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    Laughter

  1. Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves.
       -- James Matthew Barrie

  2. We must laugh before we are happy, for fear we die before we laugh at all.
       -- Jean de la Bruyere

  3. And if I laugh at any mortal thing,
    'Tis that I may not weep.
       -- Lord Byron

  4. A laugh, to be joyous, must flow from a joyous heart, for without kindness, there can be no true joy.
       -- Thomas Carlyle

  5. no man who has once heartily and wholly laughed can be altogether irreclaimably bad.
       -- Thomas Carlyle

  6. We have to laugh. Because laughter, we already know, is the first evidence of freedom.
       -- Rosario Castellanos

  7. The most thoroughly wasted of all days is that on which one has not laughed.
       -- Nicholas Chamfort

  8. Laughter is much more important than applause. Applause is almost a duty. Laughter is a reward.
       -- Carol Channing

  9. Laughter is the tonic, the relief, the surcease for pain.
       -- Charlie Chaplin

  10. Wit ought to be a glorious treat, like caviar. Never spread it around like marmelade.
       -- Sir Noel Coward

  11. He laughs best who laughs last.
       -- English Proverb

  12. Men show their character in nothing more clearly than by what they think laughable.
       -- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

  13. One half the world laughs at the other, and fools are they all.
       -- Baltasar Gracian

  14. The laughter of adults was always very different from the laughter of children. The former indicated a recognition of the familiar, but in children it came from the shock of the new.
       -- Elizabeth Hardwick

  15. A man isn't poor if he can still laugh.
       -- Raymond Hitchcock

  16. If you don't learn to laugh at trouble, you won't have anything to laugh at when you're old.
       -- Ed Howe

  17. Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face.
       -- Victor Hugo

  18. Laughter is by definition healthy.
       -- Dorris Lessing

  19. It 's possible to forgive someone a great deal if he makes you laugh.
       -- Carolyn Llewellyn

  20. The person who knows how to laugh at himself will never cease to be amused.
       -- Shirley MacLaine

  21. Laugh, if thou art wise.
       -- Martial

  22. Laugh at yourself first before anyone else can.
       -- Elsa Maxwell

  23. Laughter is man's most distinctive emotional expression.
       -- Margaret Mead

  24. One horse-laugh is worth ten thousand syllogisms. It is not only more effective; it is also vastly more intelligent.
       -- H. L. Mencken

  25. I can usually judge a fellow by what he laughs at.
       -- Wilson Mizner

  26. Laughter springs from the lawless part of our nature.
       -- Agnes Repplier

  27. We cannot really love anyone with with whom we never laugh.
       -- Agnes Repplier

  28. A hearty laugh gives one a dry cleaning, while a good cry is a wet wash.
       -- Puzant Kevork Thomajan

  29. Comedy is simply a funny way of being serious.
       -- Peter Ustinov

  30. Laugh, and the world laughs with you;
    Weep, and you weep alone.
       -- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

  31. Laughter is not at all a bad beginning for a friendship, and it is far the best ending for one.
       -- Oscar Wilde


    Law

  1. I have forgotten more law than you ever knew, but allow me to say, I have not forgotten much.
       -- Anon.

  2. America is a country where, thanks to Congress, there are 40 million laws to enforce 10 commandments.
       -- Anon.

  3. The law is a strange thing. It makes a man swear to tell the truth, and every time he shows signs of doing so, some lawyer objects.
       -- Anon.

  4. If you laid all our laws end to end, there would be no end.
       -- Arthur 'Bugs' Baer

  5. A law is valuable not because it is law, but because there is right in it.
       -- Henry Ward Beecher

  6. Any law that takes hold of a man's daily life cannot prevail in a community, unless the vast majority of the community are actively in favor of it. The laws that are the most operative are the laws which protect life.
       -- Henry Ward Beecher

  7. Those learned in the law, when they do give advice without the usual fee, and in the confidence of friendship, generally say, "Pay, pay anything rather than go to law."
       -- Isabella Beeton

  8. Litigant: a person about to give up his skin for the hope of retaining his bone.
       -- Ambrose Bierce

  9. If you like laws and sausages, you should never watch either one being made.
       -- Otto von Bismarck

  10. The law is not a "light" for you or any man to see by; the law is not an instrument of any kind. The law is a causeway upon which so long as he keeps to it a citizen may walk safely.
       -- Robert Bolt

  11. If we desire respect for the law, we must first make the law respectable.
       -- Louis D. Brandeis

  12. The case has been going on for so long that I've forgotten whether I'm really innocent or guilty.
       -- Ashleigh Brilliant

  13. Our system is not one of justice, but of law.
       -- Edna Buchanan

  14. When you have no basis for an argument, abuse the plaintiff.
       -- Cicero

  15. Law and equity are two things which God hath joined, but which man hath put asunder.
       -- Charles Caleb Colton

  16. Men would be great criminals did they need as many laws as they break.
       -- Charles John Darling

  17. The law is above the law, you know.
       -- Dorothy Salisbury Davis

  18. An appeal is when ye ask wan court to show its contempt for another court.
       -- Finley Peter Dunne

  19. The law's made to take care o' raskills.
       -- George Eliot

  20. No law can be sacred to me but that of my nature.
       -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

  21. How noble the law, in its majestic equality, that both the rich and poor are equally prohibited from peeing in the streets, sleeping under bridges, and stealing bread!
       -- Anatole France

