Quotes to Inspire You to Laugh More

Be Inspired to Laugh More

Making the decision to Laugh More in this lifetime requires commitment, practice and passion. Everyone needs inspiration to set and reach goals, to life more fully and throw away the shackles of fear.

Our Most Favorite Quotes

Here is a list of our most favorite quotes on laughter, joy and play. We hope these inspire you to get your giggle back or get your Giggle On!

“Laughter is wine for the soul – laughter soft, or loud and deep, tinged through with seriousness – the hilarious declaration made by man that life is worth living.” – Seán O’Casey

“I don’t trust anyone who doesn’t laugh.” – Maya Angelou

Dale Carnegie

“Laugh and your life will be lengthened for this is the great secret of long life.” – Og Mandino

“The purpose of laughter is to bring one to silence, and the purpose of silence is to bring one to laughter.” – Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

“I think the next best thing to solving a problem is finding some humor in it.” – Frank Howard Clark

“Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he is not; a sense of humor to console him for what he is.” – Francis Bacon

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

“Life does not cease to be funny when people die any more than it ceases to be serious when people laugh.” – George Bernard Shaw

“Joyfulness keeps the heart and face young. A good laugh makes us better friends with ourselves and everybody around us.” – Orison Swett Marden

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“Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.” – Mother Teresa

“Laughter is a symptom of spirituality. Laughter is the flow of love coursing through your body. Laughter is the nectar of present moment awareness. Invite more laughter into your life and relish the magic in every moment.” – David Simon

“Laugh. Laugh as much as you can. Laugh until you cry. Cry until you laugh. Keep doing it even if people are passing you on the street saying, “I can’t tell if that person is laughing or crying, but either way they seem crazy, let’s walk faster.” Emote. It’s okay. It shows you are thinking and feeling.” – Ellen DeGeneres

“If we couldn’t laugh, we would all go insane.” – Jimmy Buffet

“Laughter is carbonated holiness.” – Anne Lamott

“A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.” – Proverbs 17:22


“A good laugh is sunshine in the house.” – William M. Thackeray

“The best way to make your audience laugh is to start laughing yourself.” – Oliver Goldsmith

“He who has achieved success has worked well, laughed often and loved much.” – Elbert Hubbard

“There is little success where there is little laughter.” – Andrew Carnegie

“One of the things I learned the hard way was that it doesn’t pay to get discouraged. Keeping busy and making optimism a way of life can restore your faith in yourself.” – Lucille Ball

“You cannot hold back a good laugh any more than you can the tide. Both are forces of nature.” – Bertrand Russell

“Live with intention. Walk to the edge. Continue to learn. Play with abandon. Choose with no regret. Laugh! Do what you love. Love as if this is all there is.” – Mary Anne Radmacher-Hershey

“If you want creative workers, give them enough time to play.” – John Cleese

“Laugh as much as possible, always laugh. It’s the sweetest thing one can do for oneself & one’s fellow human beings.” – Maya Angelou

“The more you laugh, the longer you live.” – Madison Holleran


“Just because you are happy it does not mean that the day is perfect but that you have looked beyond its imperfections.” – Bob Marley

“The opposite of play is not work. It’s depression.” – Brian Sutton-Smith

“Laughter relieves us of superfluous energy, which, if it remained unused, might become negative, that is, poison. Laughter is the antidote.” – George Gurdjieff

“Play is our brain’s favorite way of learning.” – Diane Ackerman

“It is impossible for you to be angry and laugh at the same time. Anger and laughter are mutually exclusive and you have the power to choose either.” – Wayne Dyer

“If you can’t make it better, you can laugh at it.” – Erma Bombeck

“You cannot be mad at somebody who makes you laugh – it’s as simple as that.” – Jay Leno

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“Mirth is God’s medicine. Everybody ought to bathe in it.” – Henry Ward Beecher

“Blessed are the cracked, for they are the ones who let the light in.” – Groucho Marx

“The person who can bring the spirit of laughter into a room is indeed blessed.” – Bennett Cerf

