— Charlie Chaplin British comic actor and filmmaker 1889 - 1977
„The force of the idea was such that I drew the car to the side of the road and stopped and, for some reason, laughed. It was a loud laugh, unsteady, and sounded, even to my own ears, slightly maniacal. Thinking back now, I realise it was less a laugh than the birth-cry of my dark and twin brother Benjamin Black.“
„That's great art — Everything is self-evident. I am made to cry with those who cry, and laugh with those who laugh.“
— Bertolt Brecht German poet, playwright, theatre director 1898 - 1956
Context: The theater-goer in conventional dramatic theater says: Yes, I've felt that way, too. That's the way I am. That's life. That's the way it will always be. The suffering of this or that person grips me because there is no escape for him. That's great art — Everything is self-evident. I am made to cry with those who cry, and laugh with those who laugh. But the theater-goer in the epic theater says: I would never have thought that. You can't do that. That's very strange, practically unbelievable. That has to stop. The suffering of this or that person grips me because there is an escape for him. That's great art — nothing is self-evident. I am made to laugh about those who cry, and cry about those who laugh. "Entertainment or Education? (1936)
— Leonard Cohen, Songs of Leonard Cohen, Herewith: Music, Words and Photographs
„I hear a guttural sound followed by a weak sigh and look back at the bodies.
"I'm going to kill the kid," Barrons says faintly.
Ryodan makes a burbling sound like a bloody laugh. I don't think he even has the parts left to laugh with. "Get in line.“
— Karen Marie Moning, Iced
„For several months I was incapable of feeling anything, completely inaccessible to my feelings — I did not laugh, I did not cry.“
— Abraham Pais American Physicist 1918 - 2000
Context: For several months I was incapable of feeling anything, completely inaccessible to my feelings — I did not laugh, I did not cry. The second thing was this amazing trauma, where I forgot the names of everyone I knew. That was very strange. I knew who everyone was: this was a friend from high school, this was my cousin, but I had to relearn every name. It was quite striking, that very strong reaction that I had. They have a name for it, I think: posttraumatic stress syndrome. I don't sit here conquering great resistance to talk. It is not my way. I don't suffer the reliving of these memories with tremendous pain. It's very odd, but it's finished for me. That, of course, is never quite true. It isn't finished. I am like all of my generation; we are marked people. But I don't suffer; I can talk to you about it. Most of my family was killed. All of my father's and mother's sisters and brothers and their children, my sister and my old grandfather, they're all gone. Four out of five Jews in Holland never came back after the war — 80 percent. On events after the end of World War II, Part I, Holland, p. 53
„Looking back now toward the start
You said you thought I'd lost my path
And I asked if you still considered love an art
And you said " No, I think it's more a craft"
And I just turned and laughed
I just had to turn and laugh.“
— Dan Fogelberg singer-songwriter, musician 1951 - 2007
Hearts and Crafts.
— Groucho Marx American comedian 1890 - 1977
— Abraham Lincoln 16th President of the United States 1809 - 1865
„I am forced, as I have often said, to try to make myself laugh, that I may not cry: for one or other I must do.“
— Samuel Richardson English writer and printer 1689 - 1761
Vol. 2, p. 231; Letter 92.
„There aren't many laughs in that and I remember doing a look and everybody laughed and I just thought, wow, that's incredible how you can do that. So I did another look and they laughed again and then I remember thinking, hold on, this isn't right for this piece, you've got to stop it.“
— Tamsin Greig English actress 1966
About getting her first laughs, during a production of Arthur Miller's The Crucible.
„You hear that boy laughing?—you think he’s all fun;
But the angels laugh, too, at the good he has done;
The children laugh loud as they troop to his call,
And the poor man that knows him laughs loudest of all.“
— Oliver Wendell Holmes Poet, essayist, physician 1809 - 1894
The Boys; reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).