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In an amusement park, you can go on a roller coaster that carries you up and down, or you can go on another kind of ride that whirls you around in a circle. Similarly, there are different sorts of entertaining experiences in the theater.
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.
Death seems to provide the minds of the Anglo-Saxon race with a greater fund of amusement than any other single subject.
Dorothy L. Sayers
'Amusement' is appealing because we don't have to think; it spares us the fear and anxiety that might otherwise prey on our thoughts.
I love sporting events and popcorn and pizza and being outside, like at a baseball or football game. I love amusement parks, going to ride roller coasters.
I love going to the movie theatre, seeing live comedy, and going to amusement parks.
Prayer is not an old woman's idle amusement. Properly understood and applied, it is the most potent instrument of action.
I'm not here for your amusement. You're here for mine.
Sometimes I get very dressed up just to go to the corner for some bread; I dress for my own amusement.
There is no excuse for keeping wild animals in amusement parks or circuses. Until our governments take action, we should avoid supporting places where captive wild animals perform for our amusement. If the public will not pay to see them, the businesses that profit from keeping animals captive will not be able to continue.
The sportsman knows that a sport is a recreation, a game, an amusement and a pastime, but his eyes are fixed on a higher goal, on the most important thing in his life, which is his education or his vocation.
Painting is not for me either decorative amusement, or the plastic invention of felt reality; it must be every time: invention, discovery, revelation.
I look just like the girls next door... if you happen to live next door to an amusement park.
Absolute certainty is not something I strive for anymore. I've learned the hard way that destiny usually looks upon our most strident convictions with amusement, or perhaps even pity.
Art is creative for the sake of realization, not for amusement... for transfiguration, not for the sake of play.
I call myself the Amusement Park. That's because I'm funny and scary at the same time.
To a man of pleasure every moment appears to be lost, which partakes not of the vivacity of amusement.
You can't live on amusement. It is the froth on water - an inch deep and then the mud.
I read with some amusement my reputation as a ladies' man. My friends are amused by that, too, because they know my life.
I'm very good with technology, I always have been, and with machines in general. They seem not threatening like other people find them, but a source of fun and amusement.
Films have degenerated to their original operation as carnival amusement - they offer not drama but thrills.
I don't read for amusement, I read for enlightenment. I do a lot of reviewing, so I have a steady assignment of reading. I'm also a judge for the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards, which gives awards to literature and nonfiction.
Joyce Carol Oates
Attempts to defend amusement parks and circuses on the grounds that they 'educate' people about animals should not be taken seriously. Such enterprises are part of the commercial entertainment industry. The most important lesson they teach impressionable young minds is that it is acceptable to keep animals in captivity for human amusement.
Wearing underwear on the outside of your clothes can turn a tedious trip to the store for a forgotten carton of milk into an amusement park romp.
A marriage is no amusement but a solemn act, and generally a sad one.
A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
Ralph Waldo Emerson
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