Quote for the Week

Wit–Humor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Peggy Noonan

“Wit penetrates; humor envelopes. Wit is a function of verbal intelligence; humor is imagination operating on good nature.”


9 thoughts on “Quote for the Week”

  1. The Book of Proverbs says, “a merry heart doeth good, like a medicine.” It bodes well if one has a heart of merriment and joy, wit and humor. To see the humor in a certain circumstance, especially one’s own, is a gift. A witty tongue is a gift of God that often brings relief in a situation that may be tense, embarrassing or boring. However, the caveat, given in Ecclesiastes, ” To every thing there is a season and a time for each thing under Heaven.” As Sara has pointed out in her teachings, ‘timing is everything.’
    Know your “audience” and think twice about what proceeds from your lips, because ‘WIT DOES PENETRATE'(unquote) and although
    one is demonstrating one’s “verbal intelligence” it may not be the correct moment.
    The Bible says to “laugh with those who laugh” and cry with those who cry”. Proverbs 25:20 (paraphrasing)warns not to “sing songs to a heavy heart”.
    I love wit and humor. AND… I am learning to use it appropriately and to the benefit of those who have to listen to it.

  2. As I looked up and compared definitions of wit vs humor, it seems wit has to do with reasoning power or intelligence and astute perception or judgement. In thinking about the above quote, someone humorous may make me laugh but someone witty may make me laugh and sit up and take notice about why I am laughing. Humor may ‘tickle my skin’. Wit may get ‘under my skin.’

  3. I think that the definitions of wit and humor, notwithstanding, it really is difficult to apply labels to various acts of so called humor. My little students laugh their heads off if I pretend to be a baby and talk baby talk to them to get a point across. They also laugh their heads off if the class clown takes a prat fall on purpose. I find neither of those particularly funny. However, a friend of ours did an impersonation of a well-known celebrity the other night at a party and I thought it was hilarious. Now I am sure that if my students had seen that “class act” they would have found it funny, also.
    When someone says something witty or intellectually clever
    it may not be FUNNY but it is a moment of “got it”! When someone gives a punchline and you have that moment of …oh, I get it…there’s a satisfaction and a delight whether it was wisdom or wit or both and whether it was funny or not.

  4. I consider this a witty and clever comment and/or observation from the pen of MARK TWAIN.
    “We grant God all the qualities of mind except the one that keeps the others healthy, that watches over their dignity, that focuses their visions true……HUMOR!”

  5. Wit-1. reasoningpower: INTELLIGENCE 2. mental soundness: SANITY 3.RESOURCEFULNESS, INGENUITY,(especially : quickness and cleverness in handling words or ideas)
    humor-1. a keen perception of ludicrous or incongruous. 2.comical or amusing entertainment.
    A good example of wit is the book of Ester. With God’s help and Queen Ester’s wit, she was able to persuade King Xerxes to save the Jewish people.
    An example of humor is dressing up as a Bee and a Bird and performing a skit in front of others.
    Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 “1 For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven. 2 A time to be born and a time to die. A time to plant and a time to harvest. 3 A time to kill and a time to heal. A time to tear down and a time to build. 4 A time to cry and a time to LAUGH. A time to grieve and a time to dance. 5 A time to scatter stone and a time to gather stones. A time to embrace and a time to turn away. 6 A time to search and a time to quit searching. Atime to keep and a time to throw away. 7 A time to tear and a time to mend. A time to be quite and a time to speak. 8 A time to love and a time to hate. A time for war and a time for peace.” Ecc. states there is a time for everything. A time to plant… A time to heal… A time to Laugh…. A time to dance… A season for everything. No where in these seasons does it say ” A time to dress up like a bee and a bird….:)” WIT + HUMOR = LAUGHTER Laughter is contagious. Laughter helps heal. Laughter makes us feel better. Laughter brings joy. What a wonderful equation. So put a smile in your heart and let it show on your face. If you see someone sad tell them a funny joke.(not a dirty joke) Here’s one : There were three individuals playing golf. The first one hit the ball, the ball split the water in half and made a “hole in one.” The second golfer hit the ball and it skipped over the water and made a “hole in one.” The third golfer hit the ball and a rabbit got the ball and hopped it to a fox, the fox ran the ball to the water and gave it to a duck, the duck swam to an alligator and gave him the ball, the alligator swam across the water to the other side and gave the ball to a squirl, the squirl ran and dropped the ball in the hole for a “hole in one.” Moses looked at Jesus and said ” I don’t like it when your Dad plays golf with us.”

  6. I see Chickenfarmer is being her natural self. Hey Farmerchicken, can one heal themselves by being the giver of humor and wit or does it take humor and wit from another to bring the laughter and healing?

  7. I believe one can heal themselves by being the giver of humor and wit. I love to make others laugh. Laughter heals. I also believe the taker of the humor and wit heals. When people laugh, for that moment, they are not thinking about their problems. It relieves stress from their minds and body. I think this is great. I love to help people relieve their stress by making them laugh. It helps me relieve stress and heal as well.

  8. I do agree that laughter, humor, and wit can heal people. God’s Word tells us so, as MG has already mentioned. In the Book of Proverbs: 17:22 “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” Also, I’d like to mention, that I have heard that it takes less muscles to smile, than to frown, so……let’s “put on a HAPPY FACE”!!

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