HARVARD SQUARE COMMENTARY

October 22, 2007
Wisdom from Polonius


Educated Insults


Clarence Darrow

"I have never killed a man, but I have read many obituaries with great pleasure."


William Faulkner

"He has never been known to use a word that might send a reader to the dictionary."


Mark Twain

"I didn't attend the funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of it."


Oscar Wilde

"He has no enemies, but is intensely disliked by his friends."


Stephen Bishop

"I feel so miserable without you; it's almost like having you here."


John Bright

"He is a self-made man and worships his creator."


Irvin S. Cobb

"I've just learned about his illness. Let's hope it's nothing trivial."


Samuel Johnson

"He is not only dull himself; he is the cause of dullness in others."


Paul Keating

"He is simply a shiver looking for a spine to run up."


Walter Kerr

"He had delusions of adequacy."


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