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Daemon
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When you've learned to laugh at the things that should be laughed at, and not to laugh at those that shouldn't, you've got wisdom and understanding.

Lucy Maud Montgomery (1874-1942)
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The wisdom of the chaperones vs. professors: Humor is the spiciest condiment in the feast of existence. Laugh at your mistakes but learn from them, joke over your troubles but gather strength from them, make a jest of your difficulties but overcome them.
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"When you've learned to laugh at the things that should be laughed at, and not to laugh at those that shouldn't, you've got wisdom and understanding."

Unless you only think you are laughing at the things that should be laughed at and not at those that shouldn't. You might just be conditioned by the company you keep.

All good ideas arrive by chance- Max Ernst
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Posted: Wednesday, May 15, 2013 5:48:39 AM

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I think this doesn't apply universally due to variant civilisations or/and even cultural diversities. The things you should laugh at perhaps in Canada are the things you should not laugh at let say in Japan. Civilisations and cultures do clash over the same matter.

De omnibus dubitandum est.
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The quotation comes from Anne of the Island, Chapter 37, "Full fleged B.A.'S."

"We've learned the truth of what Professor Woodleigh told us last Philomathic," said Phil. "He said, `Humor is the spiciest condiment in the feast of existence. Laugh at your mistakes but learn from them, joke over your troubles but gather strength from them, make a jest of your difficulties but overcome them.' Isn't that worth learning, Aunt Jimsie?"

"Yes, it is, dearie. When you've learned to laugh at the things that should be laughed at, and not to laugh at those that shouldn't, you've got wisdom and understanding."

Kamilion and pedro hit it on the head. And with any luck it won't recover. The quotation is just another one of those empty, Polonious-like utterances from authority figures in Montgomery's novels that raises more questions than it answers.



capitán
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It is that at which we laugh at that reveals our character.
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Daemon wrote:
When you've learned to laugh at the things that should be laughed at, and not to laugh at those that shouldn't, you've got wisdom and understanding.

Lucy Maud Montgomery (1874-1942)


.... but never try this wisdom and understanding on for size, it may only give you occasion to cry.
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capitan wrote:
It is that at which we laugh at that reveals our character.

Social laugh is more about nature of society.
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Laughable or unlaughable - that is the question and mark of wisdom.
capitán
Posted: Wednesday, May 15, 2013 7:17:02 PM

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To the contrary, I think that society makes us do things that take us away from our nature.
When we laugh just to feel comfortable or to make others feel comfortable,
and nobody said anything funny, does that feel natural?
Doesn´t it make us feel as hypocrites?

Sometimes I don´t want to laugh. Sometimes it´s just stupid but I do it.
I think it´s nurture and not nature. And I think we´ve all been there.

Somewhere I read that good manners are for those without the courage of saying what they think.

By the way,
Here´s some info on why we laugh... http://science.howstuffworks.com/life/laughter2.htm
I thought it might be interesting.
jcbarros
Posted: Wednesday, May 15, 2013 11:03:25 PM

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It´s a matter of distinguishing.
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