Quotation by Pierre De Beaumarchais

I hasten to laugh at everything for fear of being obliged to weep at it.
Pierre De Beaumarchais (1732–1799), French dramatist. Figaro, in Le Barbier de Séville, act 1, sc. 2 (1775).

Byron expressed a similar idea in Don Juan cto. 4, st. 4: "And if I laugh at any mortal thing, 'Tis that I may not weep."
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