Ustinov

Battles are won by slaughter and maneuver. The greater the general, the more he contributes in maneuver, the less he demands in slaughter. -Winston Churchill

I always knew looking back on my tears would bring me laughter, but I never knew looking back on my laughter would make me cry. -Cat Stevens

How could man rejoice in victory and delight in the slaughter of men? -Lao Tzu

At the height of laughter, the universe is flung into a kaleidoscope of new possibilities. -Jean Houston

I have always liked shows that have laughter in them. -David Walliams

I think that's one of the most important gifts we have in television – the ability to heal through laughter. -Soleil Moon Frye

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. -Joan Lunden

Comedy is defiance. It's a snort of contempt in the face of fear and anxiety. And it's the laughter that allows hope to creep back on the inhale. -Will Durst

Endangered forests are being slaughtered for toilet paper. -Daphne Zuniga

Cursed be he above all others Who's enslaved by love of money. Money takes the place of brothers, Money takes the place of parents, Money brings us war and slaughter. -Anacreon

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. -August Wilson

We are trying to communicate a fulfilled ideal. Does anybody remember laughter? -Robert Plant

I don't know why people are so surprised by my live performances. My approach is so simple; every song I sing, every story I tell, every move I make, must move the audience to laughter, tears or inspiration. Otherwise, why should I do it? -John Davidson

If slaughterhouses had glass walls the whole world would be vegetarian. -Linda McCartney

Our revenge will be the laughter of our children. -Bobby Sands

Tell the truth. Sing with passion. Work with laughter. Love with heart. 'Cause that's all that matters in the end. -Kris Kristofferson

Sensitive, responsive, eagerly welcomed everywhere, the drama, holding the mirror up to nature, by laughter and by tears reveals to mankind the world of men. -George Pierce Baker

The city and province were given up to anarchy; the coloured people, elated with victory, proclaimed the slaughter of all whites, except the English, French, and American residents. -Henry Walter Bates

The great disadvantage of our present electoral system is that it freezes the pattern of politics, and holds together the incompatible because everyone assumes that if a party splits it will be electorally slaughtered. -Roy Jenkins

I remember certain people in the audience laughing and I wanted to ask: 'What are you laughing at? This isn't funny.' Now I realize that laughter can come from insecurity. They don't know how they should be feeling. -Jim Dale

War in men's eyes shall be A monster of iniquity In the good time coming. Nations shall not quarrel then, To prove which is the stronger; Nor slaughter men for glory's sake; – Wait a little longer. -Charles Mackay

Nothing can confound a wise man more than laughter from a dunce. -Lord Byron

You can forgive people who do not follow you through a philosophical disquisition; but to find your wife laughing when you had tears in your eyes, or staring when you were in a fit of laughter, would go some way towards a dissolution of the marriage. -Robert Louis Stevenson

It is important that gang members are aware that if they engage in aggravated assault, maiming, kidnapping, or manslaughter that they will receiving a minimum sentence of 30 years. -Albert Wynn

In laughter we always find an unavowed intention to humiliate and consequently to correct our neighbour. -Henri Bergson

It seems that laughter needs an echo. -Henri Bergson

Our laughter is always the laughter of a group. -Henri Bergson

He who has laughter on his side has no need of proof. -Theodor W. Adorno

Few of us will forget the wail of mingled grief, rage and horror which rose from the camp when the Indians returned to it and recognized their slaughtered warriors, women, and children. -John Gibbon

It's a major part of world history that men are trying to kill each other. It's just one slaughter after the other. We talk about it, but no one's really listening. -Fred Ward

Because I actually find the next take after they've controlled it a little bit and repressed the laughter is actually a really interesting take, because that's still going on underneath the surface. That struggle to maintain composure becomes part of the joy of the scene. -Jay Roach

Jackie Gleason said that comedy is the most exacting form of dramatic art, because it has an instant critic: laughter. -Chuck Jones

Once you have heard a strange audience burst into laughter at a film you directed, you realize what the word joy is all about. -Chuck Jones

There were mornings in the make-up trailer where I'd have fits of laughter because of the extraordinary daily events of the shoot. Sometimes, it was all too much to believe. But the wildest things happened. -Madeleine Stowe

I just love listening to the laughter. -Simon Pegg

You know, Democratic and Republican administrations alike have supported individuals and regimes that have slaughtered millions across the globe. And they need to be held accountable for that. -Aaron McGruder

I left in love, in laughter, and in truth, and wherever truth, love and laughter abide, I am there in spirit. -Bill Hicks

I believe in things that move people, if the audience isn't deeply caught up and moved to either laughter or tears then I don't think it is theater. -Estelle Parsons

This happens to be that the power of laughter and love would beat out the power of fear every time. You know, I hate to sound corny about it but it's true, and I think that's what this movie is about. -John Goodman

I feel now it's useless to keep hoping. The way things are today, we live in a world that needs laughter, and I've decided if I can make people laugh, I'm making a more important contribution. -Paul Lynde

Our shows are packed with laughter and light-hearted songs to lift the listener from their everyday life. We encourage the audience to participate in any way. -Jason Mraz

I learned very early that an audience would relax and look at things differently if they felt they could laugh with you from time to time. There's an energy that comes through the release of tension that is laughter. -Twyla Tharp

It depends on the situation. I mean, on one hand there's the argument that people should be left alone on the other hand, there's the argument to wade in a stop slaughters in places like Bosnia and Kosovo and what we probably should have done in Rwanda. -Jello Biafra

Peoples will be as before, the sheep sent to the slaughterhouses or to the meadows as it pleases the shepherds. -Henri La Fontaine

Back of every mistaken venture and defeat is the laughter of wisdom, if you listen. -Carl Sandburg

What laughter is to childhood, sex is to adolescence. -Martha Beck

Now, a recent study from cardiologists at the University of Maryland, has shown that laughter may have a beneficial effect on the heart. -Allen Klein

It is still not clear from this study how laughter can directly help the heart but other studies have shown that laughter is beneficial for every system in the body. -Allen Klein

Since the goal of my programs is to show audiences how humor can both help them heal as well as deal with not-so-funny stuff, I decided to discuss the events of the previous week, the pain all of us were feeling, and how humor and some laughter might be beneficial. -Allen Klein

Muslim delegates concerned about rights in Palestine could have brought their enthusiasm closer to home by addressing the fate of black Christians being slaughtered and enslaved in the Sudan. -Jack Schwartz

I really hate sitcoms on television with canned laughter and stuff. What really makes me laugh is the real-life stuff. I've got a dry sense of humor. -Katie Price

Although lynchings have steadily increased in number and barbarity during the last twenty years, there has been no single effort put forth by the many moral and philanthropic forces of the country to put a stop to this wholesale slaughter. -Ida B. Wells

Now that I know how supermarket meat is made, I regard eating it as a somewhat risky proposition. I know how those animals live and what's on their hides when they go to slaughter, so I don't buy industrial meat. -Michael Pollan

When I was in kindergarten, I had one line in a little play. I said, I am Patrick Potato and this is my cousin, Mrs. Tomato, and I heard laughter. I wanted to be an actress from that moment on. -Doris Roberts

Workers, comrades, and you, women of the people, let not this festival of May, the second during the war, pass without protest against the Imperialist Slaughter. -Karl Liebknecht

My professional life in Hollywood has been filled with joy and laughter. -Carroll O'Connor

War is the slaughter of human beings, temporarily regarded as enemies, on as large a scale as possible. -Jeannette Rankin

The war effects me less than it ought. I can do no service to anybody by agitating for news or making dole over the slaughter. -Wilfred Owen

Every blessed one of you feels better for that burst of laughter. -Ivor Novello

I didn't want to be greedy. It's a mark of bad character and I always believed that pigs go the slaughterhouse. -Walter Annenberg

The elephants were being slaughtered in masses. Some were even killed in the vicinity of big tourist hotels. -Richard Leakey

What the real world of 1941 needed most was the release and relief provided by laughter. -Joseph Barbera

I was disappointed, not because we had lost the war but because our people had allowed it to go on for so many years, instead of heeding the few voices of protest against all that mass insanity and slaughter. -George Grosz

When part of what you're trying to get at is the truth hidden under a taboo, or when you want to nail a hypocrisy, laughter is a very useful tool. I want to show the painful side of existence, but there is no question I also want to make people laugh. -Todd Solondz

As Brian Urquhart has said quite correctly, I don't think that individual countries in the international community can stand aside and let all of these slaughters continue without doing anything. -Alex Morrison

