As nothing is more provoking to some tempers than raillery, a prudent person will not always be satirically witty where he can, but only where he may without offence. For he will consider the that the finest stroke of raillery is but a witticism; and that there is hardly any person so mean, whose good will is not preferable to the pleasure of a horse-laugh.

James Burgh (1714-1775) British politician and writer
The Dignity of Human Nature, Sec. 5 “Miscellaneous Thoughts on Prudence in Conversation” (1754)
Added on 18-Sep-14 | Last updated 18-Sep-14
Link to this post
Topics: , , , , , ,
More quotes by Burgh, James

Visited 47 time(s).

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.