When insults had class…

I got these via email, of course. I had seen many of them before and love them. Since my blog is about ready for some more humor, they came at the perfect time. If you haven’t seen these before, read and enjoy.

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 4-letter words!

The exchange between Winston Churchill & Lady Nancy Astor: She said, “Winston, if I were married to you I’d put poison in your coffee.” Churchill replied, “Nancy, if I were married to you I’d drink it.” [ed. note: This sounded odd from the email I received, so I checked up on the exact wording and corrected it based on the text from The Churchill Center]

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 had delusions of adequacy.” – Walter Kerr

“He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire.” – Winston Churchill

“A modest little person, with much to be modest about.” – 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

“He can compress the most words into the smallest idea of any man I know.” – Abraham Lincoln

“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

“They never open their mouths without subtracting from the sum of human knowledge.” – Thomas Brackett Reed

“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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4 Responses to When insults had class…

  1. Higghawker says:

    My faves:

    “He has Van Gogh’s ear for music.” – Billy Wilder

    “Winston, if I were married to you I’d put poison in your coffee.” Churchill replied, “Nancy, if I were married to you I’d drink it.”

    Good stuff Scott

  2. BubbaRay says:

    “He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire.” – Winston Churchill

    I didn’t know this was a discussion about current politics and those that practice at being politicians.

  3. Eric says:

    James Carville, on supporters of President George W. Bush and the military:

    “Those Bush people are fascinated with all their generals and we Clinton people are fascinated with all our privates.”

  4. Alex F Wysocki says:

    Twain in his memoirs reveals how deep, sincere, and acerbic his misanthropy was felt. His attitude in regards to his daughter Susan’s death is incomprehensible.

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