If I sent him word again it was not well cut, he would send me word he cut it to please himself: this is called the Quip modest.
The first, the Retort courteous; the second, the Quip modest; the third, the Reply churlish; the fourth, the Reproof valiant; the fifth, the Countercheck quarrelsome; the sixth, the Lie with circumstance; the seventh, the Lie direct.
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I keep a notebook of favorite quips and quotes.
When asked, at age 73, if he was too old to run for President, Reagan quipped, "I will not make age an issue of this campaign. I am not going to exploit, for political purposes, my opponent’s youth and inexperience."