The idea in bold-face print is a summary of the quote. The number after the topic is the page on which the quote was found.
Laughter 1054 Laughter at the wrong time can have a terrible effect. "Laughter, when out of place, mistimed, or bursting forth from a disordered state of feeling, may be the most terrible modulation of the human voice." Hawthorne: “Ethan Brand: A Chapter from an Abortive Romance”
Laughter 276 "Of all days, the day on which one has not laughed is surely the most wasted." Chamfort. 1805. Gross, ed. Oxford Book of Aphorisms.
Laughter 278 Use laughter to deflate seriousness and seriousness to deflate laughter. "One must destroy one’s adversaries’ seriousness with laughter, and their laughter with seriousness." Gorgias Leontini. 5th century BC. Gross, ed. Oxford Book of Aphorisms.
Laughter 278 "‘Tis the loud laugh bespeaks the vacant mind." James Joyce. 1922. Gross, ed. Oxford Book of Aphorisms.
Laughter 69 "Laughter is not always a sign of a mind at ease." St. Evermond. French. Dictionary of Foreign Terms
Laughter 245 Babies beget laughter and laughter takes your mind off your troubles. "For he [the baby] beguiled the heavy-hearted folk into laughing, and what can avail against folk who laugh—who dare to laugh in the face of a winter like this one?…that winter it was he who saved people from insanity and the grave." Rölvaag, Giants in the Earth.
Laughter 276 Laughter can help to soften depression. "This made everyone laugh: Hans Olsa’s shaft had suddenly torn a rift in their mood of depression." Rölvaag, Giants in the Earth.