Polite Atlantic Cousins

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Lady Astor to Sir. Winston Churchill: “If you were my husband I’d give you poison.”
Sir Winston Churchill in reply: “If you were my wife, I’d drink it.”
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A member of Parliament to Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli: “Sir, you will either die on the gallows or of some unspeakable disease.”
PM Disraeli responds: “That depends, Sir, whether I embrace your policies or your mistress.”
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George Bernard Shaw to Sir Winston Churchill: “I am enclosing two tickets to the first night of my new play; bring a friend…. if you have one.”
Sir Winston Churchill responds: “Cannot possibly attend first night, will attend second…. if there is one.”
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Field Marshal Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington: “He is not only dull himself, he causes dullness in others, but we may not need to worry for long. I just heard that he’s ill. Let’s hope that it’s nothing trivial.”
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Sir Arthur C. Doyle: “If you marry well, you will be happy. If you don’t, you’ll become a philosopher — or a drunk — or a drunk philosopher. I had bad luck with both of my wives. The first one left me and the second one didn’t.”

18 thoughts on “Polite Atlantic Cousins

  1. Churchill really was a brilliant which likely explains much of the SCoaMF's reasoning behind returning the great man's bust to the British people.

  2. America (under Obama) regularly insults the British. It's absolutely the wrong thing to do to our close friends and allies.

  3. A lot different — unless one is speaking of Jeremiah Wright — then those ideas are just about the same.

  4. LOL, yes they DID have a way with words… and said in that upper class Brit accent…

  5. I've told Scottish friends that 'adinna ken' and such are not American phrases. They just look at me as if I'm daft.

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