I just got one last thing, I urge all of you, all of you, to enjoy your life, the precious moments you have. To spend each day with some laughter and some thought, to get you're emotions going. -Jim Valvano

You feel completely in control when you hear a wave of laughter coming back at you that you have caused. -Gilda Radner

I don't think that Slaughterhouse-Five was successful movie material. In fact, Vonnegut's books mostly I don't feel are movie material. -Jerry Garcia

We will miss George for his sense of love, his sense of music and his sense of laughter. -Ringo Starr

I love life in spite of all that mars it. I love friendship, jokes and laughter. -Tahar Ben Jelloun

If the laughter of the audience was malicious we wouldn't show it. -Denis Norden

More than 65,000 horses were slaughtered in the United States in 2004, a 50 percent increase since 2002. -Elton Gallegly

I believe there is a direct correlation between love and laughter. -Yakov Smirnoff

If love is the treasure, laughter is the key. -Yakov Smirnoff

Everybody laughs the same in every language because laughter is a universal connection. -Yakov Smirnoff

I believe that laughter is a language of God and that we can all live happily ever laughter. -Yakov Smirnoff

When the needs of one person are being met by the other, there is laughter. -Yakov Smirnoff

I believe that love and laughter can only happen when one person takes the time to think about what would cause the other person to feel good. -Yakov Smirnoff

Incongruity is the mainspring of laughter. -Max Beerbohm

Shared laughter is erotic too. -Marge Piercy

The only cure for vanity is laughter, and the only fault that is laughable is vanity. -Henri Bergson

There is little success where there is little laughter. -Andrew Carnegie

Sudden glory is the passion which maketh those grimaces called laughter. -Thomas Hobbes

Like all young men I set out to be a genius, but mercifully laughter intervened. -Lawrence Durrell

There is nothing worth the wear of winning, but laughter and the love of friends. -James Boswell

One should take good care not to grow too wise for so great a pleasure of life as laughter. -Joseph Addison

Seeing unhappiness in the marriage of friends, I was content to have chosen music and laughter as a substitute for a husband. -Elsa Maxwell

I enjoy slaughtering beasts, and I think of my relatives constantly. -Roger Zelazny

Let's not pretend that abortion isn't about the mass slaughter of innocents. -Michael Aston

Gratitude helps you to grow and expand; gratitude brings joy and laughter into your life and into the lives of all those around you. -Eileen Caddy

It is better to write of laughter than of tears, for laughter is the property of man. -Francois Rabelais

The laughter of the aphorism is sometimes triumphant, but seldom carefree. -Mason Cooley

The laughter of man is more terrible than his tears, and takes more forms hollow, heartless, mirthless, maniacal. -James Thurber

The weeping of an heir is laughter in disguise. -Publilius Syrus

Amour is the one human activity of any importance in which laughter and pleasure preponderate, if ever so slightly, over misery and pain. -Aldous Huxley

If we may believe our logicians, man is distinguished from all other creatures by the faculty of laughter. He has a heart capable of mirth, and naturally disposed to it. -Joseph Addison

So the brother in black offers to these United States the source of courage that endures, and laughter. -Zora Neale Hurston

But whoever gives birth to useless children, what would you say of him except that he has bred sorrows for himself, and furnishes laughter for his enemies. -Sophocles

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. -Bill Cosby

I take people very seriously. People are all I take seriously, in fact. Therefore, I have nothing but sympathy for how people behave – and nothing but laughter to console them with. -John Irving

Close friends contribute to our personal growth. They also contribute to our personal pleasure, making the music sound sweeter, the wine taste richer, the laughter ring louder because they are there. -Judith Viorst

We look before and after, And pine for what is not; Our sincerest laughter With some pain is fraught; Our sweetest songs are those that tell of saddest thought. -Percy Bysshe Shelley

I think laughter may be a form of courage. As humans we sometimes stand tall and look into the sun and laugh, and I think we are never more brave than when we do that. -Linda Ellerbee

To plunder, to slaughter, to steal, these things they misname empire; and where they make a wilderness, they call it peace. -Tacitus

Make them laugh, make them cry, and hack to laughter. What do people go to the theatre for? An emotional exercise. I am a servant of the people. I have never forgotten that. -Mary Pickford

Honest good humor is the oil and wine of a merry meeting, and there is no jovial companionship equal to that where the jokes are rather small and laughter abundant. -Washington Irving

Does anyone remember laughter? -Robert Plant

This is a big deal. My wife and I sat in our home and we watched those young men get slaughtered on the streets of Mogadishu in the absence of a plan. It broke our heart. -Dick Armey

The guy was infected with bird flu because he took a sick chicken, slaughtered it and and then ate it. -Thaksin Shinawatra

From day one, I got addicted to being on stage and getting the applause and laughter. -Zac Efron

I'm happy that I have brought laughter because I have been shown by many the value of it in so many lives, in so many ways. -Lucille Ball

I'm really only happy when I'm on stage. I just feed off the energy of the audience. That's what I'm all about – people and laughter. -Larry David

In our fathers' time nothing was read but books of feigned chivalry, wherein a man by reading should be led to none other end, but only to manslaughter and bawdry. -Roger Ascham

I think I would say 'The King's Speech' is surprisingly funny, in fact the audiences in London, Toronto, LA, New York commented there's more laughter in this film than in most comedies, while it is also a moving tear-jerker with an uplifting ending. -Tom Hooper

I thought theater people wouldn't see me if I hadn't trained. I didn't want to just be the Brideshead guy, to spend the rest of my life wearing waistcoats. I got the chance to try everything. Not just Romeos, but pimps and grandfathers and even one role as a woman in a Naomi Wallace play called Slaughter City. -Tom Hiddleston

The joys of friendship inert the heart and fizzy home bouncing jubilantly with laughter-buttered love. -Bradley Chicho

I would put belly laughing at the top of my highlights list. They always say that laughter is the best medicine. -Carol Vorderman

During 'Saturday Night Fever' at the end of the first act dance number I tried to perform a split-jump, only I can't do them so I ended up on my ass followed by the most unsightly backward roll out of it, followed by the cast falling over in laughter and a good portion of the audience too. -Adam Garcia

I've made a lot of grown men cry with laughter, because I really am quite the joke. -Peta Wilson

And I definitely gravitate toward people who use laughter to pull themselves out of the abyss. -Lea Thompson

I like to play different ranges. When you get really deeply involved in the emotional parts, I enjoy that just as much as the fun and laughter. -Melissa George

I just don't think animals should be slaughtered for their fur. -Dominique Swain

I keep my skin – especially on my face and neck – out of the sun. My brother died of melanoma eight years ago, and I've got SPF on all the time, 24-7. It makes you realize, the sun is a wonderful thing, but it can be a very devastating thing. So sunscreen is key, and a lot of laughter, too. -Giada De Laurentiis

There must be something beyond slaughter and barbarism to support the existence of mankind and we must all help search for it. -Carlos Fuentes

As Israel prepares to enter, my position is well known. It is one that I have taken at previous Olympics. It is wrong that the IOC refuses to have a minute's silence for Israeli athletes that were slaughtered in Munich. -Brian Williams

Give a child love, laughter and peace, not AIDS. -Nelson Mandela

I was in a play in elementary school and had to jump up and run away. I was nervous and tripped and fell down and everyone laughed. Their laughter made me relax, so I pretended it was part of the show. -Sherman Hemsley

Dom DeLuise was a big man in every way. He was big in size and created big laughter and joy. -Mel Brooks

I realized that comedians of the day were operating on jokes and punch lines. The moment you say the punch line, the audience either laughs sincerely or they laugh automatically or they don't laugh. The thing that bothered me was that automatic laugh. I said, that's not real laughter. -Steve Martin

I became vegan because I saw footage of what really goes on in the slaughterhouses and on the dairy farms. -Ellen DeGeneres

If we're destroying our trees and destroying our environment and hurting animals and hurting one another and all that stuff, there's got to be a very powerful energy to fight that. I think we need more love in the world. We need more kindness, more compassion, more joy, more laughter. I definitely want to contribute to that. -Ellen DeGeneres

God is in the sadness and the laughter, in the bitter and the sweet. -Neale Donald Walsch

It's time to end the cruel slaughter of whales and leave these magnificent creatures alone. -Paul McCartney

Our Palestinian brethren continue to be slaughtered at the hands of Israelis while the world turns the other cheek. -Al-Waleed bin Talal

