WHEN INSULTS HAD CLASS AND WERE WITTY

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You, sir, will either die on the gallows or of the pox. (Earl of Sandwich)

That depends, sir, whether I embrace your principles or your mistress. (John Wilkes)

He’s educated beyond his intelligence. (Old Irish saying)

He was so despicable that he was thrown out of a Turkish prison. (Gore Vidal)

She is a peacock in everything but beauty. (Oscar Wilde)

There, but for the grace of God, goes God. (Winston Churchill)

I’ve had a wonderful evening, but this wasn’t it. (Groucho Marx)

There is no sin except stupidity. (Wilde)

Yes, I am a Jew, and when the ancestors of the right honorable gentleman were brutal savages in an unknown island mine were priests in the temple of Solomon. (Benjamin Disraeli: Reply to a taunt by Daniel Connell.)

Happy as if he had good sense. (My Mama)

He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire. (Churchill)

If her brain was made of leather, there wouldn’t be enough there to make a saddle for a flea. (My Mama)

A cynic is a man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing. (Wilde)

He’s a modest man with a great deals for which to be modest. (Churchill)

Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative. (Wilde)

There’s a light on upstairs but nobody’s home. (My Mama)

By giving us the opinion of the uneducated, journalism keeps us in touch with the ignorance of the community. (Wilde)