[LMB] OT: When Insults Had Class

Helen Fenton hifenton at internode.on.net
Tue May 29 01:31:29 BST 2018

One of these insults was from one of our former prime ministers Paul Keating who was famous T for having a fast tongue with an insult. He was brilliant to listen to on the floor of parliament . Even now he still comes out will some brilliant quips about the very bad coalition government was have at present.

I will hunt up some more of his to share with the list 

Kind Regards,
Helen Fenton

> On 29 May 2018, at 9:17 AM, Carol Botteron <cjbotteron at gmail.com> wrote:
> HumourNet posted this list to Facebook.  Quite a few of these are
> literary.  Maybe some folks can add other favorites.
> Lady Astor to Winston Churchill: "If you were my husband I'd give you
> poison."
> Churchill, in response: "If you were my wife, I'd drink it."
> George Bernard Shaw to Winston Churchill: "I am enclosing two tickets to
> the first night of my new play; bring a friend ... if you have one."
> Churchill, in response: "Cannot possibly attend first night; will attend
> second ... if there is one."
> A member of Parliament to Disraeli: "Sir, you will either die on the
> gallows or of some unspeakable disease."
> "That depends, Sir," said Disraeli, "whether I embrace your policies or
> your mistress."
> "He had delusions of adequacy." - Walter Kerr
> "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).
> "Thank you for sending me a copy of your book; I'll waste no time reading
> it." - Moses Hadas
> "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 many of his friends.." -
> Oscar Wilde
> "I feel so miserable without you; it's almost like having you here." -
> Stephen Bishop
> "I've just learned of 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
> "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
> "He has Van Gogh's ear for music." - Billy Wilder
> "I've had a perfectly wonderful evening. But this wasn't it." - Groucho Marx
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