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Wit Quotes

Wit is educated insolence.

Author: Aristotle

Profession: Greek Philosopher

Melancholy men are of all others the most witty.

Author: Aristotle

Profession: Greek Philosopher

Wit. The salt with which the American humorist spoils his intellectual cookery by leaving it out.

Author: Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Profession: American Author, Editor, Journalist, "The Devil's Dictionary"

The banalities of a great man pass for wit.

Author: Alexander Chase


A wise man will live as much within his wit as within his income.

Author: Lord Chesterfield (1694-1773)

Profession: British Statesman, Author

Wit is so shining a quality that everybody admires it; most people aim at it, all people fear it, and few love it unless in themselves. A man must have a good share of wit himself to endure a great share of it in another.

Author: Lord Chesterfield (1694-1773)

Profession: British Statesman, Author

Humor is consistent with pathos, whilst wit is not.

Author: Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834)

Profession: British Poet, Critic, Philosopher

Wit ought to be a glorious treat like caviar; never spread it about like marmalade.

Author: Noel Coward (1899-1973)

Profession: British Writer

A man renowned for repartee will seldom scruple to make free with friendship's finest feeling, will thrust a dagger at your breast, and say he wounded you in jest, by way of balm for healing.

Author: William Cowper (1731-1800)

Profession: British Poet

People who can't be witty exert themselves to be devout and affectionate.

Author: George Eliot (1819-1880)

Profession: British Novelist

Wit makes its own welcome, and levels all distinctions. No dignity, no learning, no force of character, can make any stand against good wit.

Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Profession: American Poet, Essayist

Wit is the salt of conversation, not the food.

Author: William Hazlitt (1778-1830)

Profession: British Essayist

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

Author: Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

Profession: British Author

The witty woman is a tragic figure in American life. Wit destroys eroticism and eroticism destroys wit, so women must choose between taking lovers and taking no prisoners.

Author: Florence King (1936)

Profession: American Author, Critic

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

Author: Lucretius

Profession: Roman poet and philosopher