*When Insults Had Class*
*There was a time when words were used beautifully. These glorious insults and wit !!*
The exchange between Churchill and Lady Astor:
She said, "If you were my husband, I'd give you poison!!"
and he said, "If you were my wife, I'd take it."
Gladstone, a Member of Parliament, to Benjamin 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 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'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
"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