Brainy Rebuffs

This came into my inbox today. Worth remembering!

“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 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

“He inherited some good instincts from his Quaker forebears, but by diligent hard work, he overcame them.” - James Reston (about Richard Nixon)

“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

“He has no enemies, but is intensely disliked by his friends.” - Oscar Wilde

“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

“A sheep in sheep’s clothing.” - Winston Churchill, on Clement Atlee

“There but for the grace of God, goes God.” - Winston Churchill, on Stafford Cripps

“He occasionally stumbled over the truth, but hastily picked himself and hurried on as if nothing had happened.” - Winston Churchill, on Stanley Baldwin

Tags: Humor

Updated at: 16 September 2005 7:09 PM

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