Quote of the Day

Quotes of the week

  • If you give me six lines written by the hand of the most honest of men, I will find something in them which will hang him.


  • He likes the country but in truth must own, most likes it when he studies it in town.


  • If I had the power I would insist on all oratorios being sung in the costume of the period –with a possible exception in the case of ‘The Creation’. Ernest Newman


  • The practice of politics in the East may be defined by one word: dissimulation.


  • A conservative is a man with two perfectly good legs who, however, has never learned how to walk forward.


  • An Englishman considers himself a self-made man and thereby relieves the Almighty of a dreadful responsibility.


  • A man seldom puts his authentic self into a letter. He writes it to amuse a friend or to get rid of a social or business obligation, which is to say a nuisance.


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World Wit & Wisdom

I have always loved words, particularly rather arcane words with exact meanings and delicious sounds like epigone and crepuscular and meretricious. But it is the way quick, intelligent people combine and manipulate words to respond to situations, observations on events, life generally and other people’s ways, with witty, clever and observant epigrams – amusing or instructive quotations, which I most admire. And then there are the hilarious mistakes and deliberate puns – do see Spoonerisms and Notices /signs.

I have compiled a selection from many sources, for you to read or quote, all of which I find amusing, penetrating, acerbic and dryly witty and certainly worth recording. This is a selection of the best I have found, though there are so many more and new quotes are created every day. At present, it has drawn on mainly western hemisphere authors, but there must be a plentiful representation of wits from all over the world – so please contribute them for inclusion. I want this site to be a shared experience, so this is your chance to contribute your own or someone else’s wit and wisdom to make this a growing and live compilation.

You can enjoy World Wit and Wisdom every day by email or send quotes to friends and family as greetings – or otherwise – and it is all free. Enjoy and let me know what you think of the site and send me your contributions.