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Wit is educated insolence.

Melancholy men are of all others the most witty.
Wit has truth in it; wisecracking is simply calisthenics with words.
Wit is the salt of conversation, not the food.
People who can't be witty exert themselves to be devout and affectionate.
Wit is the epitaph of an emotion.
He's winding up the watch of his wit. By and by it will strike.
Wit is so shining a quality that everybody admires it; most people aim at it, all people fear it, and few love it unless in themselves. A man must have a good share of wit himself to endure a great share of it in another.
Wit makes its own welcome, and levels all distinctions. No dignity, no learning, no force of character, can make any stand against good wit.
The witty woman is a tragic figure in American life. Wit destroys eroticism and eroticism destroys wit, so women must choose between taking lovers and taking no prisoners.
Humor does not include sarcasm, invalid irony, sardonicism, innuendo, or any other form of cruelty. When these things are raised to a high point they can become wit, but unlike the French and the English, we have not been much good at wit since the days of Benjamin Franklin.
Wit is the sudden marriage of ideas which, before their union, were not perceived to have any relation.
Wit and Humor -- if any difference, it is in duration -- lightning and electric light. Same material, apparently; but one is vivid, and can do damage -- the other fools along and enjoys elaboration.
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.
A man renowned for repartee will seldom scruple to make free with friendship's finest feeling, will thrust a dagger at your breast, and say he wounded you in jest, by way of balm for healing.
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 brushwood; judgment timber; the one gives the greatest flame, and the other yields the most durable heat; and both meeting make the best fire.
There's a helluva distance between wisecracking and wit. Wit has truth in it; wisecracking is simply calisthenics with words.
Brevity is the body and soul of wit.
Witticisms please as long as we keep them within boundaries, but pushed to excess they cause offense.
True wit is nature to advantage dressed, what oft was thought, but never so well expressed.
Wit lies in recognizing the resemblance among things which differ and the difference between things which are alike.
Sometimes we are inclined to class those who are once-and-a-half witted with the half-witted, because we appreciate only a third part of their wit.
Wit is more often a shield than a lance.
Wit is the only wall between us and the dark.
You can make a sordid thing sound like a brilliant drawing-room comedy. Probably a fear we have of facing up to the real issues. Could you say we were guilty of Noel Cowardice?