Insults, Taunts and Rebukes

Particularly literate people have a way of delivering rebukes and insults. In fact, they do it a lot better than you do.


"A graceful taunt is worth a thousand insults." --Louis Nizer

"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

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

"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)

"He had delusions of adequacy." --Walter Kerr

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

"You've got the brain of a four-year-old boy, and I bet he was glad to get rid of it." --Groucho Marx

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

"He has the attention span of a lightning bolt." --Robert Redford

"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

"She is a peacock in everything but beauty." --Oscar Wilde

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

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


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

Posted April 7, 2014

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