An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





For my own part I think no innocent species of wit or pleasantry should be suppressed: and that a good pun may be admitted among the smaller excellencies of lively conversation.


James Boswell (1740-1795, British writer, journalist)


A man who could make so vile a pun would not scruple to pick a pocket.


John Dennis


People who make puns are like wanton boys that put coppers on the railroad tracks. They amuse themselves and other children, but their little trick may upset a freight train of conversation for the sake of a battered witticism.


Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894, American author, wit, poet)


A pun is not bound by the laws which limit nicer wit. It is a pistol let off at the ear; not a feather to tickle the intellect.


Charles Lamb (1775-1834, British essayist, critic)


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