"Are you trying to be funny?" - my Dad reckons that's about the worst.
Some of my faves:
1. Dorothy Parker was always good value, saying about Katherine Hepburn, "She runs the gamut of emotions from A to B", and in a book review, "This is not a novel to be tossed aside lightly. It should be thrown with great force."
2. "He inherited some good instincts from his Quaker forebears, but by diligent hard work, he overcame them."
said by someone I don't know or can't remember, about President Nixon
3. A Victorian one:
""He uses statistics as a drunken man uses lamp-posts; for support, rather than illumination"
4. "He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire"
5. And, about an actor, "he played The King as if someone was about to play the ace"
I've tried to wean myself from delivering insults--used to get way, WAY too much enjoyment out of the process--but will post one referring to me, stated by the prettiest girl in our high school class (on whom I had an enormous crush and never dared ask out), and overheard by my best friend:
"That Fred Baker may not be bad looking, but GOD what a personality!" All true! When you're a 17 year old, testosterone laden, afraid-of-pretty-girls, egotistical, bronc and bull riding young cowboy, that WILL put you in your place!
Some of the sharpest are H.L. Mencken's choice words for FDR. Historian Paul Johnson records that Mencken called FDR the "'Fuhrer,' the 'Quack,' surrounded by 'an astonishing rabble of impudent nobodies,' 'a gang of half-educated pedagogues, nonconstitutional lawyers, starry-eyed uplifters and other such sorry wizards.' His New Deal was a 'political racket,' a 'series of stupendous bogus miracles,' with its 'constant appeals to class envy and hatred.'" (History of the American People, p. 762)
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