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Fog's return from the mountain has reminded me of this list of classic insults, beginning with two pearls from Churchill.

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 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'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 had delusions of adequacy.”
-- Walter Kerr

“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.”
-- Thomas 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

“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

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

“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
 

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It's a pretty good find nontheless. I had a good laugh :D
 

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2dogs said:
MrSciTrek said:
It's appropriate to give credit to the originating site when using most of it.
http://reluctantnomad.blogspot.com/2006/09/insults-they-just-dont-make-them-as.html

For similar sites, Google "Quotes great insults"
I gave credit to the authors SciTrek. Your nit-picking adds nothing to the public discourse. If you have a problem with my post do me the courtesy of a PM and I'll edit it to suit you. Here's the appropriate emoticon for you. :mad:
It's quite obvious that the authors of the quotes were cited.
You did not give credit to the site that collected & listed the quotes.

Quotes are a terrific opportunity to show my students perspectives of the past & how they are usually relevant to modern times & people. I figure that's why you offered them here. But at least give the originating site the credit.

It shows respect for their efforts.
 

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Jason said:
It's not like he's publishing a paper or something. ;)
Yeah, I know... it's the dang habitual teacher side of me.
It is ironic that my comment was taken as an insult, eh? ;)
 

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Take how you may , but when people list just a link ..... I usually don't bother looking !!!!!!!!!!
And for people with dial-up (bless their souls) it would take for ever . There is no unwriten rule anywhere that you haveta give credit to the website . Giving credit to the person that you are quoting is suffice . Just my 2 cents .
 

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Lucky#13 said:
And for people with dial-up (bless their souls) it would take for ever.
Bless your heart for thinking of us poor saps.

..and you just gotta LOVE Mae West:

“His mother should have thrown him away and kept the stork.”

:D
 

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“If you want to be the most popular person in your class, whenever the professor pauses in his lecture, just let out a big snort and say, 'How do you figger that!' real loud. Then lean back and sort of smirk.”

Jack Handy quotes (American Writer and cast member of Saturday Night Live from 1991-2003. Famous for his Deep Thoughts comedy sketches.)

http://thinkexist.com/quotes/with/keyword/class/2.html
 

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MrSciTrek said:
“If you want to be the most popular person in your class, whenever the professor pauses in his lecture, just let out a big snort and say, 'How do you figger that!' real loud. Then lean back and sort of smirk.”

Jack Handy quotes (American Writer and cast member of Saturday Night Live from 1991-2003. Famous for his Deep Thoughts comedy sketches.)

http://thinkexist.com/quotes/with/keyword/class/2.html
Being taught the proper way to quote things on the internet is sure why I am a member of this motorcycle forum. ::)
 

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That made me laugh.
Good point. 'Nuff said.
 
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