Women and children were slaughtered by the Taliban. You are going to sit down and negotiate with these folks? They never lived up to an agreement. The Pakistanis tried in '08, the Russians tried it when they were there. George Bush tried it in '05. It has never worked. -Mike Rogers

I have two lovely parents who support everything I do, two siblings, and three beautiful nieces. My house is always filled with laughter and fun! -Ariel Winter

When you're on a movie set and you are hopefully making a comedy, everyone's stifling their laughter. You're looking at the crew guys, hoping someone is making that face like, and not like, this is not working out, man. -Dane Cook

My beautiful wife is dead. She meant everything to me. Her laughter, her tears and her joy will remain with me the rest of my life. -William Shatner

To help producers serve larger institutional customers like schools and hospitals, USDA has helped fund new regional infrastructure like cold storage warehouses, commercial kitchens and local slaughter facilities. -Tom Vilsack

I think one reason for a successful marriage is laughter. I think laughter gets you through the rough moments in a marriage. -Bob Newhart

A wonderful thing about true laughter is that it just destroys any kind of system of dividing people. -John Cleese

I don't need a holiday or a feast to feel grateful for my children, the sun, the moon, the roof over my head, music, and laughter, but I like to take this time to take the path of thanks less traveled. -Paula Poundstone

Situation comedy on television has thrived for years on 'canned' laughter, grafted by gaglines by technicians using records of guffawing audiences that have been dead for years. -Russell Baker

People are always coming up to me and saying, 'I love you, love your work.' And then the next sentence is, 'I loved your brother.' John made people laugh, and laughter is a powerful thing. -James Belushi

There are really two types of laughter on the part of the spectator. There is the laughter of recognition – which means seeing things you're familiar with and laughing at yourself. But there's also hysterical laughter – a way of dealing with the things we see that upset us. -Michael Haneke

There is no humane slaughter requirement for wild fish caught and killed at sea, nor, in most places, for farmed fish. -Peter Singer

You should celebrate the end of a love affair as they celebrate death in New Orleans, with songs, laughter, dancing and a lot of wine. -Francoise Sagan

People come up to me and they thank me: 'I thank you for the many, many hours of laughter.' -Sid Caesar

The U.S. and Israel have been slaughtering the Palestinians, just slaughtering them, for years. Robbing them and slaughtering them. -Bobby Fischer

Ninety-eight per cent of laughter is nothing to do with jokes, which do not deserve to bear the weight of all the funny stuff in the world. -Arthur Smith

In my household there is an insane amount of laughter and celebration. -Edie Falco

I always was trying to make people laugh as a kid. I was a big fan of Carol Burnett and Gilda Radner. I watched them and I remember feeling as a child, when I heard the laughter they got, a little jealous that they made someone laugh like that. -Leah Remini

So keep fightin' for freedom and justice, beloveds, but don't you forget to have fun doin' it. Lord, let your laughter ring forth. Be outrageous, ridicule the fraidy-cats, rejoice in all the oddities that freedom can produce. -Molly Ivins

I believe that laughter is the best emotional Band-Aid in the world. It's like nature's Neosporin. -Matt LeBlanc

Comedy is unique in the sense that laughter is a palpable noise that everyone makes. -Steve Coogan

A good fart joke makes me bawl with laughter, so will somebody farting. And the word 'poo.' You can't beat a good poo joke. -Jenny Eclair

That's also why comedy and horror are my two favorite genres of film to write, because you get these outbursts of emotion from people, laughter and shock, and it's really thrilling, and I like to be thrilled. -Diablo Cody

The way you deal with a scare is the way you deal with a laugh. The timing has to be perfect. When you're dealing with fear or laughter – emotions that happen spontaneously – you hope it's working. But in the moment, you really have no idea. -Patrick Wilson

I don't think any other emotion is the equivalent of laughter. So I do whatever I can to laugh all the time and to hide my pain. -Rashida Jones

You learn timing on the road. You learn structure and how to read an audience. You learn so much about the business of laughter that you can't learn on a set, because it's all on you. Sometimes you bomb, and you know not to tell that joke again… You just hope people find the humor in the awkwardness. -Marlon Wayans

I like laughter around me. -Mireille Enos

I learned early in life that laughter is a great way to diffuse and uncomfortable situation, so I began to use that as a tool, throughout my life. -Romany Malco

I've never cackled with laughter at a single line I've ever written. None of it has given me pleasure. -Pat Conroy

Since we can't count on the meat, egg, and dairy industries to protect animals from the most egregious forms of cruelty, what can we, as consumers, do? Opting out of paying someone to allow animals to die in a barn fire or at the slaughterhouse seems pretty reasonable. -Ingrid Newkirk

I think if you're against cruelty and you look at what happens to animals in slaughterhouses and on factory farms, you have to be completely against eating meat. -Ingrid Newkirk

The jokes I used to do on 'Sex and the City' were always comic character things, and they were rarely hard jokes. As soon as you go up in front of people, it demands laughter. -Michael Patrick King

I love writing for women. The willingness to go from laughter to tears in a moment is the greatest palette you can paint with as a writer. -Michael Patrick King

I think anger and laughter are very close to each other, when you think about it. -Albert Brooks

I think laughter is a sacred act. -Tom Shadyac

There are two possibilities: Either the kiss is a human universal, one of the constellation of innate traits, including language and laughter, that unites us as a species, or it is an invention, like fire or wearing clothes, an idea so good that it was bound to metastasize across the globe. -Joshua Foer

Just making the crowd laugh is not really doing things for me anymore. That's just knowing how to kill; I've learned how to kill – but also learned when a crowd's laughter is meaningful. -Patrice O'Neal

The secular world looks to the church and to its chagrin, finds no love, no life, no laughter, no hope and no happiness. -Rod Parsley

One of my teachers says the sound you hear in the center of the universe is laughter. I don't know if it's true, but if you do something and 30 years later it still produces laughter, that's a fantasy you can't make up. -Joyce DeWitt

I like a quiet evening with family or friends over, great food and great discussion and a lot of laughter. That's really what I think fills my tank. -Anna Eshoo

We all know that much of what we hear in life is not really so. Canned laughter and 'sweetened' applause have been TV staples for decades, and all the slamming doors, breaking glass and squealing tires you hear in movies are sound effects. -Serge Schmemann

My approach is so simple; every song I sing, every story I tell, every move I make, must move the audience to laughter, tears, or inspiration. Otherwise, why do it? It's the communication. -John Davidson

Enormous slaughter may have been acceptable in previous centuries. It simply isn't acceptable anymore. -Edward Luck

The more I read and watched about the meat industry, the more determined I became to keep meat out of my diet. The things I saw in slaughterhouse exposes made me feel sick and I refused to just ignore what I now knew. -Renee Olstead

'Up in the Air' may be a glossy production sprinkled with laughter and sex, but it captures the distinctive topography of our Great Recession as vividly as a far more dour Hollywood product of 70 years ago, 'The Grapes of Wrath,' did the vastly different landscape of the Great Depression. -Frank Rich

I think humans have always wrestled with the Divine Idea – an idea that unites and separates, creates and destroys, consoles and terrifies. Throughout human history, it is an idea that seems sometimes to have caused whole populations to rise up and slaughter one another. -Robert Winston

I support gun control. But speaking honestly about the combustible mix of race and guns may be more important to stopping the slaughter in minority communities than any new gun-control laws. -Juan Williams

I think that some laughter comes from escaped horror, doesn't it? -Edward St Aubyn

Working mothers' laughter comes hardest when our double life is revealed for what it is: a juggling act in which the balls can drop at any time, invariably on our own head. -Allison Pearson

In my stories, I controlled what happened in a way I couldn't in real life. My characters lived through the horror and degradation of the cruelty of others and they not only survived, they thrived. They gave me hope and laughter, and they kept me going in spite of everything else. They were my heroes. -Sherrilyn Kenyon

The health of the planet is at stake, because the cruelty and the waste that accompanies the slaughter of billions of animals each year literally infects us all. We could consume healthy plant-based food produced at almost infinitely less cost. What does that say, really, about us and what we're doing… to animals and to ourselves? -James Cromwell

It's true, some senior Hungarian writers are not known for their laughter. There is a strong Germanic influence – an attitude that if it's enjoyable it can't possibly be literature. -Tibor Fischer

