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sharp (clever) humour. Wit is not necessarily biting or angry, but it can be. Shakespeare wrote that Brevity is the soul of wit (Hamlet). Oscar Wilde was thought to be a great wit. His plays include lines such as this description of a cynic: A man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing (Lady Windemereâ??s Fan). Once when Wilde arrived in New York, he told the customs officer, I have nothing to declare except my genius.