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Better a witty fool than a foolish wit.
Brevity is the soul of wit.
I'm grateful to intelligent people. That doesn't mean educated. That doesn't mean intellectual. I mean really intelligent. What black old people used to call 'mother wit' means intelligence that you had in your mother's womb. That's what you rely on. You know what's right to do.
Wit is the epitaph of an emotion.
The moving finger writes, and having written moves on. Nor all thy piety nor all thy wit, can cancel half a line of it.
Words may show a man's wit but actions his meaning.
So vast is art, so narrow human wit.
A fine quotation is a diamond in the hand of a man of wit and a pebble in the hand of a fool.
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.
Wit is educated insolence.
I appreciate simplicity, true beauty that lasts over time, and a little wit and eclecticism that make life more fun.
In conversation, humor is worth more than wit and easiness more than knowledge.
Wit ought to be a glorious treat like caviar; never spread it about like marmalade.
A wise man will live as much within his wit as within his income.
Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield
Our country is now taking so steady a course as to show by what road it will pass to destruction, to wit: by consolidation of power first, and then corruption, its necessary consequence.
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.
Libraries are reservoirs of strength, grace and wit, reminders of order, calm and continuity, lakes of mental energy, neither warm nor cold, light nor dark.
Young gentlemen with literary aspirations usually start a new university magazine, which for wit and pungency is designed to eclipse all such previous efforts, and I was no exception in the matter of this popular gambit.
E. F. Benson
The best song lyrics seem to me so artful, so brilliant, so warm and humorous, with both passion and wit, that my admiration is matched only by my envy.
Freud was the son of a Jewish merchant who had to move his whole family to Vienna because he couldn't get work. He, as a boy, had to watch his father be mocked and abused on the street for being Jewish... You develop a thick skin and you develop a certain kind of wit to defend yourself.
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.
The banalities of a great man pass for wit.
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.
The world is divided into men who have wit and no religion and men who have religion and no wit.
At twenty years of age the will reigns; at thirty, the wit; and at forty, the judgment.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
C. S. Lewis
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