I am obnoxious to each carping tongue Who says my hand a needle better fits, A poet's pen all scorn I should thus wrong For such despite they cast on female wits; If what I do prove well, it won't advance, They'll say it's stolen, or else, it was by chance.
Great wits are sure to madness near allied, And thin partitions do their bands divide.john dryden
These fellows, knowing the extravagant gullibility of the age, set their wits to work in the imagination of improbable possibilities of odd accidents, as they term them; but to a reflecting intellect (like mine," I added, in parenthesis, putting my forefinger unconsciously to the side of my nose,) "to a contemplative understanding such as I myself possess, it seems evident at once that the marvelous increase of late in these 'odd accidents' is by far the oddest accident of all. For my own part, I intend to believe nothing henceforward that has anything of the 'singular' about it.edgar allan poe
Economists and technologists bring the "bits", but it requires the social scientists and humanists to bring the "wits."kenneth boulding
All Kings, and all their favorites, All glory of honors, beauties, wits The sun itself, which makes times, as they pass, Is elder by a year, now, than it was When thou and I first one another saw: All other things, to their destruction draw, Only our love hath no decay; This, no tomorrow hath, nor yesterday, Running, it never runs from us away, But truly keeps his first, last, everlasting day.john donne
A single Voltaire will do more honor to France than a thousand pedants, a thousand false wits, a thousand great men of inferior order.Frederick II of Prussia
Great wits and valours, like great states, Do sometimes sink with their own weights.Samuel Butler, Hudibras, Part II (1664), Canto I, line 269.
Great wits are sure to madness near allied, And thin partitions do their bounds divide.john dryden
This man [Chesterfield] I thought had been a lord among wits; but I find he is only a wit among lords.Samuel Johnson, reported in James Boswell, Life of Samuel Johnson (1764).
To leave this keen encounter of our wits, And fall somewhat into a slower method.william shakespeare
But the images of men's wits and knowledges remain in books, exempted from the wrong of time, and capable of perpetual renovation.Francis Bacon
This man [Chesterfield], I thought, had been a lord among wits; but I find he is only a wit among lords.Samuel Johnson Boswell's Life, vol. ii, ch. i, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).
I've had about enough of morons and half wits, dolts, dunces, dullards and dumbbells ... and you, you chowder-head yokel, you blithering hayseed you've had enough of me?Harley Peyton, in lines written for "Albert Rosenfield", in Episode Three of Twin Peaks (26 April 1990)
Envy's a sharper spur than pay: No author ever spar'd a brother; wits are gamecocks to one another.john gay
wits and swords are as straws against the wisdom of the Darkness.Robert E. Howard, in "The Phoenix on the Sword" (1932)
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