Can you think of anything better in this world than a fantastic inspired insult? A good insult truly is rare, and is something to be relished like a fine wine. When you offend somebody with such artistry and wit, you can’t pretend to be offended. It’s best not to take such put-downs personally, and just let it go. Here are 20 of our favorite crushing zingers.
What author Dorothy Parker had to say on Katharine Hepburn’s acting.
Author J.D. Salinger, from his novel Catcher in the Rye.
What the British Prime Minister Winston Churchill said to Lady Astor, the first female Member of Parliament, after she called him “disgustingly drunk.”
This is what author Tom Clancy had to say on the 42nd President of the United States.
Composer Ludwig van Beethoven, slapping another composer to the curb.
Comedian Jon Stewart on the tools of his trade.
Quoted from the novel Timequake, by author Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
Sir John Gielgud on Casablanca star Ingrid Bergman.
One of author Mark Twains most famous insults.
Tennis star John McEnroe, to a Wimbledon spectator.
Taken from Lewis Carroll’s novel, Alice in Wonderland – what the Mad Hatter said to the March Hare.
Actress Mae West on a man she didn’t like in Belle of the Nineties (1934).
Actress Elizabeth Taylor on her storied acting career.
Comedian Groucho Marx in Duck Soup (1933).
What author George Orwell wrote in his novel The Lion and the Unicorn.
President Abraham Lincoln, on one of his political opponents.
What writer and filmmaker Billy Wilder had to say, while listening to an actor sing in the movie Kiss Me, Stupid.
Dolly Parton, referring to herself & her famous boobs.
Mark Twain on the members of Capitol Hill.
What Winston Churchill had to say after being informed by Lady Astor that if she was married to him, she would have poisoned his coffee to get rid pf him.