The only cure for vanity is laughter, and the only fault that is laughable is vanity.
To laugh often and much: To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children, to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others, to leave the world a bit better whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you lived. This is to have succeeded.
This quote belongs to Bessie Anderson Stanley, What is success? (1904), and it is incorrectly attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson and other other authors. Look under Bessie Anderson Stanley for the entire poem and more details about the poem.
If evil be spoken of you and it be true, correct yourself, if it be a lie, laugh at it.
I'd rather laugh with the sinners than cry with the saints; The sinners are much more fun
Not by wrath does one kill, but by laughter
Thus Spoke Zarathustra
Love is an attachment to another self. Humor is a form of self-detachment -- a way of looking at one's existence, one's misfortune, or one's discomfort. If you really love, if you really know how to laugh, the result is the same: you forget yourself.
I have striven not to laugh at human actions, not to weep at them, nor to hate them, but to understand them.
Heaven knows insanity was disreputable enough, long ago; but now that the lawyers have got to cutting every gallows rope and picking every prison lock with it, it is become a sneaking villainy that ought to hang and keep on hanging its sudden possessors until evil-doers should conclude that the safest plan was to never claim to have it until they came by it legitimately. The very calibre of the people the lawyers most frequently try to save by the insanity subterfuge ought to laugh the plea out of the courts, one would think.
"Unburlesquable Things," The Galaxy Magazine, July 1870
A feast is made for laughter, and wine maketh merry; but money answereth all things.
Bible, Ecclesiastes 10:19