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Re: When insults had class

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  • Ardeshir Mehta
    Could hardly have put it better myself ... +++++
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 3, 2010
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      Could hardly have put it better myself ...


      On 3-Apr-10, at 10:19 AM, Bahram Shahmardaan wrote:

      > 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 poison your tea."
      > He said, "If you were my wife, I'd drink it."
      > 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
      > "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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