May 27, 2020

Curmudgeon Corner

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cur-mudg-eon (cur-muj’un), n. [origin unknown]
1. archaic: a crusty, ill-tempered, churlish old man.
2. modern: anyone who hates hypocrisy and pretense and has the temerity to say so; anyone with the habit of pointing out unpleasant facts in an engaging and humorous manner.

This month’s subject: LAUGHTER

“By nothing do men show their character more than by the things they laugh at.” Johan Wolfgang Von Goethe

“If we may believe our logicians, man is distinguished from all other creatures by the faculty of laughter.” Joseph Addison

“Man is the only creature endowed with the power of laughter; is he not also the only one that deserves to be laughed at?” Fulke Greville

“You can’t deny laughter; when it comes, it plops down in your favorite chair and stays as long as it wants.” Stephen King

“In my mind, there is nothing so illiberal and so ill-bred as audible laughter.” Philip Dormer Stanhope

“The laughter of man is more terrible than his tears, and takes more forms — hollow, heartless, mirthless, maniacal.” James Thurber

“When a person can no longer laugh at himself, it is time for others to laugh at him.” Thomas Szasz

“Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand.” Mark Twain

“A well-developed sense of humor is the pole that adds balance to your steps as you walk the tightrope of life.” William Arthur Ward

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

“Laughter is the language of the soul.” Pablo Neruda

“You can turn painful situations around through laughter. If you can find humor in anything, even poverty, you can survive it” Bill Cosby

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