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The Wit and Humor of Life; being Familiar Talks with Young Christians

Author: Charles Stanford
Publisher: Elliot Stock
Publish Date: 1886

The whole church will be indebted to Dr. Stanford for having protested against the superstition which regards wit and humor as deadly sins. He has not only set forth the propriety of simple, natural mirth, but has well nigh shown the duty of it. We knew that our beloved friend had a sly twinkle in his eye, and said things which sparkled with a subdued and chastened fun; but we hardly believed that he would become the defender of our faith in wit and the avenger of those fierce assaults which have been made on humor. This book ought to shut the mouths of those melancholy critics who think that everything solemn should be sad and that anything approaching to pleasantry must be wicked. The chapter upon "What have Christians to do with Wit and Humor?" gives us the utmost delight. The argument is as irresistible as the laughter which it provokes; and both the argument and the laughter are as wholesome and as holy as anything we have ever read. We are tempted to make copious quotations, but we had rather our friends should get the book for themselves; in fact, they will have to do so, for everybody will be forced to read it. We hope these wise and genial pages will work a revolution it he ideas of thousands who now blush when they smile and put down an honest laugh in the category of things to be repented of.