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
O born in days when wits were fresh and clear, And life ran gaily as the sparklingThames: Before this strange disease of modern life, With its sick hurry, its divided aims, Its heads o'ertaxed, its palsied hearts, was rife Fly hence, our contact fear!Matthew Arnold
And wine can of their wits the wise beguile, Make the sage frolic, and the serious smile.Alexander Pope
When I read the epitaphs of the beautiful, every inordinate desire goes out; when I meet with the grief of parents upon a tombstone, my heart melts with compassion; when I see the tomb of the parents themselves, I consider the vanity of grieving for those whom we must quickly follow: when I see kings lying by those who deposed them, when I consider rival wits placed side by side, or the holy men that divided the world with their contests and disputes, I reflect with sorrow and astonishment on the little competitions, factions, and debates of mankind.joseph addison
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
Rhyme, the rack of finest wits, That expresseth but by fits, True conceit, Spoiling senses of their treasure, Cozening judgement with a measure, But false weight. Wresting words from their true calling; Propping verse, for fear of falling To the ground. Jointing syllables, drowning letters, Fastening vowels, as with fetters They were bound!Ben Jonson
The universe is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.
Great wits and valours, like great states, Do sometimes sink with their own weights.
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.
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
For wits are treated just like Common Whores ; First they're enjoy'd, and then kickt out of Doors.wilmot, john, 2nd earl of rochester
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.
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