Quotes of the week

  • Courtesy of the mind consists in thinking kind and delicate thoughts.


    Courtesy

  • If you had to define humour in a single phrase, you might define it as dignity sitting on a tintack.


    Humour

  • Anger and gravest suspicions about everybody has kept her young and on the boil.


    Social

  • Weapons are like money. No-one knows the meaning of enough.


    Weapons

  • My final word before I’m done
    Is ‘cancer can be rather fun’.
    Thanks to the nurses and Nye Bevan
    The NHS is quite like heaven
    Provided one confronts the tumour
    With a sufficient sense of humour.


    Disease, Sickness

  • The main problem with getting old is the future’s not what it used to be.


    Age

  • Change happens by listening and then starting a dialogue with the people who are doing something you don’t believe is right.


    Change

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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.