Quotes of the week

  • Most things are praised or decried because it is fashionable to praise or decry them.


    Fashion

  • You see, astrology is like fortune-telling. If you can't get it right, you say, "Well, if Venus was doing something peculiar in the background, that would alter your prognostication--because, of course, astrology is rubbish.


    Astrology

  • Santa Claus has the right idea. Visit people only once a year.


    Visitors

  • When you hear Bach or Mozart, you hear perfection. Remember that Bach, Mozart and Beethoven were great improvisers. I can hear that in their music.


    Composers

  • No plagiarist can excuse the wrong by showing how much of his work he did not pirate.


    Writers

  • There are few more impressive sights in the world than a Scotsman on the make.


    Scotsmen

  • The surest sign of being born with great qualities, is to be born free from envy.


    Appearance

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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.