From politicians and leaders to actors and authors, these people are often the source of some of history’s greatest insults. Some of the insults are against individuals, some against groups of people (often men), and others against countries or nations. We say this as a sort of disclaimer and as a warning because we don’t want you to take offense at any of these. So, if you think you have some tough skin, these are 25 Most Clever And Piercing Insults In History!
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"If they can make penicillin out of moldy bread, then they can sure make something out of you." - Muhammad Ali
"I like your opera. I think I will set it to music." - Beethoven
"His mother should have thrown him away and kept the stork." - Mae West
"Only two things are infinite-- the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not so sure about the former." - Albert Einstein
"Some of my best leading men have been dogs and horses." - Elizabeth Taylor
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After an MP asked Churchill whether he must fall asleep while the MP is speaking, Churchill responded, "No, it's purely voluntary."
"If you want anything said, ask a man. If you want anything done, ask a woman." - Margaret Thatcher
"If your brains were dynamite, there wouldn't be enough to blow your hat off." - Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
When asked what he thought of Western civilization, Ghandi replied, "I think it would be a good idea."
"We were happily married for eight months. Unfortunately, the marriage lasted four and a half years." - Nick Faldo
"In my many years, I have come to a conclusion that one useless man is a shame, two is a law firm, and three or more is a congress." - John Adams
"Thinking is the most unhealthy disease in the world, and people die of it just as they die of any disease. Luckily, in England at any rate, thought is not catching." - Oscar Wilde
"The trouble ain't there is too many fools, but that the lightning ain't distributed right." - Mark Twain
"If you won't be a good example, then you'll have to be a horrible warning." - Catherine the Great
"He may look like an idiot and talk like an idiot, but don't let that fool you-- he really is an idiot." - Groucho Marx
"Whatever women must do, they must do twice as well as men to be thought half as good. Luckily, this is not difficult." - Charlotte Whitton
"I never forget a face, but in your case, I'll make an exception." - Groucho Marx
"The thing that impresses me most about America is the way parents obey their children." - King Edward VIII
"[Seeing President Gerald Ford] was more than enough to remind you that the nuclear button was at one stage at the disposal of a man who might have either pressed it by mistake or else pressed it deliberately in order to obtain room service.” - Clive James
"Some cause happiness wherever they go, others whenever they go" - Oscar Wilde
When asked about an opera singer's execution, President Coolidge responded, "I'm all for it."
"Americans will always try to do the right thing-- after they've tried everything else." - Winston Churchill
"Prince Charles's ears are so big, he could hang-glide over the Falklands!" - Joan Rivers
"He has Van Gogh's ear for music." - Billy Wilder
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