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A Quote by Umberto Eco on insanity, laughter, learning, lies, love, mankind, passion, people, and truth

Perhaps the mission of those who love mankind is to make people laugh at the truth, to make truth laugh, because the only truth lies in learning to free ourselves from insane passion for the truth.

Umberto Eco (1932 -)

Source: The Name of the Rose

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A Quote by Umberto Eco on behavior, belief, christ, christianity, god, good, interest, laughter, questions, reason, and sons

"But why doesn't the Gospel ever say that Christ laughed?" I asked, for no good reason. "Is Jorge right?" "Legions of scholars have wondered whether Christ laughed. The question doesn't interest me much. I believe he never laughed, because, omniscient as the son of God had to be, he knew how we Christians would behave. . . ."

Umberto Eco (1932 -)

Source: The Name of the Rose

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A Quote by Umberto Eco on extremism, justice, laughter, energy, pain, pleasure, and sensuality

When all the archetypes burst out shamelessly, we plumb the depths of Homeric profundity. Two clichés make us laugh but a hundred clichés moves us because we sense dimly that the clichés are talking among themselves, celebrating a reunion. . . . Just as the extreme of pain meets sensual pleasure, and the extreme of perversion borders on mystical energy, so too the extreme of banality allows us to catch a glimpse of the Sublime.

Umberto Eco (1932 -)

Source: "Casablanca: Cult Movies and Intertextual Collage" (1984) from Travels in Hyperreality

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A Quote by Thomas Stearns Eliot on laughter

He laughed like an irresponsible foetus.

T.S. Eliot (1888 - 1965)

Source: Mr. Apollinox, 1917

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A Quote by Thomas Stearns Eliot on laughter

His laughter tinkled among the teacups.

T.S. Eliot (1888 - 1965)

Source: Mr. Apollinox, 1917

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A Quote by Thomas Vernor Smith on anxiety, army, belief, bitterness, chance, day, death, disaster, dreams, endurance, foolishness, freedom, friendship, glory, government, heart, hope, ignorance, laughter, life, losing, patience, peace, people, pity, powe

No man made great by death offers more hope to lowly pride than does Abraham Lincoln; for while living he was himself so simple as often to be dubbed a fool. Foolish he was, they said, in losing his youthful heart to a grave and living his life on married patience; foolish in pitting his homely ignorance against Douglas, brilliant, courtly, and urbane; foolish in setting himself to do the right in a world where the day goes mostly to the strong; foolish in dreaming of freedom for a long-suffering folk whom the North is as anxious to keep out as the South was to keep down; foolish in choosing the silent Grant to lead to victory the hesitant armies of the North; foolish, finally, in presuming that government for the people must be government of the people and by the people. Foolish many said; foolish many, many believed. This Lincoln, whom so many living friends and foes alike deemed foolish, hid his bitterness in laughter; fed his sympathy on solitude; and met recurring disaster with whimsicality to muffle the murmur of a bleeding heart. Out of the tragic sense of life he pitied where others blamed; bowed his own shoulders with the woes of the weak; endured humanely his little day of chance power; and won through death what life disdains to bestow upon such simple souls - lasting peace and everlasting glory.

Thomas Vernor Smith

Source: Illinois Senate, Feb 12,’35, Lincoln's 126th birthday —Smith, Lincoln, Living Legend, pp. 3-5

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A Quote by Thomas Gray on laughter and madness

And moody madness laughing wild Amid severest woe.

Thomas Gray (1716 - 1771)

Source: On a Distant Prospect of Eton College. Stanza 8.

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A Quote by Thomas Dreier on day, desires, heart, joy, kindness, laughter, love, men, men and women, mind, opportunity, purpose, sleep, women, and work

To awaken each morning with a smile brightening my face; to greet the day with reverence for the opportunities it contains; to approach my work with a clean mind; to hold ever before me, even in the doing of little things, the Ultimate Purpose toward which I am working; to meet men and women with laughter on my lips and love in my heart; to be gentle, kind, and courteous through all the hours; to approach the night with weariness that ever woos sleep and the joy that comes from work well done-this is how I desire to spend wisely my days.

Thomas Dreier

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A Quote by Thomas Alva Edison on knowledge, laughter, nature, and science

Until man duplicates a blade of grass, nature can laugh at his so-called scientific knowledge.

Thomas Edison (1847 - 1931)

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A Quote by Stephen Morrissey on kindness, laughter, and strength

It's so easy to laugh. It's so easy to hate. It takes strength to be gentle and kind.

Stephen Morrissey

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