Quote of the Day

Quotes of the week

  • Little fly upon the wall, Ain’t you got no shirt at all? Ain’t you got nothing on? Poor little fly. That’s all.


  • Like sunshine, music is a powerful force that can instantly and almost chemically change your entire mood.


  • The hardest thing about any political campaign is how to win without proving that you are unworthy of winning.


  • You can observe a lot by watching.


  • Reality is now a kind of huge advertising campaign, selling television’s image of what life is about.


  • A perfect tragedy is the noblest production of human behaviour.


  • If a woman never lets herself go, how will she ever know how far she might have got?


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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.