Witty Quotes

It is easier to be a lover than a husband, for the same reason that it is more difficult to be witty every day, than to say bright things from time to time.

Honor de Balzac

Your wit makes others witty.

Catherine II of Russia; Catherine the Great

Aristotle said melancholy men of all others are most witty.

Robert Burton

Anger makes dull men witty, but it keeps them poor.

Francis Bacon

A woman may have a witty tongue or a stinging pen but she will never laugh at her own individual shortcomings.

Irvin S. Cobb

A father may have a child who is ugly and lacking in all the graces, and the love he feels for him puts a blindfold over his eyes so that he does not see his defects but considers them signs of charm and intelligence and recounts them to his friends as if they were clever and witty.

Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

One cannot be always laughing at a man without now and then stumbling on something witty.

Jane Austen

It is easier to be a lover than a husband for the simple reason that it is more difficult to be witty every day than to say pretty things from time to time.

Honore de Balzac

A word of kindness is seldom spoken in vain, while witty sayings are as easily lost as the pearls slipping from a broken string.

George Dennison Prentice

Generally speaking, there is more wit than talent in the world. Society swarms with witty people who lack talent.

Antoine Rivarol

Comedy has to be done en clair. You can't blunt the edge of wit or the point of satire with obscurity. Try to imagine a famous witty saying that is not immediately clear.

James Thurber

If it were not for the company of fools, a witty man would often be greatly at a loss.

Francois de La Rochefoucauld

A witty woman is a treasure; a witty beauty is a power.

George Meredith

Better a witty fool than a foolish wit.

William Shakespeare

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

Andre Maurois

I declare, on my soul and conscience, that the attainment of power, or of a great name in literature, seemed to me an easier victory than a success with some young, witty, and gracious lady of high degree.

Honor de Balzac

Conquered people tend to be witty.

Saul Bellow

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