My friend and fellow author Irene Peterson sent me a list of insults from a time when insults had class. Seemed appropriate considering the Thoughtful Thursday discussion about the insults toward the Romance genre.
So here’s some of the finer attacks!
“If you were my husband, I’d give you poison.” – Lady Astor to Winston Churchill
“If you were my wife, I’d drink it.” – Churchill’s reply to Lady Astor
“He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire.” – Winston Churchill
“I feel so miserable without you, it’s almost like having you here.” – Stephen Bishop
“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 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.” – Churchill’s reply to Shaw
“He is a self-made man and worships his creator.” – John Bright
“In order to avoid being called a flirt, she always yielded easily.” – Charles, Count Talleyrand
“Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go.” – Oscar Wilde
Lest I be accused of not providing the proper citations, the above rather humorous insults came from the following websites as well as by surfing the Net for “famous insults” which will yield a plethora of sites containing the above quotes as well as some other rather pithy ones:
Hope you all have a great weekend!