Sermon quotes on laughter

W.H. Auden

Among those whom I like or admire, I can find no common denominator, but among those whom I love, I can: all of them make me laugh.

Karl Barth

Laughter is the closest thing to the grace of God.

Henry Ward Beecher

Beware of him who hates the laugh of a child.

Frederick Buechner

Laugh till you weep. Weep till there’s nothing left but to laugh at your weeping. In the end it’s all one.

Clovis G. Chappell

Laughter and tears are the warp and woof of life. If you leave them out of preaching, you are leaving out life itself.

G.K. Chesterton

The secret of life lies in laughter and humility.

G.K. Chesterton

It is not funny that anything else should fall down; only that a man should fall down. Why do we laugh? Because it is a gravely religious matter: it is the Fall of Man. Only man can be absurd: for only man can be dignified.

Fyodor Dostoevsky

One can know a man from his laugh, and if you like a man’s laugh before you know anything of him, you may confidently say that he is a good man.

Dr. Seuss

From there to here, from here to there, funny things are everywhere.

Owen Feltham

Laughter should dimple the cheek, not furrow the brow. A jest should be such that all shall be able to join in the laugh which it occasions; but if it bears hard upon one of the company, like the crack of a string, it makes a stop in the music.

Kathleen R. Fischer

Because humor brings us back to earth, it helps us to use well what is left to us even when we are keenly aware of what we have lost or been denied. Only those who know how to weep can also laugh heartily.

Viktor Frankl

I never would have made it if I could not have laughed. It lifted me momentarily out of this horrible situation, just enough to make it livable.

French Proverb

That day is lost on which one has not laughed.

Jack Hyles

A tear today is an investment in a laugh tomorrow.

Jack Hyles

Laughter means nothing unless there have been tears.

Samuel Johnson

Mirth is like a flash of lightning that breaks through a gloom of clouds and glitter for the moment. Cheerfulness keeps up daylight in the mind, filling it with steady and perpetual serenity.

Madan Kataria

If Laughter cannot solve your problems, it will definitely DISSOLVE your problems; so that you can think clearly what to do about them.

Martin Luther King Jr.

It is cheerful to God when you rejoice or laugh from the bottom of your heart.

Madeleine L’Engle

A good laugh heals a lot of hurts.

C.S. Lewis

You cannot study pleasure in the moment of the nuptial embrace, nor repentance while repenting, nor analyze the nature of humour while roaring with laughter.

Lord Byron

Always laugh when you can. It is cheap medicine.

Haruki Murakami

When you come out of the storm you won’t be the same person that walked in. That’s what the storm is all about.

Martin Luther

You have as much laughter as you have faith.

Martin Luther

If I am not allowed to laugh in heaven, I don’t want to go there.

Herman Melville

A good laugh is a mighty good thing, a rather too scarce a good thing.

Reinhold Niebuhr

Humor is a prelude to faith and laughter is the beginning of prayer.

William Shakespeare

Prepare for mirth, for mirth becomes a feast.

Chuck Swindoll

Laughter is the most beautiful and beneficial therapy God ever granted humanity.

Mark Twain

Against the assault of laughter, nothing can stand.

Peter Ustinov

I was irrevocably betrothed to laughter, the sound of which has always seemed to me to be the most civilized music in the world.


God is a comedian playing to an audience too afraid to laugh.

Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg

The mouth filled with real laughter…is an image representing the end of days, the overcoming of separateness and closure. In this world, it remains a mere possibility that constantly destroys itself.

William James

We don’t laugh because we’re happy, we’re happy because we laugh.

Peter Ustinov

I was irrevocably betrothed to laughter, the sound of which has always seemed to me to be the most civilized music in the world.