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Great wits are sure to madness near allied, And thin partitions do their bounds divide.

John Dryden Quotes , Source: Absalom and Achitophel (pt. I, l. 163)

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Ev'n wit's a burthen, when it talks too long.

John Dryden Quotes , Source: Sixth Satire of Juvenal (l. 573)

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Wit will shine Through the harsh cadence of a rugged line.

John Dryden Quotes , Source: To the Memory of Mr. Oldham

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Their heads sometimes so little that there is no room for wit; sometimes so long, that there is no wit for so much room.

Thomas Fuller Quotes , Source: The Holy and Profane States (bk. IV, ch. XII, Of Natural Fools, maxim I)

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With little wit and ease to suit them, They whirl in narrow circling trails, Like kittens playing with their tails. [Ger., Mit wenig Witz und viel Behagen Dreht jeder sich im engen Zirkeltanz Wie junge Katzen mit dem Schwanz.]

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Quotes , Source: Faust (I, 5, 94)

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As a wit, if not first, in the very first line.

Oliver Goldsmith Quotes , Source: Retaliation (l. 96)

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It is by such encounters that wits come to know each other. [Ger., Les beaux esprits lernen einander durch dergleichen recontre erkennen.]

Andreas Gryphius Quotes , Source: Horribilicribfax (act IV, sc. 7)

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You can pretend to be serious; you can't pretend to be witty.

Andreas Gryphius Quotes , Source: Horribilicribfax (act IV, sc. 7)

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Wit is the salt of conversation, not the food.

William Hazlitt Quotes , Source: Lectures on the English Comic Writers (lecture 1)

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Wit's an unruly engine, wildly striking Sometimes a friend, sometimes the engineer: Hast thou the knack? pamper it not with liking; But if thou want it, buy it not too deare Many affecting wit beyond their power, Have got to be a deare fool for an houre.

George Herbert Quotes , Source: Temple--Church Porch (st. 41)

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At our wittes end.

John Heywood Quotes , Source: pt. I, ch. VIII

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Wit is the clash and reconcilement of incongruities; the meeting of extremes round a corner.

Leigh Hunt (James Henry Leigh Hunt) Quotes , Source: Wit and Humour

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Wit, like money, bears an extra value when rung down immediately it is wanted. Men pay severely who require credit.

Douglas Jerrold Quotes , Source: Specimens of Jerrold's Wit--Wit

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This man [Chesterfield] I thought had been a lord among wits; but I find he is only a wit among lords.

Samuel Johnson Quotes , Source: Boswell's Life of Johnson

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Instead of working for the survival of the fittest, we should be working for the survival of the wittiest -- then we can all die laughing.

Lily Tomlin Quotes

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

Noel Coward Quotes

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

George Eliot Quotes

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Humor is the only test of gravity, and gravity of humor; for a subject which will not bear raillery is suspicious, and a jest which will not bear serious examination is false wit.

Aristotle Quotes

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

Samuel Johnson Quotes

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Competition is what keeps me playing the psychological warfare of matching skill against skill and wit against wit.

Lou Brock Quotes

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At 20 years of age the will reigns; at 30, the wit; at 40, the judgment.

Benjamin Franklin Quotes

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Brevity is the body and soul of wit.

Jean Paul Quotes

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The distrust of wit is the beginning of tyranny.

Edward Abbey Quotes

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Wit is the only wall between us and the dark.

Mark Van Doren Quotes

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Insanity destroys reason, but not wit.

Nathaniel Emmons Quotes

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