Giving Joy

“If nature has made you for a giver, your hands are born open, and so is your heart; and though there may be times when your hands are empty, your heart is always full, and you can give things out of that–warm things, kind things, sweet things–help and comfort and laughter–and sometimes gay, kind laughter is the best help of all.” 

**A Little Princess

But perhaps Dostoevsky?

“You who so plod amid serious things that you feel it shame to give yourself up even for a few short moments to mirth and joyousness in the land of Fancy; you who think that life hath not to do with innocent laughter that can harm no one; these pages are not for you.” 

**The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood

Amuse not Abuse

“My pain may be the reason for somebody’s laugh. But my laugh must never be the reason for somebody’s pain.” 

**Charlie Chaplan