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Wit consists in assembling, and putting together with quickness, ideas in which can be found resemblance and congruity, by which to make up pleasant pictures and agreeable visions in the fancy.

Wit consists in knowing the resemblance of things which differ and the difference of things which are alike.

Wit has truth in it; wisecracking is simply calisthenics with words.

Wit is far more often a shield than a lance.

Wit is not leveled so much at the muscles as at the heart; and the latter will sometimes smile when there is not a single wrinkle on the cheek.

Wit is proper and commendable when it enlightens the intellect by good sense, conveyed in jocular expression; when it infringes neither on religion, charity, and justice, nor on peace; when it maintains good humor, sweetens conversation, and makes the endearments of society more captivating; when it exposes what is vile and base to contempt; when it reclaims the vicious, and laughs them into virtue; when it answers what is below refutation; when it replies to obloquy; when it counterbalances the fashion of error and vice, playing off their own weapons of ridicule against them; when it adorns truth; when it follows great examples; when it is not used upon subjects, improper for it, or in a manner unbecoming, in measure intemperate, at an undue season or to a dangerous end.

Wit is the epitaph of an emotion.

Wit is the most rascally, contemptible, beggarly thing on the face of the earth.

Wit is the salt of conversation, not the food.

Wit is the sudden marriage of ideas which before their union were not perceived to have any relation.

Wit loses its respect with the good when seen in company with malice; to smile at the jest which plants a thorn in another's breast, is to become a principal in the mischief.

Wit should be used as a shield for defence rather than as a sword to wound others.

Witticisms are never agreeable when they are injurious to others.

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