To me there is no more depressing sight than a five-year-old staring at a screen, unsmiling, mouse in hand. Besides whatever dreadful things this prolonged exposure to screens is doing to their brains, computer games tend to be solitary affairs, and produce little laughter. -Tom Hodgkinson

Spiritual practice should not be confused with grim duty. It is the laughter of the Dalai Lama and the wonder born with every child. -Jack Kornfield

The British have turned their sense of humour into a national virtue. It is odd, because through much of history, humour has been considered cheap, and laughter something for the lower orders. But British aristocrats didn't care a damn about what people thought of them, so they made humour acceptable. -Theodore Zeldin

Everyone knows the beautiful story of Abraham and the sacrifice of Isaac. How this noble father led his child to the slaughter; how Isaac meekly submitted; how the farce went on till the lad was bound and laid on the altar, and how God then stopped the murder, and blessed the intending murderer for his willingness to commit the crime. -Annie Besant

I have the gift of laughter. I can make people laugh at will. In good times and in bad. And that I don't question. It was a gift from God. -Buddy Hackett

I think there is nothing sexier than laughter lines. -Isla Fisher

When I think of the books I love, there's always a little laughter in the dark. -Zadie Smith

To me there is no picture so beautiful as smiling, bright-eyed, happy children; no music so sweet as their clear and ringing laughter. -P. T. Barnum

Real laughter is spontaneous. Like water from the spring it bubbles forth a creation of mingled action and spontaneity – two magic potions in themselves – the very essence of laughter – the unrestrained emotion within us! -Douglas Fairbanks

Indulging in unrestrained and immoderate laughter is a sign of intemperance, of a want of control over one's emotions, and of failure to repress the soul's frivolity by a stern use of reason. -Saint Basil

I found that laughter was a form of acceptance, and I really enjoyed that and I just – I crave it. -Gabriel Iglesias

I was perfectly content before I was born, and I think of death as the same state. What I am grateful for is the gift of intelligence, and for life, love, wonder, and laughter. You can't say it wasn't interesting. My lifetime's memories are what I have brought home from the trip. -Roger Ebert

My grandmother, grandfather, my mom – we've always been driven by laughter. It's what held us together. Thanksgivings, any kind of family get-together, we usually end up in tears. -Yelawolf

I try to find a reason to laugh each day. Somehow, if you can incorporate laughter into your day, every day, it really helps. It's the little things in life that make me happy. -Faith Hill

When I hear other people's stories, I like to believe that they contribute to my 'Encyclopedia of Human Experience.' The stories I hear help me expand my definition of what love is, what pain feels like, what sacrifice means, what laughter can do. -Sarah Kay

I know it's corny, but laughter is a two-way gift, and hearing people laugh just warms me through and through. -Andy Dick

Oh, I laugh hard every day. I mean, my husband is Will Smith! I'm telling you, that's one of the joys of being married to him. My life full of laughter. Thank God I have him. My life is full of laughter because of that man. -Jada Pinkett Smith

Discourse has ended in America. It's all just shouting and ranting and demonization. Do you know how the rest of the world laughs at you guys? Have you got any idea? They're just rocking with laughter night and day. -Felix Dennis

When humans behave murderously, such as inflicting senseless slaughter of innocents in warfare, we like to blame it on some dark, 'animalistic' instinct. -Frans de Waal

If you became a comedian in the '80s, you had to work the circuit and make people laugh. Canned laughter is cheating. -Paul Merton

I became a vegetarian after I became aware of factory farming and slaughterhouses and the torture and inhumane handling of all these animals. -Kevin Nealon

The highest state is laughter. -Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

I grew up in a house where there was lots of teasing and language play and laughter; it was very important. When I was a teenager, you wouldn't go to a bar and find lots of televisions everywhere. People were talking. Talk was the mental fire you would gather around in the evening. It occupied a big part of your existence. -Dylan Moran

I did a movie with Leonardo DiCaprio, and his skill level was eons ahead of mine. It was really more like an abattoir – he just slaughtered my character over and over again. -John C. Reilly

Being able to laugh at a situation can help you hang on to your perspective. And there's an intimacy in laughter that nothing else can come close to. -Eric Mabius

The fine line between roaring with laughter and crying because it's a disaster is a very, very fine line. You see a chap slip on a banana skin in the street and you roar with laughter when he falls slap on his backside. If in doing so you suddenly see he's broken a leg, you very quickly stop laughing and it's not a joke anymore. -Roald Dahl

All I do is have fun. When I'm not working, it's about making people laugh. I love making jokes about things. Even when someone's mad at me, I'll deflect anger with humor. My days are filled with laughter. If I'm not laughing, I'm not happy. -Drew Fuller

When I was a little girl, the only real form of entertainment I was exposed to was theater, being raised in St. Louis, and I still love theater, and I think sitcoms are similar to that, in there's a live audience, and you know, I definitely like the comedy of it, too. I like to make people laugh, and I definitely think laughter is healing. -Kelly Stables

The harming of animals for any reason is shameful, but torturing them for mere vanity is senseless. Slaughtering animals for their fur or harming them for cosmetic purposes is disgusting and not worth the perfect shade of lipstick. -Laura Mennell

Whatever it is that I feel, I express it! I am free with my joy, my laughter, my pleasure, my pain, and I am blessed in that way as an actress that I can access those feelings within myself and not be ashamed to show whatever that is that's appropriate for the character. -Kimberly Elise

I live a very joyful life, with a lot of laughter and good times. -Kimberly Elise

Imagination in the child is powerful. Reading and laughter and love are essential in our lives. -Malachy McCourt

Stuttering is painful. In Sunday school, I'd try to read my lessons, and the children behind me were falling on the floor with laughter. -James Earl Jones

I am the jongleur. I leap and pirouette, and make you laugh. I make fun of those in power, and I show you how puffed up and conceited are the big shots who go around making wars in which we are the ones who get slaughtered. I reveal them for what they are. I pull out the plug, and… pssss… they deflate. -Dario Fo

With acting, I started very young, and I'd performed for a lot of children in boarding schools, late at night after the dormitory lights were out. I'd have a flashlight, and I'd be Count Dracula, or Shakespeare, or Yogi Bear, and leap from bunk to bunk. I loved the laughter; I liked the way it made people feel. -C. C. H. Pounder

I've made great friends through acting. When I'm with Victoria Wood and Julie Walters, we have grand fun. We can make each other howl with laughter because we know each other so well. -Celia Imrie

A 'naughty pickle' is how I'd best describe myself. I think fun and laughter is the whole point of life. -Celia Imrie

I played in three countries. I played in two World Series. But I never found anything to match the joy and the laughter those years with the Eagles brought me. The city and county loved us. -Monte Irvin

I've had the fame and the joy of getting laughter – those are gifts. -Mary Tyler Moore

Drama is hard for me. Crying is much harder for me than laughter. -Emma Stone

I hope you realize, in a democracy, laughter is assent. -Al Franken

With a lot of comedians, one of their major attributes is that they look comedic, with a certain hangdog or manic expression. I look like the neighborhood bully. That doesn't elicit laughter. -Sylvester Stallone

I've always been opposed to slaughtering, eating, and wearing carcasses. -Christian Serratos

Carol Burnett probably had the biggest influence on me as kid. Although I was very young and watched her a lot in reruns, I was mesmerized by the way she transformed, by her physical comedy and the rolling laughter from the live studio audience. I loved her most as Scarlett O'Hara and her well known Cleaning Lady character. -Christine Lakin

Comedy is a live art, and the only way to record a comedy rock album is to do it live. The audience and their laughter is just as much a part of the album sound as our music. No retakes, no room for error. -Vir Das

There's enough hard stuff going on in people's lives, and you really need that joy that laughter can bring. I don't have to put that in a Christian compartment. -Patricia Heaton

I think Britain has this tradition which suggests that if you make the readers laugh too much, you can't really be serious. Whereas, I think one of the functions laughter can perform in a book, as in life, is that it's a reaction to genuine horror. -Mark Haddon

Falling in love is a chemical reaction. But it wears off in a year. That's why you need a strong line of communication… which includes laughter. -Yakov Smirnoff

You know, there's endorphins in laughter, as there are endorphins in running in the park. -Marlo Thomas

Laughter is important, not only because it makes us happy, it also has actual health benefits. And that's because laughter completely engages the body and releases the mind. It connects us to others, and that in itself has a healing effect. -Marlo Thomas

