Tuesday, November 17, 2009

When insults had class.

Hehe...something to share...from email.

The verbal cross-swords between Oscar Wilde and Churchill is pure gold!

Occasionaly clean ones.....

When Insults Had Class

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 poisoned tea." He answered, "If you were my wife, I'd drink it."

> A member of Parliament to Prime Minister 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."
> Comedian Kip Adota
> "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
> this wasn't it."
> Groucho Marx

1 comment:

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