Quote of the Day

Quotes of the week

  • He was one of those human hors d'oeuvres that stimulate the public appetite for sensation without giving it much to feed on.


    Character

  • Anyone who wants the presidency so much that he will spend two years organising and campaigning for it, is not to be trusted with office.


    America, USA

  • Custom reconciles us to everything.


    Custom

  • Safe is spelt D-U-L-L Politics has got to be a fun activity.


    Politics

  • The trouble with this business is the dearth of bad pictures.


    Movies

  • Any fool can tell the truth, but it requires a man of some sense to know how to lie well.


    Lying

  • It is in the power of every hand to destroy us and we are beholden unto everyone we meet, he doth not kill us.


    Power

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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.