|C.N. Douglas, comp. Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical. 1917.|
| Repartee is the soul of conversation.|
| Repartee is altogether a natural endowment, and is the lightning of the mind.|
Alfred de Musset.
| The impromptu reply is precisely the touchstone of the man of wit.|
| A talent for repartee is one that increases with practice.|
J. L. Motley.
| Those repartees are best which turn your adversarys weapons against himself.|
| The artful injury, whose venomed dart scarce wounds the hearing, while it stabs the heart.|
| Repartee is perfect, when it effects its purpose with a double edge. Repartee is the highest order of wit, as it bespeaks the coolest yet quickest exercise of genius at a moment when the passions are roused.|
| The cynic who twitted Aristippus by observing that the philosopher who could dine on herbs might despise the company of a king, was well replied to by Aristippus, when he remarked that the philosopher who could enjoy the company or a king might also despise a dinner of herbs.|