A Quote by S. T epper on jokes, loneliness, love, pain, people, and thought

She used to love jokes, painful ones. She loved hurting people. She thought it would lessen the hurt and loneliness she felt, but it never did.

S. T epper

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A Quote by Robert Lee Frost on forgiveness and jokes

Forgive, O Lord, my little jokes on Thee And I'll forgive Thy great big one on me.

Robert Frost

Source: the Clearing, 1962

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A Quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson on comedy, giving, honesty, jokes, performance, and time

The essence of all jokes, of all comedy, seems to be an honest or well intended halfness; a non performance of that which is pretended to be performed, at the same time that one is giving loud pledges of performance. The balking of the intellect, is comedy and it announces itself in the pleasant spasms we call laugther.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)

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A Quote by Oliver Goldsmith on boredom, certainty, day, disaster, faults, jokes, kindness, laughter, learning, and love

Well had the boding tremblers learn'd to trace The day's disasters in his morning face; Full well they laugh'd with counterfeited glee At all his jokes, for many a joke had he; Full well the busy whisper circling round Convey'd the dismal tidings when he frown'd. Yet was he kind, or if severe in aught, The love he bore to learning was in fault; The village all declar'd how much he knew, 'Twas certain he could write and cipher too.

Oliver Goldsmith (1728 - 1774)

Source: The Deserted Village

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A Quote by Ludwig Josef Johann Wittgenstein on good, jokes, seriousness, and work

A serious and good philosophical work could be written consisting entirely of jokes.

Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889 - 1951)

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A Quote by Louisa May Alcott on jokes


Housekeeping ain't no joke.

Louisa May Alcott (1832 - 1888)

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A Quote by Joseph Addison on jokes


Round-heads and wooden-shoes are standing jokes.

Joseph Addison (1672 - 1719)

Source: Prologue to The Drummer.

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A Quote by Janet Jackson on jokes, laughter, life, and niceness

Too many lives go up in smoke - It's nice to laugh but don't be the joke.

Janet Jackson

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A Quote by J. E. Littlewood on good, jokes, mathematics, and mediocrity

A good mathematical joke is better, and better mathematics, than a dozen mediocre papers.

J. E. Littlewood (1885 - 1977)

Source: A Mathematician's Miscellany, Methuen and Co. ltd., 1953.

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A Quote by Hugh B. Brown on birds, brothers, day, faith, fear, goals, god, good, heart, humor, intelligence, jokes, laughter, life, men, needs, optimism, people, pessimism, relationships, sense of humor, skepticism, soul, tolerance, and women

A sense of relationship and copartnership with God involves the concept of universal brotherhood and that will help to develop intelligent tolerance, open-mindedness, and good-natured optimism. Life is really a battle between fear and faith, pessimism and optimism. Fear and pessimism paralyze men with skepticism and futility. One must have a sense of humor to be an optimist in times like these. And you young women will need a sense of humor if you marry these young men and try to live with them. Golden Kimball once said in a conference, "The Lord Himself must like a joke or he wouldn't have made some of you people." But your good humor must be real, not simulated. Let your smiles come from the heart and they will become contagious. You may see men on the street any day whose laugh is only a frozen grin with nothing in it but teeth. Men without humor tend to forget their source, lose sight of their goal, and with no lubrication in their mental crankshafts, they must drop out of the race. Lincoln said, "Good humor is the oxygen of the soul." And someone paraphrased, "The surly bird catches the germ."

Hugh B. Brown (1883 - 1975)

Source: The Abundant Life, p. 50.

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