Jesting Proverbs

Sayings about Jesting

Definition of jesting – said or done for amusement; witticism, joking.

Fear not a jest. If one throws salt at thee thou wilt receive no harm unless thou hast sore places. ~ Latin Proverbs

Never try to be more foolish than the jester. ~ Yiddish Proverb

Many a friend has been lost by a jest, but none has ever been got by one. ~ Czech Proverbs

The praise of a thousand jesters counts for nothing against the reprimand of one wise man. ~ German Proverbs

A jest is half a truth. ~ Yiddish Proverb

The worst jests are those which are true. ~ French Proverbs

He that would jest must take a jest, or else to let it alone were best. ~ Dutch Proverbs

Many a true word is spoken in jest. ~ English Proverbs

Experience is the teacher of jesters and the intelligence of the wise. ~ German Proverbs

In the presence of princes the cleverest jester is mute. ~ Chinese Proverbs

Quotations about Jesting

A jest is a very serious thing. ~ Charles Churchill

To smile at the jest which plants a thorn in another’s breast is to become a principal in the mischief. ~ Richard Brinsley Sheridan

A paltry, humbug jest; those who have the least wit make them best. ~ William Combe

A lot of truth is said in jest. ~ Eminem

Those who can least bear a jest upon themselves, will be most diverted with one passed on others. ~ Samuel Richardson

Never injure a friend, even in jest. ~ Marcus Tullius Cicero

Jesters do often prove prophets. ~ Joseph Addison

Beware of biting jests; the more truth they carry with them, the greater wounds they give, the greater smarts they cause, and the greater scars they leave behind them. ~ Johann Kaspar Lavater

I do not like this fooling. ~ William Shakespeare

A bitter jest, when the satire comes too near the truth, leaves a sharp sting behind. ~ Tacitus

A college joke to cure the dumps. ~ Jonathan Swift

Jesting and levity accustom a man to lewdness. ~ Akiva ben Joseph

The squirrel that you kill in jest, dies in earnest. ~ Henry David Thoreau

Lightness, jesting, and joking, can only be indulged at the expense of barrenness of soul, and the loss of the favor of God. ~ Ellen G. White

Jests that give pains are no jests. ~ Miguel De Cervantes

A jest loses its point when the jester laughs himself. ~ Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller

Judge of a jest when you have done laughing. ~ Robert Lloyd

The jest loses its point when he who makes it is the first to laugh. ~ Friedrich Schiller

Wanton jests make fools laugh, and wise men frown. ~ Thomas Fuller

Listen closely as those around you speak; great truths are revealed in jest. ~ Javan

The jest which is expected is already destroyed. ~ Samuel Johnson

He that will lose his friend for a jest, deserves to die a beggar by the bargain. ~ Thomas Fuller

No time to break jests when the heartstrings are about to be broken. ~ Thomas Fuller

Life is a jest; and all things show it. I thought so once; but now I know it. ~ Bette Davis

A good jest forever. ~ William Shakespeare

Wit loses its respect with the good when seen in company with malice; and to smile at the jest which plants a thorn in another’s breast is to become a principal in the mischief. ~ Richard Brinsley Sheridan

It is good to jest, but not to make a trade of jesting. ~ Elizabeth I

Jest not with the two-edged sword of God’s word. ~ Thomas Fuller

Jest with your equals. ~ Bion of Smyrna

Jesters do oft prove prophets. ~ William Shakespeare

Jesting, often, only proves a want of intellect. ~ Jean de la Bruyere

Jesting is frequently an evidence of the poverty of the understanding. ~ Voltaire

Jesting Proverbs

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