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Jesting is often only indigence of intellect.

Jean de la Bruyère (1645-1696) French satiric moralist.

Jests that give pains are no jests.

Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616) Spanish novelist, dramatist and poet.

Many a true word is spoken in jest.

English proverb

The jest loses its point when he who makes it is the first to laugh.

Friedrich Schiller (1759-1805) German dramatist, poet and historian.