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A collection of quotes by Leo Rosten on fairy-tales, adulthood, purpose, truth, inspiration, strength, writing, curiosity, life, happiness and humor.

19 Motivational Quotes By Leo Rosten For Laughter Therapy

Quick Facts

Famous As: American humorist

Born On: April 11, 1908

Died On: February 19, 1997

Born In: Łódź

Died At Age: 88

Leo Rosten was a renowned American author, scriptwriter, and researcher known for his hilarious comic novels. He was interested in languages and books since childhood and started writing stories at the age of nine. After completing his doctorate he went on to teach English to immigrants. He even served at a series of positions to the ‘Office of War Information’. He went on to work for the ‘Look’ magazine after working as a researcher in a non-profit organization. His most notable book was ‘Hyman Kaplan’ which was inspired by one of his immigrant students. This book turned out to be a great success and enhanced his reputation as a writer. He also fascinated the masses with his books on Yiddish lexicography like ‘The Joys of Yiddish’, which discussed various things including their culture, ceremonies, holidays and cuisines. He also proved to be a good screenwriter and wrote numerous screenplays including ‘Lured’ and ‘They got me covered’. His books were nominated for many renowned awards and won him various awards including ‘Freedom Foundation Award’. He is remembered as the only writer of the 20th century to write stories in Yiddish. Here is a treasure trove of thoughts and quotations by the distinguished humorist. These quotes and sayingshave been scanned from his writings, books, work, novels and thoughts. Go through the collection of quotes and sayings by Leo Rosten which are sure to uplift your spirits and tickle your funny bone.
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The purpose of life is not to be happy—but to matter, to be productive, to be useful, to have it make some difference that you lived at all.

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I learned that it is the weak who are cruel, and that gentleness is to be expected only from the strong.

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The only reason for being a professional writer is that you can't help it.

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Anybody who hates dogs and babies can't be all bad.

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People say: idle curiosity. The one thing that curiosity cannot be is idle.

Leo Rosten

If you're going to do something wrong, at least enjoy it.

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Words must surely be counted among the most powerful drugs man ever invented.

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Everyone, in some small sacred sanctuary of the self, is nuts.

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A conservative is one who admires radicals centuries after they're dead.

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Happiness comes only when we push our brains and hearts to the farthest reaches of which we are capable.

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A writer writes not because he is educated but because he is driven by the need to communicate. Behind the need to communicate is the need to share. Behind the need to share is the need to be understood.

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Happiness, in the ancient, noble sense, means self-fulfillment—and is given to those who use to the fullest whatever talents God … bestowed upon them.

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Everyone, in some small sacred sanctuary of the self, is nuts. -Leo Rosten

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Hope is ambiguous, but fear is precious.

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The only reason for being a professional writer is that you just can't help it.

Leo Rosten

Everyone, in some small secret sanctuary of the self, is nuts.

Leo Rosten

It was at this point, visualizing too vividly another Mr. Kaplan in the class, that anxious little lines had crept around Mr. Parkhills eyes.

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Centuries before Sigmund Freud published his Interpretation of Dreams (1900), the Jews had a saying: “In sleep, it is not the man who sins—but his dream.

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If God lived on earth,” goes a sardonic Yiddish saying, “people would knock out all His windows.

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