A Quote by James Boswell on conversation, good, innocence, and wit

For my own part I think no innocent species of wit or pleasantry should be suppressed: and that a good pun may be admitted among the smaller excellencies of lively conversation.

James Boswell (1740 - 1795)

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A Quote by Clive Staples (Jack) Lewis on laughter, meetings, nonsense, and wit

Sometimes, though not often [in meetings of the Inklings], it would happen that no one had anything to read to us. On these occasions the fun would be riotous, with Jack at the top of his form and enjoying every minute - 'no sound delights me more', he once said, 'than male laughter'. At the Inklings his talk was an outpouring of wit, nonsense, whimsy, dialectical swordplay, and pungent judgement such as I have rarely heard equalled - no mere show put on for the occasion, either, since it was often quite as brilliant when he and I were alone together. . . . In his Preface to Essays Presented to Charles Williams, Jack gave a lively and moving account of what this circle meant to him.

Jack Lewis (1898 - 1963)

Source: Letters of C.S. Lewis, ed. with a memoir by W. H. Lewis, NY/London, HarcourtBraceJovanovich,1966

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A Quote by Horace Walpole on nations and wit

The whole [Scotch] nation hitherto has been void of wit and humour, and even incapable of relishing it.

Horace Walpole (1717 - 1797)

Source: Letter to Sir Horace Mann, 1778.

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A Quote by Thomas Henry Huxley on delusion, life, motherhood, practicality, science, and wit

No delusion is greater than the notion that method and industry can make up for lack of mother wit, either in science or in practical life.

Thomas Huxley (1825 - 1895)

Source: "On the Advisableness of Improving Natural Knowledge" in "Collected Essays," vol. 1, 1893.

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A Quote by Henry David Thoreau on america, complaints, congress, experience, guidance, nations, people, and wit

If we were left solely to the wordy wit of legislators in Congress for our guidance, uncorrected by the seasonal experience and the effectual complaints of the people, America would not long retain her rank among the nations.

Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)

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A Quote by Henry David Thoreau on appreciation and wit

Sometimes we are inclined to class those who are once-and-a-half witted with the half-witted, because we appreciate only a third part of their wit.

Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)

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A Quote by Henri Arnold on thought and wit

He thought he was a wit, and he was half right.

Henri Arnold

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A Quote by Gertrude Jekyll on certainty, effort, encouragement, exercise, experience, faith, god, good, knowledge, love, success, wit, words, and work

The good gardener knows with absolute certainty that if he does his part, if he gives the labour, the love, and every aid that his knowledge of his craft, experience of the conditions of his place, and exercise of his personal wit can work together to suggest, that so surely will God give the increase. Then with the honestly-earned success comes the consciousness of encouragement to renewed effort, and, as it were, an echo of the gracious words, 'Well done my good and faithful servant'.

Gertrude Jekyll

Source: Wood and Garden, 1899

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A Quote by Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky on reason, success, and wit

I never have frustrations. The reason is to wit: Of at first I don't succeed, I quit!

Fyodor Dostoevsky (1821 - 1881)

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A Quote by Sir Francis Bacon on memory, needs, reading, present, wit, and writing

Reading maketh a full man; conference a ready man; and writing an exact man; and, therefore, if a man write little, he had need have a great memory; if he confer little, he had need have a present wit; and if he read little, he had need have much cunning, to seem to know that he doth not.

Francis Bacon (1561 - 1626)

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