A prudent and discreet Silence will be sometimes more to thy Advantage, than the most witty expression, or even the best contrived Sincerity. A Man often repents that he has spoken, but seldom that he has held his Tongue.
Judges ought to be more learned than witty, more reverend than plausible, and more advised than confident. Above all things, integrity is their portion and proper virtue.
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I never cared for fashion much. Amusing little seams and witty little pleats. It was the girls I liked.Colin Baker
A witty statesman said, you might prove anything by figures.thomas carlyle
Courtship to marriage, as a very witty prologue to a very dull play.william congreve
A witty illustration or an apt story will accomplish more than columns of argument.chauncey depew
Elgar is not manic enough to be Russian, not witty or pointilliste enough to be French, not harmonically simple enough to be Italian and not stodgy enough to be German. We arrive at his Englishry by pure elimination.edward elgar
Anger makes dull men witty, but it keeps them poor.
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Unlike my subject will I frame my song,It shall be witty, and it shan't be long.stanhope, philip, 4th earl of chesterfield
For conversation well endued;She calls it witty to be rude;And, placing raillery in railing,Will tell aloud your greatest failing.jonathan swift
Comedy has to be done en clair. You can't blunt the edge of wit or the point of satire with obscurity. Try to imagine a famous witty saying that is not immediately clear.james thurber
We have a pretty witty king, Whose word no man relies on; He never said a foolish thing, Nor ever did a wise one.wilmot, john, 2nd earl of rochester
For such is the nature of men , that howsoever they may acknowledge many others to be more witty , or more eloquent , or more learned ; Yet they will hardly believe there be many so wise as themselves: For they see their own wit at hand , and other men's at a distance.thomas hobbes
Nowadays three witty turns of phrase and a lie make a writer.Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
A witty woman is a treasure; a witty beauty is a power.George Meredith
Unlike my subject, I will make my song. It shall be witty, and it shan't be long.
Thou art so witty, profligate and thin, At once we think thee Satan, Death and Sin.Edward Young
Aristotle said * * * melancholy men of all others are most witty.robert burton
I am not only witty in myself, but the cause that wit is in other men.william shakespeare
Generally speaking there is more wit than talent in this world. Society swarms with witty people who lack talent.
An aphorism is a many-faceted observation: speculative and not necessarily witty.
John Trott was desired by two witty peers To tell them the reason why asses had ears. "An 't please you," quoth John, "I'm not given to letters; Nor dare I pretend to know more than my betters: Howe'er, from this time I shall ne'er see your graces, As I hope to be saved! without thinking on asses."Oliver Goldsmith
Unlike my subject now * * * shall be my song, It shall be witty and it sha'n't be long!