When Insults Had Class

“He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire.”
• Winston Churchill

“A modest little person, with much to be modest about.”
• 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)

“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

“He can compress the most words into the smallest idea of any man I know.”
• Abraham Lincoln

“I’ve had a perfectly wonderful evening. But this wasn’t it.”
• Groucho Marx

“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 reply

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