Wit is cultured insolence.

Aristotle (384-322 BC) Greek philosopher
Rhetoric, Book 2, ch. 12, sec. 16 / 1389b.11 (350 BC) [[tr. Freese (1924)]
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Alternate translations:

  • "Wit is a refined petulance." [Source (1847)]
  • "Facetiousness is chastened forwardness of manner." [tr. Buckley (1850)]
  • "Wit is educated insolence." [tr. Jebb (1873)]
  • "Wit being well-bred insolence." [tr. Roberts (1954)]
  • "Wittiness is educated insolence." [tr. Bartlett (2019)]
Added on 5-Mar-21 | Last updated 5-Mar-21
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