  22. If one man can be allowed to determine for himself what is law, every man can. That means first chaos, then tyranny. Legal process is an essential part of the democratic process.
       -- Felix Frankfurter

  23. A jury consists of twelve persons chosen to decide who has the better lawyer.
       -- Robert Frost

  24. A successful lawsuit is the one worn by the policeman.
       -- Robert Frost

  25. Law cannot persuade where it cannot punish.
       -- Thomas Fuller

  26. The aim of law is the maximum gratification of the nervous system of man.
       -- Learned Hand

  27. Those who are too lazy and comfortable to think for themselves and be their own judges obey the laws. Others sense their own laws within them.
       -- Herman Hesse

  28. Laws that do not embody public opinion can never be enforced.
       -- Elbert Hubbard

  29. We can not expect to breed respect for law and order among people who do not share the fruits of our freedom.
       -- Hubert H. Humphrey

  30. It is the trade of lawyers to question everything, yield nothing, and to talk by the hour.
       -- Thomas Jefferson

  31. It takes a long time to learn that a courtroom is the last place in the world for learning the truth.
       -- Alice Koller

  32. Laws are only felt when the individual comes in conflict with them.
       -- Suzanne La Follette

  33. Every skilled person is to be believed with reference to his own art.
       -- Legal Maxim

  34. The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly.
       -- Abraham Lincoln

  35. Because just as good morals, if they are to be maintained, have need of the laws, so the laws, if they are to be observed, have need of good morals.
       -- Niccolò Machiavelli

  36. It is not possible to make a bad law. If is is bad, it is not a law.
       -- Carry Nation

  37. Law is no explanation of anything; law is simply a generalization, a category of facts. Law is neither a cause, nor a reason, nor a power, nor a coercive force. It is nothing but a general formula, a statistical table.
       -- Florence Nightingale

  38. Petty laws breed great crimes.
       -- Ouida

  39. Where law ends, tyranny begins.
       -- William Pitt

  40. Law school taught me one thing: how to take two situations that are exactly the same and show how they are different.
       -- Hart Pomerantz

  41. Wretches hang that jurymen may dine.
       -- Alexander Pope

  42. The law must be stable and yet it must not stand still.
       -- Roscoe Pound

  43. The law itself follows gold.
       -- Propertius

  44. Our very freedom is secure because we're a nation governed by laws, not by men. We cannot as citizens pick and choose the laws we will or will not obey.
       -- Ronals Reagan

  45. You can't legislate intelligence and common sense into people.
       -- Will Rogers

  46. No man is above the law and no man is below it; nor do we ask any man's permission when we ask him to obey it.
       -- Theodore Roosevelt

  47. For many persons, law appears to be black magic--an obscure domain that can be fathomed only by the professional initiated into the mysteries.
       -- Susan C. Ross

  48. It is criminal to steal a purse, daring to steal a fortune, a mark of greatness to steal a crown. The blame diminishes as the guilt increases.
       -- Friedrich von Schiller

  49. Ignorance of the law excuses no man.
       -- John Selden

  50. To make laws that man cannot, and will not obey, serves to bring all laws into contempt.
       -- Elizabeth Cady Stanton

  51. The mills of God work like lightning compared with the law.
       -- Mary Stewart

  52. Laws are like cobwebs, which may catch small flies but which let wasps and hornets break through.
       -- Jonathan Swift

  53. The more numerous the laws, the more corrupt the state.
       -- Tacitus

  54. I can't do literary work for the rest of this year because I'm meditating another lawsuit and looking around for a defendant.
       -- Mark Twain

  55. I was never ruined but twice: once when I lost a lawsuit and once when I won one.
       -- Voltaire

  56. It is the spirit and not the form of law that keeps justice alive.
       -- Earl Warren

  57. There is plenty of law at the end of a nightstick.
       -- Grover A. Whalen


    Lawyers

  1. A lawyer's dream of heaven: every man reclaimed his property at the resurrection, and each tried to recover it from all his forefathers.
       -- Samuel Butler

  2. The trouble with law is lawyers.
       -- Clarence Darrow

  3. If there were no bad people there would be no good lawyers.
       -- Charles Dickens

  4. To some lawyers, all facts are created equal.
       -- Felix Frankfurter

  5. God works wonders now and then;
    Behold a lawyer, an honest man.
       -- Benjamin Franklin

  6. Self-defense is the clearest of all laws, and for this reason: lawyers didn't make it.
       -- Douglass Jerrold

  7. And whether you're an honest man, or whether you're a thief,
    Depends on whose solicitor has given me my brief.
       -- W.S. Gilbert

