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The secret of it is that the sense of humour is really the sense of proportion. Those who possess an understanding of the proportionate values of life often throw that understanding into the cast of humour, which becomes one of its natural expressions. So the eagle who has dived deep into the profound waters of Reality, when he returns to the surface again and resumes his breathing, can take a peep at the life around him and tell his friends: "Do not take the vicissitudes of life so seriously, O! Earnest Ones."

-- Notebooks Category 12: Reflections > Chapter 6: The Profane and The Profound > # 3

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