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Famous Putdowns
  • I feel so miserable without you; it's almost like having you here. - Stephen Bishop
  • 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 is not only dull himself; he is the cause of dullness in others. - Samuel Johnson
  • He had delusions of adequacy. - Walter Kerr
  • 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
  • They never open their mouths without subtracting from the sum of human knowledge. - Thomas Brackett Reed
  • In order to avoid being called a flirt, she always yielded easily. - Charles, Count Talleyrand
  • I didn't attend the funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of 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 has no enemies, but is intensely disliked by his friends. - Oscar Wilde
  • Interpreter! Interpreter! How do you say the opposite of Vive Le France? - Winston Churchill, on Charles de Gaulle
  • A sheep in sheep's clothing. - Winston Churchill, on Clement Atlee
  • 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 reply.

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