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WIT
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Fine wits destroy themselves with their own plots, in meddling with great affairs of state.
      - John Selden, Table Talk--Wit

I fear nothing so much as a man who is witty all day long.
      - Marquise de Sevigne, Marie de Rabutin-Chantal

Wit is its own remedy. Liberty and commerce bring it to its true standard. The only danger is the laying an embargo. The same thing happens here as in the case of trade: impositions and restrictions reduce it to a low ebb; nothing is so advantageous to it as a free port.
      - Lord Shaftesbury, 3rd Earl of Shaftesbury (Anthony Ashley Cooper)

A good wit will make use of anything.
      - William Shakespeare

I will keep where there is wit stirring, and leave the faction of fools.
      - William Shakespeare

Rudeness is a sauce to his good wit,
  Which gives men stomach to digest his words,
    With better appetite.
      - William Shakespeare

To leave this keen encounter of our wits, and fall somewhat into a slower method.
      - William Shakespeare

You have a nimble wit; I think 'twas made of Atalanta's heels.
      - William Shakespeare, As You Like It
         (Jaques at III, ii)

Make the doors upon a woman's wit, and it will out at the casement; shut that, and 'twill out at the keyhole; stop that, 'twill fly with the smoke out at the chimney.
      - William Shakespeare, As You Like It
         (Rosalind at IV, i)

There is many a man hath more hair than wit.
      - William Shakespeare, Comedy of Errors

They have a plentiful lack of wit.
      - William Shakespeare, Hamlet

Slanders, sir, for the satirical rogue says here that old men have grey beards, that their faces are wrinkled, their eyes purging think amber and plum-tree gum, and that they have a plentiful lack of wit, together with most weak hams.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Hamlet Prince of Denmark
         (Hamlet at II, ii)

Therefore, since brevity is the soul of wit,
  And tediousness the limbs and outward flourishes,
    I will be brief.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Hamlet Prince of Denmark
         (Polonius at II, ii)

This rudeness is a sauce to his good wit,
  Which gives men stomach to digest his words
    With good appetite.
      - William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar
         (Cassius at I, ii)

I am not only witty in myself, but the cause that wit is in other men.
      - William Shakespeare,
        King Henry the Fourth, Part II
         (Falstaff at I, ii)

His eye begets occasion for his wit;
  For every object that the one doth catch
    The other turns to a mirth-moving jest,
      Which his fair tongue, conceit's expositor,
        Delivers in such apt and gracious words,
          That aged ears play truant at his tales,
            And younger hearings are quite ravished,
              So sweet and voluble is his discourse.
      - William Shakespeare, Love's Labor's Lost
         (Rosaline at II, i)

Your wit's too hot, it speeds too fast, 'twill tire.
      - William Shakespeare, Love's Labor's Lost
         (Berowne at II, i)

Great men may jest with saints; 'tis wit in them;
  But, in the less, foul profanation.
      - William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure

We cannot weigh our brother with ourself:
  Great men may jest with saints: 'tis wit in them,
    But in the less foul profanation.
      - William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure
         (Isabella at II, ii)

There's a skirmish of wit between them.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Much Ado About Nothing

He doth indeed show some sparks that are like wit.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Much Ado About Nothing
         (Pedro at II, iii)

A good old man, sir; he will be talking. As they say, "When the age is in, the wit is out." God help us! it is a world to see!
      - William Shakespeare,
        Much Ado About Nothing
         (Dogberry at III, iv)

Sir, your wit ambles well; it goes easily.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Much Ado About Nothing
         (Benedick at V, i)

Thy wit is as quick as the greyhound's mouth--it catches.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Much Ado About Nothing
         (Benedick at V, ii)

Thy wit is a very bitter sweeting; it is a most sharp sauce.
      - William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet
         (Mercutio at II, iv)


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