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two2tango  Identity Verified
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May 12, 2003

Anger is a poor excuse for breaking Etiquette, as these literary and very illustrative examples show:



\"A graceful taunt is worth a thousand insults.\" -Louis Nizer

\"I feel so miserable without you, it\'s almost like having you here.\" -Stephen Bishop

\"He is a self-made man & worships his creator.\" - John Bright

\"He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire.\" -Winston Churchill

\"A modest little person, with much to be modest about.\" - Winston Churchill

\"I\'ve just learned about his illness. Let\'s hope it\'s nothing trivial.\" - Irvin S. Cobb

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

\"He has never been known to use a word that might send a reader to the dictionary.\" - William Faulkner (about Ernest Hemingway)

\"Poor Faulkner. Does he really think big emotions come from big words?\" - Ernest Hemingway (about William Faulkner)

\"Thank you for sending me a copy of your book; I\'ll waste no time reading it.\" - Moses Hadas

\"He is not only dull himself, he is the cause of dullness in others.\" -Samuel Johnson

\"He is simply a shiver looking for a spine to run up.\" - Paul Keating

\"He had delusions of adequacy.\" - Walter Kerr

\"There\'s nothing wrong with you that reincarnation won\'t cure.\" -Jack E. Leonard

\"He can compress the most words into the smallest idea of any man I know.\"- Abraham Lincoln

\"I\'ve had a perfectly wonderful evening. But this wasn\'t it.\" - Groucho Marx

\"He has the attention span of a lightning bolt.\" - Robert Redford

\"They never open their mouths without subtracting from the sum of human knowledge.\" - Thomas Brackett Reed

\"He inherited some good instincts from his Quaker forebears, but by diligent hard work, he overcame them.\" - James Reston (about Richard Nixon)

\"In order to avoid being called a flirt, she always yielded easily.\" -Charles, Count Talleyrand

\"He loves nature in spite of what it did to him.\" - Forrest Tucker

\"Why do you sit there looking like an envelope without any address on it?\" - Mark Twain

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

\"His mother should have thrown him away and kept the stork.\" - Mae West

\"Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.\" -Oscar Wilde

\"He has no enemies, but is intensely disliked by his friends.\" - Oscar Wilde

\"He uses statistics as a drunken man uses lamp-posts... for support rather than illumination.\" - Andrew Lang (1844-1912

\"He has Van Gogh\'s ear for music.\" - Billy Wilder



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Yubing YANG
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Great Quotations! May 12, 2003

already keep in file.



good job!


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Andrea Ali  Identity Verified
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Excellent May 12, 2003

I just loved them all!



Thank you for providing us with a \"literary\" way of insulting people!!!



A huge kiss for both of you!

Andrea


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Pablo Villadangos  Identity Verified
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Ha, ha, ha, I laughed light-heartedly May 12, 2003

Thank you two2tango (it takes...) for this collection of wit and really ill thoughts disguised into intelligent words. Sometimes it is much better to express your anger that way than raise your voice and shout... and I am certain that these type of words can hurt the other much more than any other thing. Sometimes, it can make them think, too; very often, this is the real challenge and the real success.



Gracias por hacerme reir.



All the best


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Agua  Identity Verified
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Gracias. Me los guardo May 12, 2003

Muchas gracias. Me los guardo en el ordenador y los utilizaré en cuanto se presente la ocasión ).



Hasta pronto,



Mar


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Parrot  Identity Verified
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LOL May 12, 2003

thanks!

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Monika Coulson  Identity Verified
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Thank you May 12, 2003

They made me laugh. Especially these two are really cute:



\"He has never been known to use a word that might send a reader to the dictionary.\" - William Faulkner (about Ernest Hemingway)



\"Poor Faulkner. Does he really think big emotions come from big words?\" - Ernest Hemingway (about William Faulkner)





Thanks again,

Monika





[ This Message was edited by: monika on 2003-05-12 20:33]


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jmadsen  Identity Verified
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The Great Man... May 13, 2003

WC Fields about Mae West:

\"A plumber\'s idea of Cleopatra.\"

-or-

\"Ah yes, she\'s a fine figure of a woman, isn\'t she? A handsome lass if there ever was one--and exceptionally well-preserved too.\"

JM


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claudia bagnardi  Identity Verified
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Great twotos May 13, 2003

Good laugh for a Tuesday morning.

Just as a thank you present, I was a witness to this one in a conversation about politics:

\" Let me just put a drop of water into that arid desert you call your mind\"

Kisses to both

Claudia


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Aurora Humarán  Identity Verified
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:-)))) May 13, 2003

Thank you, tangueros!!!!!



I loved this one:



\"Why do you sit there looking like an envelope without any address on it?\" - Mark Twain



Au


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