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#300691 10/03/08 08:33 AM
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When Insults Had Class

'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)

'Poor Faulkner. Does he really think big emotions come from big words?'
—Ernest Hemingway (about William Faulkner)

'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's response to George Bernard Shaw

'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

'He had delusions of adequacy.'
–Walter Kerr < FONT face=Arial size=2>

'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

'Winston, if you were my husband, I would poison your coffee!'
–Lady Astor to Winston Churchill at a dinner party

'Madam, if I were your husband, I would drink it!'
–Winston Churchill's response to Lady Astor

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

'There's nothing wrong with you that reincarnation won't cure.'
—Jack E. Leonard

'He has the attention span of a lightning bolt.'
—Robert Redford

'They never open their mouths without subtracting from the sum of human knowledge.'
—Thoias Brackett Reed

'He inherited some good instincts from his Quaker forebears, but by diligent hard work, he overcame them.'
—James Reston (about Richard Nixon)

'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

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

'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

'Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go.'
–Oscar Wilde

'You, Mr. Wilkes, will die either of the pox or on the gallows.'–The Earl of Sandwich

'That depends, my lord, whether I embrace your mistress or your principles.'
–John Wilkes's response to The Earl of Sandwich

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

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You have brought smiles to my face and joy to my heart - thank you!

Fr. Serge

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Originally Posted by Serge Keleher
You have brought smiles to my face and joy to my heart - thank you!

Fr. Serge

INDEED! smile

I enjoyed the brilliant wit and humour...

Thank you Elizabeth Maria! smile

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Elizabeth Maria #300703 10/03/08 02:26 PM
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Shlomo Elizabeth Maria,

Here are some more that I love:

He may look like an idiot and talk like an idiot but don't let that fool you. He really is an idiot. --Groucho Marx

Only two things in life are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former. --Albert Einstein

If you haven't got anything nice to say about anybody, come sit next to me.--Alice Roosevelt Longworth

When we drink, we get drunk. When we get drunk, we fall asleep. When we fall asleep, we commit no sin. When we commit no sin, we go to heaven. Sooooo, let's all get drunk and go to heaven! -- Brian O'Rourke

The Church is near by the road is icy. The bar is far away but I will walk carefully. -- Russian Proverb

"Sir, you're drunk!" -- Lady Astor

"Yes, Madam, I am. But in the morning, I will be sober and you will still be ugly." -- Winston Churchill

Poosh BaShlomo,
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Yuhannon #300708 10/03/08 04:03 PM
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One of my colleagues uses this one:

"I'm fat but you're ugly and I can diet."

BOB

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Attributed to Elizabeth Taylor, although uncertain:

"Money isn't everything. It's the ONLY thing!"

Amado

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Well, of course money isn't everything. There are also stocks, bonds, real estate, collectibles, chattel mortgages . . .

Fr. Serge

Fr Serge Keleher #300713 10/03/08 05:44 PM
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My pragmatics professor in college liked to use this line when he was giving a recommendation for someone he would rather not:

I cannot recommend him/her enough and I hope he/she will go far.

The ambiguity creates a conversational implicature along with doubt in the mind of the careful reader.




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