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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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.thomas fuller
A little shorter than the Washington monument, erect, elegant, dogmatic, and ironically witty.
Then old age and experience, hand in hand, Lead him to death, and make him understand, After a search so painful and so long, That all his life he has been in the wrong. Huddled in dirt, the reasoning engine lies, Who was so proud, so witty, and so wise.Rochester, John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of
Try to imagine a famous witty saying that is not immediately clear.
Anger makes dull men witty, but it keeps them poor.
Sir, money, money, the most charming of all things; money, which will say more in one moment than the most elegant lover can in years. Perhaps you will say a man is not young; I answer he is rich. He is not genteel, handsome, witty, brave, good-humoured, but he is rich, rich, rich, rich, rich — that one word contradicts everything you can say against him.Henry Fielding
He had something of the air, if one can imagine such a combination, of a witty and decadent Red Indian.ronald firbank
Quick, shrewd and witty, he was a brilliant specialist in operational and training matters and the son of a distinguished general. He supported Beck's resistance to Hitler, but when it came to a crunch was no real help. Flirt as he did, in September, with those opposed to Hitler, he toed the party line when extreme pressure was exerted for the return of the Sudetenland and its German nationals by the Czechs to Germany.franz halder
How then can the curious drawer watch, and as it were catch these lovely graces, witty smilings, and those stolen glances which suddenly like lightning pass, and another countenance taketh place, except to behold and very well note and conceit to like.nicholas hilliard
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
The discreet man finds out the talents of those he converses with, and knows how to apply them to proper uses. Accordingly, if we look into particular communities and divisions of men, we may observe that it is the discreet man, not the witty, nor the learned, nor the brave, who guides the conversation, and gives measures to the society.joseph addison
One cannot be always laughing at a man without now and then stumbling on something witty.jane austen
HENRY: Now it is necessary to court her, and win her, and put on this clean dressing gown, and cut my various nails, and drink something that will kill the millions of germs in my mouth, and say something flattering, and be witty and bonny, and hale and kinky, all just to ease this wrinkle in the groin. It seems a high price.Donald Barthelme
A witty statesman said, you might prove anything by figures.thomas carlyle
The chance to be seen as a warm, witty guy is too good an opportunity for a politician to miss.robert orben
His Nature's a glass of champagne with the foam on 't, As tender as Fletcher, as witty as Beaumont; So his best things are done in the flash of the moment.james russell lowell
At all events, the next best thing to being witty one's self, is to be able to quote another's wit.christian nestell bovee
Generally speaking there is more wit than talent in this world. Society swarms with witty people who lack talent.
Anger makes dull men witty, but it keeps them poor.Francis Bacon
Grave authors say, and witty poets sing, that honest wedlock is a glorious thing.Alexander Pope
The Moral is that gardeners pine, Whene'er no pods adorn the vine. Of all sad words experience gleans, The saddest are: "It might have beans." (I did not make this up myself: 'Twas in a book upon my shelf. It's witty, but I don't deny It's rather Whittier than I).
Burke said there were Three Estates in Parliament; but, in the Reporters' Gallery yonder, there sat a Fourth Estate more important far than they all. It is not a figure of speech, or a witty saying; it is a literal fact, - very momentous to us in these times.
I am not only witty in myself, but the cause that wit is in other men.
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