Monday, 9 December 2013

Glorious Insults

These glorious insults are from an era before the English language got boiled down to 4-letter words. Some of them, anyway.

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Bitching – with some it is a passion, with others an art. - Unknown

A man of such obvious and exemplary charm must be a liar. - Anita Brookner

A man who could make so vile a pun, would not scruple to pick a pocket. - John Dennis

A relentless talent for tactlessness. - Barbara Tuchman

Advertising men and politicians are dangerous if they are separated. Together they are diabolical. - Phillip Adams

Ahhh. A man with a sharp wit. Someone ought to take it away from him before he cuts himself. - Peter Da Silva

Allow me to congratulate you, sir. You have the most totally closed mind that I’ve ever encountered. - Doctor Who

And the first rude sketch that the world had seen was joy to his mighty heart, till the Devil whispered behind the leaves "It's pretty, but is it Art?" - Rudyard Kipling

Dumb as a drum with a hole in it, sir. - Charles Dickens

He inched his way up the corridor as if he would rather be yarding his way down it. - Douglas Adams

He is a modest little man who has a good deal to be modest about. - Winston Churchill

He is an old bore; even the grave yawns for him. - Herbert Beerbohm Tree

He is mad past recovery, but yet he has lucid intervals. - Miguel de Cervantes

He is not only dull himself, but the cause of dullness in others. - Samuel Foote

He is so old that his blood type was discontinued. - George William Curtis

He knows nothing; and he thinks he knows everything. That points clearly to a political career. - George Bernard Shaw

He uses statistics as a drunken man uses lamp posts - for support rather than illumination. - Andrew Lang 

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