Golden Oldies

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The UK's Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli

  1. A Member of Parliament to Disraeli: “Sir, you will either die on the gallows or of some unspeakable disease.” “That depends, Sir,” said Disraeli, “whether I embrace your policies or your mistress.”
  2. “He had delusions of adequacy.” -Walter Kerr
  3. “He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire.” - Winston Churchill
  4. “I have never killed a man, but I have read many obituaries with great pleasure.” -Clarence Darrow
  5. “He has never been known to use a word that might send a reader to the dictionary.” -William Faulkner (about Ernest Hemingway)
  6. “Thank you for sending me a copy of your book; I'll waste no time reading it.” -Moses Hadas
  7. “I didn't attend the funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of it.” -Mark Twain
  8. “He has no enemies, but is intensely disliked by his friends.”-Oscar Wilde
  9. “I am enclosing two tickets to the first night of my new play; bring a friend, if you have one.”-George Bernard Shaw to Winston Churchill
  10. “Cannot possibly attend first night, will attend second... if there is one.” -Winston Churchill, in response
  11. “I feel so miserable without you; it's almost like having you here.” -Stephen Bishop
  12. “He is a self-made man and worships his creator.” -John Bright
  13. “I've just learned about his illness. Let's hope it's nothing trivial.” -Irvin S. Cob
  14. “He is not only dull himself; he is the cause of dullness in others.” -Samuel Johnson
  15. “He is simply a shiver looking for a spine to run up.” - Paul Keating
  16. “In order to avoid being called a flirt, she always yielded easily.” -Charles, Count Talleyrand
  17. “He loves nature in spite of what it did to him.”-Forrest Tucker
  18. “Why do you sit there looking like an envelope without any address on it?” -Mark Twain
  19. “His mother should have thrown him away and kept the stork.”-Mae West
  20. “Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go.”-Oscar Wilde
  21. “He uses statistics as a drunken man uses lamp-posts... for support rather than illumination. -Andrew Lang (1844-1912)
  22. “He has Van Gogh's ear for music.” -Billy Wilder
  23. “I've had a perfectly wonderful evening, but I'm afraid this wasn't it.” -Groucho Marx



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Peter McKenzie Brown is the vice president of a resource company. He has written several volumes of history, and has worked in the corporate and academic worlds. He is British by birth, American by upbringing and Canadian by choice. Disclaimer : Although the writer is a director and officer of Stratabound, the thoughts and views herein are his only and not those of Stratabound. He is not registered in any jurisdiction as a broker or investment adviser, so nothing herein should be construed as advice on whether to buy, sell or hold shares of Stratabound or any other company mentioned herein.
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