When Insults Had Class

By Franklin Karp
Published on: June 21, 2017

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

 

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 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

 

Franklin Karp

Franklin Karp

Franklin is the COO for Audio Video Systems in Plainview, NY - one of the premier custom integration technology firms in the country. He was previously the CEO for Harvey Electronics, a leading hi-end consumer technology retail chain in the NYC area.

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