Man is the merriest species of the creation; all above or below him are serious.
An ounce of mirth is worth a pound of sorrow.
Mirthfulness is in the mind, and you cannot get it out. It is the blessed spirit that God has set in the mind to dust it, to enliven its dark places, and to drive asceticism, like a foul fiend, out of the back-door. It is just as good, in its place, as conscience or veneration. Praying can no more be made a substitute for smiling than smiling can for praying.
What more than mirth would mortals have?—The cheerful man is a king.
Unseasonable mirth always turns to sorrow.
"Let us be merry," said Mr. Pecksniff.
The gift of gaiety may itself be the greatest good fortune, and the most serious step toward maturity.
Harmless mirth is the best cordial against the consumption of the spirit; wherefore jesting is not unlawful, if it trespasseth not in quantity, quality, or season.
Fun gives you a forcible hug, and shakes laughter out of you, whether you will or no.
There is nothing like fun, is there? I haven't any myself, but I do like it in others. We need all the counterweights we can muster to balance the sad relations of life. God has made sunny spots in the heart; why should we exclude the light from them?
Old Times have bequeathed us a precept, to be merry and wise, but who has been able to observe it?
Merriment is always the effect of a sudden impression. The jest which is expected is already destroyed.
Nothing is more hopeless than a scheme of merriment.
Who cannot make one in the circle of harmless merriment may be suspected of pride, hypocrisy, or formality.
To hear the addled citizens at their mirth—their lewd and lackwit innocent noble mirth.
Frame your mind to mirth and merriment, which bar a thousand harms and lengthen life.
Gaiety and a light heart, in all virtue and decorum, are the best medicine for the young, or rather for all.—Solitude and melancholy are poison; they are deadly to all, and above all to the young.
I love such mirth as does not make friends ashamed to look upon one another next morning; or men, that cannot well bear it, to repent of the money they spend when they be warmed with drink; and take this for a rule, you may pick out such times and such companies, that you may make yourself merrier for a little than a great deal of money; for "it is the company and not the charge that makes the feast."
Care to our coffin adds a nail, no doubt; and every grin, so merry, draws one out.