• The first ingredient in conversation is truth, the next good sense, the third good humor, and the fourth wit.

    Sir William Temple (1720). “The Works of Sir William Temple, Bart. ...: Observations upon the United Provinces of the Netherlands. Miscellanea. Memoirs. The third part. From the peace concluded 1679, to the time of the author's retirement from publick business. Memoirs ... from ... 1672, to 1679”, p.311