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"Jest with your equals." - Bion of Smyrna

"Intermingle...jest with earnest." - Francis Bacon

"The Irish always jest even though they jest with tears." - Katharine Tynan

"In jest, there is truth." - William Shakespeare

"A jest breaks no bones." - Samuel Johnson

"Many true words are spoken in jest." - Dinah Maria Murlock Craik

"Never injure a friend, even in jest." - Cicero

"Life seems a jest of Fate's contriving." - James Russell Lowell

"Many a truth is told in jest." - Jonathan Swift

"Better lose a jest than a friend." - Thomas Fuller

"Never injure a friend, even in jest." - Marcus Tullius Cicero

"Jest not with the eye or with Religion." - George Herbert

"Some had rather lose their friend then their Jest." - George Herbert

"Love taught me that your honour did but jest." - Graham Greene

"There's many a true word spoken in jest." - James Joyce

"Jest not with the two-edged sword of God's word." - Thomas Fuller

"A jest loses its point when the jester laughs himself." - Friedrich Schiller

"Many a true word hath been spoken in jest." - William Shakespeare

"Many a true word is spoken in jest" - Geoffrey Chaucer

"Man: the glory, jest, and riddle of the world." - Alexander Pope

"Many a true word is spoken in jest." - Proverbs

"A lot of truth is said in jest." - Eminem

"The squirrel that you kill in jest, dies in earnest." - Henry David Thoreau

"Judge of a jest when you have done laughing." - Robert Lloyd

"A friend must not be injured, even in jest." - Publilius Syrus

"Of all the grief's that harass the distressed; sure the most bitter is a scornful jest." - Samuel Johnson

"... she, that will with kittens jest, Should bear a kitten's joke." - William Cowper

"May my last breath be drawn through a pipe, and exhaled in a jest." - Charles Lamb

"Let us never adopt the maxim, Rather lose our friend than our jest." - Quintilian

"Every dream is a prophecy: every jest is an earnest in the womb of Time." - George Bernard Shaw

"It is depressing to hear the unfortunate or dying man jest." - Anton Chekhov

"Bees are not as busy as we think they are. They jest can't buzz any slower." - Kin Hubbard

"Imyself haveheard averygood jest, and havescornedto seem to have so sillya wit as to understand it." - John Webster

"A jest often decides matters of importance more effectual and happily than seriousness." - Horace

"Under ground Precedency's a jest; vassal and lord, Grossly familiar, side by side consume." - Hugh Blair

"A paltry, humbug jest; those who have the least wit make them best." - William Combe

"But scandal's my aversion - I protest Against all evil speaking, even in jest." - Lord Byron

"Jest not at preacher's language or expression: How know'st thou but thy sins made him miscarry?" - George Herbert

"The universe does not jest with us, but is in earnest." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"A bitter jest, when it comes too near the truth, leaves a sharp sting behind it." - Tacitus

"Those that will combat use and custom by the strict rules of grammar do but jest" - Michel De Montaigne

"He who does not like you will defame you in jest." - Richard Schickel

"The fund of sensible discourse is limited; that of jest and badinerie is infinite." - William Shenstone

"It is good to jest, but not to make a trade of jesting." - Elizabeth I

"A jest often decides matters of importance more effectively and happily than seriousness." - Horace

"Speak not injurious words, neither in jest nor earnest. Scoff at none though they give occasion." - George Washington

"The boys throw rocks at the frogs in jest. But the frogs die in earnest." - Wilfred Bion

"As for myself, I am simply Hop-Frog, the jester - and this is my last jest." - Edgar Allan Poe

"Irony is jesting hidden behind gravity. Humor is gravity concealed behind the jest." - John Weiss

"Of all the griefs that harass the distrest, Sure the most bitter is a scornful jest." - Samuel Johnson

"A jest often decides matters of importance more effectually and happily than seriousness." - Horace

"Of all the griefs that harass the distressed, Sure the most bitter is a scornful jest." - Samuel Johnson

"War is the statesman's game, the priest's delight, The lawyer's jest, the hired assassin's trade." - Percy Bysshe Shelley

"Nice philosophy May tolerate unlikely arguments, But heaven admits no jest." - John Ford (dramatist)

"Of all the Griefs that harrass the Distrest, Sure the most bitter is a scornful Jest" - Samuel Johnson

"Heaven to me's a fair blue stretch of sky, Earth's jest a dusty road." - John Masefield

