Humor is the instinct for taking pain playfully.

— Max Eastman

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Dogs laugh, but they laugh with their tails.

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A smile is the universal welcome.

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It is the ability to take a joke, not make one, that proves you have a sense of humor.

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Living well is the best revenge.If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door.

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The defining function of the artist is to cherish consciousness.

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Patriotism is one of the unalterable facts of man's nature.

It is a virtue if you like it, and a vice if you don't like it.

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Classic art was the art of necessity: modern romantic art bears the stamp of caprice and chance.

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A joke is not a thing but a process, a trick you play on the listener's mind.

You start him off toward a plausible goal, and then by a sudden twist you land him nowhere at all or just where he didn't expect to go.

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Laughter puts your brain, your central nervous system and your whole being into a state of free play.

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I don't know why it is we are in such a hurry to get up when we fall down.

You might think we would lie there and rest for a while.

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Dogs laugh, but they laugh with their tails.

And a tail is an awkward thing to laugh with, as you can see by the way they bend themselves half double in extreme hilarity trying to get that rear-end exuberance forward into the main scene of action. What puts man on a higher stage of evolution is that he has got his laugh on the right end.

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If one were loyal to one's nation only because it was good and true .

.. one would not be loyal to any nation but to truth and goodness. The idea of patriotism would have no place either in our dictionaries or our lives.

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About Max Eastman

Quotes 23 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Author
Birthday anuary 4, 1883

A poet in history is divine, but a poet in the next room is a joke.

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Laughter is, after speech, the chief thing that holds society together.

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Humor is a kind of emotional chaos told about calmly and quietly in retrospect.

There is always a laugh in the utterly familiar.

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There is truth in the high opinion that in so far as a man conforms, he ceases to exist.

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Emotion is the surest arbiter of a poetic choice, and it is the priest of all supreme unions in the mind.

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A liberal mind is a mind that is able to imagine itself believing anything.

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The worst enemy of human hope is not brute facts, but men of brains who will not face them.

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The real guarantee of freedom is an equilibrium of social forces in conflict, not the triumph of any one force.

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There is something self-defeating in the too-conscious pursuit of pleasure.

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He [P.G.Wodehouse] is I believe, the only man living who speaks with equal fluency the American and English languages.

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