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Wit Quotes

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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Wit is educated insolence.
- Aristotle

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

Silence is the wit of fools.
- Anatole France

A wise man will live as much within his wit as within his income.
- Lord Chesterfield

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

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

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

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

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

His foe was folly and his weapon wit.
- Anthony Hope

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

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

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

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

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

Those who are born of parents broken with old age,
or of such as are not yet ripe or are too young,
or of drunkards, soft or effeminate men,
want a great and liberal ingenuity or wit.
- Thomas Willis

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

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

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

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

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

It takes great wit and interest and energy to be happy.
The pursuit of happiness is a great activity.
One must be open and alive.
It is the greatest feat man has to accomplish.
- Robert Herrick

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wit consists in knowing the resemblance of things that differ,
and the difference of things that are alike.
- Anne Louise Germaine de Stael

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I have wit in my work and a sense of humor,
but I do not use irony in any way.
- John Zorn

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 is no such whetstone, to sharpen a good wit and
encourage a will to learning,
as is praise.
- Roger Ascham

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

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

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

Come, come, leave business to idlers,
and wisdom to fools: they have need of 'em:
wit be my faculty,
and pleasure my occupation, and let father Time shake his glass.
- William Congreve

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

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

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

Where might is mixed with wit, there is too good an accord in a government.
- Elizabeth I

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

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

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

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

Commend a fool for his wit, or a rogue for his honesty
and he will receive you into his favor.
- Henry Fielding

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

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

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

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


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