When Insults Had Class

These were sent to me by my friend and shipmate, Bonnie Brown.

When Insults Had Class

These glorious insults are from an era ” before” the English language got 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)

“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

“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.”

A modest little person, with much to be modest about.” Winston Churchill

“I feel so miserable without you; it’s almost like having you here.”  Stephens Bishop

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

“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

“They never open their mouths without subtracting from the sum of human knowledge.”   Thomas Bracket Reed
“I’ve had a perfectly wonderful evening. But I’m afraid this wasn’t it.”  Groucho Marx

25 thoughts on “When Insults Had Class”

  1. The delusions of adequacy are good, but my favourite is the one by William Faulkner… I have to admit I’ve fallen asleep more than once trying to get through a Hemingway book, teehee 🙂

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  2. Possibly not and most of them probably would not be worth reading. We don’t have many people with a clever turn of mind and an inclination to only use 4 letter words.


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