"Life was never anything but a perpetual see-saw between gravity and jest." - George Eliot

"His jest shall savour but a shallow wit, when thousands more weep than did laugh it." - William Shakespeare

"Listen closely as those around you speak; great truths are revealed in jest." - Javan

"I watch my heart disappearing into her rosebud mouth. My Valentine's jest somehow seems less funny." - Neil Gaiman

"The truth I do not dare to know I muffle with a jest." - Emily Dickinson

"I love no woman, for love is a serious business, not a jest." - Marie De France

"The universe was not made in jest but in solemn incomprehensible earnest." - Annie Dillard

"If anything is spoken in jest, it is not fair to turn it to earnest." - Plautus

"Great men may jest with saints; 'tis wit in them; But, in the less foul profanation." - William Shakespeare

"Sole judge of Truth, in endless Error hurled: / The glory, jest, and riddle of the world!" - Alexander Pope

"War is the statesman's game, the priest's delight, the lawyer's jest, the hired assassin's trade." - Percy Bysshe Shelley

"The jest loses its point when he who makes it is the first to laugh." - Friedrich Schiller

"often when I thought I joked, I told the truth, afraid to speak it except in jest." - Lucy Freeman

"Fate does not jest and events are not a matter of chance. There is no existence out of nothing." - Gamal Abdel Nasser

"Remember Henry Adam's jest that the succession of presidents from Washington to Grant disproved the theory of evolution?" - George Will

"We do not act that often jest and laugh; 'Tis old but true, 'Still swine eats all the draff." - William Shakespeare

"I think I should have loved you presently, And given you in earnest words I flung in jest." - Edna St Vincent Millay

"He that will lose his friend for a jest, deserves to die a beggar by the bargain." - Thomas Fuller

"Man's life is but a jest, A dream, a shadow, bubble, air, a vapor at the best." - George Walter

"There's many a true word spoken in jest; scientists are abominably solemn; therefore scientists miss many a true word." - Anthony Standen

"Man's life is but a jest, A dream, a shadow, bubble, air, a vapor at the best." - George Walter Thornbury

"O jest unseen, inscrutable, invisible, As a nose on a man's face, or a weathercock on a steeple." - William Shakespeare

"Life is a jest, and all things show it; I thought so once, but now I know it." - John Gay

"If you give a jest, take one. Let all your jokes be truly jokes. Jesting sometimes ends in sad earnest." - James Burgh

"Life is a jest; and all things show it. I thought so once; and now I know it." - John Gay

"Many wise words are spoken in jest, but they don't compare with the number of stupid words spoken in earnest." - Sam Levenson

"Life is a jest; and all things show it. I thought so once; but now I know it." - Bette Davis

"To smile at the jest which plants a thorn in another's breast is to become a principal in the mischief." - Richard Brinsley Sheridan

"Those who can least bear a jest upon themselves, will be most diverted with one passed on others." - Samuel Richardson

"Merriment is always the effect of a sudden impression. The jest which is expected is already destroyed." - Samuel Johnson

"As my mother once said: The boys throw stones at the frog in jest. But the frogs die in earnest." - Joanna Russ

"Love is a sacred mystery. To those who love, it remains forever wordless; But to those who do not love, it may be but a heartless jest." - Khalil Gibran

"A person gets from a symbol the meaning he puts into it, and what is one man's comfort and inspiration is another's jest and scorn." - Robert H. Jackson

"The hapless wit has his labors always to begin, the call for novelty is never satisfied, and one jest only raises expectation of another." - Samuel Johnson

"Every thing in this world, said my father, is big with jest,-and has wit in it, and instruction too,-if we can but find it out." - Laurence Sterne

"I have learned to look upon each little hindrance as a jest and each great one as a foreshadowing of victory." - Lucy Maud Montgomery

"Raillery is more insupportable than wrong; because we have a right to resent injuries, but are ridiculous in being angry at a jest." - Francois de La Rochefoucauld

"Sassenach." He had called me that from the first; the Gaelic word for outlander, a stranger. An Englishman. First in jest, then in affection." - Diana Gabaldon

"I know what happiness and what despair are, and I never make a jest of such feelings. Take it, then, but in exchange -" - Alexandre Dumas

"All is but a jest, all dust, all not worth two peason: For why in man's matters is neither rime nor reason." - Richard Puttenham

