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Elizabeth Montagu Quotes and Sayings

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Wit in women is apt to have bad consequences;
like a sword without a scabbard,
it wounds the wearer and provokes assailants.
- Elizabeth Montagu

I endeavor to be wise when I cannot be merry,
easy when I cannot be glad, content with what cannot
be mended and patient when there be no redress.
- Elizabeth Montagu

I never invite idiots to my house.
- Elizabeth Montagu

To judge therefore of Shakespeare by Aristotle's rule
is like trying a man by the Laws of one Country who
acted under those of another.
- Elizabeth Montagu

 

She kindly laments that I am not of the party,
and to be sure I honour great ladies,
and I admire great wits, but I am of the same opinion
in regard to assemblies that is held concerning oysters,
that they are never good in a month that has not the letter R in it.
- Elizabeth Montagu

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

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

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Wit is the lowest form of humor.
- Alexander Pope

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

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

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

Wit is educated insolence.
- Aristotle

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

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

The witty woman is a tragic figure in American life.
Wit destroys eroticism and eroticism destroys wit,
so women must choose between taking lovers and taking no prisoners.
- Florence King

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

Wit is the most rascally, contemptible,
beggarly thing on the face of the earth.
- Arthur Murphy

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

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

The world is divided into men who have wit and no religion
and men who have religion and no wit.
- Avicenna

Less judgment than wit is more sail than ballast.
- William Penn

There is not less wit nor less invention in applying
rightly a thought one finds in a book,
than in being the first author of that thought.
- Pierre Bayle

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

She had a pretty gift for quotation,
which is a serviceable substitute for wit.
- W. Somerset Maugham

You cannot fashion a wit out of two half-wits.
- Neil Kinnock

One science only will one genius fit;
so vast is art,
so narrow human wit.
- Alexander Pope

Brevity is the soul of wit.
- William Shakespeare

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

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

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

Impropriety is the soul of wit.
- W. Somerset Maugham

Generally speaking, there is more wit than talent in the world.
Society swarms with witty people who lack talent.
- Antoine Rivarol

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

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

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

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

It is a sad thing when men have neither the wit to
speak well nor the judgment to hold their tongues.
- Jean de la Bruyere

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What is a epigram? A dwarfish whole.
Its body brevity, and wit its soul.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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

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

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

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

Silence is the wit of fools.
- Anatole France

The ability to quote is a serviceable substitute for wit.
- W. Somerset Maugham

Your wit makes others witty.
- Catherine II

The more wit the less courage.
- Thomas Fuller

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

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

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

There are just certain things that turn my head.
It may be a girl's sense of humor, it may be her wit,
or her belief system; it could be a lot of different things.
- Jensen Ackles

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

Let the master praise him, and say, "Here ye do well."
For,
I assure you, there is no such whetstone to sharpen a good wit,
and encourage a will to learning, as is praise.
- Roger Ascham

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

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

Indeed I had not much wit, yet I was not an idiot -
my wit was according to my years.
- Margaret Cavendish

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

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

Making a book is a craft, like making a clock;
it needs more than native wit to be an author.
- Jean de la Bruyere

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

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


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