Those Glorious Insults

Brought to our attention by Kathleen Welch

These glorious insults

are from an era before the English language

got boiled down to 4-letter words.

The exchange between Churchill & Lady Astor:

She said, “If you were my husband I’d give you poison.”
He said, “If you were my wife, I’d drink it.”

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 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

“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

One Response to “Those Glorious Insults”

feridun comments:

One of my favorites is Mary McCarthy saying of Lillian Hellman that “Every word she writes is a lie, including ‘and’ and ‘the’.

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