Friday, October 26, 2012

When Insults had Class

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Here are a few great insults from back in the day to kick of your weekend. Several of them are from or in regard to writers. Now, to find ways to make my characters as witty as these guys.

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"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.

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 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

6 comments:

  1. Is it wrong that these made me laugh? ;)

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    1. Not at all. It just shows how classy you are.;)

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  2. I laughed at every single one, but #2 made me laugh out loud.

    I'm gonna use Groucho Mark's comment next time I'm in dull company! :)

    Fun list, Sarah!

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  3. Paul Keating's is my favorite. I think I'm going to snitch it...

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  4. Very fun post! I like the "friendship" between Shaw and Churchill. I laughed at their comments to each other.

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  5. I LOVE these! I desperately wish my characters would come up with cool lines like these. I'll have to kick them out and get some new, more eloquent characters. :-)

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