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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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I am a fool, I know it; and yet, Heaven help me, I'm poor enough
to be a wit.

I am a fool, I know it; and yet, Heaven help me, I'm poor enough
to be a wit.

by William Congreve Found in: Wit Quotes,
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He who has provoked the shaft of wit, cannot complain that he smarts from it.

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

by Samuel Johnson Found in: Wit Quotes,
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People who can't be witty exert themselves to be devout and affectionate.

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

by George Eliot Found in: Wit Quotes,
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What silly people wits are!
[Lat., Que les gens d'esprit sont betes.]

What silly people wits are!
[Lat., Que les gens d'esprit sont betes.]

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Wit's an unruly engine, wildly striking
Sometimes a friend, sometimes the engineer:
Hast thou the knack? pamper read more

Wit's an unruly engine, wildly striking
Sometimes a friend, sometimes the engineer:
Hast thou the knack? pamper it not with liking;
But if thou want it, buy it not too deare
Many affecting wit beyond their power,
Have got to be a deare fool for an houre.

by George Herbert Found in: Injury Quotes, Wit Quotes,
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His wit invites you by his looks to come,
But when you knock, it never is at home.

His wit invites you by his looks to come,
But when you knock, it never is at home.

by William Cowper Found in: Wit Quotes,
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The distrust of wit is the beginning of tyranny.

The distrust of wit is the beginning of tyranny.

by Edward Abbey Found in: Tyranny Quotes, Wit Quotes,
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Brevity is the body and soul of wit.

Brevity is the body and soul of wit.

by Jean Paul 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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