Will McEntee drew Mark Twain
| Wit is the sudden marriage of ideas which,
before their union, were not perceived to have any relation.
- Notebook, 1885
Wit, by itself, is of little account. It becomes of moment only when grounded on wisdom.
- quoted in Abroad with Mark Twain and Eugene Field, Fisher
Wit and Humor--if any difference it is in duration--lightning and electric light. Same material, apparently; but one is vivid, brief, and can do damage--the other fools along and enjoys the elaboration.
- Mark Twain's Notebook
Probably there is an imperceptible touch of something permanent that one feels
instinctively to adhere to true humour, whereas wit may be the mere conversational
shooting up of "smartness"--a bright feather, to be blown into space
the second after it is launched...Wit seems to be counted a very poor relation
to Humour....Humour is never artificial.
- quoted in Sydney Morning Herald, 17 September 1895
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