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!