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Wit Quotes


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A little wit and a great deal of ill nature will furnish a man for satire; but the greatest instance and value of wit is to commend well.

A man often runs the risk of throwing away a witticism if he admits that it is his own.

As it is the characteristic of great wits to say much in few words, so it is of small wits to talk much and say nothing.

At their wits' end.

Avoid witticisms at the expense of Others.

Belief in form, but disbelief in content - that's what makes an aphorism charming.

Brevity is the soul of wit.

Don't set your wit against a child.

Genuine and innocent wit is surely the flavor of the mind. Man could not direct his way by plain reason, and support his life by tasteless food; but God has given us wit, and flavor, and brightness, and laughter, and perfumes, to enliven the days of man's pilgrimage, and to charm his pained steps over the burning marl.

Great men may jest with saints; 'tis wit in them; But, in the less foul profanation.

Great wits are sure to madness near allied, and thin partitions do their bounds divide.

He who has provoked the shaft of wit, cannot complain that he smarts from it.

I like that wit whose fittest symbol is the playful pinch which a father gives to the cheek of his roguish boy or the pretended bite which a mother prints upon the tempting snowv shoulder of her babe.

If it is once again one against forty-eight, then I am very sorry for the forty-eight.

If wit is to be measured by the circumstances of time and place, there is no man has generally so little of that talent as he who is a wit by profession. What he says, instead of arising from the occasion, has an occasion invented for bringing it in.

If you want to be witty, work on your character and say what you think on every occasion.

Irrevocable as a haircut.

It is by vivacity and wit that man shines in company; but trite jokes and loud laughter reduce him to a buffoon.

Less judgment than wit, is more sail than ballast. Yet it must be confessed, that wit gives an edge to sense, and recommends it extremely.

Let your wit rather serve you for a buckler to defend yourself, by a handsome reply, than the sword to wound others, though with never so facetious a reproach, remembering that a word cuts deeper than a sharper weapon, and the wound it makes is longer curing.


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