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Melancholy men are of all others the most witty.

Men never think their fortunes too great, nor their wit too little.

Perpetual aiming at wit is a very bad part of conversation. It is done to support a character; it generally fails; it is a sort of insult to the company, and a restraint upon the speaker.

Punning is a conceit arising from the use of two words that agree in the sound, but differ in the sense. The only way, therefore, to try a piece of wit, is to translate it into a different language; if it bears the test, you may pronounce it true; but if it vanishes in the experiment, you may conclude it to have been a pun.

Some people seem born with a head in which the thin partition than divides great wit from folly is wanting.

The banalities of a great man pass for wit.

The impromptu reply is precisely the touchstone of the man of wit.

The well of true wit is truth itself.

The wit makes fun of other persons; the satirist makes fun of the world; the humorist makes fun of himself, but in so doing, he identifies himself with people - that is, people everywhere, not for the purpose of taking them apart, but simply revealing their true nature.

There are heads sometimes so little, that there is no room for wit, sometimes so long that there is no wit for so much room.

Though wit be very useful, yet unless a wise man has the keeping of it, that knows when, where, and how to apply it, it is like wild fire, that runs hissing about, and blows up everything that comes in its way.

To place wit above sense is to place superfluity above utility.

Too caustic? To hell with cost; we'll make the picture anyhow. Every director bites the hand that lays the golden egg. We have all passed a lot of water since then.

True wit is nature to advantage dress'd What oft was thought, but ne'er so well expressed.

Truth, when witty, is the wittiest of all things.

What is an epigram? A dwarfish whole, Its body brevity, and wit its soul.

What is perfectly true is perfectly witty.

When I appear in public people expect me to neigh, grind my teeth, paw the ground and swish my tail - none of which is easy.

When wit trangresses decency, it degenerates into insolence and impiety.

Where judgment has wit to express it, there is the best orator.


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