Quote of the Day

Quotes of the week

  • If you have nothing to say or rather something extremely stupid and obvious, say it, but in a ‘plonking’ tone of voice ie roundly, but hollowly and dogmatically.

    Conversation, Talk

  • That which we observe to be taken as a matter of course by those around us, we take as a matter of course ourselves .

    Habit, Normality

  • Hope may be a lying jade, but she does at any rate lead us to the end of our lives along a pleasant path.


  • Watching your daughter being collected by her date feels like handing over a million dollar Stradivarius to a gorilla.


  • A man …is so in the way in the house.


  • The music industry is dominated by guys. I work with men 98 percent of the time - producers, arrangers, musicians, engineers.


  • We know of no spectacle so ridiculous as the British public in one of its periodic fits of morality.


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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.