Joseph Addison

Laughter, while it lasts, slackens and unbraces the mind, weakens the
faculties and causes a kind of remissness and dissolution in all the
powers of the soul; and thus it may be looked on as weakness in the
composition of human nature. But if we consider the frequent reliefs
we receive from it and how often it breaks the gloom which is apt to
depress the mind and damp our spirits, with transient, unexpected
gleams of joy, one would take care not to grow too wise for so great a
pleasure of life.
Joseph Addison (1672 – 1719)


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