A Few Famous Putdowns…

Sometimes, you just meet someone that needs… nay, requires… to be put back into a functional orbital pattern around reality (as opposed to thinking they are in fact the center of the universe). In such cases, here are a few words that can be expressed and applied in any manner with which you like (I find sledgehammers work best).

I’d say use sparingly, however, chances are you will have to use judiciously because these people tend to not pick up the first, second or third hint.



Better a witty fool than a foolish wit.
– Shakespeare

A graceful taunt is worth a thousand insults.
– Louis Nizer

You’ve got the brain of a four-year-old boy, and I bet he was glad to get rid of it.
– Groucho Marx

He is a self-made man & worships his creator.
– John Bright

He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire.
– Winston Churchill

He has sat on the fence so long that the iron has entered his soul.
– David Lloyd George

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

He is not only dull himself, he is the cause of dullness in others.
– Samuel Johnson

He had delusions of adequacy.
– Walter Kerr

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

A modest little person, with much to be modest about.
– Winston Churchill

Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.
– Oscar Wilde


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