When Insults Had Class!



These glorious insults are from an era when cleverness with words was still valued, before a great portion of the English  language got boiled down to four letter words, not to mention waving middle fingers.

A member of Parliament to Disraeli: ‘Sir, you will either die on the gallows or of some unspeakable disease.’ ‘That depends, Sir,’ said Disraeli, ‘on whether I embrace your policies or your mistress.’ ‘

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)

‘Poor Faulkner. Does he really think big emotions come from big words’? —Ernest Hemingway (about William Faulkner)

‘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

‘There’s nothing wrong with you that reincarnation won’t cure.’—Jack E. Leonard

‘He has the attention span of a lightning bolt.’ —Robert Redford

‘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 has Van Gogh’s ear for music.’—Billy Wilder

‘I’ve had a perfectly wonderful evening but this wasn’t it.’—Groucho Marx

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