Mirth Quotes

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Ella Wheeler Wilcox
“Laugh, and the world laughs with you;
Weep, and you weep alone;
For the sad old earth must borrow its mirth,
But has trouble enough of its own.
Sing, and the hills will answer;
Sigh, it is lost on the air;
The echoes bound to a joyful sound,
But shrink from voicing care.

Rejoice, and men will seek you;
Grieve, and they turn and go;
They want full measure of all your pleasure,
But they do not need your woe.
Be glad, and your friends are many;
Be sad, and you lose them all,—
There are none to decline your nectared wine,
But alone you must drink life’s gall.

Feast, and your halls are crowded;
Fast, and the world goes by.
Succeed and give, and it helps you live,
But no man can help you die.
There is room in the halls of pleasure
For a large and lordly train,
But one by one we must all file on
Through the narrow aisles of pain. ”
Ella Wheeler Wilcox

“I am metaphysical being, mystical and emotional, skeptical and cynical, happy and boisterous, loud and bawdy, quiet and melancholy, tender and cruel, full of mirth and despair. Inherent inconsistences mark me as part of nature, which is neither cruel nor fair, or reliable or predictable.”
Kilroy J. Oldster, Dead Toad Scrolls

“Laughter is eternity if joy is real.”
tags: mirth

Michael Bassey Johnson
“Don't let your teeth make you lose respect by permanently keeping them opened for the sake of being friendly.”
Michael Bassey Johnson

Joseph Addison
“Mirth is like a flash of lightning that breaks through a gloom of clouds and glitters for a moment.”
Joseph Addison

Anna Seward
“When Death, or adverse Fortune's ruthless gale,
Tears our best hopes away, the wounded Heart
Exhausted, leans on all that can impart
The charm of Sympathy; her mutual wail
How soothing! never can her warm tears fail
To balm our bleeding grief's severest smart;
Nor wholly vain feign'd Pity's solemn art,
Tho' we should penetrate her sable veil.
Concern, e'en known to be assum'd, our pains
Respecting, kinder welcome far acquires
Than cold Neglect, or Mirth that Grief profanes.
Thus each faint Glow-worm of the Night conspires,
Gleaming along the moss'd and darken'd lanes,
To cheer the Gloom with her unreal fires.”
Anna Seward, Original sonnets on various subjects; and odes paraphrased from Horace

Fyodor Dostoevsky
“Sincere and unspiteful laughter is mirth, but where is there any mirth in our time, and do people know how to be mirthful?... A man's mirth is a feature that gives away the whole man, from head to foot. Someone's character won't be cracked for a long time then the man bursts out laughing somehow quite sincerely, and his whole character suddenly opens up as if on the flat of your hand. Only a man of the loftiest and happiest development knows how to be mirthful infectiously, that is, irresistibly and goodheartedly. I'm not speaking of his mental development, but of his character, of the whole man. And so, if you want to discern a man and know his soul, you must look, not at how he keeps silent, or how he speaks, or how we weeps, or even how he is stirred by the noblest ideas, but you had better look at him when he laughs. If a man has a good laugh, it means he's a good man.”
Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Adolescent

Moncure Daniel Conway
“In 1881, being on a visit to Boston, my wife and I found ourselves in the Parker House with the Ingersoll's, and went over to Charleston to hear him lecture. His subject was 'Some Mistakes of Moses,' and it was a memorable experience. Our lost leaders, -- Emerson, Thoreau, Theodore Parker, -- who had really spoken to disciples rather than to the nation, seemed to have contributed something to form this organ by which their voice could reach the people. Every variety of power was in this orator, -- logic and poetry, humor and imagination, simplicity and dramatic art, moral and boundless sympathy. The wonderful power which Washington's Attorney-general, Edmund Randolph, ascribed to Thomas Paine of insinuating his ideas equally into learned and unlearned had passed from Paine's pen to Ingersoll's tongue. The effect on the people was indescribable. The large theatre was crowded from pit to dome. The people were carried from plaudits of his argument to loud laughter at his humorous sentences, and his flexible voice carried the sympathies of the assembly with it, at times moving them to tears by his pathos.

{Conway's thoughts on the great Robert Ingersoll}”
Moncure Daniel Conway, My Pilgrimage to the Wise Men of the East

“As a matter of fact, with all his wit, humor, raillery, persiflage, he was the profoundest logician that ever appealed to the intellect of an American audience. There was logic even in his laughter. He passed the cup of mirth, and in its sparkling foam were found the gems of unanswerable truth.

{Kittredge on the great Robert Ingersoll}”
Herman E. Kittredge, Ingersoll: A Biographical Appreciation

Dylan Thomas
“The only surprising thing about miracles, however small, is that they sometimes happen.”
Dylan Thomas, Quite Early One Morning: Stories

George Eliot
“What can promote innocent mirth, and I may say virtue, more than a good riddle?”
George Eliot, Middlemarch

Gina Barreca
“We all enter this world crying. Laughter is something we have to learn”
Gina Barreca, "If You Lean In, Will Men Just Look Down Your Blouse?": Questions and Thoughts for Loud, Smart Women in Turbulent Times

Armistead Maupin
“Then they would both dissolve in giggles, bowing in their mirth to the awful hopelessness of it all.”
Armistead Maupin, The Night Listener

Gabriel Brunsdon
“For all beings within this universal kingdom, their magnetic north rests in genuine mirth.”
Gabriel Brunsdon, Azlander: Second Nature

Ottessa Moshfegh
Mirth,” Dr. Tuttle said. “I like it better than joy. Happiness isn’t a word I like to use in here. It’s very arresting, happiness. You should know that I'm someone who appreciates the subtleties of human experience. Being well rested is a precondition, of course. Do you know what mirth means? M-I-R-T-H?"

"Yeah. Like The House of Mirth," I said.

"A sad story," said Dr. Tuttle.

"I haven't read it."

"Better you don't.”
Ottessa Moshfegh, My Year of Rest and Relaxation

Angela Panayotopulos
“His chuckles rumbled, devoid of humor, as if mirth was a kidney stone that had gotten stuck somewhere in the intestinal mess of the phone lines.”
Angela Panayotopulos, The Wake Up

“Please say that my line is to make to smile the lunatic who has shown no sign of mirth for many months.”
Randolph Caldecott

Henry Ward Beecher
“Mirth is God's medicine. Everybody ought to bathe in it.”
Henry Ward Beecher

Shirley Jackson
“In delay there lies no plenty, present mirth hath present laughter.”
Shirley Jackson, The Haunting of Hill House