Who Says We Can't Be Snarky?
Kevin Salwen on Humor
We have been accused of being, well, too nice here at Worthwhile. With that spirit in mind, and with thanks to our friend Cynthia Gentry for providing these, here's a list of some marvelous put-downs for those times when you're in an ornery mood:
'He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire.'
'A modest little person, with much to be modest about.'
'I have never killed a man, but I have read many obituaries with great
'He has never been known to use a word that might send a reader to the\ndictionary.'\nWilliam Faulkner (about Ernest Hemingway)\n\n'Poor Faulkner. Does he really think big emotions come from big words?'\nErnest Hemingway (about William Faulkner)\n\n'Thank you for sending me a copy of your book; I'll waste no time\nreading it.'\nMoses Hadas\n\n'He is not only dull himself, he is the cause of dullness in others.'\nSamuel Johnson\n\n'He had delusions of adequacy.'\nWalter Kerr\n\n'He can compress the most words into the smallest idea of any man I\nknow.'\nAbraham Lincoln\n\n'I've had a perfectly wonderful evening. But this wasn't it.' \nGroucho Marx\n\n'He inherited some good instincts from his Quaker forebears, but by\ndiligent hard work, he overcame them.'\nJames Reston (about Richard Nixon)\n\n'I didn't attend the funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I approved\nof it.'\nMark Twain\n\n'His mother should have thrown him away and kept the stork.'\nMae West\n\n'I am enclosing two tickets to the first night of my new play, bring a\nfriend... if you have one.'\nGeorge Bernard Shaw to Winston Churchill\n\n'Cannot possibly attend first night, will attend second... if there is\none.'\nWinston Churchill, in reply\n\n'Interpreter! Interpreter! How do you say the opposite of Vive La\nFrance?'\nWinston Churchill, on Charles de Gaulle\n