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Friday, April 11, 2014

Polite Atlantic Cousins



Lady Astor to Sir. Winston Churchill: "If you were my husband I'd give you poison."

Sir Winston Churchill in reply: "If you were my wife, I'd drink it."

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A member of Parliament to Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli: "Sir, you will either die on the gallows or of some unspeakable disease."

PM Disraeli responds: "That depends, Sir, whether I embrace your policies or your mistress."

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George Bernard Shaw to Sir Winston Churchill: "I am enclosing two tickets to the first night of my new play; bring a friend.... if you have one."

Sir Winston Churchill responds: "Cannot possibly attend first night, will attend second.... if there is one."

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Field Marshal Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington: "He is not only dull himself, he causes dullness in others, but we may not need to worry for long. I just heard that he's ill. Let's hope that it's nothing trivial."

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Sir Arthur C. Doyle: "If you marry well, you will be happy. If you don't, you'll become a philosopher -- or a drunk -- or a drunk philosopher. I had bad luck with both of my wives. The first one left me and the second one didn't."


18 comments:

  1. Churchill had some of the best comebacks. Proud.

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    1. He was a solid guy - savior of the nation.

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  2. Churchill really was a brilliant which likely explains much of the SCoaMF's reasoning behind returning the great man's bust to the British people.

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    1. America (under Obama) regularly insults the British. It's absolutely the wrong thing to do to our close friends and allies.

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  3. Yes, the Brits, able to insult you and leave you wanting to say "Thanks!"

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    1. Yes, it's funny how that happens. I've had that happen to me too.

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  4. The second one didn't ... Yup LL, just like her I'm still here.

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  5. The president's idea of proper behavior and every one else's in somewhat different.

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    1. A lot different -- unless one is speaking of Jeremiah Wright -- then those ideas are just about the same.

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  6. With a few Churchill and Sam C quotes a clear perspective is in sight...

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    1. It's refreshing, like a drink of cold mountain spring water.

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  7. LOL, yes they DID have a way with words... and said in that upper class Brit accent...

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    1. And they could figure things out -- elementary, my NFO.

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  8. Ah yes, the British know insults. They studied from Shakespeare after all.

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    1. I've told Scottish friends that 'adinna ken' and such are not American phrases. They just look at me as if I'm daft.

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  9. obama's mama wouldn't let him say "Churchill:" when he was a little boy.

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    1. Churchill was not a communist, thus he was not a hero to the Obamas.

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