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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.
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.
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.
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.
So the brother in black offers to these United States the source of courage that endures, and laughter.
Zora Neale Hurston
The house of laughter makes a house of woe.
The laughter of man is more terrible than his tears, and takes more forms hollow, heartless, mirthless, maniacal.
The laughter of the aphorism is sometimes triumphant, but seldom carefree.
He who has laughter on his side has no need of proof.
Nobody ever died of laughter.
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.
Incongruity is the mainspring of laughter.
Laughter would be bereaved if snobbery died.
Like all young men I set out to be a genius, but mercifully laughter intervened.
The only cure for vanity is laughter, and the only fault that is laughable is vanity.
You feel completely in control when you hear a wave of laughter coming back at you that you have caused.
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.
Dom DeLuise was a big man in every way. He was big in size and created big laughter and joy.
We are trying to communicate a fulfilled ideal. Does anybody remember laughter?
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.
Laughter, and the broader category of humor, are key elements in helping us go on with our life after a loss.
The highest state is laughter.
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
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.
You know, there's endorphins in laughter, as there are endorphins in running in the park.
Laughter is nothing else but sudden glory arising from some sudden conception of some eminency in ourselves, by comparison with the infirmity of others, or with our own formerly.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
John F. Kennedy
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