May this marriage be full of laughter, our every day in paradise. -Rumi

The purpose of a moral philosophy is not to look delightfully strange and counterintuitive or to provide employment to bioethicists. The purpose is to guide our choices toward life, health, beauty, happiness, fun, laughter, challenge, and learning. -Eliezer Yudkowsky

The one thing I think I've noticed about shows that are supposed to be funny on television is that they've sort of become routinized, so there's an awful lot of mannerisms and joke lines that are sort of there to trigger laughter, rather than give actors a chance to play a moment. -Alan Alda

In the midst of the sense of tragedy or loss, sometimes laughter is not only healing, it's a way of experiencing the person that you've lost again. -Alan Alda

If there's one thing I could attribute my strength to, I would say it's the gift of laughter, which I inherited from my mother's side. -China Machado

We need more kindness, more compassion, more joy, more laughter. I definitely want to contribute to that. -Ellen DeGeneres

Talent grips us. We are overtaken by the beauty of Michelangelo's sculpture, riveted by Mariah Carey's angelic voice, doubled over in laughter by the comedy of Robin Williams, and captivated by the on screen performances of Denzel Washington. -John C. Maxwell

I like the sound of laughter. I was the guy in the group of friends that would always make the friends laugh. And everyone was like, 'You should do stand up,' so I gave it a shot, and ta-da! They were right. -Russell Peters

I very rarely laugh. I remember I used to have a joy at comedy. I remember going to see Sean Lock for the first time live, just in some comedy club when I was 18, and again, just guttural, pure laughter. I didn't know what he was doing; I couldn't see the tricks. -Stephen Merchant

I guess as you get older you sort of see the mechanics, even with the best comedians. There's admiration for people I admire, but it's not guttural laughter. It's a wry 'Oh, well done, sir.' But I sort of miss that slightly; I miss the raw joy of comedy I used to get. -Stephen Merchant

Emperor Sid Caesar is gone to eternity himself now. He takes with him the gratitude of every one of us who first learned the relief of laughter from this genuinely great performer. -Ben Stein

I think laughter is the best medicine. If you can't laugh at yourself, then you can't laugh at life and the silliness of it all. -David Hasselhoff

I'd like someone tall, dark and nice. Independent and confident. Not a macho man. Perhaps a little bit girly, in a way. The key for me is if we can cry with laughter. -Miranda Hart

Feelings aroused by the touch of someone's hand, the sound of music, the smell of a flower, a beautiful sunset, a work of art, love, laughter, hope and faith – all work on both the unconscious and the conscious aspects of the self, and they have physiological consequences as well. -Bernie Siegel

In 'Last to Die,' three children living in different cities are the only survivors when their families are slaughtered. Two years later, their foster families are murdered, and these three orphans are once again the only survivors. -Tess Gerritsen

I have seen and heard comedians who had really funny 'stuff' but yet could not make the people laugh; then, again – I have seen others whose stuff was anything but humorous, and the audience would howl with laughter. -Al Jolson

If you look at Jack Benny, George Burns, or Don Rickles, they've all had long, successful marriages. So, I think there's something about laughter and the durability of a marriage. -Bob Newhart

More and more, as I get older, people come up to me and say, 'Thank you for all the laughter.' And my standard answer is, 'It was my pleasure.' But that's the truth. -Bob Newhart

You have to take things with a lot of laughter. I laugh with everyone; this way, I will be able to die happy. -Azzedine Alaia

When I had photographed Prince William's mother, I brought along a CD of Dalida, a French singer, that we played on set all day to relax everyone. I decided to do the same thing for Catherine and William. The contrast of the contemporary informal music playing in the beautiful rooms with so much history caused a lot of laughter. -Mario Testino

I started quite young at school, compering a charity event at an old people's home. I would do stand up and impressions and enjoyed the laughter. It's very addictive. It's a lovely sensation to say something and hear a whole room laugh. -Armando Iannucci

The important thing, once you get 'em laughing, is to keep 'em laughing until you're through. With a 90-minute feature, you've got to stop the laughter and then pick it up again, which is tough. -Hal Roach

The whole point about laughter is it's like mercury: you can't catch it, you can't catch what motivates it – that's why it's funny. -Mike Nichols

Let us instance one respect in which American life has recently undergone a great change. We allude to its increased devotion to pleasure, to happiness, to dancing, to sport… to the delights of the country, to laughter, and to all forms of cheerfulness. -Frank Crowninshield

Of all the logical impasses, unknowings, paradoxes, and terrors that provoke laughter, death by its finality and unsolvable mystery is paramount. -Andrew Hudgins

The Rwandan policy of putting the genocide behind them is incredibly effective in many ways. But it's also incredibly frightening to think that this nation is being asked put this mass slaughter behind them. -Dinaw Mengestu

It's commonly said that if slaughterhouses had clear glass walls, nobody would eat meat. I think people go out of their way to remain ignorant about how factory farm animals are treated. -Steve-O

I have a tough stomach, and I've put myself through a lot. But when I first found out what happens to animals on modern factory farms and in today's slaughterhouses, I wanted to throw up – I literally couldn't believe it. -Steve-O

If I say that I am more interested in preventing the slaughter of large whales than I am in improving housing conditions for people, I am likely to shock some of my friends. -Richard Dawkins

Most of us are aware of the sacrificial slaughter of Bear Sterns. Some people call it a bailout, but I call it a handout – a government handout to some of the richest people on Earth, paid for by American taxpayers. -Robert Kiyosaki

In 'Malvolio,' the audience laugh at me, and I use that laughter to crack open the question as to why they are laughing. -Tim Crouch

I tell residents, if you gave me two patients with identical problems, and one of them had family at the bedside with a lot of laughter, plus photos and a quilt from home, and next door was another patient who was alone every time I came by – I'm going to be very nervous about the isolated patient's mental status. -Allan Hamilton

There is nothing incompatible about laughter and demons, nor about athletic achievement and depression. Mike Flanagan made me laugh, too. But mostly, he made me brave. -Jane Leavy

I have spent my whole life trying to prove that women can get into politics. I'd now say to them, 'For God's sake don't do it – you'll get slaughtered.' -Margaret Moran

I've noticed that the few times I've traveled first class myself, you've already got your drink, and your coat has been taken by the time the rest of the passengers file on, and it's hard not to feel sorry for them. They're sort of trooping past you like cows to slaughter and you're sitting there in your, you know, wide-body seat. -Walter Kirn

I like playing with that space between laughter and discomfort where your discomfort can also make you laugh, and you're confused about the mixed feelings. That's challenging, and I think that's what makes for some of the best art. -Hari Kondabolu

I discovered that bone china was a British invention, which had been developed by a pottery sited next to a slaughterhouse – 'bone' china, of course, contains bones, though we are inclined to forget that. -Christien Meindertsma

I had a list of rules I made up one time. It says: Tell the truth, sing with passion, work with laughter, and love with heart. Those are good to start with, anyway. -Kris Kristofferson

I have a pretty diverse audience, and that makes me happy – laughter is universal, and I don't differentiate between people at all. Why should I? People are people. There's no reason why one person can't relate to any other person on this planet in some way or another. -Tracy Morgan

The reality is that most of North America knows next to nothing of the 20th century's first genocide – the systematic slaughter of 1.5 million Armenians in the First World War. -Chris Bohjalian

Where do thoroughbreds go after they lose one too many races, throw one too many riders, or develop a limp? Many thousands of thoroughbreds end up being slaughtered for horse meat. The unpleasant truth is horse meat is eaten in Europe and Asia. -Jane Velez-Mitchell

I've bought perfectly healthy horses for a couple of hundred dollars just as they were about to be loaded on a slaughterhouse-bound truck. -Jane Velez-Mitchell

It's time for compassionate Americans to send a wake-up call to their members of Congress and demand passage of legislation to end the wholesale slaughter of America's horses once and for all. -Jane Velez-Mitchell

I find it abhorrent to see a whale being slaughtered and do nothing but bear witness. -Paul Watson

Being lampooned on 'South Park' is hardly something to complain about. They brought the issue of the dolphin and whale slaughter by the Japanese to a very large audience. I could not really care less how I was portrayed. -Paul Watson

The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society recognizes that the deaths of four sealers is a tragedy, but Sea Shepherd also recognizes that the slaughter of hundreds of thousands of seal pups is an even greater tragedy. -Paul Watson

The film 'The Cove' made people aware of the Japanese slaughter of whales. -Paul Watson

