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“Why not laughter when an enemy’s outsmarted? Why not laughter to empty the tragedy from you when karma interrupts the beautiful death of a true samurai, when karma causes the useless death of a pretty girl? Isn’t only through laughter that we become one with the gods and thus can endure life and can overcome all the horror and waste and suffering here on earth? … Isn’t it only through laughter we can stay human?”

~James Clavell (Shogun)