Quotes of the week

  • Happiness is pretty simple – someone to do it with, something to look forward to.


    Happiness

  • Dr. Donne’s verses are like the peace of God; they pass all understanding.


    Poetry

  • Never kick a man when he’s down? Name me a better time.


    Vengeance

  • My mother wanted me to be a nice boy. I didn’t let her down. I don’t smoke, drink or mess around with women.


    Homosexuality

  • The dance can reveal everything mysterious that is hidden in music, and it has the additional merit of being human and palpable. Dancing is poetry with arms and legs.


    Dance

  • The worst Government is often the most moral. One composed of cynics is often very tolerant and humane. But when fanatics are on top there is no limit to oppression.


    Government

  • A bachelor has to have inspiration for making love to a woman – a married man needs only an excuse.


    Sex

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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.