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 the epitaph of an emotion. Friedrich Nietzsche
Wit malignantly employed is like a crackling fire that with every fresh blaze sends out sparks. Take care that you are not burnt. John Thornton
Humor is something that thrives between man's aspirations and his limitations. There is more logic in humor than in anything else. Because, you see, humor is truth. Victor Borge
The real wit tells jokes to make others feel superior, while the half-wit tells them to make others feel small. Elmer Wheeler
The measure of intelligence is the ability to change. Albert Einstein
As empty vessels make the loudest sound, so they that have the least wit are the greatest blabbers. Plato
To finish the moment, to find the journey's end in every step of the road, to live the greatest number of good hours, is wisdom. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Wit is the clash and reconcilement of incongruities, the meeting of extremes around a corner. Leigh Hunt
When the age is in, the wit is out William Shakespeare
Wit makes its own welcome, and levels all distinctions. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Wit is the sudden marriage of ideas which before their union were not perceived to have any relation. Mark Twain
Wit is the lowest form of humor. Alexander Pope
Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when you'd have preferred to talk. Doug Larson
Wit is the only wall between us and the dark. Mark Van Doren
Tricks and treachery are the practice of fools that have not wit enough, to be honest. Benjamin Franklin
One wit like a knuckle ham in the soup gives a zest and flavor to the dish, but more than one serves only to spoil the pottage. Tobias George Smollett
Your wit's too hot, it speeds too fast, 'twill tire. William Shakespeare
You beat your pate, and fancy wit will come; / knock as you please, there's nobody at home. Alexander Pope
Wisdom is better than wit, and in the long run, will certainly have the laugh on her side. Jane Austen
There is no such whetstone, to sharpen a god wit and encourage a will to learn, as is praise. Roger Ascham
If you have wit and learning, add it to wisdom and modesty. American Proverb
Little wit in the head makes much work for the feet. Scottish Proverb
Mother wit is better than book education American Proverb
Use your wit as a shield, not as a sword. American Proverb
Wit is the salt of conversation, not the food. American Proverb
Wit without discretion is a sword in the hand of a fool. American Proverb
Better the fragrant herb of wit and a little cream of affability than all the pretty cups in the world. Van Wyck Brooks
As empty vessels make the loudest sound, so they that have the least wit are the greatest blabbers. Plato
If you have wit, use it to please and not to hurt: you may shine like the sun in the temperate zones without scorching. Lord Chesterfield
Wit has a deadly aim and it is possible to prick a large pretense with a small pin. Marya Mannes