Wit Quotes

A fine quotation is a diamond in the hand of a man of wit and a pebble in the hand of a fool.

Joseph Roux

In conversation, humor is worth more than wit and easiness more than knowledge.

George Herbert

Conceit causes more conversation than wit.

Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Confidence contributes more to conversation than wit.

Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Converse with men makes sharp the glittering wit, but God to man doth speak in solitude.

John Stuart Blackie

Don't set your wit against a child.

Jonathan Swift

Far less envy in America than in France, and far less wit.


For my own part I think no innocent species of wit or pleasantry should be suppressed: and that a good pun may be admitted among the smaller excellencies of lively conversation.

James Boswell

For those whose wit becomes the mother of villainy, those it educates to be evil in all things.


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

Antoine Rivarol

Giving votes in exchange for ideological support. To wit: identity politics for homosexuals.

Harry Hay

He is winding the watch of his wit; by and by it will strike.

William Shakespeare

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

James Boswell

His foe was folly and his weapon wit.

Anthony Hope

I definitely did look up to John. We all looked up to John. He was older and he was very much the leader; he was the quickest wit and the smartest.

Paul McCartney

I don't like jokes in speeches. I do like wit and humor. A joke is to humor what pornography is to erotic language in a good novel.

James Humes

I'm keeping my acerbic wit completely fueled.

Janice Dickinson

If a man's wit be wandering, let him study the mathematics.

Francis Bacon

Impropriety is the soul of wit.

W. Somerset Maugham

In Paris, you learn wit, in London you learn to crush your social rivals, and in Florence you learn poise.

Virgil Thomson

In the midst of the fountain of wit there arises something bitter, which stings in the very flowers.


Indeed I had not much wit, yet I was not an idiot - my wit was according to my years.

Margaret Cavendish

It is a sad thing when men have neither the wit to speak well nor the judgment to hold their tongues.

Jean de la Bruyere

It is always the same: women bedeck themselves with jewels and furs, and men with wit and quotations.

Maurice Chevalier

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Updated On : March 01, 2013
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