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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.
  • 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.
  • Forward and frolic glee was there,
    The will to do, the soul to dare.
  • 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.
  • With mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come,
    And let my liver rather heat with wine
    Than my heart cool with mortifying groans.
  • 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.
  • Merrily, merrily, shall I live now
    Under the blossom that hangs on the bough.
  • The glad circle round them yield their souls
    To festive mirth, and wit that knows no gall.

Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations

Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 511-12.
  • An ounce of mirth is worth a pound of sorrow.
  • Plus on est de fous, plus on rit.
  • A very merry, dancing, drinking,
    Laughing, quaffing, and unthinking time.
  • 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.
  • A merry heart doeth good like a medicine.
    • Proverbs, XVII. 22.
  • 'Tis merry in hall
    Where beards wag all.
    • Thomas Tusser, Five Hundred Points of Good Husbandry, August's Abstract. Adam Davie, Life of Alexander (About 1312). In Warton's History of English Poetry, Volume II, p. 10. Quoted by Ben Jonson, Masque of Christmas.