Jesting or joking is engaging in humorous behavior, typically involving joking, bantering, and even ridicule or mockery.
- Jest not with the two-edged sword of God's word.
- Thomas Fuller, The Holy State and the Prophane State (1642), Of Jesting. Maxim II.
- He that will lose his friend for a jest, deserves to die a beggar by the bargain.
- Thomas Fuller, The Holy State and the Prophane State (1642), Of Jesting. Maxim VII.
- No time to break jests when the heartstrings are about to be broken.
- Thomas Fuller, The Holy State and the Prophane State (1642), Of Jesting. Maxim VIII.
- 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.
- People that make puns are like wanton boys that put coppers on the railroad tracks.
- Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him, Horatio: a fellow of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy.
- A jest's prosperity lies in the ear
Of him that hears it, never in the tongue
Of him that makes it.
- A dry jest, sir…. I have them at my fingers' end.
- Asperæ facetiæ, ubi nimis ex vero traxere,
Acram sui memoriam relinquunt.
- A bitter jest, when it comes too near the truth, leaves a sharp sting behind it.
- Tacitus, Annales (AD 117), XV. 68.
Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical QuotationsEdit
- Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 404-05.
- A joke's a very serious thing.
- A man who could make so vile a pun would not scruple to pick a pocket.
- John Dennis, The Gentleman's Magazine, Volume LI, p. 324. Claimed for Daniel Purcell but given to Dennis by Hood, also by Victor in an Epistle to Steele.
- And however our Dennises take offence,
A double meaning shows double sense;
And if proverbs tell truth,
A double tooth
Is wisdom's adopted dwelling.
- Of all the griefs that harass the distress'd,
Sure the most bitter is a scornful jest;
Fate never wounds more deep the generous heart,
Than when a blockhead's insult points the dart.
- Samuel Johnson, London, line 165. Imitation of Juvenal, Satire, III. V. 152.
- La moquerie est souvent une indigence d'esprit.
- Jesting, often, only proves a want of intellect.
- La Bruyère.
- Joking decides great things,
Stronger and better oft than earnest can.
- That's a good joke but we do it much better in England.
- General Oglethorpe to a Prince of Würtemberg who at dinner flicked some wine in Oglethorpe's face, asserting the insult to be a joke Oglethorpe threw a whole wine glass in the Prince's face in return. Boswell's Life of Johnson (1772).
- Diseur de bon mots, mauvais caractère.
- A jester, a bad character.
- Si quid dictum est per jocum,
Non æquum est id te serio prævortier.
- If anything is spoken in jest, it is not fair to turn it to earnest.
- Der Spass verliert Alles, wenn der Spassmacher selber lacht.
- A jest loses its point when the jester laughs himself.
- A college joke to cure the dumps.
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