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Quotations about Wit


Ah, wit! That sparkling blend of intelligence, humour, and speed that makes conversations crackle and minds race. It's the quick retort, the unexpected insight, the clever twist of words that brings a smile to our lips, a twinkle to our eyes, and occasionally, a cramp to our sides from too much laughter.

Wit, as an art form, has been celebrated, dissected, and deployed by some of the greatest minds in history. From philosophers to playwrights, comedians to novelists, the use of wit has added flavour to our discourse, and its mastery remains one of the most admired and elusive of skills.

This collection of quotations reminds us that a well-placed quip can illuminate truths, puncture pretension, and remind us to not take ourselves too seriously. After all, as the great wit himself, Oscar Wilde, once said, "Life is far too important a thing ever to talk seriously about it."

quotations about wit

"Wit is educated insolence." Aristotle Onassis (Greek shipping magnate and international businessman, 1906-75)

"Wit is the lowest form of humor – when you don't think of it first." Oscar Levant (American pianist, 1906-72)

"The first thing I do in the morning is brush my teeth and sharpen my tongue." Oscar Levant (American pianist, 1906-72)

"The problem with having a sense of humor is often that people you use it on aren't in a very good mood." Lou Holtz (American sportsman, 1937-)

"Life is far too important a thing ever to talk seriously about it." Oscar Wilde (Irish dramatist and poet, 1854-1900)

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"Wit ought to be a glorious treat, like *caviar.*honey.*jam.* ...served in small elegant portions; never spread it about like marmalade." Noel Coward (English actor and composer, 1899-1973)

"Wit is the sudden marriage of ideas which before their union were not perceived to have any relation." Mark Twain (American writer, 1835-1910)

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"Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he is not; a sense of humor to console him for what he is." Sir Francis Bacon (English philosopher and statesman, 1561-1626)

"Wit is the key, I think, to anybody's heart, because who doesn't like to laugh?" Julia Roberts (American actress, 1967-)

"I wish I had the talent to amuse myself with my own thoughts as you do." François VI (Duc de La Rochefoucauld, 1613-1680)

"Wit is the ability to *see the funny side*hide anger*cause heat* without feeling it." Max Beerbohm (English critic, essayist, and caricaturist, 1872-1956)

"Wit is the *salt*gravy*heart* of conversation, not the food." William Hazlitt (English essayist, 1778-1830)

"Wit is a *dangerous*great*huge* weapon, even to the possessor, if he knows not how to use it discreetly." Michel de Montaigne (Lord of Montaigne, 1533-1592)

"His wit invites you by his looks to come, but when you knock it never is at home." William Cowper (English poet, 1731-1800)

"A good listener is usually thinking about something else." Kin Hubbard (American cartoonist, 1868-1930)

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