„Jesting and levity lead a man to lewdness.“

—  Rabi Akiva, Pirkei Avot, 3:17.
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„Between levity and cheerfulness there is a wide distinction; and the mind which is most open to levity is frequently a stranger to cheerfulness.“

—  Hugh Blair British philosopher 1718 - 1800
Reported in The Saturday Magazine‎ (September 28, 1833), p. 118 https://books.google.com/books?id=jh_nAAAAMAAJ&pg=118.

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„Lewd did I live & evil I did dwel
(Lewd did I live, evil I did dwel)“

—  John Taylor English poet of the 16th and 17th centuries 1578 - 1653
Early author-attributed palindrome (c. 1614); reported in Dave Fisher, The Wonderful World of Palindromes http://puzzles.about.com/od/palindromes/p/Palindromes.htm (October 30, 2015).

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„Man’s life is but a jest,
A dream, a shadow, bubble, air, a vapor at the best.“

—  George Walter Thornbury British writer 1828 - 1876
The Jester’s Sermon. Compare: "Life is a jest and all things show it; I thought so once, but now I know it", John Gay, My own Epitaph; "Life is an empty dream", Robert Browning, Paracelsus, ii.; "Life ’s but a series of trifles at best", Anonymous.

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„1800. Make not a Jest of another Man's Infirmity. Remember thy own.“

—  Thomas Fuller (writer) British physician, preacher, and intellectual 1654 - 1734
Introductio ad prudentiam: Part II (1727)

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„Thou look'st like Antichrist in that lewd hat.“

—  Ben Jonson English writer 1572 - 1637
The Alchemist (1610), Act IV, scene vii

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„I do not understand the capricious lewdness of the sleeping mind.“

—  John Cheever American novelist and short story writer 1912 - 1982
The Late Forties and the Fifties, 1955 entry.

„Irony is jesting hidden behind gravity. Humor is gravity concealed behind the jest.“

—  John Weiss United States clergyman and abolitionist 1818 - 1879
Wit, Humor, and Shakespeare: Twelve essays (1876), p. 63.

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„If all else fails, the character of a man can be recognized by nothing so surely as by a jest which he takes badly.“

—  Georg Christoph Lichtenberg German scientist, satirist 1742 - 1799
Aphorisms (1765-1799), Notebook K (1789-1793), K 46 Variant translation: A person reveals his character by nothing so clearly as the joke he resents.

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„At last incapable of further harm,
The lewd forefathers of the village sleep.“

—  J. C. Squire British poet, writer, historian, and literary editor 1884 - 1958
If Gray had had to write his Elegy in the Cemetery of Spoon River instead of in that of Stoke Poges.

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„There is no jesting with edge tools.“

—  John Fletcher, The Little French Lawyer
The Little French Lawyer (c. 1619–23; published 1647), Act IV, scene vii.

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