Monday, September 21, 2009


I refuse to have a battle of wits with an unarmed person.

My witticisms are both good and original. Unfortunately the good ones are not original, And the original ones are not good.

Wit is educated insolence. Aristotle (284-322 B.C.)

Wit makes its own welcome, and levels all distinctions. No dignity, no learning, no force of character, can make any stand against good wit. Ralph Waldo Emerson

We cannot decide if she is blunt or sharp. -- Judy Johnson

He who has provoked the lash of wit, cannot complain that he smarts from it. --Boswell. The Life of Johnson, for October 16, 1769

Wit, you know, is the unexpected copulation of ideas...-- Samuel Johnson, Rambler #194

Of Mr. Johnson's erudition the world has been the judge, and we who produce each a score of his sayings, as proofs of that wit which in him was inexhaustible, resemble travellers who having visited Delhi or Golconda bring home each a handful of oriental pearls, to evince the riches of the Great Mogul.
Mrs. Hester Piozzi, _Anecdotes of Dr. Johnson_, 1786

There is a certain majesty in simplicity which is far above all the quaintness of wit.
Alexander Pope (1688-1744) In "A New Dictionary of Quotations," by H.L. Mencken, 1942.

An ounce of wit is worth a pound of argument. Sydney Smith

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