Humor is the instinct for taking pain playfully.

— Max Eastman

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Dogs laugh, but they laugh with their tails.


A smile is the universal welcome.


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


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


The defining function of the artist is to cherish consciousness.


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.


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


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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

There is always a laugh in the utterly familiar.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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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