Instead of working for the survival of
the fittest, we should be working for
the survival of the wittiest --
then we can all die laughing.
Wit ought to be a glorious treat like caviar;
never spread it about like marmalade.
Wit is educated insolence.
Wit is the sudden marriage of ideas which
before their union were not
perceived to have any relation.
People who can't be witty exert themselves
to be devout and affectionate.
Humor is the only test of gravity, and gravity
of humor; for a subject which will not bear raillery
is suspicious, and a jest which will not bear
serious examination is false wit.
He who has provoked the shaft of wit,
cannot complain that he smarts from it.
Competition is what keeps me playing
the psychological warfare of matching
skill against skill and wit against wit.
Wit has truth in it; wisecracking is
simply calisthenics with words.
At 20 years of age the will reigns;
at 30, the wit; at 40, the judgment.
Wit penetrates; humor envelops. Wit is a
function of verbal intelligence; humor is
imagination operating on good nature.
Brevity is the body and soul of wit.
The distrust of wit is the beginning of tyranny.
Wit is the only wall between us and the dark.
?Mark Van Doren
Insanity destroys reason, but not wit.