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

If anything is spoken in jest, it is not fair to turn it to earnest. [La., Si quid dictum est per jocum, Non aequum est id te serio praevortier] - Plautus [Titus Maccius Plautus]

O jest unseen, inscrutable, invisible, As a nose on a man's face, or a weathercock on a steeple. - William Shakespeare

Never injure a friend, even in jest. - Cicero [Marcus Tullius Cicero]

Blest be those feasts, with simple plenty crowned, Where all the ruddy family around Laugh at the jests or pranks that never fail Or sigh with pity at some mournful tale. - Oliver Goldsmith

It happened that a fire broke out backstage in a theatre. The clown came out to inform the public. They thought it was a jest and applauded. He repeated his warning. They shouted even louder. So I think the world will come to an end amid the general applause from all the wits who believe that it is a joke. - Soren Aabye Kierkegaard

Jane borrow'd maxims from a doubting school, And took for truth the test of ridicule; Lucy saw no such virtue in a jest, Truth was with her of ridicule the test. - George Crabbe

Woman! The peg on which the wit hangs his jest, the preacher his text, the cynic his grouch, and the sinner his justification! - Helen Rowland