Witty insults are kind of my thing. I find the ability to put someone in their place in an eloquent and efficient manner quite attractive. Of all the personality quizzes where you have to guess the perfect crush for you by picking whether you prefer brawn, a pretty face, or a sense of humor, I would always pick the sense of humor every time (my husband is the perfect match for me).
Oscar Wilde is my literary hero when it comes to witty insults.
Since words are kind of the thing of authors, it turns out that quite a few of them have a lot to say about insulting others. I was less interested in reading insults that writers said about each other (usually just sour grapes), but I love hearing what kinds of insults they come up with for other things! Here are my favorite 12 witty insults from famous authors.
“One man alone can be pretty dumb sometimes, but for real bona fide stupidity there ain’t nothing can beat teamwork.” – Mark Twain
“The man is as useless as nipples on a breastplate.”– George RR Martin
“You bloody old towser-faced boot-faced totem-pole on a crap reservation.” – Kingsley Amis
“She is nuttier than squirrel poo.” — JK Rowling
“If your brains were dynamite there wouldn’t be enough to blow your hat off.” —Kurt Vonnegut
“Fine words! I wonder where you stole them.” ~ Jonathan Swift
“I regard you with an indifference bordering on aversion.”~ Robert Louis Stevenson
“I didn’t attend the funeral, but I sent a letter stating I approved of it.” –Mark Twain
“Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.” — Oscar Wilde
“The woman knows eight languages but can’t say ‘no’ in any of them.” –Dorothy Parker
“She’s the sort of woman who lives for others- you can tell the others by their hunted expression.” –CS Lewis
“She looked as if she had been poured into her clothes and had forgotten to say ‘when.’”― P.G. Wodehouse
What witty insults would you add to this list?
Quote Me Thursday Link-Up 38
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