When Insults had class

When Insults had class [Fwd: Sharon Rajkumar]

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WHEN INSULTS HAD CLASS

 

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

 

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

 

“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 (MY favorite, MJ)

 

“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 this wasn’t it.” – Groucho

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