Give me your hands Then we'll climb highest mountains with laughter and prayers,
Forgetting you fears then at the top of the highest hill you will admire the beauty of the friendship and your hidden courage.
How beautiful are the lily's that grow
The flowers that bloom in spring.
The towering height of an old oak tree
Just standing to protect me.
Like birds eagerly in the morning sings
The inspiration of laughter, love and joy
That only a friendship like this can bring.
Not with wrath do we kill, but with laughter. Come, let us kill the spirit of gravity!
(Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 4, p. 49, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). Zarathustra, in Thus Spoke Zarathustra, First Part, "On Reading and Writing," (1883).)
For public opinion does not admit that lofty rapturous laughter is worthy to stand beside lofty lyrical emotion and that there is all the difference in the world between it and the antics of a clown at a fair.
(Nikolai Vasilyevich Gogol (1809-1852), Russian author, dramatist. Dead Souls, pt. 1, ch. 7 (1842), trans. by David Magarshak (1961).)
There are in every generation those who shrink from the ultimate sacrifice, but there are in every generation those who make it with joy and laughter and these are the salt of the generations.
(Patrick Henry Pearse (1879-1916), Irish nationalist leader. Commemoration address, March 2, 1914, Brooklyn, N.Y., for Irish patriot Robert Emmet, executed in 1803 for his part in an abortive invasion of Ireland.
Pearse was himself executed by the British in 1916 for his part in the Easter Rising, when he was proclaimed president of the provisional republican government.)
The Abbey always reminds me of that old toast, "Above lofty timbers, the walls around are bare, echoing to our laughter, as though the dead were there."
(Garrett Fort (1900-1945), U.S. screenwriter, and Tod Browning. Lucy Weston (Frances Dade), Dracula, remarking on the house Count Dracula has just leased (1931).
From the play adapted by Hamilton Deane and John Balderston (1899-1954).)
I do not know that I meet, in any of my Walks, Objects which move both my Spleen and Laughter so effectually, as those Young Fellows ... who rise early for no other Purpose but to publish their Laziness.
(Richard Steele (1672-1729), British author. The Spectator, No. 49 (1711).)