"A jest that makes a virtuous woman only smile often frightens away a prude; but when real danger forces the former to flee, the latter advances." - Nicolas Valentin De Latina

"I love thee, as I love the calm Of sweet, star-lighted hours! I love thee, as I love the balm Of early jest 'mine flowers." - Eliza Acton

"The ways of fate are indeed hard to understand. If there is not some compensation hereafter, then the world is a cruel jest." - Arthur Conan Doyle

"Many get the repute of being witty but thereby lose the credit of being sensible. Jest has its little hour, seriousness should have all the rest." - Baltasar Gracian

"Oh sirs, deal with sin as sin, and speak of heaven and hell as they are, and not as if you were in jest." - John Flavel

"All our pride is but a jest. None are worst and none are best. Grief and hope and joy and fear Play their pageant everywhere." - Thomas Campion

"We cannot weigh our brother with ourself: Great men may jest with saints: 'tis wit in them, But in the less foul profanation." - William Shakespeare

"I say that in jest a little bit, but Donald Trump is a blue collar guy with a balance sheet. That's the way he likes to have fun." - Donald Trump, Jr.

"If all else fails, the character of a man can be recognized by nothing so surely as by a jest which he takes badly." - Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

"We never know we go when we are going - We jest and shut the Door - Fate - following - behind us bolts it - And we accost no more" - Emily Dickinson

"A person gets from a symbol the meaning he puts into it, and what is one man's comfort and inspiration is another's jest and scorn." - Justice Robert Jackson

"Many get the repute of being witty, but thereby lose the credit of being sensible. Jest has its little hour, seriousness should have all the rest." - Baltasar Gracian

"Once she kissed me with a jest, Once with a tear - O where's the heart was in my breast, And the ring was in my ear?" - Eleanor Farjeon

"I'm the Joker full of jest, I play my cards close to my chest; but here's a pair that's worth revealing, come on dollies, do your dealing!" - Bruce Forsyth

"If you must mount the gallows, give a jest to the crowd, a coin to the hangman, and make the drop with a smile on your lips." - Robert Jordan

"I have written the tale of our life For a sheltered people's mirth, In jesting guise-but ye are wise, And ye know what the jest is worth." - Rudyard Kipling

"Life is a jest of the Gods and there is no justice. You must learn to laugh... or else you'll weep yourself to death." - Bernard Cornwell

"If you must mount the gallows, give a jest to the crowd, a coin the hangman, and make the drop with a smile on your lips." - Robert Jordan

"This world is a vaporous jest at best, Tossed off by the gods in laughter, And a cruel attempt at wit were it, If nothing better came after." - Ella Wheeler Wilcox

"Even with the utterly lost, to whom life and death are equally jests, there are matters of which no jest can be made." - Edgar Allan Poe

"riley: give me a romantic comedy any day. rhoan: your jest a girly-girl at heart, arent you? riley: takes one to know one, bro." - Keri Arthur

"I'm from New York, I make kind of somewhat maybe lewd, at times - maybe some would say dirty - jokes. But in jest." - Sarah Michelle Gellar

"When thou dost tell another's jest, therein Omit the oaths, which true wit cannot need; Pick out of tales the mirth, but not the sin." - George Herbert

"Woman: the peg on which the wit hangs his jest, the preacher his text, the cynic his grouch and the sinner his justification." - Helen Rowland

"If all else fails, the character of a man can be recognized by nothing so surely as by a jest which he takes badly." - Georg C Lichtenberg

"We never know we go when we are going- We jest and shut the Door- Fate-following-behind us bolts it- And we accost no more-." - Emily Dickinson

"Man is a living lie-a bitter jest Upon himself-a conscious grain of sand Lost in a desert of unconsciousness." - Amos Bronson Alcott

"Life is too transcendentally humorous for a man not to take it seriously. Compared with it, Death is but a shallow jest." - William John Locke

"(Andrew:) I am not such an ass but I can keep my hand dry. But what's your jest? (Maria:) A dry jest, sir. (Andrew:) Are you full of them? (Maria:) Ay, sir, I have them at my fingers' ends. Marry, now I let go your hand, I am barren." - William Shakespeare

"I will be silent and barren of discourse when I chance to hear a tale, rather than go with child therewith, till another's ears be my midwife, to deliver me of such a deformed monster. I may hear a tale of delight, and perhaps smite at an innocent jest! I will not jest nor joy at a tale disgracing an innocent person." - Arthur Warwick

