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 poison.” He said, “If you were my wife, I’d drink it.”
  • “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 this wasn’t it.” - Groucho Marx

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