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Wit Quotes and Sayings
Quotes about Wit

Please enjoy these Wit Quotes from the wise, the romantic, and the famous of the past and present.

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 educated insolence.
- Aristotle

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

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

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

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

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

Nothing can atone for the lack of modesty;
without which beauty is ungraceful and wit detestable.
- Richard Steele

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

Brevity is the soul of wit.
- William Shakespeare

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Your wit makes others witty.
- Catherine II

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

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

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

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

To find a young fellow that is neither a wit in his own eye,
nor a fool in the eye of the world, is a very hard task.
- William Congreve

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The more wit the less courage.
- Thomas Fuller

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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