Saturday, November 21, 2015

When Insults Had Class...

These glorious insults are from an era before the English language got boiled down to 4-letter words:  


"He had delusions of adequacy ."
-Walter Kerr


"He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire."
- Winston Churchill


"I have never killed a man, but I have read many obituaries with great pleasure."
-Clarence Darrow


"He has never been known to use a word that might send a reader to the dictionary."
-William Faulkner (about Ernest Hemingway)


"Thank you for sending me a copy of your book; I'll waste no time reading it."
-Moses Hadas


"I didn't attend the funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of it."
-Mark Twain


"He has no enemies, but is intensely disliked by his friends."
-Oscar Wilde


"I am enclosing two tickets to the first night of my new play; bring a friend, if you have one."
-George Bernard Shaw to Winston Churchill


"Cannot possibly attend first night, will attend second... if there is one."
-Winston Churchill, in response


"I feel so miserable without you; it's almost like having you here."
-Stephen Bishop


"He is a self-made man and worships his creator."
-John Bright


"I've just learned about his illness. Let's hope it's nothing trivial."
-Irvin S. Cobb


"He is not only dull himself; he is the cause of dullness in others."
-Samuel Johnson


"He is simply a shiver looking for a spine to run up."
- Paul Keating


"In order to avoid being called a flirt, she always yielded easily."
-Charles, Count Talleyrand


"He loves nature in spite of what it did to him."
-Forrest Tucker


"Why do you sit there looking like an envelope without any address on it?"
-Mark Twain


"His mother should have thrown him away and kept the stork."
-Mae West


"Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go."
-Oscar Wilde


"He uses statistics as a drunken man uses lamp-posts... for support rather than illumination."
-Andrew Lang (1844-1912)


"He has Van Gogh's ear for music."
-Billy Wilder


"I've had a perfectly wonderful evening. But I'm afraid this wasn't it."
-Groucho Marx



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