Quotes of the week

  • I think ‘waiter’ is such a funny word. It is we who wait.


    Restaurants

  • God in his wisdom made the fly. And then forgot to tell us why.


    Flies

  • Political correctness never rears its ugly head independently. It always shows up as a series of actions designed, to this observer, to crush the souls of those blessed with common sense.


    PC, Political Correctness

  • We met Dr Hall in such very deep mourning, that either his mother, his wife or himself must be dead.


    Death

  • A Government without the courage to tell the public the reality, will end up making that reality far worse.


    Politics

  • What my mother believed about cooking is that if you worked hard and prospered, someone else would do it for you.


    Cooking

  • A page of my journal is like a cake of portable soup. A little may be diffused into a considerable portion.


    Diaries

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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.