These insults are from an era before the English language got boiled down to 4-letter words.
1. "He had delusions of adequacy " Walter Kerr2. "He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire."- Winston Churchill3. "I have never killed a man, but I have read many obituaries with great pleasure. - Clarence Darrow4. "He has never been known to use a word that might send a reader to the dictionary."-William Faulkner (about Ernest Hemingway)5. "Poor Faulkner. Does he really think big emotions come from big words?"- Ernest Hemingway (about William Faulkner)6. "Thank you for sending me a copy of your book; I'll waste no time reading it." - Moses Hadas7. "I didn't attend the funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of it." - Mark Twain8. "He has no enemies, but is intensely disliked by his friends." - Oscar Wilde9. "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 Churchill10. "Cannot possibly attend first night, will attend second... if there is one." - Winston Churchill, in response11. "I feel so miserable without you; it's almost like having you here" - Stephen Bishop12. "He is a self-made man and worships his creator." - John Bright13. "I've just learned about his illness. Let's hope it's nothing trivial." - Irvin S. Cobb14. "He is not only dull himself; he is the cause of dullness in others." - Samuel Johnson15. "He is simply a shiver looking for a spine to run up. - Paul Keating16. "He loves nature in spite of what it did to him." - Forrest Tucker17. "Why do you sit there looking like an envelope without any address on it?" - Mark Twain18. "His mother should have thrown him away and kept the stork." - Mae West19. "Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go." - Oscar Wilde20. "He uses statistics as a drunken man uses lamp-posts... for support rather than illumination." - Andrew Lang (1844-1912)21. "He has Van Gogh's ear for music." - Billy Wilder22. "I've had a perfectly wonderful evening. But I'm afraid this wasn't it." - Groucho Marx23. The exchange between Winston Churchill & Lady Astor: She said, "If you were my husband I'd give you poison." He said, "If you were my wife, I'd drink it."24. "He can compress the most words into the smallest idea of any man I know." - Abraham Lincoln25. "There's nothing wrong with you that reincarnation won't cure." -- Jack E. Leonard26. "They never open their mouths without subtracting from the sum of human knowledge." -- Thomas Brackett Reed27. "He inherited some good instincts from his Quaker forebears, but by diligent hard work, he overcame them." -- James Reston (about Richard Nixon) —Robert L Truesdell
Wednesday, March 16, 2022
A NASA software engineer for more than 20 years (retired), Egyptology hobbyist and ARCE-NC board of directors member for 25 years, former reporter and copy editor for the Kansas City Star and Louisville Courier-Journal. I favor open source development, Linux, network neutrality, medical care as a right and not a privilege, the ACLU, freedom of religion, and freedom of speech, among other things.
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