state of enjoyable exuberance
Merriment is a state of enjoyable exuberance or playful fun.
- As Tammie glow'red, amazed and curious,
The mirth and fun grew fast and furious.
- Robert Burns, Tam o' Shanter (1793).
- Go then merrily to Heaven.
- Robert Burton, The Anatomy of Melancholy (1621), Part II, Section 3. Memb. 1.
- Hugh laughed again, and with such thorough abandonment to his mad humour, that his limbs seemed dislocated, and his whole frame in danger of tumbling to pieces; but Mr Tappertit, so far from receiving this extreme merriment with any irritation, was pleased to regard it with the utmost favour, and even to join in it, so far as one of his gravity and station could, with any regard to that decency and decorum which men in high places are expected to maintain.
- Charles Dickens, Barnaby Rudge (1841).
- Forward and frolic glee was there,
The will to do, the soul to dare.
- Walter Scott, Lady of the Lake (1810), Canto I, Stanza 21.
- What should a man do but be merry?
- Hostess, clap to the doors; watch to-night, pray to-morrow. Gallants, lads, boys, hearts of gold, all the titles of good fellowship come to you! What, shall we be merry? Shall we have a play extempore?
- As 'tis ever common
That men are merriest when they are from home.
- And, if you can be merry then, I'll say
A man may weep upon his wedding day.
- But a merrier man,
Within the limit of becoming mirth,
I never spent an hour's talk withal.
- Mirth cannot move a soul in agony.
- Be large in mirth; anon we'll drink a measure
The table round.
- With mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come,
And let my liver rather heat with wine
Than my heart cool with mortifying groans.
- As merry as the day is long.
- You have a merry heart.
Yea, my lord; I thank it, poor fool, it keeps on the windy side of care.
- Your silence most offends me, and to be merry best becomes you; for out of question, you were born in a merry hour.
No, sure, my lord, my mother cried; but then there was a star danced, and under that I was born.
- I am not merry; but I do beguile
The thing I am by seeming otherwise.
- And frame your mind to mirth and merriment,
Which bars a thousand harms and lengthens life.
- Merrily, merrily, shall I live now
Under the blossom that hangs on the bough.
- When every room
Hath blaz'd with lights and brayed with minstrelsy.
- Jog on, jog on, the foot-path way,
And merrily hent the stile-a:
A merry heart goes all the day,
Your sad tires in a mile-a.
- And let's be red with mirth.
- The glad circle round them yield their souls
To festive mirth, and wit that knows no gall.
- James Thomson, The Seasons, Summer (1727), line 403.
Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical QuotationsEdit
- Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 511-12.
- An ounce of mirth is worth a pound of sorrow.
- Richard Baxter, Self Denial.
- Plus on est de fous, plus on rit.
- The more fools the more one laughs.
- Florent Carton Dancourt, Maison de Campagne, scene 11.
- A very merry, dancing, drinking,
Laughing, quaffing, and unthinking time.
- John Dryden, The Secular Masque, line 40.
- And mo the merier is a Prouerbe eke.
- George Gascoigne, Works. Ed. by Hazlitt. I. 64. (The more the merrier.) Heywood, Proverbes, Part II, Chapter VII. Beaumont and John Fletcher, Scornful Lady, I. 1. Henry Parrott, The Sea Voyage, I. 2. Given credit in Brydges, Censura Literaria, Volume III, p. 337. King James I., according to the Westminster Gazette.
- Ride si sapis.
- Be merry if you are wise.
- Martial, Epigrams (c. 80-104 AD), II. 41. 1.
- Mirth, admit me of thy crew,
To live with her, and live with thee,
In unreprov'd pleasures free.
- John Milton, L'Allegro, line 38.
- A merry heart doeth good like a medicine.
- Proverbs, XVII. 22.