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    This man [Chesterfield] I thought had been a lord among wits; but
    I find he is only a wit among lords.

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Wit will shine
Through the harsh cadence of a rugged line.

Wit will shine
Through the harsh cadence of a rugged line.

by John Dryden Found in: Wit Quotes,
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Do sometimes sink with their own weights.
[Lat., Votre espril en donne aux autres.]

Do sometimes sink with their own weights.
[Lat., Votre espril en donne aux autres.]

by Catherine The Great Found in: Wit Quotes,
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As a wit, if not first, in the very first line.

As a wit, if not first, in the very first line.

by Oliver Goldsmith Found in: Wit Quotes,
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Wit has truth in it; wisecracking is simply calisthenics with words.

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

by Dorothy Parker Found in: Wit Quotes,
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Wit, like money, bears an extra value when rung down immediately
it is wanted. Men pay severely who require read more

Wit, like money, bears an extra value when rung down immediately
it is wanted. Men pay severely who require credit.

by Douglas Jerrold Found in: Wit Quotes,
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Ev'n wit's a burthen, when it talks too long.

Ev'n wit's a burthen, when it talks too long.

by John Dryden Found in: Wit Quotes,
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With little wit and ease to suit them,
They whirl in narrow circling trails,
Like kittens playing read more

With little wit and ease to suit them,
They whirl in narrow circling trails,
Like kittens playing with their tails.
[Ger., Mit wenig Witz und viel Behagen
Dreht jeder sich im engen Zirkeltanz
Wie junge Katzen mit dem Schwanz.]

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Humor is the only test of gravity, and gravity of humor; for a subject which will not bear raillery is read more

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.

by Aristotle Found in: Wit Quotes,
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Less judgment than wit, is more sail than ballast.

Less judgment than wit, is more sail than ballast.

by William Penn Found in: Wit Quotes,
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