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Anne Frank – Downcast but not in despair

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Anne FrankI have often been downcast, but never in despair; I regard our hiding as a dangerous adventure, romantic, and interesting at the same time. In my diary I treat all the privations as amusing. I have made up my mind now to lead a different life from other girls and, later on, different from ordinary housewives. My start has been so very full of interest, and that is the sole reason why I have to laugh at the humorous side of the most dangerous moments.

Anne Frank   (1929–1945)

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Jane Austen – Stumbling on something witty

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Jane AustenOne cannot be always laughing at a man without now and then stumbling on something witty.

Jane Austen   (1775-1817)

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Egerton Smith – Man is the only animal with the power of laughter

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Man is the only animal with the powers of laughter, a privilege which was not bestowed on him for nothing. Let us then laugh while we may, no matter how broad the laugh may be, and despite of what the poet says about “the loud laugh that speaks the vacant mind.” The mind should occasionally be vacant, as the land should sometimes lie fallow, and for precisely the same reason.

Egerton Smith  

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Aristotle – Any defect unattended by pain

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AristotleThe ridiculous is produced by any defect that is unattended by pain, or fatal consequences; thus, an ugly and deformed countenance does not fail to cause laughter, if it is not occasioned by pain.

Aristotle   (384 BC-322 BC)

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