1. George Bernard Shaw to Winston Churchill

    I am enclosing two tickets to the first night of my new play; bring a friend… if you have one.

  2. Winston Churchill’s response to George Bernard Shaw
    Cannot possibly attend first night; will attend second, if there is one.

via Psychic Plague Panacea, who found it at When insults had class
George Bernard Shaw’s head by musiquegirl on flickr


8 thoughts on “Witty!

  1. Where are today’s wits? I always wish I had a mind quick enough to think of good cutting remarks that are so clever the person insulted is amused rather than stung.

  2. You know of GBS’s reply to a society beauty who flirted with him at dinner by suggesting what children they would have, with his intellect and her looks..?

    “But suppose, madam, they had my looks and your intellect…”

  3. I really like these witty exchanges. I recall one place of employment where we all enjoyed daily witty retorts — the quicker the better. Words that sometimes slipped out without any editing often surprised us all.

  4. I can’t verify this anecdote, but if not true, it should be.

    At a dinner party, Winston Churchill became quite drunk. A female guest took umbrage at his condition and observed: “You, sir, are drunk.”

    To which Churchill is said to have replied: “Yes, madam, I am drunk. But tomorrow morning, I shall be sober, but you will still be ugly.”

    Not as clever as GBS by a long shot.

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