Having a clever and engaging thing to say at the right time.

Complementary virtues

Contrasting vices

  • boorishness
  • dullness

Virtues possibly in tension

How to acquire or strengthen it


Notes and links

Mentioned elsewhere

Inspirational quotes

  • “There is no worse harm for a person with a strong intellect than the temptation to make witty remarks that blame and mock his neighbors. Making jokes and blaming and mocking others is like covering a dead body with a nice sauce and presenting it as a meal. Without the sauce, you would turn away, but with it, you find you can easily eat this distasteful meal.” —Tolstoy
  • “Our very manner of joking should be neither wanton nor indecent, but genteel and good-humoured… in our very jokes there should appear some gleam of a virtuous nature.” —Cicero, De Officiis I.29