Old School put downs.


“He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire.” — Sir Winston Churchill

“He had delusions of adequacy.” — Walter Kerr

“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).

“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

“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

“Why do you sit there looking like an envelope without any address on it?” — Mark Twain

“Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go.” — Oscar Wilde

“He has Van Gogh’s ear for music.” — Billy Wilder

“I’ve had a perfectly wonderful evening. But this wasn’t it.” — Groucho Marx

“He uses statistics as a drunken man uses lamp posts … for support rather than illumination.” — Andrew Lang

A member of Parliament once said to Benjamin Disraeli: “Sir, you will either die on the gallows or of some unspeakable disease.”

The statesman replied, “That depends, sir, whether I embrace your policies or your mistress.”

Told like a sir! 

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