martes, 14 de abril de 2009


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Insults these days have definitely lost their flair. Resorting to four-letter words is easier, quicker, and certainly dirtier.
Take a look at some examples of old-time wit not lacking in irony - (and cruelty in some cases):

'A modest little person, with much to be modest about.' - Winston Churchill

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

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

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

The exchange between Churchill & Lady Astor: She said, 'If you were my
husband I'd give you poison,' and he said, 'If you were my wife, I'd drink it.'

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

'He can compress the most words into the smallest idea of any man I know.' - Abraham Lincoln

'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)

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

And my two favourites:

'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.

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

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6 comentarios:

Maria dijo...

Ja, ja ..
Two more:
'She is the Enid Blyton of economics. Nothing must be allowed to spoil her simple plots.'
Richard Holme of Margaret Thatcher.

'God created the Poet, then took a handful of the rubbish that was left and made three critics.' T.J. Thomas (Sarnicol)

maikix dijo...

¡Me encanta la sutileza sin piedad!

farala 68 dijo...

jajajaja!! buenísimo Patsy... conocía el de Churchil y la señora del veneno ¡pero los otros no! dos de ellos me han hecho estallar a carcajadas: el de forrest tucker, y el de mae west! y quedarse con la ciegueñaaaaa, jajajajaaaaaaaaaaaa


Ja, ja. María, el de M.Thatcher me encanta.
Maica, juro que es uno de los "talentos" que más admiro: el ingenio para responder a alguna bordería con rapidez y mordacidad - me encanta.
Farala, Ya te buscaré alguna más de Mae West. En su día se creía que sus "ocurrencias" se las escribía un guionista, pero al parecer no era así. Llegó a escribir dos libros que nunca se volvieron a editar, y que leí en alguna parte que son para morirse de risa.

Anónimo dijo...

Yes, by jove, we really have lost the fine art of insult, haven't we?


Welcome! I wonder how many years it takes before another Oscar Wilde comes along. Sharp wit is sorely missed.

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