When Insults Had Class

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The exchange between 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."

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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."

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"He had delusions of adequacy." - Walter Kerr

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 "He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire." - Winston Churchill

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"I have never killed a man, but I have read many obituaries with great pleasure." Clarence Darrow

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"He has never been known to use a word that might send a reader to the dictionary." - William Faulkner (about Ernest Hemingway).

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"Thank you for sending me a copy of your book; I'll waste no time reading it." - Moses Hadas

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"I didn't attend the funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of it." - Mark Twain

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"He has no enemies, but is intensely disliked by his friends.." - Oscar Wilde

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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.

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"I feel so miserable without you; it's almost like having you here." - Stephen Bishop

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"He is a self-made man and worships his creator." - John Bright

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"I've just learned about his illness.  Let's hope it's nothing trivial." - Irvin S..  Cobb

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"He is not only dull himself; he is the cause of dullness in others." - Samuel Johnson

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"He is simply a shiver looking for a spine to run up." - Paul Keating

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"In order to avoid being called a flirt, she always yielded easily." - Charles, Count Talleyrand

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"He loves nature in spite of what it did to him." - Forrest Tucker

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"Why do you sit there looking like an envelope without any address on it?" - Mark Twain

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"His mother should have thrown him away and kept the stork." - Mae West

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"Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go.." - Oscar Wilde

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*"He uses statistics as a drunken man uses lamp-posts...  for support rather than illumination." - Andrew Lang (1844-1912)

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"He has Van Gogh's ear for music." - Billy Wilder

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"I've had a perfectly wonderful evening.But this wasn't it." - Groucho Marx