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Wit Quotes

These Motivational Quotes about Wit are dedicated to your career and personal success in life.

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

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Wit is the lowest form of humor.
- Alexander Pope

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

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

 

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

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

Wit is educated insolence.
- Aristotle


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

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

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.
- Thomas Jefferson

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

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

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

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

Prithee don't screw your wit beyond the compass of good manners.
- Colley Cibber

Brevity is the soul of wit.
- William Shakespeare

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Silence is the wit of fools.
- Anatole France

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

Wit doesn't make girls pretty.
- Jeanne Calment

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In the midst of the fountain of wit there arises something bitter,
which stings in the very flowers.
- Lucretius

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

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

The more wit the less courage.
- Thomas Fuller

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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