If you have only one smile in you, give it to the people you love. Don't be surly at home, then go out in the street and start grinning "Good morning" at total strangers.
- Maya Angelou
Nothing can confound
A wise man more than laughter from a dunce.
- Lord Byron
No man who has once heartily and wholly laughed can be altogether irreclaimably bad.
- Thomas Carlyle
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
Of all days, the day on which one has not laughed is the one most surely wasted.
- Sébastien-Roch Nicolas de Chamfort
One can know a man from his laugh, and if you like a man's laugh before you know anything of him, you may confidently say that he is a good man.
- Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoyevsky
There is nothing in which people more betray their character than in what they laugh at.
There is a kind of laughter that sickens the soul. Laughter when it is out of control: when it screams and stamps its feet, and sets the bells jangling in the next town. Laughter in all its ignorance and cruelty. Laughter with the seed of Satan in it. It tramples upon shrines; the belly-roarer. It roars, it yells, it is delirious: and yet it is as cold as ice. It has no
humour. It is naked noise and naked malice.
- Mervyn Peake