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Wit is so shining a quality that everybody admires it; most people aim at it, all people fear it, and few love it unless in themselves. A man must have a good share of wit himself to endure a great share of it in another.

Lord Chesterfield (1694-1773) British statesman.

Melancholy men are of all others the most witty.

Aristotle (384 BC-322 BC) Greek philosopher.

Wit is educated insolence.

Aristotle (384 BC-322 BC) Greek philosopher.

Wit. The salt with which the American humorist spoils his intellectual cookery by leaving it out.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914) American newspaperman and short-story writer.

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

Lord Chesterfield (1694-1773) British statesman.


Humor is consistent with pathos, whilst wit is not.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834) British poet, critic, and philosopher.

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 (1731-1800) British poet.

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

George Eliot (1819-1880) British writer.

Wit makes its own welcome, and levels all distinctions. No dignity, no learning, no force of character, can make any stand against good wit.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) U.S. poet, essayist and lecturer.

Wit is the salt of conversation, not the food.

William Hazlitt (1778-1830) British essayist.