Quotes of the week

  • Your idea of fidelity is not having more than one man in the bed at the same time.


    Fidelity

  • Love conquers all things except poverty and toothache.


    Love

  • The more people one has to love, the more one's capacity to love stretches.


    Love

  • I don’t know how long a child will remain utterly static in front of the television, but my guess is that it could be well into their 30’s.


    Television

  • The only infallible rule that we know is that the man who is always talking about being a gentleman, never is one.


    Gentleman

  • Going to court is just an expensive habit.


    Law

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


    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.