Wit Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old wit quotes, wit sayings, and wit proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Wit is more necessary than beauty; and I think no young woman ugly that has it, and no handsome woman agreeable without it.     

William Wycherley

Wit ought to be a glorious treat like caviar; never spread it about like marmalade.     

Noel Coward

We are made wise not by the recollection of our past, but by the responsibility for our future.      

George Bernard Shaw

Wit consists in knowing the resemblance of things that differ, and the difference of things that are alike.     

Madame De Stael

Wit - the salt with which the American humorist spoils his intellectual cookery by leaving it out.     

Ambrose Bierce

Every witticism is an inexact thought; that which is perfectly true is imperfectly witty.     

Walter Savage Landor

The wit knows that his place is at the tail of a procession.     

Mark Twain

Wit is a dangerous weapon, even to the possessor, if he knows not how to use it discreetly.     

Michel de Montaigne

Great wits are to madness near allied And thin partitions do their bounds divide     

John Dryden

Wit is the salt of conversation, not the food.     

William Hazlitt

Nothing is more curious than the almost savage hostility that humor excites in those who lack it.     

George Saintsbury

Thy wit is a very bitter sweeting; it is a most sharp sauce.     

William Shakespeare

No matter how much restriction civilization imposes on the individual, he nevertheless finds some way to circumvent it. Wit is the best safety valve modern man has evolved; the more civilization, the more repression, the more need there is for wit.     

Sigmund Freud

Common sense and a sense of humor are the same thing, moving at different speeds. A sense of humor is just common sense, dancing.      

William James

Better a witty fool than a foolish wit.     

William Shakespeare

Wit is educated insolence.     

Aristotle

Wit is a form of force that leaves the limbs at rest.     

George Eliot

Wit beyond measure is man's greatest treasure.     

J.K. Rowling

Wit has truth in it; wise-cracking is simply calisthenics with words.      

Dorothy Parker

There is a wisdom of the head, and… there is a wisdom of the heart.     

Charles Dickens

Intelligence is a way of thinking, not a choice of words.     

Mokokoma Mokhonoana

A wit in the society of stupid people is like a damp lucifer match, the brilliant properties of which are, for the time, neutralized by the unignitable qualities of the atmosphere in which it has been misplaced.     

Charles William Day

Wit is the appearance, the external flash of imagination. Thus its divinity, and the witty character of mysticism.     

Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

Wit is something more than a gymnastic trick of the intellect; true wit implies a beam of thought into the essence of a question, a flash that lights up a situation. Wit suggests the delicate but delightful play of a rapier in the hands of a master.     

Arthur Lynch

A man with a sharp wit. Someone ought to take it away from him before he cuts himself.     

Peter da Silva

The pendulum of the mind oscillates between sense and nonsense, not between right and wrong.     

Carl Gustav Jung

The well of true wit is truth itself.     

George Meredith

If a man's wit be wandering, let him study the mathematics.     

Francis Bacon

Wit is a treacherous dart. It is perhaps the only weapon with which it is possible to stab oneself in one's own back.     

Geoffrey Boca

Wit is a sword; it is meant to make people feel the point as well as see it.     

G. K. Chesterton