“Laughter becomes extreme only if…”

“Laughter becomes extreme only if it be consecutive.  There must be no pauses for recovery…The jester must be able to grapple his theme and hang on to it, twisting it this way and that, and making it yield magically all manner of strange and precious things, one after another, without pause.  He must have invention keeping pace with utterance.  He must be inexhaustible.  Only so can he exhaust us. ”
–Max Beerbohm
quoted by Kenneth Tynan in Show People

This is one in a series of quotations. 

I’ve been working, from time to time, on a book of quotations for many years.  I call it, “The Mind Boggles”, from one of my favorite quotations.  I do source quotations a bit differently from a lot of people.  In the case of a work of a fiction, I consider that the character said the line…not the author.  As a bit of an author myself (in a minor way), I can tell you…my characters definitely say things that I would never say.  These are all quotations that I’ve collected myself: I’ve read the book, seen the TV episode, and so on. 

Hope you enjoy them!

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the The Measured Circle

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