  8. Young lawyers attend the courts, not because they have business there, but because they have no business anywhere else.
       -- Washingon Irving

  9. He is no lawyer who cannot take two sides.
       -- Charles Lamb

  10. A good lawyer is a bad neighbor.
       -- French Proverb

  11. Lawyers are like morticians. We all need one sooner or later, but better later than sooner.
       -- Eileen Goudge

  12. It is unfair to believe everything we hear about lawyers. Some of it might not be true.
       -- Gerald F. Lieberman

  13. Lawyers are men who hire out their words and anger.
       -- Martial

  14. It took man thousands of years to put words down on paper, and his lawyers still wish he wouldn't.
       -- Mignon McLaughlin

  15. Ignorance of the law excuses no man from practicing it.
       -- Addison Mizner

  16. In cross-examination, as in fishing, nothing is more ungainly than a fisherman pulled into the water by his catch.
       -- Louis Nizer

  17. I never saw a lawyer yet who would admit he was making money.
       -- Mary Roberts Rinehart

  18. If the laws could speak for themselves, they would complain of the lawyers.
       -- Sir George Savile


    Laziness

  1. He has a head that is for rent unfurnished.
       -- Anon.

  2. Procrastination is suicide on the installment plan.
       -- Anon.

  3. Know the true value of time: snatch, seize, and enjoy every moment of it. No idleness, no laziness, no procrastination; never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.
       -- Lord Chesterfield

  4. The lust for comfort, that stealthy thing that enters the house a guest and then becomes a host, and then a master.
       -- Kahlil Gibran

  5. Indolence is a delightful but distressing state. We must be doing something to be happy.
       -- William Hazlitt

  6. Some folks can look so busy doing nothin' that they seem indispensable.
       -- Kin Hubbard

  7. The really idle man gets nowhere; the perpetually busy man does not get much further.
       -- H. Ogilvie

  8. Failure is not our only punishment for laziness: there is also the success of others.
       -- Jules Renard

  9. The lazy man gets round the sun as quickly as the busy one.
       -- R.T. Wombat


    Leadership

  1. And when we think we lead, we are most led.
       -- Lord Byron

  2. The slave begins by demanding justice and ends by wanting to wear a crown. He must dominate in his turn.
       -- Albert Camus

  3. The nation will find it very hard to look up to the leaders who are keeping their ears to the ground.
       -- Winston Churchill

  4. I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears, and sweat.
       -- Winston Churchill

  5. It is better to have a lion at the head of an army od sheep, than a sheep at the head of an army of lions.
       -- Daniel Defoe

  6. A true leader always keeps an element of surprise up his sleeve, which others cannot grasp but which keeps his public excited and breathless.
       -- Charles de Gaulle

  7. Every man of action has a strong dose of egotism, pride, hardness, and cunning. But all those things will be forgiven him, indeed, they will be regarded as high qualities, if he can make them the means to achieve great ends.
       -- Charles de Gaulle

  8. Leadership: The art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.
       -- Dwight D. Eisenhower

  9. If you shoot at a king you must kill him.
       -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

  10. I suppose leadership at one time meant muscles; but today it means getting along with people.
       -- Indira Gandhi

  11. To get others to come into our ways of thinking, we must go over to theirs; and it is necessary to follow, in order to lead.
       -- William Hazlitt

  12. In the great mass of our people there are plenty individuals of intelligence from among whom leadership can be recruited.
       -- Herbert Hoover

  13. it is much safer to obey than to rule.
       -- Thomas a Kempis

  14. To lead the people, walk behind them.
       -- Lao-Tzu

  15. It is a characteristic of all movements and crusades that the psychopathic element rises to the top.
       -- Robert Lindner

  16. The final test of a leader is that he leaves behind him in other men the conviction and the will to carry on.
       -- Walter Lippmann

  17. Leadership is the other side of the coin of loneliness, and he who is a leader must always act alone. And acting alone, accept everything alone.
       -- Ferdinand Edralin Marcos

  18. Dictators are rulers who always look good until the last ten minutes.
       -- Jan Masaryk

  19. If the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.
       -- Matthew 15:14

  20. There are two levers for moving men: interest and fear.
       -- Napoleon Bonaparte

  21. A leader is a dealer in hope.
       -- Napoleon Bonaparte

  22. You cannot be a leader, and ask other people to follow you, unless you know how to follow, too.
       -- Sam Rayburn

  23. A chief is a man who assumes responsibility. He says, 'I was beaten'; he does not say 'My men were beaten.'
       -- Antoine de Saint-Exupery

  24. A frightened captain makes a frightened crew.
       -- Lister Sinclair

  25. The shepherd always tries to persuade the sheep that their interests and his own are the same.
       -- Stendhal

  26. Anyone can steer the ship when the sea is calm.
       -- Publius Syrus

  27. A leader may symbolize and express what is best in people, like Pericles, or what is worst, like Hitler, but he cannot successfully express what is only in his heart and not in theirs.
       -- Charles Yost

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