or Jesting is engaging in joking humorous behavior, typically involving joking, bantering, and even ridicule or mockery.
He that will lose his
friend for a jest, deserves to die a beggar by the bargain.
No time to break jests when the
heartstrings are about to be broken.
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, never in the tongue
Of him that hears it
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.
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Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 404-05.
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.
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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