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  • Winston Churchill was well-known for his witticisms.
  • By the very nature of a witticism, one is given very little time to assess its various possible repercussions before one is called to give voice to it,
    Kazuo Ishiguro  --  The Remains of the Day
  • Another fabulous witticism from Olaf and the place erupted in haw, haw, haws and "What did he says?"
    Katherine Applegate  --  Everworld - Search For Senna
  • This may seem surprising, as Candace is a North Carolinian, white Dartmouth grad who is a high-powered technology PR maven on the West Coast, mother of one and a clown enthusiast, whereas Delicious is a black D.C. native with a five o’clock shadow, a bunch of tattoos, and unusually long nails, who worked as a prison dishwasher while sharpening her excellent singing voice and off-the-cuff witticisms.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black

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  • Peter has amazing presence of mind in the face of these so-called witticisms.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • And, in fact, Bilibin’s witticisms were hawked about in the Viennese drawing rooms and often had an influence on matters considered important.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • Here it became apparent that Mr. Pilkington was about to spring some carefully prepared witticism on the company, but for a moment he was too overcome by amusement to be able to utter it.
    George Orwell  --  Animal Farm
  • This was a savage witticism the men had, which Jurgis had to have explained to him.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • I repeat, brothers, I repeat, no zeal, no hubbub, no excess; even in witticisms, gayety, jollities, or plays on words.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Everyone was astounded (the author of the witticism no less than his neighbours) and Miss Delacour, who was a stout amiable person, began to smile broadly.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners

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  • Such rumors inevitably provoked anti-ecumenism riots and, of course, inspired new witticisms.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • Among adults some pretext in the way of Jokes is usually provided, but the facility with which the smallest witticisms produce laughter at such a time shows that they are not the real cause.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Screwtape Letters
  • Mrs. Bennet and her daughters then departed, and Elizabeth returned instantly to Jane, leaving her own and her relations’ behaviour to the remarks of the two ladies and Mr. Darcy; the latter of whom, however, could not be prevailed on to join in their censure of her, in spite of all Miss Bingley’s witticisms on fine eyes.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • And so the monster surfaced again, despite the endless witticisms heaped on it by the popular press, and the human imagination soon got caught up in the most ridiculous ichthyological fantasies.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • It was pleasant in the summer forenoons—when the fervent heat, that almost liquefied the rest of the human family, merely communicated a genial warmth to their half torpid systems—it was pleasant to hear them chatting in the back entry, a row of them all tipped against the wall, as usual; while the frozen witticisms of past generations were thawed out, and came bubbling with laughter from their lips.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • There were Mr. and Mrs. Merriman, a pretty, vivacious little woman in the thirties; her husband, a jovial fellow, something of a shallow-pate, who laughed a good deal at other people’s witticisms, and had thereby made himself extremely popular.
    Kate Chopin  --  The Awakening
  • He laughed at her witticism, and took her to see the parade of floats from the balcony of the ice cream shop.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • Once in a while, after some witticism, he would look down, and his eyes would meet hers.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • A young man with fair curly hair, and eager, bright blue eyes, was engaging most of her attention and the whole of her time, whilst broad witticisms anent Jimmy Pitkin’s fictitious grandmother flew from mouth to mouth, mixed with heavy puffs of pungent tobacco smoke.
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • I could not keep pace with all these literary folk as they glanced from subject to subject and entered into deep dispute, or made conversation sparkle with epigrams and happy witticisms.
    Helen Keller  --  Story of My Life
  • Not seeing anyone in the yard, he slipped in, and at once saw near the gate a sink, such as is often put in yards where there are many workmen or cab-drivers; and on the hoarding above had been scribbled in chalk the time-honoured witticism, "Standing here strictly forbidden."
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • Here is Don Kyrieleison of Montalvan, a valiant knight, and his brother Thomas of Montalvan, and the knight Fonseca, with the battle the bold Tirante fought with the mastiff, and the witticisms of the damsel Placerdemivida, and the loves and wiles of the widow Reposada, and the empress in love with the squire Hipolito—in truth, gossip, by right of its style it is the best book in the world.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • (He laughs, pleased with this witticism.) But I see what it is, you are not from these parts, you don’t know what our twilights can do.
    Samuel Beckett  --  Waiting for Godot
  • I wasn’t sure what frightened me more, the climb itself or the notion of being seen as a ghost; but I had no time for comforting witticisms, even to myself.
    Anne Rice  --  Interview with the Vampire
  • In pursuance of this request, Nancy quickly laid the cloth; disappearing for a few minutes, she presently returned with a pot of porter and a dish of sheep’s heads: which gave occasion to several pleasant witticisms on the part of Mr. Sikes, founded upon the singular coincidence of ’jemmies’ being a can name, common to them, and also to an ingenious implement much used in his profession.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • Xavier endured these witticisms silently.
    Larry McMurtry  --  Lonesome Dove
  • It was a good joke, they all thought, especially to see how Tom looked after his things, as they were going this way and that; and then the auction of the trunk, that was funnier than all, and occasioned abundant witticisms.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • It was several days before Willoughby’s name was mentioned before Marianne by any of her family; Sir John and Mrs. Jennings, indeed, were not so nice; their witticisms added pain to many a painful hour;— but one evening, Mrs. Dashwood, accidentally taking up a volume of Shakespeare, exclaimed, "We have never finished Hamlet, Marianne; our dear Willoughby went away before we could get through it.
