A witty illustration or an apt story will accomplish more than columns of argument.
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.
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 little shorter than the Washington monument, erect, elegant, dogmatic, and ironically witty.
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.
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
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
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
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
The chance to be seen as a warm, witty guy is too good an opportunity for a politician to miss.robert orben
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.
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
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!
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
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.