The two things in the world we all share in this world are laughter and pain. We've all got problems. The levels of those problems vary, but we've all got problems. When you can take things that are painful and make them funny, that's a gift – to you and your audience. -Kevin Hart

In the middle of the nineteenth century, the United States embarked on a new relationship with death, entering into a civil war that proved bloodier than any other conflict in American history, a war that would presage the slaughter of World War I's Western Front and the global carnage of the twentieth century. -Drew Gilpin Faust

Today, Japan is one of the few countries in the world where one hears laughter everywhere. -David Douglas Duncan

Like most athletes, I like to go home and relax. I try not to bring the game home with me. I might play some video games that are, let's just say, for mature audiences only. And I might get some flak for this, but I like to watch 'Seinfeld.' Sometimes, laughter is the best medicine. -Nick Ferguson

When you're with Chris Wylde, there's never not laughter. -David Anders

In the process of looking for comedy, you have to be deeply honest. And in doing that, you'll find out here's the other side. You'll be looking under the rock occasionally for the laughter. -Robin Williams

If Heaven exists, to know that there's laughter, that would be a great thing. -Robin Williams

Laughter is binary: It either happens or it doesn't. As each joke arrives in the course of a film, the cavernous space of the theater is either filled with joy and laughter or with the quiet of cringing embarrassment. Every time you step to the plate to make a joke, you're going to experience one or the other. -David Dobkin

'Ray Donovan' was all fiction and pure fun, to be working with such greats as Liev Schreiber and Jon Voight. My character was recurring, but my storyline was intricate to the whole thing. With the character that I played, I got to go through all aspects of my instrument. I got to bring it to tears and to laughter. -Johnathon Schaech

I was named Class Clown in the high school yearbook, so I was always turning to comedy and laughter to heal and to get me through things. -Guillermo Diaz

I have laughter dates with myself, where I find comics on YouTube and watch them. Louis C.K. was my first laughter date a couple years ago. I'll also watch those videos of people doing idiotic things. That cracks me up. -Inga Muscio

All lives have triumphs and tragedies, laughter and tears, and mine has been no different. -Pat Nixon

All lives have triumphs and tragedies, laughter and tears, and mine has been no different. What really matters is whether, after all of that, you remain strong and a comfort to your loved ones. I have tried to meet that test. -Pat Nixon

When it comes to whaling, Iceland is an international outlaw. Years of global negotiations and declarations have failed utterly to end its illegal slaughter of whales. It's time to send Iceland a message it can't ignore: trade sanctions. -Pierce Brosnan

I've always thought Anne-Marie Slaughter would make a fantastic United States Senator or something. She's a real intellectual, but she's got enormous communicative skills and she's got government experience. The thing that drives me slightly crazy is the way we think about intellectuals as wooly, hopeless, arrogant, self-deceived, incapable. -Michael Ignatieff

School-leavers unfortunately will come away thinking the First World War consisted simply of 'going over the top' on the Western Front to slaughter in no-man's-land, when the conflict extended so much further, to the collapse of four empires and numerous civil wars. -Antony Beevor

Stage fright is not a thing about 'Am I any good?' It's about 'Am I gonna be good tonight?' It's a right-now thing. It helps me. If I went out there thinkin', 'Eh, we'll go slaughter 'em,' I'm positive something would go seriously wrong. -Gregg Allman

There is a cliche that probably has some anecdotal evidence on the side that comedians are very depressed people, but that's because no one is ever going to seem as funny in a normal conversation as compared to when they're up there onstage in the spotlight making a huge audience keel over with laughter. -Robert Klein

Once, I got slaughtered after 'Blade Runner' by Pauline Kael: three pages of slaughter. I was so offended, I would never read any more press. -Ridley Scott

Who would want a face that hasn't seen or lived properly, hasn't got any wrinkles that come with age, experience and laughter? Not me, anyway. -Cate Blanchett

You can compel fear. You can even make someone feel they're in love if they're isolated and dependent for long enough. But laughter is free. -Gloria Steinem

Each year, billions of animals are subjected to cruelty on factory farms, feed lots, and slaughterhouses. The brutality that these animals endure would be grounds for felony cruelty charges if inflicted upon our cats and dogs. -Peter Dinklage

I just tried to create a life for myself that's full of fun and fantasy and things that equal laughter. My life's been cartoons and comedy and acting, and it's just been a fun life, man. -Harland Williams

When you think about a walking tree, laughter is the response. -John Rhys-Davies

I would have a poet able bodied, fond of talking, a reader of the newspapers, capable of pity and laughter, informed in economics, appreciative of women, involved in personal relationships, actively interested in politics, susceptible to physical impressions. -Louis MacNeice

Humor and laughter – not necessarily derogatory derision – are my pet tools. This may come from my general philosophy of never taking the world too seriously – for fear of dying of boredom. -Marcel Duchamp

The more pain that's referenced or implied, the deeper the laugh can be because the laughter heals the pain. So you've got to have the pain, and then you have the laugh. -Mimi Kennedy

I remember one day, when things were going frightfully well, I went to buy myself a really smashing car. I asked them to show me a Porsche with an automatic gearbox, and the salesman called over all the other salesmen, and they stood around absolutely roaring with laughter. -Mary Quant

Guys, there's only one thing I hate more than bloggers who start sentences with 'guys' – and it's those mealy-mouth hipsters who crochet codpieces and their ye-olde-sideburned friends who pickle stuff and slaughter their own gluten-free goats. -Jill Soloway

When you need a good laugh, do you reach for a book? I don't. I expect books to move me deeply and submerge me in another reality. So when a novel makes me roar with laughter, it's always a delightful surprise. -Maria Semple

'Tickle Monster' is an interactive book and, by the nature of the story, bonds the parent and child through tickling and laughter. -Josie Bissett

I love to laugh, and laughter is one of my favorite things. When you have a really good laugh, you feel great afterwards. -Bill Engvall

When the Bill of Rights was written, no one owned a MAG5100, 100-round magazine for an M-16. The concept of a mass slaughter carried out over a matter of minutes was incomprehensible. -Kurt Eichenwald

I honestly believe life is a combination of laughter and tears, and it's almost always better to laugh than to cry. -Teresa Medeiros

I'm not anti-war. I served in a war, and I served proudly. But just or not, necessary or not, war is the industrial-scale slaughter of other humans. -Phil Klay

The child in you, like all children, loves to laugh, to be around people who can laugh at themselves and life. Children instinctively know that the more laughter we have in our lives, the better. -Wayne Dyer

I would say laughter is the best medicine. But it's more than that. It's an entire regime of antibiotics and steroids. Laughter brings the swelling down on our national psyche and then applies an antibiotic cream. You gotta keep it away from your eyes. -Stephen Colbert

If you want to know how Hillary Clinton could try to distance herself from President Obama's much-criticized foreign policy, listen closely to the words of her former top strategist, Anne-Marie Slaughter. -Nina Easton

Various books revolutionised what I think about novels and showed me that they're not strict, formulaic things. 'Coming Through Slaughter' by Michael Ondaatje was one of them. -Sarah Hall

In Bosnia, the case was there were white, blond-haired, blue-eyed Muslims who were being slaughtered and identified as Muslims. That really touched me. -Maajid Nawaz

Every joke in 'The Office' was unexpected. I cringed; I could hardly look. I cried with laughter. -Ian Watson

Laughter is such a healing thing, and through laughter, we find commonalities with each other. There's a lot of separation in the world, and by creating more things to laugh at, we can create a common ground for open discussion. -Sufe Bradshaw

The First World War was a horror of gas, industrialised slaughter, fear, and appalling human suffering. -Nick Harkaway

Humor is the most precious gift I can give to my reader, a reminder that the world is not such a terribly serious place. There is more than video games and drugs and nuclear threats; there is laughter, and there is hope. -James Howe

Anybody looking at the history even of the 20th century would not single out Islam as the bloodthirsty religion; it was Christian/Nazi/Communist Europe and Buddhist/Taoist/Hindu/atheist Asia that set records for mass slaughter. -Nicholas Kristof

I haven't touched a piece of meat since I read a graphic description of Chicago's slaughterhouses when I was 12. -Christie Brinkley

The Tibetans are dirty. They wash once a year and, except for festivals, seldom change their clothes till they begin to drop off. They are healthy and hardy; even the women can carry weights of sixty pounds over the passes. They attain extreme old age; their voices are harsh and loud, and their laughter is noisy and hearty. -Isabella Bird

