Will a day come when the race will detect the funniness of these juvenilities
and laugh at them--and by laughing at them destroy them? For your race, in its
poverty, has unquestionably one really effective weapon--laughter. Power, Money,
Persuasion, Supplication, Persecution--these can lift at a colossal humbug,--push
it a little-- crowd it a little--weaken it a little, century by century: but
only Laughter can blow it to rags and atoms at a blast. Against the assault
of Laughter nothing can stand.
- "The Chronicle of Young Satan," Mysterious Stranger Manuscripts
Cartoon from WASHINGTON (D.C.) EVENING STAR, June 29, 1907.
|Laughter which cannot be suppressed is catching.
Sooner or later it washes away our defences, and undermines our dignity,
and we join in it -- ashamed of our weakness, and embittered against the
cause of its exposure, but no matter, we have to join in, there is no help
He laughs best who laughs least.
- autographed inscription dated Feb. 3, 1909
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