SLANG, n. The speech of one who utters with his tongue what he thinks with his ear, and feels the pride of a creator in accomplishing the feat of a parrot. A means (under Providence) of setting up as a wit without a capital of sense.
Ambrose Bierce (1842 - 1914)
Source: The Devil's Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce
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Of manners gentle, of affections mild, In wit a man, simplicity a child.
Alexander Pope (1688 - 1744)
Source: Epitaph on Gay.
One science only will one genius fit: So vast is art, so narrow human wit.
Source: Essay on Criticism. Part i. Line 60.
True wit is Nature to advantage dress'd, What oft was thought, but ne'er so well express'd.
Source: Essay on Criticism. Part ii. Line 97.
What woeful stuff this madrigal would be, In some starved hackney sonneteer, or me! But let a lord once own the happy lines, How the wit brightens! how the style refines!
Source: An Essay on Criticism, 1711, 1. 218
You beat your Pate, and fancy Wit will come: Knock as you please, there's no body at home.
A wit 's a feather, and a chief a rod; An honest man 's the noblest work of God.
Source: Essay on Man. Epistle iv. Line 247.
But let a lord once own the happy lines, How the wit brightens! how the style refines!
Source: Essay on Criticism. Part ii. Line 220.
Silence is as full of potential wisdom and wit as the unhewn marble of great sculpture. The silent bear no witness against themselves.
Aldous Huxley (1894 - 1963)
On peut dire que son esprit brille aux dépens de sa mémoire (One may say that his wit shines by the help of his memory).
Alain Rene Lesage (1668 - 1747)
Source: Gil Blas, livre iii. chap. xi.
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