1001 Stories: Laughter

The American humorist Josh Billings spelled horribly. But what he said made lots of sense. Here are his ideas on laughing:

Anatomically considered, laughing is the sensation of feeling good all over, and showing it principally in one spot.
Morally considered, A laugh is the next best thing to the Ten Commandments.
Theoretically considered, It can out-argue all the logic in existence.
Pyrotechnically considered, a laugh is the fireworks of the soul.
If a man can’t laugh there is some mistake made in putting him together.
And if he won’t laugh he wants as much keeping away from as a bear trap when it is set.
A genuine laugh is the vent of the soul, the nostrils of the heart, And is just as necessary for health and happiness as spring water is to trout fish.
Laugh every good chance you can get, but don’t laugh unless you feel like it.
For there is nothing in this world as hearty as a good honest laugh.
And there is nothing more hollow than a heartless laugh

– Bruno Hagspiel


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