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
"The rules!" shouted Ralph, "you're breaking the rules!" "Who cares?" Ralph summoned his wits. "Because the rules are the only thing we've got!" But Jack was shouting against him. "Bollocks to the rules! We're strong we hunt! If there's a beast, we'll hunt it down! We'll close in and beat and beat and beat :;!"william golding
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
Some have at first for wits, then poets passed, Turned critics next, and proved plain fools at last.Alexander Pope
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
Soul of the age! The applause, delight, the wonder of our stage! My Shakespeare , rise; I will not lodge thee by Chaucer or Spenser , or bid Beaumont lie A little further, to make thee a room; Thou art a monument, without a tomb, And art alive still, while thy book doth live, And we have wits to read , and praise to give .Ben Jonson
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
Athens, the eye of Greece , mother of arts and eloquence, native to famous wits.john milton
The universe is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.
Fine wits destroy themselves with their own plots, in meddling with great affairs of state.john selden
It is with wits as with razors, which are never so apt to cut those they are employed on as when they have lost their edge.jonathan swift
So many heads so many wits.
In our last conflict four of his five wits went halting off, and now is the whole man governed with one: so that if he have wit enough to keep himself warm, let him bear it for a difference between himself and his horse; for it is all the wealth that he hath left, to be known a reasonable creature.
Home-keeping youth have ever homely wits.
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