These glorious insults are from an era when 4-letter words weren’t necessary..
“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. (Moses Hadas was an American teacher, one of the leading classical scholars of the twentieth century, and a translator of numerous works)
“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 is simply a shiver looking for a spine to run up.” – Paul Keating.
“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.