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History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.
- Winston Churchill

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In conversation, humor is worth more than wit and easiness more than knowledge.
- George Herbert

Wit - the salt with which the American humorist spoils
his intellectual cookery by leaving it out.
- Ambrose Bierce

So vast is art, so narrow human wit.
- Alexander Pope

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At twenty years of age the will reigns;
at thirty, the wit;
and at forty, the judgment.
- Benjamin Franklin

If a man's wit be wandering, let him study the mathematics.
- Francis Bacon

While the laughter of joy is in
full harmony with our deeper life,
the laughter of amusement
should be kept apart from it.
The danger is too great of thus learning
to look at solemn things in a spirit of mockery,
and to seek in them opportunities for exercising wit.
- Lewis Carroll


 

Wit is educated insolence.
- Aristotle

The genius, wit, and the spirit of a nation are discovered by their proverbs.
- Francis Bacon

Brevity is the soul of wit.
- William Shakespeare

He's a fool that marries, but he's a greater that does not marry a fool;
what is wit in a wife good for,
but to make a man a cuckold?
- William Wycherley

Wit is the only wall between us and the dark.
- Mark Van Doren

Wit is a weapon.
Jokes are a masculine way of inflicting superiority.
But humor is the pursuit of a gentle grin,
usually in solitude.
- Frank Muir

Of Manners gentle, of Affections mild;
In Wit a man; Simplicity,
a child.
- Alexander Pope

A pun is not bound by the laws which limit nicer wit.
It is a pistol let off at the ear; not a feather to tickle the intellect.
- Charles Lamb

No delusion is greater than the notion that method
and industry can make up for lack of mother-wit,
either in science or in practical life.
- Thomas Huxley

A wit should be no more sincere than a woman constant.
- William Congreve

The more wit the less courage.
- Thomas Fuller

Marriage is the grave or tomb of wit.
- Margaret Cavendish

There is a certain majesty in simplicity which is far
above all the quaintness of wit.
- Alexander Pope

No man is the wiser for his learning;
it may administer matter to work in,
or objects to work upon; but wit and wisdom are born with a man.
- John Selden

Our erected wit maketh us to know what perfection is.
- Philip Sidney

Woman: the peg on which the wit hangs his jest,
the preacher his text, the cynic his grouch and the
sinner his justification.
- Helen Rowland

Being a blockhead is sometimes the best security against
being cheated by a man of wit.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Wit as an instrument of revenge is as infamous as art
is as a means of sensual titillation.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

I don't like jokes in speeches.
I do like wit and humor.
A joke is to humor what pornography is to erotic language in a good novel.
- James Humes

The banalities of a great man pass for wit.
- Alexander Chase

The genius of the Spanish people is exquisitely subtle,
without being at all acute; hence there is so much
humour and so little wit in their literature.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

A wit with dunces, and a dunce with wits.
- Alexander Pope

And wit's the noblest frailty of the mind.
- Thomas Shadwell

In the midst of the fountain of wit there arises something bitter,
which stings in the very flowers.
- Lucretius

A fine quotation is a diamond in the hand of a man
of wit and a pebble in the hand of a fool.
- Joseph Roux

The moving finger writes, and having written moves on.
Nor all thy piety nor all thy wit, can cancel half a line of it.
- Omar Khayyam

No man is so much a fool as not to have wit enough sometimes to be a knave;
nor any so cunning a knave as not to have the weakness
sometimes to play the fool.
- George Savile

Ideal conversation must be an exchange of thought,
and not, as many of those who worry most about their shortcomings believe,
an eloquent exhibition of wit or oratory.
- Emily Post

Giving votes in exchange for ideological support.
To wit: identity politics for homosexuals.
- Harry Hay

Wit doesn't make girls pretty.
- Jeanne Calment

I'm keeping my acerbic wit completely fueled.
- Janice Dickinson

The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ,
Moves on: nor all your Piety nor Wit Shall lure it
back to cancel half a Line,
Nor all your Tears wash out a Word of it.
- Edward Fitzgerald

Reason is mechanical, wit chemical, and genius organic spirit.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

Wit lies in recognizing the resemblance among things
which differ and the difference between things which are alike.
- Madame de Stael

Wit thou well that I will not live long after thy days.
- Thomas Malory

The first ingredient in conversation is truth,
the next good sense, the third good humor,
and the fourth wit.
- William Temple

I like a very dry wit, not the big kind of humor like Robin Williams.
I don't think I'm capable of that.
- Chris Cooper

And new Philosophy calls all in doubt,
the element of fire is quite put out;
the Sun is lost,
and the earth, and no mans wit can well direct him where to look for it.
- John Donne

Wit is the appearance, the external flash of imagination.
Thus its divinity, and the witty character of mysticism.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

Far less envy in America than in France,
and far less wit.
- Stendhal

Better a witty fool than a foolish wit.
- William Shakespeare

Comedy has to be done en clair.
You can't blunt the edge of wit or the point of satire with obscurity.
Try to imagine a famous witty saying that is not immediately clear.
- James Thurber

There are two things in ordinary conversation which
ordinary people dislike -
information and wit.
- Stephen Leacock

Don't set your wit against a child.
- Jonathan Swift

To be witty is not enough.
One must possess sufficient wit to avoid having too much of it.
- Andre Maurois

Unhappy is that Grandeur which makes us too great to be good;
and that Wit which sets us at a distance from true Wisdom.
- Mary Astell

It is always the same: women bedeck themselves with jewels and furs,
and men with wit and quotations.
- Maurice Chevalier

As we celebrate President Reagan's remarkable career and historic legacy,
we also celebrate a man of strong character,
deep conviction, unforgettable charm,
and wonderful wit.
- Jim Ramstad

It has always been the prerogative of children and
half-wits to point out that the emperor has no clothes.
But the half-wit remains a half-wit,
and the emperor remains an emperor.
- Neil Gaiman

The well of true wit is truth itself.
- George Meredith

The Cardinal is at his wit's end - it is true that he had not far to go.
- Lord Byron

Wit is the salt of conversation, not the food.
- William Hazlitt

Raillery is a mode of speaking in favor of one's wit
at the expense of one's better nature.
- Charles de Secondat

He who has provoked the lash of wit,
cannot complain that he smarts from it.
- James Boswell

Man forgives woman anything save the wit to outwit him.
- Minna Antrim

Alan Ginsberg was fabulous.
The man is so filled with energy.
He's 65 years old and he's just loaded with energy
and charm and wit and his mind is constantly racing.
- Ray Manzarek

Wit is more necessary than beauty; and I think no young woman ugly that has it,
and no handsome woman agreeable without it.
- William Wycherley

Wit is an explosion of the compound spirit.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

For my own part I think no innocent species of wit
or pleasantry should be suppressed:
and that a good pun may be admitted among the smaller
excellencies of lively conversation.
- James Boswell

A proverb is the wisdom of many and the wit of one.
- Lord John Russell

Because if you've got the wit, you can make anything into a melody,
ultimately.
- Gerry Mulligan

In Paris, you learn wit, in London you learn to crush your social rivals,
and in Florence you learn poise.
- Virgil Thomson

Confidence contributes more to conversation than wit.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Next to being witty, the best thing is being able to quote another's wit.
- Christian Nestell Bovee


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