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Robert Christy, comp.  Proverbs, Maxims and Phrases of All Ages.  1887.
A laugh costs too much if it is bought at the expense of propriety.  Quintillian.  1
A laugh is worth a hundred groans in any market.  Lamb, Franklin.  2
By much laughter you detect the fool.  Latin.  3
Commonly he is not stricken again who laughs when he strikes.  4
Even in laughter the heart is sorrowful.  5
He is not laughed at, who laughs at himself first.  6
He laughs ill that laughs himself to death.  7
He laughs well (or best) who laughs last.  French, Italian.  8
He that laughs alone will be sport in company.  9
He that laughs at his ain joke spoils the sport o’ it.  10
He that laughs on Friday may cry on Sunday.  French.  11
He who laughs at impertinence makes himself an accomplice.  Chinese.  12
He who laughs last laughs best.  French, Italian, German, Danish.  13
He who made free of the old man laughed at first and cried afterwards.  Spanish.  14
He who laughs not in the morning laughs not at noon.  Modern Greek.  15
He who laughs over much may have an aching heart.  Italian.  16
He who laughs too much hath the nature of a fool; he that laugheth not at all hath the nature of an old cat.  17
He who tickles himself laughs when he pleases.  German, Dutch, Danish.  18
His lungs are very sensible for everything makes them laugh.  19
I had rather laugh when the battle is won.  Archbishop Herring.  20
It is as much intemperance to weep too much as to laugh too much.  21
Laugh and grow fat.  22
Laugh if you’re wise.  Martial.  23
Laughter does not prove a mind at ease.  French.  24
Laughter is the hiccup of a fool.  25
Laughter leaves us doubly serious shortly after.  Byron.  26
Laughter makes good blood.  Italian.  27
Let him laugh who is at the right hand side of the hedge.  28
Let me go warm and folks may laugh.  Spanish, Portuguese.  29
Nothing is sillier than a silly laugh.  Catullus.  30
One never wept but another laughed.  Italian.  31
The laughter of the cottage is the most hearty.  Latin.  32
The loud laugh speaks the vacant mind.  33
The more fools, the more laughter.  French.  34
The thief’s wife does not always laugh.  Italian.  35
They laugh that win.  Shakespeare.  36
To laugh in one’s face, and cut his throat.  37
To laugh in one’s sleeve.  38
We must laugh before we are happy for fear of dying before we are happy at all.  La Bruyère.  39
Who laughs at others’ ills, has his own behind the door.  Italian.  40
Who laughs on Friday will cry on Saturday.  German.  41

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