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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 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   
"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 I'm afraid this wasn't it.”  
-Groucho Marx


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Re: When insults were an art

Your post is exactly what I needed on this Monday! Thank you! And it's so true, the mentioned insults are a brilliant art!

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Re: When insults were an art

Wow, several of those - anyway... Smiley Wink


Fun stuff.  Smiley Very Happy



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Re: When insults were an art

Some of these are so great, funny, true and everything in between~Woman LOL

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Re: When insults were an art

Great zingers !

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Re: When insults were an art

   "Winston, you are drunk, and what’s more you are disgustingly drunk."
Bessie Braddock to Winston Churchill
   “My dear, you are ugly, and what’s more, you are disgustingly ugly. But tomorrow I shall be sober and you will still be disgustingly ugly.”   
Winston Churchill in response to Bessie Braddock
 "You should never say bad things about the dead, only good… Joan Crawford is dead. Good.”   --Bette Davis
“Miss Hepburn ran the whole gamut of emotions from A to B.”
--Dorothy Parker, review
“She got her looks from her father. He's a plastic surgeon.” 
-- Groucho Marx


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Re: When insults were an art

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"Americans will always try to do the right thing - - - - after they've tried everything else".

- Winston Churchill


(When asked, "What do you think of Western Civilization?")

"I think it would be a good idea."

- Mahatma Gandhi


"Poor Faulkner, He thinks big emotions come from big words".

- Ernest Hemingway


"He may look like an idiot and talk like an idiot but don't let that fool you -

he really is an idiot"

- Groucho Marx

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Re: When insults were an art

Thanks for the laughs!

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Re: When insults were an art

Boy, did I need these today.  Many thanks.

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Re: When insults were an art

OMGosh, those were great!    Loved them.


Thanks for sharing them, Suzy.Smiley Happy

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