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C.N. Douglas, comp.  Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical.  1917.
 
Repartee
 
  Repartee is the soul of conversation.
Dryden.    
  1
  Repartee is altogether a natural endowment, and is the lightning of the mind.
Alfred de Musset.    
  2
  The impromptu reply is precisely the touchstone of the man of wit.
Molière.    
  3
  A talent for repartee is one that increases with practice.
J. L. Motley.    
  4
  Those repartees are best which turn your adversary’s weapons against himself.
Chatfield.    
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  The artful injury, whose venomed dart scarce wounds the hearing, while it stabs the heart.
Hannah More.    
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  Repartee is perfect, when it effects its purpose with a double edge. Repartee is the highest order of wit, as it bespeaks the coolest yet quickest exercise of genius at a moment when the passions are roused.
Colton.    
  7
  The cynic who twitted Aristippus by observing that the philosopher who could dine on herbs might despise the company of a king, was well replied to by Aristippus, when he remarked that the philosopher who could enjoy the company or a king might also despise a dinner of herbs.
Colton.    
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