Wisdom is better than Wit

“Think of all this Fanny.  Mr. J.P. has advantages which do not often meet in one person.  His only fault indeed seems Modesty.  If he were less modest, he would be more agreable, speak louder & look Impudenter;–and is it not a fine Character, of which Modesty is the only defect? . . . Wisdom is better than Wit, & in the long run will certainly have the laugh on her side.”

letter to her niece, Fanny Knight, about Mr. John Plumptre, whom Fanny was considering marrying
November 18, 1814 [109]

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