If you are going to insult someone, at least be intelligent about it!

I recently overheard a man in a heated exchange.  When he realized he was not going to convince any of his listeners of the justice of his case, he took the low road.  Cheap insults are a reflection on upbringing, as well as formal and informal education.  Here’s how intelligent people do it!

(I received this from a friend many years ago.  Titled, “When Insults Had Class,” neither he, nor I, know to whom goes the credit.)

“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)

“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

“I’ve just learned of his illness. Lets hope it’s nothing trivial.” – Irvin S. Cobb

“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 response

“There’s nothing wrong with you that reincarnation won’t cure.” – Jack E. Leonard

“He loves nature in spite of what it did to him.” – Forrest Tucker

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

“Thank you for sending me a copy of your book; I’ll waste no time
reading it.” – Moses Hadas

“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

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Bruce Hurwitz is an executive recruiter and career counselor. He is the author of  Success! As Employee or Entrepreneur and A Hooker’s Guide to Getting a Job: Parables from the Real World of Career Counseling and Executive Recruiting.

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