[Ads-l] Quote: He who laughs, lasts

Stephen Goranson goranson at DUKE.EDU
Sun Mar 15 17:49:08 UTC 2015

Nov. 3, 1917:
"...he who laughs lasts longest"
by W.E. Nesum in The judge. v.73 

Stephen Goranson

From: American Dialect Society .. on behalf of ADSGarson O'Toole 
Sent: Sunday, March 15, 2015 1:24 PM
Subject: [ADS-L] Quote: He who laughs, lasts

The saying "He who laughs, lasts" is listed in the Yale Book of
Quotations with a 1938 attribution to Mary Pettibone Poole. Fred is in
good company with this ascription since H. L. Mencken and Franklin P.
Adams also pointed to Poole's 1938 compilation "A Glass Eye at a

I've located a new 1926 citation in "Munsey's Magazine":

[ref] 1926 September, Munsey's Magazine, Volume 88, Number 4, The Not
Impossible He by George F. Worts (Novelette), Start Page 743, Quote
Page 756, Published by The Frank A. Munsey Company, New York.

[Begin excerpt]
"You just said you loved my sense of humor, Jord. So do I. I simply
adore my sense of humor. You've heard the old proverb, haven't you -
he who laughs - lasts?
[End excerpt]

Here is the Quote Investigator entry:

Earlier citations would be welcomed.
The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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