Quotes with wit
At all events, the next best thing to being witty one's self, is to be able to quote another's wit.
Intuitions and Summaries of Thought (1862)
I envy no quality of the mind or intellect in others; not genius, power, wit, nor fancy; but, if I could choose what would be most delightful, and, I believe, most useful to me, I should prefer a firm religious belief to every other blessing.
A depressing number of people seem to process everything literally. They are to wit as a blind man is to a forest, able to find every tree, but each one coming as a surprise.
First published in the "Movie Answer Man" column (18 September 2005)
The secret of success in society is a certain heartiness and sympathy. A man who is not happy in the company, cannot find any word in his memory that will fit the occasion. All his information is a little impertinent. A man who is happy there, finds in every turn of the conversation occasions for the introduction of what he has to say. The favorites of society and what it calls whole souls, are able men, and of more spirit than wit, who have no uncomfortable egotism, but who exactly fill the hour and the company, contended and contenting.
Punctuality is the soul of business, as brevity is of wit.
Pushing to the Front or, Success Under Difficulties (1894)
A small degree of wit, accompanied by good sense, is less tiresome in the long run than a great amount of wit without it.