Glorious Insults Without Four-Letter Words!


Author: Lowell Steiger

Published On: February 18, 2008

Wonderful InsultsThe following assortment of clever insults was sent to me by my good friend Gregg Seaman of Creativer Services Advertising, Inc. who writes “These glorious insults are from an era when cleverness with words was still valued, before a great portion of the English language was boiled down to four-letter words! I hope you enjoy these!”

The exchange between Churchill and Lady Astor:

She said, “If you were my husband, I’d give you poison,”

and he said, “If you were my wife, I’d take it.”

Gladstone, a member of Parliament, to Benjamin Disraeli:

“Sir, you will either die on the gallows or of some unspeakable disease.”

“That depends, sir,” said Disraeli, “On whether I embrace your policies or your mistress.²

“He had delusions of adequacy.” – Walter Kerr

“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 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.

“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 didn’t attend the funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of it.”

“Why do you sit there looking like an envelope without any address on it?”

Mark Twain

“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

“There’s nothing wrong with you that reincarnation won’t cure. ”

-Jack E. Leonard

“He has no enemies, but is intensely disliked by his friends.”

“Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go.”

– Oscar Wilde

“He has the attention span of a lightning bolt.” – Robert Redford

“They never open their mouths without subtracting from the sum of human knowledge.” – Thomas Brackett Reed

“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

“His mother should have thrown him away and kept the stork. – Mae West

“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

“You are either being deliberately obtuse or are invincibly ignorant.”

“I’d walk out of that movie on an airplane” -Gregg Seaman

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