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.
Author: James Boswell (1740-1795)
Profession: British Writer, Journalist
A man who could make so vile a pun would not scruple to pick a pocket.
Author: John Dennis
People who make puns are like wanton boys that put coppers on the railroad tracks. They amuse themselves and other children, but their little trick may upset a freight train of conversation for the sake of a battered witticism.
Author: Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894)
Profession: American Author, Wit, Poet
A pun is not bound by the laws which limit nicer wit. It is a pistol let off at the ear; not a feather to tickle the intellect.
Author: Charles Lamb (1775-1834)
Profession: British Essayist, Critic