Mirth Quotes

Mirth Quotes by Percy Bysshe Shelley, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Doreen Valiente, William C. Bryant, Izaak Walton, Francis Quarles and many others.

FebruaryBending from Heaven, in azure mirth, It kissed the forehead of the Earth, And smiled upon the silent sea, And bade the frozen streams be free, And waked to music all their fountains, And breathed upon the frozen mountains.
As the moral gloom of the world overpowers all systematic gaiety, even so was their home of wild mirth made desolate amid the sad forest.
Let my worship be within the heart that rejoices, for behold, all acts of love and pleasure are my rituals. Therefore, let there be beauty and strength, power and compassion, honor and humility, mirth and reverence within you.
The gay will laugh When thou art gone, the solemn brood of care Plod on, and each one as before will chase His favourite phantom; yet all these shall leave Their mirth and their employments, and shall come, And make their bed with thee.
A companion that feasts the company with and mirth, and leaves out the sin which is usually mixed with them, he is the man; and let me tell you, good company and good discourse are the very sinews of virtue.
Luxury is an enticing pleasure, a bastard mirth, which hath honey in her mouth, gall in her heart, and a sting in her tail.
Few things surpass old wine; and they may preach Who please, the more because they preach in vain
Where lives the man that has not tried How mirth can into folly glide, And folly into sin!
I have always preferred cheerfulness to mirth. The latter I consider as an act, the former as a habit of mind. Mirth is short and transient, cheerfulness fixed and permanent.
Hither came Conan, the Cimmerian, black-haired, sullen-eyed, sword in hand, a thief, a reaver, a slayer, with gigantic melancholies and gigantic mirth, to tread the jeweled thrones of the Earth under his sandaled feet.
Let us have wine and women, mirth and laughter, sermons and soda water the day after.
On this hapless earth There ‘s small sincerity of mirth, And laughter oft is but an art To drown the outcry of the heart.
It seemed a place where heroes could fitly feast after victory, where weary harvesters could line up in scores along the table and keep their Harvest Home with mirth and song, or where two or three friends of simple tastes could sit about as they pleased and eat and smoke and talk in comfort and contentment.
There is nothing which one regards so much with an eye of mirth and pity as innocence when it has in it a dash of folly.
There is a God! the sky his presence shares,
His hand upheaves the billows in their mirth,
Destroys the mighty, yet the humble spares
And with contentment crowns the thought of worth.
Fail not to call to mind, in the course of the twenty-fifth of this month, that the Divinest Heart that ever walked the earth was born on that day; and then smile and enjoy yourselves for the rest of it; for mirth is also of Heaven’s making.
Near yonder thorn, that lifts its head on high,
Where once the sign-post caught the passing eye,
Low lies that house where nut-brown draughts inspired,
Where graybeard mirth and smiling toil retired,
Where village statesmen talk’d with looks profound,
And news much older than their ale went round.
The common growth of Mother Earth Suffices me,-her tears, her mirth, Her humblest mirth and tears.
Since Time is not a person we can overtake when he is gone, let us honor him with mirth and cheerfulness of heart while he is passing.
When thou dost tell another‘s jest, therein Omit the oaths, which true wit cannot need; Pick out of tales the mirth, but not the sin.
Secret fates
Guide our states
Both in mirth and mourning.
Life is serious all the time, but living cannot be. You may have all the solemnity you wish in your neckties, but in anything important (such as sex, death, and religion), you must have mirth or you will have madness.
I never get any protests from children. All you get are giggles of mirth and squirms of delight. I know what children like.
Who buys a minute‘s mirth to wail a week? Or sell eternity to get a toy? For one grape who will the vine destroy?
To be in love- where scorn is bought with groans,
Coy looks with heart-sore sighs, one fading moment‘s mirth
With twenty watchful, weary, tedious nights;
If haply won, perhaps a hapless gain;
If lost, why then a grievous labour won;
However, but a folly bought with wit,
Or else a wit by folly vanquished.
A third variety of dramabegins as tragedy with scraps of fun in it … and ends in comedy without mirth in it, the place of mirth being taken by a more or less bitter and critical irony.
Wrinkle not thy face with too much laughter, lest thou become ridiculous; neither wanton thy heart with too much mirth, lest thou become vain: the suburbs of folly is vain mirth, and profuseness of laughter is the city of fools.
Glory to God in highest heaven, Who unto man His Son hath given; While angels sing with tender mirth, A glad new year to all the earth.
Not by constraint or severity shall you have access to true wisdom, but by abandonment, and childlike mirth-fulness. If you would know aught, be gay before it.
Kevin Kline gives a master class in acting. He finds every nuance of mirth and melancholy in this wonder of a role and rides it to glory. You can’t take your eyes off him.
His face was sad and stern because of the doom that was laid on him, and yet hope dwelt ever in the depths of his heart, from which mirth would arise at times like a spring from a rock.
But like of each thing that in season grows.
Teach us delight in simple things, and mirth that has no bitter springs.
They say that the Dead die not, but remain Near to the rich heirs of their grief and mirth. I think they ride the calm mid-heaven, as these, In wise majestic melancholy train, And watch the moon, and the still-raging seas, And men, coming and going on the earth.
The thinkers of the world should by rights be guardians of the world’s mirth.
Oh, Mirth and Innocence! Oh, Milk and Water! Ye happy mixture of more happy days!
With mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come.
What win I, if I gain the thing I seek? A dream, a breath, a froth of fleeting joy. Who buys a minute’s mirth to wail a week? Or sells eternity to get a toy? For one sweet grape who will the vine destroy? Or what fond beggar, but to touch the crown, Would with the sceptre straight be strucken down?
Books are never out of humour; never envious or jealous, they answer all questions with readiness; … they teach us how to live and how to die; they dispel melancholy by their mirth, and amuse by their wit; they prepare the soul to suffer everything and desire nothing; they introduce us to ourselves.
Mirth is God’s medicine. Everybody ought to bathe in it.
The size of a man’s understanding might always be justly measured by his mirth.
She had no tolerance for scenes which were not of her own making.
Man is the merriest species of the creation; all above or below him are serious.
He hath a heart as sound as a bell, and his tongue is the clapper; for what his heart thinks his tongue speaks.
If we may believe our logicians, man is distinguished from all other creatures by the faculty of laughter. He has a heart capable of mirth, and naturally disposed to it.
Mirth itself is too often but melancholy in disguise.
Grim care, moroseness, anxiety-all this rust of life ought to be scoured off by the oil of mirth. Mirth is God’s medicine.
Most of the appearance of mirth in the world is not mirth, it is art. The wounded spirit is not seen, but walks under a disguise.
I have of late–but wherefore I know not–lost all my mirth,
forgone all custom of exercise.
Mirth is God’s medicine.
Free from gross passion or of mirth or anger
We love a girl for very different qualities than understanding. We love her for her beauty, her youth, her mirth, her confidingness, her character, with its faults, caprices and God knows what other inexpressible charms; but we do not love her understanding.
The feelings that Beethoven put into his music were the feelings of a god. There was something olympian in his snarls and rages, and there was a touch of hellfire in his mirth.
Mirth is a Proteus, changing its shape and manner with the thousand diversities of individual character, from the most superfluous gayety to the deepest, moat earnest humor.
While snow the window-panes bedim,
The fire curls up a sunny charm,
Where, creaming o’er the pitcher‘s rim,
The flowering ale is set to warm;
Mirth, full of joy as summer bees,
Sits there, its pleasures to impart,
And children, ‘tween their parent‘s knees,
Sing scraps of carols o’er by heart.
The greatness that would make us grave,
Is but an empty thing.
What more than mirth would mortals have?
The cheerful man’s a king.
Cruelty in all countries is the companion of anger; but there is only one, and never was another on the globe, where she coquets both with anger and mirth.
People who laugh so heartily at what they themselves have said, when it is not funny, dispense us accordingly, by taking upon themselves the responsibility for the mirth, from joining in it.
How beautiful the water is! To me ‘tis wondrous fair– No spot can ever lonely be If water sparkle there; It hath a thousand tongues of mirth, Of grandeur, or delight, And every heart is gladder made When water greets the sight.
Let there be beauty and strength, power and compassion, honor and humility, mirth and reverence within you.
An ounce of mirth is worth a pound of sorrow.
What are you? The voice came from nowhere. It was in the room. It was outside. It was in Magnus’s head. “A warlock,” Magnus answered. “And what are you?” We are many. “Please do not say you are a legion. Someone‘s taken that.” Do you make mirth from mundane scriptures, warlock? “Just breaking the ice
The emotions – love, mirth, the heroic, wonder, tranquility, fear, anger, sorrow, disgust – are in the audience.
There are few sensations more painful, than, in the midst of deep grief, to know that the season which we have always associated with mirth and rejoicing is at hand.
In the voice of mirth there may be excitement, but in the tones of mourning there is consolation.
Willis Gaylord Clark
In all thy humours, whether grave or mellow, Thou’rt such a touchy, testy, pleasant fellow, Hast so much wit and mirth and spleen about thee, There is no living with thee, nor without thee.
What is our life? A play of passion. Our mirth the music of division. Our mother‘s wombs the tyring houses be, Where we are drest for this short Comedy.
While I am compassed round With mirth, my soul lies hid in shades of grief, Whence, like the bird of night, with half-shut eyes, She peeps, and sickens at the sight of day.
And one would worship a woman whom all perfections dower, But the other smiles at transparent wiles; and he quotes from Schopenhauer . Thus two by two we wrangle and blunder about the earth, And that body we share we may not spare; but the Gods have need of mirth.
As Tammie glowred, amazed and curious, The mirth and fun grew fast and furious.
The suburbs of folly is vain mirth, and profuseness of laughter is the city of fools.
We, in the ages lying
In the buried past of the earth,
Built Nineveh with our sighing,
And Babel itself with our mirth;
And o’erthrew them with prophesying
To the old of the new world‘s worth;
For each age is a dream that is dying,
Or one that is coming to birth.
I am very fond of Edith Wharton. She’s quite high brow but also a great storyteller. My favorite is ‘The House of Mirth.’ I also like ‘The Reef.’
Who mix‘d reason with pleasure, and wisdom with mirth: If he had any faults, he has left us in doubt.
It is not time for mirth and laughter, the cold, gray dawn of the morning after.
Mirth is the Mail of Anguish
The appreciative smile, the chuckle, the soundless mirth, so important to the success of comedy, cannot be understood unless one sits among the audience and feels the warmth created by the quality of laughter that the audience takes home with it.