The Art of the Insult

A friend emails this in:

 

These glorious insults are from an era before the English language became boiled down to 4-letter words.

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.”

“He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire.” – Winston Churchill

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)

“Thank you for sending me a copy of your book; I’ll waste no time reading it.” – Moses Hadas

“I didn’t attend the funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of it.” Mark Twain

“He has no enemies, but is intensely disliked by his friends.” – Oscar Wilde

“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.

“Cannot possibly attend first night, will attend second … if there is one.” – Winston Churchill, in response.

“I feel so miserable without you; it’s almost like having you here.” -Stephen Bishop

“I’ve just learned about his illness. Let’s hope it’s nothing trivial.” -Irvin S. Cobb

“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

“In order to avoid being called a flirt, she always yielded easily.” – Charles, Count Talleyrand

“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 uses statistics as a drunken man uses lamp-posts… for support rather than illumination.” – Andrew Lang (1844-1912)

“I’ve had a perfectly wonderful evening. But this wasn’t it.” – Groucho Marx

Category: Humor

Flash Boys Rules

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Category: Books, Think Tank, Trading

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Category: Financial Press

Sarkar Weekly Report 4.12.14

The Chinese trade data released this week, came in well below expectations. Whilst generally unreliable, other data confirms the slowdown of the Chinese economy. Markets expect that China will increase its stimulus programme in response to the slowing economy, which, in the past, has been the traditional response. However, comments by the Chinese Premier Mr…Read More

Category: Markets

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Source: Imgur Hat tip TED and Super Interessante

Category: Books, Digital Media, Psychology, Weekend

10 Weekend Reads

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Category: Financial Press

5 Biggest Scams of the Year

Ever had someone posing as the police say they have a warrant for your arrest unless you pay a fine? It’s one of the top five scams of 2013 listed by The Council of Better Business Bureaus. MarketWatch’s Jim Jelter reports.

Category: Legal, Video

Dumb Ways to Die

Category: Humor, Music, Weekend

Succinct Summations of Week’s Events 4.11.14

Succinct Summations week ending April 11th Positives: 1. AAII bulls dropped to 28.5%. 2. UMich April consumer confidence came in at 82.6, up from 80 and better than the 81 expected. 3. PPI came in at 0.5% in March, much higher than the 0.1% expected and up 1.4% y/o/y. A little bit of inflation is…Read More

Category: Markets

Tweets of the Week 4.11.14

Here are my favorite tweets of the week:   Markets and the Economy Nasdaq has fallen 8 percent after a huge 245 percent run-up:   Investors seeking value:   Misleading interest rate memes:   Bears are pounding their chests:     Continues here

Category: Web/Tech