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wit Quotes


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.
?Lily Tomlin


Wit ought to be a glorious treat like caviar;
never spread it about like marmalade.
?Noel Coward


Wit is educated insolence.
?Aristotle


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


People who can't be witty exert themselves
to be devout and affectionate.
?George Eliot


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.
?Aristotle


He who has provoked the shaft of wit,
cannot complain that he smarts from it.
?Samuel Johnson


Competition is what keeps me playing
the psychological warfare of matching
skill against skill and wit against wit.
?Lou Brock


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


At 20 years of age the will reigns;
at 30, the wit; at 40, the judgment.
?Benjamin Franklin


Wit penetrates; humor envelops. Wit is a
function of verbal intelligence; humor is
imagination operating on good nature.
?Peggy Noonan


Brevity is the body and soul of wit.
?Jean Paul


The distrust of wit is the beginning of tyranny.
?Edward Abbey


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


Insanity destroys reason, but not wit.
?Nathaniel Emmons