Never misunderstand seriousness for sincerity. Sincerity is very playful, never serious. It is true, authentic, but never serious. Sincerity does not have a long face, it is bubbling with joy, radiating with an inner joyousness.
The man who has begun to live more seriously within begins to live more simply without.
If you pretend to be good, the world takes you very seriously. If you pretend to be bad, it doesn't. Such is the astounding stupidity of optimism.
If a man insisted always on being serious, and never allowed himself a bit of fun and relaxation, he would go mad or become unstable without knowing it.
Man is most nearly himself when he achieves the seriousness of a child at play.
There are some things so serious you have to laugh at them.
Nothing kills the ego like playfulness, like laughter. When you start taking life as fun, the ego has to die, it cannot exist anymore.
Mix a little foolishness with your serious plans. It is lovely to be silly at the right moment.
Seriousness is the only refuge of the shallow.
A serious writer is not to be confounded with a solemn writer. A serious writer may be a hawk or a buzzard or even a popinjay, but a solemn writer is always a bloody owl.
Seriousness is illness; seriousness has nothing spiritual about it. Spirituality is laughter, spirituality is joy, spirituality is fun.
If you find a saint who has no sense of humour, then he is not a saint at all.
Human affairs are not serious, but they have to be taken seriously.
A man's maturity consists in having found again the seriousness one had as a child, at play.
Life is far too important a thing ever to talk seriously about.
Learn to laugh. Seriousness is a sin, and it is a disease. Laughter has tremendous beauty, a lightness. It will bring lightness to you, and it will give you wings to fly.
Life is too important to be taken seriously.
To laugh at others is egoistic; to laugh at oneself is very humble. Learn to laugh at yourself - about your seriousness and things like that.
No human thing is of serious importance.