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Daemon
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She had a pretty gift for quotation, which is a serviceable substitute for wit.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)
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It's a funny thing about life; if you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it.
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Wit or without, foolish or carefree - some lifestyles don't require any shred of wisdom at all.
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Daemon wrote:
She had a pretty gift for quotation, which is a serviceable substitute for wit.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)


I really like this. I suppose if you don't have anything of value to add, it's better to quote someone who has. Silenced
Samantha Betts
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I would very much know in which situation would anyone say something like this, it's pretty ambiguous, don't you thnk?
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Some time ago I had a work partner who was bereft of wit and possessed zero intellect but he could roll off a bunch of quotations.
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She had a pretty gift for quotation, which is a serviceable substitute for wit.
W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

I wonder why a "she". It could as well be a "he"...

Yes, every person has a unique gift that others are not to mock, degrade, or belittle in any way.
Milica Boghunovich
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She had a pretty gift for quotation, which is a serviceable substitute for wit.
W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

If she/he had a gift to appropriately use quotations, then she/he is far more witty than the mere wit for a concise, poignant quotation is not a "substitute for wit" but a "contribution to wit".
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is good to have a wit as long as you don't hurt anybody feelings
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QI (Quote Investigator):has found no substantive evidence that Oscar Wilde said or wrote either of these statements.

A version of the expression was included in the story “The Creative Impulse” by W. Somerset Maugham. This popular tale was reprinted several times and was even made into a television episode. Interestingly, the quote was not included in the first publication of the short story in Harper’s Bazaar magazine in 1926.

The story was revised, expanded, and published again in a 1931 collection called “Six Stories Written in the First Person Singular”. The expression was used when a character named Mrs. Albert Forrester was described. Boldface has been added:

She had a pretty gift for quotation, which is a serviceable substitute for wit, and having for thirty years known more or less intimately a great many distinguished people, she had a great many interesting anecdotes to tell, which she placed with tact and which she did not repeat more than was pardonable.


http://quoteinvestigator.com/2013/06/19/quote-wit/
monamagda
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Here the complete context. Yes! from "The creative impulse" pag 344

Mrs Albert Forrester was well acquainted with social science,
jurisprudence, and theology. She had read much and her memory was
retentive. She had a pretty gift for quotation, which is a serviceable substitute
for wit,
and having for thirty years known more or less intimately a great many
distinguished people she had a great many interesting anecdotes to tell, which
she placed with tact and which she did not repeat more than was pardonable.
Mrs Albert Forrester had the gift of attracting the most varied persons and you
were liable at one and the same time to meet in her drawing–room an
ex–Prime Minister, a newspaper proprietor, and the ambassador of a First Class
Power. I always imagined that these great people came because they thought
that here they rubbed shoulders with Bohemia, but with a Bohemia sufficiently
neat and clean for them to be in no danger that the dirt would come off on
them. Mrs Albert Forrester was deeply interested in politics and I myself heard
a Cabinet Minister tell her frankly that she had a masculine intelligence. She
had been opposed to Female Suffrage, but when it was at last granted to
women she began to dally with the idea of going into Parliament. Her difficulty
was that she did not know which party to choose.

Read the book Here: http://englishclasses.com.ua/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/wsmaugham-sixty-five-short-stories_0905712692.pdf
Irving González
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Milica Boghunovich wrote:
She had a pretty gift for quotation, which is a serviceable substitute for wit.
W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

If she/he had a gift to appropriately use quotations, then she/he is far more witty than the mere wit for a concise, poignant quotation is not a "substitute for wit" but a "contribution to wit".


Good.
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In a subtle way, quoting entails picking somebody else's brain which amounts to making use of someone else's wit
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Wit is educated insolence.
Aristotle
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Brevity is the soul of wit.
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Better a witty fool than a foolish wit.
William Shakespeare
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He must have truly been in love ... or perhaps she was.
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Wit and/or Quotation are the pearls of life.
Verbatim
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[quote=Daemon]
She had a pretty gift for quotation, which is a serviceable substitute for wit.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)[/quote

The prettiest gift for, as well as, to quotations, is their clever use at the opportune time. Nothing substitutes for their wit.

At such times the original wit is well served by the manner of use, or else it fails to convey the intent.

pedro
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Silence is the wit of fools.
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Verbatim
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Ah, quotations. At best of times they are mostly afterthought. Most times, they shall be plagiarized, misquoted, and misunderstood.
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Verbatim wrote:
Ah, quotations. At best of times they are mostly afterthought. Most times, they shall be plagiarized, misquoted, and misunderstood.


If you are right then surely this could be said of all learning.
Verbatim
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jacobusmaximus wrote:
Verbatim wrote:
Ah, quotations. At best of times they are mostly afterthought. Most times, they shall be plagiarized, misquoted, and misunderstood.


If you are right then surely this could be said of all learning.


Not surely, and not all learning is the result of afterthought. It could be said of some learning that ideas of empirical origin,
or those inspired by thought provoked by others, qualify. It would be a bear to prove, and it bears not a further thought, nor is it worth a quote.Think
Verbatim
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Well now, indeed, please don't quote me--particularly on the jumbled portion resulting from a sloppy edit.

Here goes again: Not surely, and not all learning is the result of afterthought. That could be said of some learning.
Like ideas born of empirical origin, or those inspired by thought provoked by others.

But it would be a bear to prove, and it bears not a further thought, nor is it worth a quote.Think
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hmmm... nice quoting
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