“Comedy is simply a funny way of being serious.” – Peter Ustinov

“I have seen what a laugh can do. It can transform almost unbearable tears into something bearable, even hopeful.” – Bob Hope

“Time spent laughing is time spent with the Gods.” – Japanese Proverb

“There are three things in life which are real: God, human folly, and laughter. The first two are beyond our comprehension so we must do what we can with the third.” – Indian Proverb

“Joy, with peace, is the sister of charity. Serve the Lord with laughter. ” –  Padre Pio

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

“Silly is you in a natural state, and serious is something you have to do until you can get silly again.” – Mike Myers


“When anybody laughs, he has no mind, no thought, no problem, no suffering.” – Sri HWL Poonjaji ‘Papaji’

“We are all here for a spell. Get all the good laughs you can.” – Will Rogers

“A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor’s book.” – Irish proverb

“With the fearful strain that is on me night and day, if I did not laugh I should die.” – Abraham Lincoln

“It is a happy talent to know how to play.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Sun demands no reason to shine; Water demands no reason to flow; A child demands no reason to be happy; Why do we need a reason to laugh?” – Dr. Madan Kataria

“Everybody wants to laugh – you know that. They need to laugh… People need to laugh.” – Carl Reiner

“Humor is mankind’s greatest blessing.” – Mark Twain

“Laughter’s the nearest we ever get, or should get, to sainthood. It’s the state of grace that saves most of us from contempt.” – John Osborne

Victor Hugo

“You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.” – Plato

“Don’t give up. Get your giggle on. – Christa Scalies

“God’s greatest gift to man is the joy of laughter. We laugh before we speak – we laugh before we walk.” – Ken Murray

“You are not angry with people when you laugh at them. Humor teaches tolerance.” – W Somerset Maugham

“When you laugh, you change, and when you change the whole world changes.” – Dr. Madan Kataria

“Good humor is one of the preservatives of our peace and tranquility.” – Thomas Jefferson

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“Play fosters belonging and encourages cooperation.” – Stuart Brown, MD

“We don’t laugh because we feel good; we feel good because we laugh.” – Bob Ross

“It dawned on me then that as long as I could laugh, I was safe from the world; and I have learned since that laughter keeps me safe from myself, too.” – Jimmy Durante

“Nobody needs a smile so much as the one who has none to give. So get used to smiling heart-warming smiles and you will spread sunshine in a sometimes dreary world.” – Lawrence G. Lovasik, Slovak Priest

“Laughter connects you with people. It’s almost impossible to maintain any kind of distance or any sense of social hierarchy when you’re just howling with laughter. Laughter is a force for democracy.” – John Cleese

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“Laughter is a form of internal jogging. It moves your internal organs around. It enhances respiration. It is an igniter of great expectations.” – Norman Cousins

“Your body cannot heal without play. Your mind cannot heal without laughter. Your soul cannot heal without joy.” – Catherine Rippenger Fenwick

“Joyfulness keeps the heart and face young. A good laugh makes us better friends with ourselves and everybody around us.” – Orison Swett Marden

“If you’re going to be able to look back on something and laugh about it, you might as well laugh about it now.” – Marie Osmond

“With mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come.” – William Shakespeare

“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

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“Laughter is the most inexpensive and most effective wonder drug. Laughter is a universal medicine.” – Bertrand Russell

“He who laughs, lasts.” – Mary Pettibone Poole

“You don’t stop laughing because you grow old. You grow old because you stop laughing.” – Michael Pritchard

“Humor is the fastest, fleetest way of giving —it can change pain to joy in a mere millisecond.” – Stephen Post

“There are only two realities in life: death and laughter. We can do nothing to change the former, so we might as well do all we can to save the latter.” – John F. Kennedy

“A person without a sense of humor is like a wagon without springs. It’s jolted by every pebble on the road.” – Henry Ward Beecher

“If you wish to glance inside a human soul and get to know a man…just watch him laugh. If he laughs well he is a good man.” – Fyodor Dostoyevsky

“When anybody laughs, he has no mind, no thought, no problem, no suffering.” – Sri HWL Poonjaji ‘Papaji’

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