"Probably they had good reason for omitting it. A profane mind might make a jest of an apostle half seas over, and ridicule an apostolic gate-keeper who couldn't keep his head above water." - Charles Bradlaugh

"I have never injured anybody with a mordant poem; my verse contains charges against nobody. Ingenuous, I have shunned wit steeped in venom-not a letter of mine is dipped in poisonous jest." - Ovid

"How much on outward show does all depend, If virtues from within no lustre lend! Strip off th'externals M and Y, the rest Proves Majesty itself is but a Jest." - Horace Walpole

"An atheist is but a mad, ridiculous derider of piety, but a hypocrite makes a sober jest of God and religion; he finds it easier to be upon his knees than to rise to a good action." - Alexander Pope

"Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him, Horatio: a fellow of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy. Where be your jibes now, your gambols, your songs, your flashes of merriment that were wont to set the table on a roar?" - William Shakespeare

"But whether unripe years did want conceit, Or he refused to take her figured proffer, The tender nibbler would not touch the bait, But smile and jest at every gentle offer." - William Shakespeare

"Fly from the court's pernicious neighborhood; Where innocence is sham'd, and blushing modesty Is made the scorner's jest; where hate, deceit, And deadly ruin wear the mask of beauty, And draw deluded fools with shows of pleasure." - Nicholas Rowe

"Jane borrow'd maxims from a doubting school, And took for truth the test of ridicule; Lucy saw no such virtue in a jest, Truth was with her of ridicule the test." - George Crabbe

"Wit loses its respect with the good when seen in company with malice; and to smile at the jest which plants a thorn in another's breast is to become a principal in the mischief." - Richard Brinsley Sheridan

"Some fiery fop, with new commission vain, Who sleeps on brambles till he kills his man; Some frolic drunkard, reeling from a feast, Provokes a broil, and stabs you for a jest." - Samuel Johnson

"If you are affronted, it is better to pass it by in silence, or with a jest, though with some dishonor, than to endeavor revenge. If you can keep reason above passion, that and watchfulness will be your best defendants." - Isaac Newton

"To shake with laughter ere the jest they hear, To pour at will the counterfeited tear; And, as their patron hints the cold or heat, To shake in dog-days, in December sweat." - Samuel Johnson

"Life is but jest: A dream, a doom; A gleam, a gloom - And then - good rest! Life is but play; A throb, a tear: A sob, a sneer; And then - good day." - Leon Louis van Montenaken

"Less at thine own things laugh; lest in the jest Thy person share, and the conceit advance, Make not thy sport abuses: for the fly That feeds on dung is colored thereby." - George Herbert

"When them dost tell another's jest, therein Omit the oaths which true wit cannot need; Pick out of tales the mirth, but not the sin; He pares his apple that will cleanly feed." - George Herbert

"As to jest, there ought to be certain things privileged from it - namely, religion, matters of state, great persons, and man's present business of importance, and any case that deserveth pity." - Francis Bacon

"A merrier man, Within the limit of becoming mirth, I never spent an hour's talk withal: His eye begets occasion for his wit; For every object that the one doth catch, The other turns to a mirth-moving jest." - William Shakespeare

"Plautus has prepared himself for a life beyond the grave; the comic stage deserted weeps; laughter also and jest and joke; and poetic and prosaic will bewail his loss together." - Plautus

"So that the jest is clearly to be seen, Not in the words - but in the gap between; Manner is all in all, whate'er is writ, The substitute for genius, sense, and wit." - William Cowper

"It's all right to tell a man to lift himself by his own bootstraps, but it is cruel jest to say to a bootless man that he ought to lift himself by his own bootstraps." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

"Heretics are wicked, but they're mighty int'resting. It's jest that they've got sorter lost looking for God, being under the impression that He's hard to find - which He ain't never." - Lucy Maud Montgomery

"Falsehood flies, and truth comes limping after it, so that when men come to be undeceived, it is too late; the jest is over, and the tale hath had its effect." - Jonathan Swift

"I lose my respect for the man who can make the mystery of sex the subject of a coarse jest, yet when you speak earnestly and seriously on the subject, is silent." - Henry David Thoreau

"The hands that had made the sun and stars were too small to reach the huge heads of the cattle. Upon this paradox, we might almost say upon this jest, all the literature of our faith is founded." - Gilbert K Chesterton



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