Soul Food for Friday: Quotes on the Divine Gift of Laughter

I remember the song from Mary Poppins, I love to laugh, loud and long and clear. I love to laugh, it’s getting worse ev’ry year.” This week’s Soul Food for Friday is dedicated to the divine gift of laughter — some quotes will be a reminder of the divine gift, others will make you think, some will highlight health benefits, while others are glimpses of heaven. May they all fuel your value of laughter and especially to share that gift of laughter with others.

“A joyful heart is good medicine, But a broken spirit dries up the bones.” — Proverbs 17:22

“I am convinced that there will be lots of laughter in Heaven. Start practicing now, so you won’t feel left out.” — C. McNair Wilson

“Bocklage’s Law: He who laugh lasts probably didn’t get the joke.”

“Laughter is like changing a baby’s diaper. It doesn’t permanently solve any problems, but it makes things more acceptable for awhile.” — Unknown

“This world is a comedy to those who think, a tragedy to those who feel.” — Horace Walpole

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Umberto Boccioni “Laughter” [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

“Men show their characters in nothing more clearly than in what they think laughable.” — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“Laughter is the beginning of prayer.” — H. Richard Niebuhr

“God gave us laughter, I think, as a balm to wash the wounds of our own blunders, as a splint to mend the bones we break in our rashness or vanity.” — Mark Buchanan

“Laughter is the closest thing to the grace of God.” — Karl Barth

“the most wasted of all days is one without laughter.” — e. e. cummings

“Laughter can relieve tension, soothe the pain of disappointment and strengthen the spirit for the formidable tasks that always lie ahead.” — Dwight D. Eisenhower

“One shows his character by what he laughs at.” — German Proverb

“You cannot deal with the most serious things in the world unless you also understand the most amusing.” — Winston Churchill

“Inviting people to laugh with you while you are laughing at yourself is a good thing to do. You may be the fool, but you’re the fool in charge.” — Carl Reiner

“Everything is funny as long as it is happening to somebody else.” — Will Rogers

“Laughter gives us distance. It allows us to step back from an event, deal with it, and then move on.” — Bob Newhart

“Gentlemen, why don’t you laugh? With the fearful strain that is upon me night and day, if I did not laugh, I should die.” — Abraham Lincoln

“Should we not see that lines of laughter about the eyes are just as much marks of faith as are the lines of care and seriousness? … A church is in a bad way when it banishes laughter from the sanctuary and leaves it to the cabaret, the nightclub and the toastmasters.” — Helmut Thielicke

“Every time one laughs a nail is removed from one’s coffin.” — Honduran Proverb

“Laughter is God’s hand on the shoulders of a troubled world.” — Minnie Pearl

“The human race has one really effective weapon, and that is laughter.” — Mark Twain

“You grow up the day you have your first real laugh at yourself!” — Ethel Barrymore

“Laughter is one of the great beacons in life because we don’t refract it by gunning it through our intellectual prism. What makes us laugh is a mystery — an involuntary response.” — Dennis Miller

“If you’re not allowed to laugh in heaven, I don’t want to go there.” — Martin Luther

“Through humor, you can soften some of the worst blows that life delivers. And once you find laughter, no matter how painful you situation might be, you can survive it.” — Bill Cosby

“A good laugh heals a lot of hurts.” — Madeleine L’Engle

“The most wasted of all our days are those in which we have not laughed.” — Sebastien Chamfort

“Laughter is the jam on the toast of life. It adds flavor, keeps it from being too dray and makes it easier to swallow.” — Diane Johnson

“Laughter is the brush that sweeps away the cobwebs of the heart.” — Mort Walker

“You can’t stay mad at somebody who makes you laugh.” — Jay Leno

“Laughter is the only thing that’ll cut trouble down to a size where you can talk to it.” — Dan Jenkins

“Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.” — Victor Borge

“Laughter is a tranquilizer with no side effects.” — Arnold Glasgow

“Life is not a laughing matter — but can you imagine having to live without laughing?” — Leonid Sukhorukov

“It is impossible to laugh and worry at the same time.” — Myrl V. Murray

“Always laugh when you can. It is cheap medicine.” — Lord Byron

“Laughing a hundred times a day yields the same cardiovascular workout as ten minutes of rowing. During a good belly laugh, your heart rate can top 120 beats a minute. So laugh it up! It’s good for you!” — Herm Albright

What value does laughter add to your life? What is making you laugh these days?

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