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A Quote by Nicolas Boileau-Despreaux on age, style, and wit

Every age has its pleasures, its style of wit, and its own ways.

Nicolas Boileau-Despreaux (1636 - 1711)

Source: The Art of Poetry, 1674

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A Quote by Nathaniel Emmons on insanity, reason, and wit

Insanity destroys reason, but not wit.

Nathaniel Emmons (1745 - 1840)

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A Quote by Minna Thomas Antrim on wit and women

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Man forgives woman anything save the wit to outwit him.

Minna Thomas Antrim (1861 - ?)

Source: Naked Truths and Veiled Illusions

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A Quote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra on fear and wit

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Don't put too fine a point to your wit for fear it should get blunted.

Miguel de Cervantes (1547 - 1616)

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A Quote by Mark Van Doren on darkness and wit

Wit is the only wall between us and the dark.

Mark Van Doren (1894 - 1972)

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A Quote by George Gordon, Lord Byron on wit

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With wit to hatch a pun or tell a story.

Lord Byron (1788 - 1824)

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A Quote by Kahlil Gibran on cleverness, genius, and wit

Wit is often a mask. If you tear it you will find either genius irritated or cleverness juggling.

Kahlil Gibran (1883 - 1931)

Source: Sand and Foam

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A Quote by Jozef Hand-Boniakowski, PhD on certainty, children, cinema, college, competence, country, crime, democracy, dogs, friendship, generations, honesty, jobs, meaning, people, planning, reflection, scandal, sex, teaching, voting, wit, and work

An unsolicited email arrived which said, "I recently saw a bumper sticker that said, 'Thank me, I voted for Clinton-Gore.' So I sat down and reflected on that and I am sending my 'Thank you' for what you have done, specifically: 1. Thank you for introducing us to Gennifer Flowers, Paula Jones, Monica Lewinsky, Dolly Kyle Browning, Kathleen Willey and of course Juanita Broaddrick, who told NBC that you raped her. Are there any others that we should know about? 2. Thank you for teaching my 8 yr. old about oral sex. I had really planned to wait until he was about 10 or so to discuss it with him, but now he knows more about it than I did as a senior in college. The cigar thing was also neat for the kids. 3. Thank you for showing us that sexual harassment in the work place (especially the White House) and on the job is OK, and all you have to know is what the meaning of "IS" is. It really is great to know that certain sexual acts are not sex and one person may have sex while the other involved does NOT have sex. Monica said frequently that while you were on the phone, she would work at one end and you at the other. What productivity! 4. Thank you for reintroducing the concept of impeachment to a new generation and demonstrating that the ridiculous plot of the movie "Wag the Dog" could be plausible after all. The people of the Sudan, Afghanistan and Serbia are all running to rent the videos, now that you made them part of the story. 5. Thanks for making Jimmy Carter look competent, Gerald Ford look graceful, Richard Nixon look honest, Lyndon Johnson look truthful and John Kennedy look moral. 6. Thank you for the 72 House and Senate witnesses who have pleaded the 5th amendment and the 17 witnesses who have fled the country to avoid testifying about Democratic fund raising. 7. Thank you for the 19 charges, 8 convictions and 4 imprisonments from the whitewater "mess" and the 55 criminal charges and 32 criminal convictions (so far) in the other "Clinton" scandals. 8. Thanks for remembering the families of the many deceased people who once were your friends, who served you and died so young and suddenly: Vince Foster, Jerry Parks, Ron Brown, Admiral Boorda, Les Aspin, Barbara Alice Wiese, Mary Mahoney, Jim McDougal et al." To wit, I offer a reply. . . .

Jozef Hand-Boniakowski (1949 -)

Source: January 2001 Metaphoria web site, KPFA radio, Berkeley, CA

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A Quote by Joseph Addison on life and wit

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In all thy humours, whether grave or mellow, Thou'rt such a touchy, testy, pleasant fellow, Hast so much wit and mirth and spleen about thee, There is no living with thee, nor without thee.

Joseph Addison (1672 - 1719)

Source: Spectator. No. 68.

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A Quote by Joseph Addison on consequences, discretion, errors, learning, life, mind, perfection, prejudice, rest, sharing, talent, value, virtue, weakness, wit, work, and world

There are many shining qualities on the mind of man; but none so useful as discretion. It is this which gives a value to all the rest, and sets them at work in their proper places, and turns them to the advantage of their possessor. Without it, learning is pedantry; wit, impertinence; virtue itself looks like weakness; and the best parts only qualify a man to be more sprightly in errors, and active to his own prejudice. Though a man has all other perfections and wants discretion, he will be of no great consequence in the world; but if he has this single talent in perfection, and but a common share of others, he may do what he pleases in his station of life.

Joseph Addison (1672 - 1719)

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