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Wit Quotes

I hope you find value in these encouraging quotes about Wit.

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

Wit is the lowest form of humor.
- Alexander Pope

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

 

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

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

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

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

Wit is educated insolence.
- Aristotle

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

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

When the green woods laugh with the voice of joy,
And the dimpling stream runs laughing by;
When the air does laugh with our merry wit,
And the green hill laughs with the noise of it.
- Lord Byron

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Converse with men makes sharp the glittering wit,
but God to man doth speak in solitude.
- John Stuart Blackie

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

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

For those whose wit becomes the mother of villainy,
those it educates to be evil in all things.
- Sophocles

Wit doesn't make girls pretty.
- Jeanne Calment

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

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

I definitely did look up to John.
We all looked up to John.
He was older and he was very much the leader;
he was the quickest wit and the smartest.
- Paul McCartney

Brevity is the soul of wit.
- William Shakespeare

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

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

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

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

You have a ready wit.
Tell me when it's ready.
- Henny Youngman

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

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

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

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

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

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

The more wit the less courage.
- Thomas Fuller

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

Your wit makes others witty.
- Catherine II

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

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

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

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

Wit is a dangerous weapon, even to the possessor,
if he knows not how to use it discreetly.
- Michel de Montaigne

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

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

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

Wit ought to be a glorious treat like caviar;
never spread it about like marmalade.
- Noel Coward

Roosevelt's humor was broad, his manner friendly.
Of wit there was little; of philosophy,
none.
What did he possess? Intuition, inspiration,
love of adventure.
- Emanuel Celler

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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