We all go to the theater and cinema to be inspired and moved on an emotional level, sometimes to laughter, sometimes to tears. Once I discovered that acting could have such an effect, I was sold. It has been one of the most rewarding discoveries I have ever made. -Ian Anthony Dale

I get very confused about being called a comedian, because when you say 'I'm a comedian,' people expect you to crack a joke. Maybe I use laughter and humour to make people think. I don't know what you call that – a humourist? A satirist? A pessimistic comedian? I don't know. Satirists can be very dark. -Bassem Youssef

I once spoke to 9,000 people, but they managed to fit them all into a structure that resembled a Zeppelin hangar, so it was a contained space in which whatever laughter I generated could ricochet and hang around for a bit, encouraging others to join in. -Christopher Buckley

I've done a few interviews where I realized that 9/11 was the ultimate home invasion, not to be glib about it. You know, where the place that you think is safe and the people that you think are safe and far from evil are suddenly just slaughtered by it, and you have no control over it. -Wes Craven

A clever conjurer is welcome anywhere, and those of us whose powers of entertainment are limited to the setting of booby-traps or the arranging of apple-pie beds must view with envy the much greater tribute of laughter and applause which is the lot of the prestidigitator with some natural gift for legerdemain. -A. A. Milne

Jazz, to me, is one of the inherent expressions of Negro life in America: the eternal tom-tom beating in the Negro soul – the tom-tom of revolt against weariness in a white world, a world of subway trains, and work, work, work; the tom-tom of joy and laughter, and pain swallowed in a smile. -Langston Hughes

Remembering the loss of those Irishmen from all parts of the island who were sent to their deaths in the imperialist slaughter of the First World War is crucial to understanding our history. It is also important to recognise the special significance in which the Battle of the Somme and the First World War is held. -Martin McGuinness

There is something very human in this apparent mirth and mockery of the squirrels. It seems to be a sort of ironical laughter, and implies self-conscious pride and exultation in the laughter. -John Burroughs

I think music and laughter are the two things that can keep you alive. Someone who is really depressed, tell them a joke, and they may come out of it for even just a moment. Or play them something. -Nell Carter

It's awfully nice when people thank you for the pleasure and laughter you've brought to their lives. -Gary Burghoff

Even in my comedies, I don't take anger as a joke. I think anger and laughter are very close to each other, when you think about it. One of the things I like about a character: I always think it's fascinating when a character can turn on a dime and go from one emotion to another. I like watching that. -Albert Brooks

I really like the power of stopping the laughter and turning it to horror. -T. C. Boyle

Opening Iran up to foreign investment, increasing its oil exports, and unfreezing over $100 billion in assets means more money for Hamas for building terror tunnels in Gaza, more weapons for Hezbollah in Lebanon, more slaughter in Syria, and more violence worldwide. -Ted Deutch

I keep doing stand-up because the world needs laughter – there's always something happening in the country and in the world. That's why I wanted to become an entertainer: to help people forget about their problems for a little while. -Loni Love

People always mention that they'd love to see me in a comedy again. Maybe it's time – laughter being the best medicine. -Thomas Gibson

I loved listening to laughter even as a little kid. -Ron White

I remember when I first saw Whoopi Goldberg doing standup, and she was wearing a sheet on her head, basically pretending to be this little white girl with long luxurious blonde hair. Everyone can relate to that. It's an oral history of black women's lives through laughter. -Mickalene Thomas

There is something irresistibly funny about a funeral. More basically, I think the point is that beyond the deepest tragedy, there is laughter. Even in the midst of tragedy, there is always the possibility for it. -Del Close

There's no family in America that can celebrate a victory better than the Harbaughs. You'll never hear more laughter, more storytelling, or more embellishment. -Jack Harbaugh

When I first played Othello, a reviewer absolutely slaughtered me. -David Harewood

My biggest pet peeve is when you go to a fine restaurant, and it's like a mausoleum inside. Good food should be joyful. There should be laughter and chatter, not people sitting there like they're in a funeral-parlor waiting room. -Jim Harrison

Muhammad Ali struck us in the middle of America's darkest night, in the heart of its most threatening gathering storm. His power toppled the mightiest of foes, and his intense light shined on America, and we were able to see clearly injustice, inequality, poverty, pride, self realization, courage, laughter, love, joy and religious freedom for all. -Billy Crystal

Definitely, people laugh a lot on the set. The actor always feels bad about laughing during a take. But I love it. It means you are having a good time and you are enjoying yourself. There is nothing wrong with laughter. -John Hamburg

Startup culture fosters laughter, debate, and a passionate, non-politically-correct focus on getting things done. And this startup of culture is something entrepreneurs struggle to maintain as the business grows. To ensure this environment continues, create a strong foundation and ensure everyone is on board. -Clay Clark

I've been involved in animal issues for quite a while, going back 24 years. I started reading up on factory farming and slaughterhouses and animal cruelty, and it didn't make sense for me to be part of it. -Kevin Nealon

Keep fighting for freedom and justice, beloveds, but don't forget to have fun doin' it. Lord, let your laughter ring forth. Be outrageous, ridicule the fraidy-cats, rejoice in all the oddities that freedom can produce. -Molly Ivins

I think I'm a nervous laugher. Like, when you're in a situation that you don't know what's going on, you go to laughter more than anything. -Jack McBrayer

I'm always awoken with the joyous sound and laughter of my son. That's the best part about being a mom. -Jane Krakowski

The best thing that I bring in my live show is that it's not scripted. It's more of a conversation with my audience. And that's what people like about the show – it's very real. There are mistakes and laughter. -Trisha Yearwood

Each track has to be precise, and that is a problem on a rhythmically complex track like 'Slaughtered.' -Dimebag Darrell

We believe it is comprehensive international sanctions against the white regime that will save us from the slaughter of hundreds of thousands of South Africans, black and white. -Oliver Tambo

Naming me 'Twinkle' was a foolproof way of making sure that I would get teased throughout my life, have immigration officers at various airports stare at my passport and shake with hysterical laughter, and strangers stalk me with WhatsApp messages like, 'Twinkle, Twinkle, little star, I hope you get hit by a car!' -Twinkle Khanna

Life is laughter. -Theodore Melfi

People have to work to maintain happiness. It's easy to be miserable. It's easy to stay miserable. It's easy to live in a place where nothing's working and not being able to work your way out of it. It's much harder to choose happiness, to choose laughter, to choose a positive. -Tituss Burgess

I often find in doing tragedy, or doing very serious material, that there's a level of anxiety that builds that often leads to laughter in some cases. In between takes, there can often be a lightness. -Michael Stuhlbarg

I would be with a bunch of Kennedy fans watching the debate, and their comment would be, 'He's really slaughtering Nixon.' Then we would all go to another apartment, and the Nixon fans would say, 'How do you like the shellacking he gave Kennedy?' -Lenny Bruce

Funny is funny. I dare anyone to look at Tim Conway and Harvey Korman doing the dentist sketch, which is more than 40 years old, and not scream with laughter. -Carol Burnett

I've always felt that desire. To get a woman to throw back her head in laughter is a hot thing. -Howard Jacobson

That's the great test: if you're going to be a great comic writer, not a humorist, you've got to take it into the throat of grief. Can you make laughter and seriousness so close that they are the same thing? -Howard Jacobson

I stopped doing interviews for a long time because the words were mine, but they were in the wrong order. Context is a very important thing – a lot of the things I say aren't serious, and so to remove the laughter does me no favours. -James Blunt

As a Jew, there's a need to keep that atrocity alive. There were Catholics and gypsies and homosexuals who died in the Holocaust, too. It's amazing that people allowed this slaughter to take place. There's a need to make these films and reiterate it happened. -Martin Landau

You can send a lot of instruction through laughter. -Jeffrey Tambor

If you have children and want to give your future self a present, record their laughter as toddlers. When they're older and away from you, you might find that clip in the middle of the day, and it will transport you as surely as if you had a time machine. -John Dickerson

I love to make people laugh, and I believe that laughter and song are the best way to help young children learn. -GloZell

I've kind of stopped valuing laughter as the end-all measurement of what I'm doing. -Bo Burnham

I remember once they sent me over to read for a show called 'Mork and Mindy.' I heard gales of laughter, then Robin Williams walked out. I had to follow Robin Williams. -Judge Reinhold

I worked in factories, slaughterhouses, as an upholsterer. I did demolition work, was a postman, was a tiler, a plasterer. I even sold double-glazing door-to-door. But I always dreamed of being a world champion, first of all as a boxer. -Michael Bisping

