Quotes of the week

  • The shortest distance between two points is always under construction.


    Travel

  • I always wanted to be somebody, but now I realise I should have been more specific.


    Fame

  • We're led to believe everybody opposes it and disagrees with political correctness, but yet everybody's scared to death of it. So who is it? Well, it's the power structure wherever you happen to be.


    PC, Political Correctness

  • We are inclined to believe those whom we do not know because they have never deceived us.


    Belief, Deceit, Trust

  • The reason I talk to myself is because I'm the only one whose answers I accept.


    Advice, Self-revelation

  • More than one newspaper has been ruined by the brilliant writer in the editor’s chair.


    Newspapers

  • The rule of thumb of UK elections is that the party leader who looks most like middle England wins.


    Elections

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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.