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A man renowned for repartee will seldom scruple to make free with friendship's finest feeling, will thrust a dagger at your breast, and say he wounded you in jest, by way of balm for healing.
~ William Cowper

 

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

 

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Avoid witicisms at the expense of others.
~ Horace Mann

 

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

 

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

 

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He's winding up the watch of his wit. By and by it will strike.
~ William Shakespeare

 

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Humor does not include sarcasm, invalid irony, sardonicism, innuendo, or any other form of cruelty. When these things are raised to a high point they can become wit, but unlike the French and the English, we have not been much good at wit since the days of Benjamin Franklin.
~ James Thurber

 

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Humor is consistent with pathos, whilst wit is not.
~ Samuel Taylor Coleridge

 

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

 

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Melancholy men are of all others the most witty.
~ Aristotle

 

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

 

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Sometimes we are inclined to class those who are once-and-a-half witted with the half-witted, because we appreciate only a third part of their wit.
~ Henry David Thoreau

 

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

 

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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

 

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There's a helluva distance between wisecracking and wit. Wit has truth in it; wisecracking is simply calisthenics with words.
~ Dorothy Parker

 

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

 

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True wit is nature to advantage dressed, what oft was thought, but never so well expressed.
~ Alexander Pope

 

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Wit and Humor -- if any difference, it is in duration -- lightning and electric light. Same material, apparently; but one is vivid, and can do damage -- the other fools along and enjoys elaboration.
~ Mark Twain

 

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

 

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Wit is brushwood; judgment timber; the one gives the greatest flame, and the other yields the most durable heat; and both meeting make the best fire.
~ Overlung

 

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