I think the way comedy is represented on screen is it's either all fart jokes – and it's just laughter for the sake of laughter – or it's one of those things where it's just kind of very preachy, very heavy-handed. -Hasan Minhaj

It's really hard to be all serious in the tango and not break into laughter. -Laurie Hernandez

Every sexy joke of long ago, every flirtation, is being recalled by some women and revised and re-evaluated as sexual harassment. Frivolous accusations reduce, if not eliminate, not only communication between men and women but any kind of playfulness and banter… Where has the laughter gone? -Maryanne Trump Barry

My mantra is – eat little less than your hunger level, consume double the quantity of water, your workout must be tripled, and dose of laughter must be four times! -Sangram Singh

I don't try to sanction other people's joy in monsters. I mean, I think the fact is, humor, fantasy – you know, like fear, desire or laughter – create genres of their own: comedy, melodrama, or erotic films or horror films… The boundaries cannot be defined. It's to each his own. -Guillermo del Toro

What I love is the comedy of the body. It's a little highfalutin', but you can even say pre-verbal comedy. People laugh differently at stuff that isn't brought to them via the spoken word. It's from a different place; it's a different quality of laughter. -Bill Irwin

Here's my story: My mother and I were at Cirque du Soleil, looking down on Shiner doing his act. She was always tolerant of my being a clown, but I don't remember her rolling with laughter. But with Shiner, she could not sit up straight! -Bill Irwin

For me, it was an amazing experience. I saw where my father came from. I was given a royal welcome in El Bireh – they even slaughtered a sheep in my honor. -Said Musa

You hear people say, 'We take our Tennessee Williams very seriously. There is no laughter here.' It's full of humor! Not to laugh is a big, bad mistake! -Ruby Dee

The unpredictability of the weather, the increasing possibility of intelligence introducing a species more powerful than ours, the growing uncertainty that animals can or should be slaughtered for our pleasure, has led many of us to start asking more complex questions about what is and isn't normal. -Michaela Coel

There's a lot of power in laughter. -W. Kamau Bell

I'm definitely proud of myself anytime I can make Amanda Peet break out into laughter. -Steve Zissis

The first thing I heard when I got in the business – not from my mentor – was, 'Bulls make money, bears make money, and pigs get slaughtered.' I'm here to tell you I was a pig. And I strongly believe the only way to make long-term returns in our business that are superior is by being a pig. -Stanley Druckenmiller

Many of my 20- and 30-something peers struggle with student loan debt and high rent, and more than once, I've erupted in laughter at the idea that I will collect any Social Security in my Betty White years. -Mary Pilon

A lot of sexism is just very silly… and the best response is laughter and ridicule. -Mary Beard

All comedy is funny because it tells us truths that we recognise through laughter, but that doesn't mean it can't be unnerving. Think of 'Fawlty Towers'; it can be very, very dark, but by God, it's funny. The two things are not in opposition. -David Farr

I say now, if I'm not laughing a whole lot on the first date, you're pretty much not going to get a second one, I can tell you that. It's all about the laughter and a good time for me. -Gina Neely

The truths are universal: Every kid knows fear. Every kid knows family and friendship. Loss, love, laughter. Everything else is just detail. -Jason Reynolds

My morning rituals are typical. I wake up yearning for a few extra moments of rest. I express gratitude to a higher power for the breath in my body and the blessings in my life. I shower. I dress. I eat breakfast. I exchange laughter and words with my beloveds, embracing each other as we say our daily goodbyes. -Patrisse Cullors

I just love comedy, and I honestly believe that laughter transcends everything. If everyone laughed together, laughed more, it would unite the world in peace. -Masi Oka

To be a comic, you must reveal yourself in your most grotesque nudity. And it's only then, when the truth gets told, when the audience recognizes it somewhere in themselves, that they get that great medicine of laughter. -Melissa Leo

When somebody says something stupid to me, I usually alleviate it with laughter and humour. I make light of it to educate people on why it's inappropriate. -Tan France

My favorite comics are the ones who say funny stuff but also give you the message. They give you the laughter, but there's also the, 'Mmm – I didn't take that into consideration.' -Tony Rock

I just hope to tell stories that help change people's minds about loving and accepting others. And one of the best ways we can do that is through laughter. -Annaleigh Ashford

Growing up, I was always enthralled by Ronnie Barker. He made my dad howl with laughter, which always intrigued me, and he had the rare gift of being as good a performer as he was a writer. -Dominic Holland

I think laughter and stimulating conversation are the things that truly make a romantic evening. -Michael Buble

I'm the youngest of six kids, and I grew up with a lot of noise, a lot of music, and a lot of laughter. -Yahya Abdul-Mateen II

The smaller an audience is, the more self-conscious they are. People are always looking at each other to see who is laughing. Because the thing about laughter is that it exposes who you are. -Baron Vaughn

The people of Montana want to send me to Washington – not to bring home the bacon but to slaughter the hog. -Matt Rosendale

I believe in laughter. I believe laughter is good for the soul. I believe in making other people laugh to make them feel good. -Anthony Ray Hinton

I think it's important to make art for a myriad of reasons. The least of which is that I think laughter is medicinal, and I think there is an escapism aspect – an act of self-care. -Natasha Rothwell

Even though standup seems like one-way conversation, if you're doing it right, it's actually a two-way discussion between the comic and the audience… the audience just happens to be communicating through laughter. -Dave Rubin

It's a very simple answer, how to get my abs so defined. I have a very healthy diet of a lot of laughter. If you laugh all the time, you're consistently flexing your abdominals all the time. -Finn Balor

I think that laughter and death are closely related: comedy is the quintessential human reaction to the fear of death. It's probably linked with the fact that we are the only animals who know we must die. -Maurizio Cattelan

If you have physical ailments, you will get everyone's compassion, but when you have a mental ailment, you will get laughter, unfortunately. This is because it is very difficult to make out when somebody is sick and when somebody is being stupid. -Jaggi Vasudev

I couldn't have made it without knowing how to use laughter to get from one day to the next. -Shana Alexander

I do believe that laughter is the best medicine – it cures everything. -Radhika Apte

When you see Bret Hart versus Steve Austin, it just seemed so much more real than Hulk Hogan versus Sgt. Slaughter. -Bret Hart

When you're 14 and you're with your friends, you laugh about really stupid stuff, but as you get older, the laughter inside you dies. When you're older, you need a bit of help. -Noel Fielding

It's extraordinary to hear waves of laughter after you've been playing something, night after night, to nothing. That's why I'm still hooked on acting: the terror of the possibility of things going wrong, the thrill when they go right, and the joy of the company. -Eileen Atkins

I grew up on a mountain in Tennessee, and my brothers and I love to go to The Mountain Opry when we are home. There is alway an abundance of laughter and joy, and anyone can get up on stage and dance and sing. My family also goes to a candlelight service at church on Christmas Eve. It's such a wonderful way to spend the night before Christmas. -Rachel Boston

'QI' is exactly what the best TV ought to be – you learn something, but you are also crying with laughter. -Sandi Toksvig

Everybody should read 'Slaughterhouse-Five' by Kurt Vonnegut. This book is about the hypocrisy of war, told in satire, and is hard-hitting and truthful. -Kalki Koechlin

What I like to think I've done is try to teach all women and my three female daughters, to teach them to rise above stuff, to find things that move you, to bring humor and laughter to everything that you do, and to realize that no other person defines you. Find what's great about yourself, and band together as women. -Joely Fisher

There was always laughter in our house. And I have great memories of my dad making an Ulster fry on a Saturday morning. They were legendary even though he couldn't really cook. -Dick Strawbridge

Songs should have an infectious melody and rhythm and, I think, should elicit an emotion of happiness or of celebration or of sadness or of sorrow or of love or laughter, whatever. -Alan Menken

If I grow older like my mum, I'll be happy. She's never touched her face. She has laughter lines but looks lovely. -Tamzin Outhwaite

Dad was, is, and always will be one of the kindest, most generous, gentlest souls I've ever known, and while there are few things I know for certain right now, one of them is that not just my world but the entire world is forever a little darker, less colorful, and less full of laughter in his absence. -Zelda Williams

Just laughing a lot would be the most important thing in a relationship to me. And a smattering of trust. A dollop of laughter – and an icing of trust. -Rachael Stirling

If I can bring a little light, love, and laughter into my environment, it's a win. -Stephanie Ruhle

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