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REPARTEE
[ Also see Conversation Humor Jesting Silence Speech Talking Wit ]

Those repartees are best which turn your adversary's weapons against himself.
      - Paul Chatfield (a/k/a Horace Smith)

Repartee is perfect, when it effects its purpose with a double edge. Repartee is the highest order of wit, as it bespeaks the coolest yet quickest exercise of genius at a moment when the passions are roused.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

The cynic who twitted Aristippus by observing that the philosopher who could dine on herbs might despise the company of a king, was well replied to by Aristippus, when he remarked that the philosopher who could enjoy the company or a king might also despise a dinner of herbs.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

Repartee is the soul of conversation.
      - John Dryden

The impromptu reply is precisely the touchstone of the man of wit.
      - Moliere (pseudonym of Jean Baptiste Poquelin)

The artful injury, whose venomed dart scarce wounds the hearing, while it stabs the heart.
      - Hannah More

A talent for repartee is one that increases with practice.
      - John Lothrop Motley

Repartee is altogether a natural endowment, and is the lightning of the mind.
      - Louis Charles Alfred de Musset


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