|A jokes a very serious thing.|
ChurchillGhost. Bk. 4.
| A man who could make so vile a pun would not scruple to pick a pocket.|
John DennisIn The Gentlemans Magazine. Vol. LI. P. 324. Claimed for Daniel Purcell but given to Dennis by Hood, also by Victor in an Epistle to Steele.
| Jest not with the two-edged sword of Gods word.|
FullerThe Holy and Profane States. Of Jesting. Maxim II.
| He that will lose his friend for a jest, deserves to die a beggar by the bargain.|
FullerThe Holy and Profane States. Of Jesting. Maxim VII.
| No time to break jests when the heartstrings are about to be broken.|
FullerThe Holy and Profane States. Of Jesting. Maxim VIII.
|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.
HerbertTemple. Church Porch. St. 39.
| People that make puns are like wanton boys that put coppers on the railroad tracks.|
HolmesThe Autocrat of the Breakfast Table. I.
|And however our Dennises take offence,|
A double meaning shows double sense;
And if proverbs tell truth,
A double tooth
Is wisdoms adopted dwelling.
|Of all the griefs that harass the distressd,|
Sure the most bitter is a scornful jest;
Fate never wounds more deep the generous heart,
Than when a blockheads insult points the dart.
Samuel JohnsonLondon. L. 165. Imitation of Juvenal. Satire. III. V. 152.
|La moquerie est souvent une indigence desprit.|
Jesting, often, only proves a want of intellect.
|Joking decides great things,|
Stronger and better oft than earnest can.
| Thats 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 Oglethorpes face. Assuming the insult to be a joke Oglethorpe threw a whole wine glass in the Princes face in return. BoswellsLife of Johnson. (1772).
|Diseur de bon mots, mauvais caractère.|
A jester, a bad character.
PascalPensées. Art. VI. 22.
| 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.
PlautusAmphitruo, III. 2. 39.
Joking set aside.
Pliny the YoungerEpistles. I. 21.
| Der Spass verliert Alles, wenn der Spassmacher selber lacht.|
A jest loses its point when the jester laughs himself.
SchillerFiesco. I. 7.
| Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him, Horatio: a fellow of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy.|
Hamlet. Act V. Sc. 1. L. 203.
|Jesters do often prove prophets.|
King Lear. Act V. Sc. 3. L. 71.
|A jests prosperity lies in the ear|
Of him that hears it, never in the tongue
Of him that makes it.
Loves Labours Lost. Act V. Sc. 2. L. 871.
| A dry jest, sir
. I have them at my fingers end.|
Twelfth Night. Act I. Sc. 3. L. 80.
|A college joke to cure the dumps.|
SwiftCassinus and Peter.
|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.
TacitusAnnales. XV. 68.