Laugh and the world laughs with youI will laugh and the world laughs with you.  Only man has the capability to laugh. No other creature has this unique gift and so I must make the most of it. “Laugh and the world laughs with you” is a saying worth remembering. Smiling aids digestion and a good chuckle has been said to ease the weight of even the heaviest burden. This is the great secret of a long life and now it is mine.

Laugh and the world laughs with you.  And I will laugh at myself, for man is most comical when he takes himself too seriously. Things that seem to be so significant pale into almost insignificance when placed in the greater context of centuries of time.

Laugh and the world laughs with you.  But, you may ask, how can I laugh when confronted with a man whose actions or words offend me so much that all I want to do is to curse him? “Four simple words passed down from the ancients will carry me through every adversity and maintain my life in balance. These 4 words are: “This too shall pass.” For all worldly things shall indeed pass. If all things shall pass, why should I be of concern for today?” (Og Mandino)

Laugh and the world laughs with you.   If I pave this day with laughter and frame this night with song, then I will never need to work at being happy. All I have to do is to remain too busy to be sad. I will enjoy today’s happiness today since I know that it cannot be saved for tomorrow. Laughter is a habit. It is a good habit. Use this power of habits to enjoy the fruits of you labour.

Laugh and the world laughs with you, because by reducing everything to a comic situation, I minimise not only its importance but also its effect on my person. If I laugh at my failures, they will simply vanish in clouds of new dreams. This is the power of laughter.  And, by the same token, if I laugh at my successes, they will shrink to their true value.

Laugh and the world laughs with youI will laugh at the world because as long as I can laugh, I will always be rich. And how can I toss aside this wealth that I have been given? It is only through laughter and happiness that I can enjoy true success. Only with laughter and happiness can I enjoy the fruits of my labour. I cannot enjoy success without happiness and laughter and joy. “For happiness is the wine that sharpens the taste of the meal.” (Og Mandino) By infusing every moment of every waking hour with love, joy, laughter and happiness, I will be successful. “I will be the greatest salesman the world has ever known.” (Og Mandino)

This article is based on the book of OG Mandino, The Best Salesman in the World.


I will laugh and the world laughs with you: Quotes


  • “The victory of success is half won when one gains the habit of setting goals and achieving them. Even the most tedious chore will become endurable as you parade through each day convinced that every task, no matter how menial or boring, brings you closer to fulfilling your dreams.” – Og Mandino

  • “To be always intending to make a new and better life but never to find time to set about it is as to put off eating and drinking and sleeping from one day to the next until you’re dead.” – Og Mandino

  • “Treasure the love you receive above all. It will survive long after your good health has vanished. ” – Og Mandino

  • “Whenever you make a mistake or get knocked down by life, don’t look back at it too long. Mistakes are life’s way of teaching you. Your capacity for occasional blunders is inseparable from your capacity to reach your goals. No one wins them all, and your failures, when they happen, are just part of your growth. Shake off your blunders. How will you know your limits without an occasional failure? Never quit. Your turn will come. ” – Og Mandino

  • “Every memorable act in the history of the world is a triumph of enthusiasm. Nothing great was ever achieved without it because it gives any challenge or any occupation, no matter how frightening or difficult, a new meaning. Without enthusiasm you are doomed to a life of mediocrity but with it you can accomplish miracles. ” – Og Mandino