"Wit is educated insolence."
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"Melancholy men are of all others the most witty."
"Wit. The salt with which the American humorist spoils his intellectual cookery by leaving it out."
"The banalities of a great man pass for wit."
"A wise man will live as much within his wit as within his income."
"Humor is consistent with pathos, whilst wit is not."
"Wit ought to be a glorious treat like caviar; never spread it about like marmalade."
"People who can't be witty exert themselves to be devout and affectionate."
"Wit is the salt of conversation, not the food."
"He who has provoked the shaft of wit, cannot complain that he smarts from it."
"In the midst of the fountain of wit there arises something bitter, which stings in the very flowers."
"Avoid witicisms at the expense of others."
"To be witty is not enough. One must possess sufficient wit to avoid having too much of it."
"Wit is the epitaph of an emotion."
"Wit has truth in it; wisecracking is simply calisthenics with words."
"Brevity is the body and soul of wit."
"True wit is nature to advantage dressed, what oft was thought, but never so well expressed."
"He's winding up the watch of his wit. By and by it will strike."
"Wit is more often a shield than a lance."
"Wit is the only wall between us and the dark."
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