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22 Jesting Quotes

That's a good joke but we do it much better in England.

General James Edward Oglethorpe Quotes , Source: so a Prince of Wurtemberg who at dinner flicked some wine in Oglethorpe's face

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A joke's a very serious thing.

Charles Churchill Quotes , Source: Ghost (bk. 4)

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A man who could make so vile a pun would not scruple to pick a pocket.

John Dennis Quotes , Source: in "The Gentleman's Magazine", vol. LI, p. 324

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No time to break jests when the heartstrings are about to be broken.

Thomas Fuller Quotes , Source: Holy and Profane States (maxim VIII)

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Jest not with the two-edged sword of God's word.

Thomas Fuller Quotes , Source: Holy and Profane States--Of Jesting (maxim II)

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He that will lose his friend for a jest, deserves to die a beggar by the bargain.

Thomas Fuller Quotes , Source: Holy and Profane States--Of Jesting (maxim VII)

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Less at thine own things laugh; lest in the jest Thy person share, and the conceit advance, Make not thy sport abuses: for the fly That feeds on dung is colored thereby.

George Herbert Quotes , Source: Temple--Church Porch (st. 39)

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People that make puns are like wanton boys that put coppers on the railroad tracks.

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. Quotes , Source: Autocrat of the Breakfast Table (I)

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And however are Dennises take offence, A double meaning shows double sense; And if proverbs tell truth, A double tooth Is wisdom's adopted dwelling.

Thomas Hood Quotes , Source: Miss Kilmansegg

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Of all the griefs that harass the distress'd, Sure the most bitter is a scornful jest; Fate never wounds more deep the generous heart, Than when a blockhead's insult points the dart.

Samuel Johnson Quotes , Source: London (l. 165)

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Jesting, often, only proves a want of intellect. [Fr., La moquerie est souvent une indigence d'esprit.]

Samuel Johnson Quotes , Source: London (l. 165)

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Joking decides great things, Stronger and better oft than earnest can.

John Milton Quotes , Source: Horace

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A jester, a bad character. [Fr., Diseur de bon mots, mauvais caractere.]

Blaise Pascal Quotes , Source: Pensees (art VI, 22)

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If anything is spoken in jest, it is not fair to turn it to earnest. [Lat., Si quid dictum est per jocum, Non aequum est id te serio praevortier.]

Plautus (Titus Maccius Plautus) Quotes , Source: Amphitruo (III, 2, 39)

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Joking set aside. [Lat., Omissis jocis.]

Pliny the Younger (Caius Caecilius Secundus) Quotes , Source: Epistles (I, 21)

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A jest loses its point when the jester laughs himself. [Ger., Des Spass verliert Alles, wenn der Spassmacher selber lacht.]

Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller Quotes , Source: Fiesco (I, 7)

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Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him, Horatio, a fellow of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy. He hath borne me on his back a thousand times. And now how abhorred in my imagination it is!

William Shakespeare Quotes , Source: Hamlet Prince of Denmark (Hamlet at V, i)

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Jesters do oft prove prophets.

William Shakespeare Quotes , Source: King Lear (Regan at V, iii)

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A jest's prosperity lies in the ear Of him that hears it, never in the tongue Of him that makes it.

William Shakespeare Quotes , Source: Love's Labor's Lost (Rosaline at V, ii)

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(Andrew:) I am not such an ass but I can keep my hand dry. But what's your jest? (Maria:) A dry jest, sir. (Andrew:) Are you full of them? (Maria:) Ay, sir, I have them at my fingers' ends. Marry, now I let go your hand, I am barren.

William Shakespeare Quotes , Source: Twelfth Night, or, What You Will (Andrew & Maria at I, iii)

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A college joke to cure the dumps.

Jonathan Swift Quotes , Source: Cassinus and Peter

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A bitter jest, when it comes too near the truth, leaves a sharp sting behind it. [Lat., Aspere facetiae, ubi nimis ex vero traxere, Acram sui memoriam relinquunt.]

Tacitus (Caius Cornelius Tacitus) Quotes , Source: Annales (XV, 68)

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