When an actress asked Father Mugnier if it was a sin for her to look at herself naked in a mirror, the priest gave a cursory glance at her decidedly unfit figure and responded, "No, madame, it's an error." source: Skinner, C. O. (1963). Elegant Wits and Grand Horizontals: Paris - La belle epoque. London:... Continue Reading →
"His forehead was so wrinkled, he had to screw his hat on." -- Carlton Alsop source: Jarski, R. (2008). Dim wit: the funniest, stupidest things ever said (p. 452). London: Ebury.
Søren Kierkegaard earned the nickname "The Fork" in his youth, due to his ability to identify an opponent's weaknesses and stick it to him. Generally this took the form of surgical strikes from his rapier-sharp wit, but occasionally he could bluntly lob a cannonball, as well. When moved to frustration in his debates with Hans... Continue Reading →
You can tell a lot about what concerns people by looking at their language. Eskimos have many words for snow. The ancient Greeks had six words for love. It doesn't take a lot to conclude that these were important things for these cultures. Based on this, one can reasonably conclude that Scots are quite concerned... Continue Reading →
"Can you watch Andrew Lloyd Webber? He looks like he's had his face carved off by a diseased butcher. Put in a piñata. Beaten with hockey sticks for six hours, and then the resulting slop piped back onto his head like the icing on the ugliest cake the world has ever seen." -- Frankie... Continue Reading →
"He has no enemies, but he is intensely disliked by his friends." -- Oscar Wilde
Mark Twain summed up his disdain for one woman when he said, "I could never learn to like her except on a raft at sea with no other provisions in sight."
After Joan Collins married her fifth husband, Percy Gibson, a man 32 years younger than her, John Parrott said, “She can’t be with us tonight. She’s busy attending the birth of her next husband.” source
Bette Midler said of Princess Anne, “She loves nature in spite of what it did to her.” source
“What problems do you have, apart from being blind, unemployed and a moron?" -- John McEnroe to Wimbledon spectator source
Winston Church described Clement Attlee as, “a modest man, who has much to be modest about.” source
Sir Winston Churchill was a master of the English language, so it should be no surprise that he was also a master at using it to devastate his critics. One of the best examples of this came in an exchange between Churchill and Bessie Braddock, a Labour Party Member of Parliament: Braddock: “Winston, you’re drunk!”... Continue Reading →
Lady Astor to Winston Churchill: “Winston, if you were my husband I would flavor your coffee with poison” Churchill: “Madam, if I were your husband, I should drink it.” source