Quotation by Ralph Waldo Emerson

The perception of the comic is a tie of sympathy with other men, a pledge of sanity, and a protection from those perverse tendencies and gloomy insanities in which fine intellects sometimes lose themselves. A rogue alive to the ludicrous is still convertible. If that sense is lost, his fellow-men can do little for him.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "The Comic," Letters and Social Aims (1876).
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