    Jane Austen  --  Sense and Sensibility
  • He was impatient with his lessons, mouthed off at teachers, got poor grades, spent his hours coining witticisms and engineering elaborate practical jokes.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit
  • ’twas this day week, sir, you returned A theme of mine, from which I learned (Through various comment on the side Which you had scrawled) that I defied The highest rules of criticism For cheap and careless witticism….
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • That thin air had a dream-like texture, matching the porcelain-blue of the sky; with every breath and every glance he took in a deep anesthetizing tranquillity that made him impervious alike to Mallinson’s uneasiness, Barnard’s witticisms, and Miss Brinklow’s portrayal of a lady well prepared for the worst.
    James Hilton  --  Lost Horizon
  • The extraordinarily close resemblance of the brothers to each other suggested a witticism to Tom Driscoll, and just as the chairman began a speech he skipped forward and said, with an air of tipsy confidence, to the audience: "Boys, I move that he keeps still and lets this human philopena snip you out a speech."
    Mark Twain  --  Pudd’nhead Wilson
  • His name was John Raffles, and he sometimes wrote jocosely W.A.G. after his signature, observing when he did so, that he was once taught by Leonard Lamb of Finsbury who wrote B.A. after his name, and that he, Raffles, originated the witticism of calling that celebrated principal Ba-Lamb.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • She repeated some witticisms about the devil when he was sick, and told him, "She doubted not but shortly to see him at liberty, and as lively a fellow as ever; and then," says she, "I don’t question but your conscience will be safely delivered of all these qualms that it is now so sick in breeding."
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • At the least witticism aimed by any of the circle against a ’bore,’ or against a former member of the circle who was now relegated to the limbo of ’bores’—and to the utter despair of M. Verdurin, who had always made out that he was just as easily amused as his wife, but who, since his laughter was the ’real thing,’ was out of breath in a moment, and so was overtaken and vanquished by her device of a feigned but continuous hilarity—she would utter a shrill cry, shut tight her little…
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • After a great deal of trouble, and the administration of many slaps on the head to the infant Kenwigses, whereof two of the most rebellious were summarily banished, the cloth was laid with much elegance, and a pair of boiled fowls, a large piece of pork, apple-pie, potatoes and greens, were served; at sight of which, the worthy Mr Lillyvick vented a great many witticisms, and plucked up amazingly: to the immense delight and satisfaction of the whole body of admirers.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • Lord Baelish is a most amusing man, but one does not fight a war with witticisms.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Feast For Crows
  • Unless you can cut this fog with your next witticism, keep it to yourself.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Dance With Dragons
  • JEAN: Your witticisms are not very inspired.
    Eugene Ionesco  --  Rhinoceros
  • My witticisms "run like wildfire through the court".
    Virginia Woolf  --  The Waves
  • You know that your witticisms are not witty, but you are evidently well satisfied with their literary value.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Notes from the Underground
  • He sat quietly, with a sardonic expression on his gaunt face, and spoke only when the opportunity occurred to throw in a witticism.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • They all laughed and clapped, taking it for a deliberate witticism, while he did not know where to escape from his forebodings of disaster and bis feeling that despite his striving for the good and his capacity for happiness, he had no power over the future.
    Boris Pasternak  --  Doctor Zhivago
  • Brutality I had experienced, but it was the brutality of the intellect—the cutting sarcasm of Charley Furuseth, the cruel epigrams and occasional harsh witticisms of the fellows at the Bibelot, and the nasty remarks of some of the professors during my undergraduate days.
    Jack London  --  Sea Wolf
  • Her visitors, coming in often while Newman sat there, found a tall, lean, silent man in a half-lounging attitude, who laughed out sometimes when no one had meant to be droll, and remained grave in the presence of calculated witticisms, for appreciation of which he had apparently not the proper culture.
    Henry James  --  The American
  • They might mean simply a few remarks about Fanny Burney; a few more about Jane Austen; a tribute to the Brontės and a sketch of Haworth Parsonage under snow; some witticisms if possible about Miss Mitford; a respectful allusion to George Eliot; a reference to Mrs Gaskell and one would have done.
    Virginia Woolf  --  A Room of One’s Own
  • After simpering in a small way, like one whose modesty prohibited a more open expression of his admiration of a witticism that was perfectly unintelligible to his hearers, he continued, "It is not prudent for any one of my profession to be too familiar with those he has to instruct; for which reason I follow not the line of the army; besides which, I conclude that a gentleman of your character has the best judgment in matters of wayfaring; I have, therefore, decided to join company, in…
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • (The witticism delights him and he bursts into a shrill cackle.
    Eugene O’Neill  --  The Iceman Cometh
  • I don’t swim without a chair," the cadet said, showing the chipped tooth as he smiled at his own witticism.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • Be that as it may, since that first witticism concerning the gypsies, I have not been able to think of other such witticisms quickly enough.
    Kazuo Ishiguro  --  The Remains of the Day
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