Monday, April 30, 2007

The Best Comeback Line Ever

Iain Dale has a great quote from an old ABC interview. It is an exceptional comeback line but not the best as far as I'm concerned. I'd give the title of Best Comeback Line Ever to this:

"Gladstone: Mr. Disraeli, you will probably die by the hangman's noose
or a vile disease.
Disraeli: Sir, that depends upon whether I embrace your principles
or your mistress."


Spectacular.

9 comments:

Ruthie said...

That is too clever. I love it.

Gracchi said...

Matt have you seen this apparantly Dale picked up an old hoax from the internet.

I'll be back with a thought on comeback lines.

El Dave. said...

It was actually John Wilkes to the Earl of Sandwich, and the exchange went:

'Pon my soul, Wilkes, I don't know whether you'll die upon the gallows or of the pox." Wilkes responded "That depends, my Lord, whether I first embrace your Lordship's principles, or your Lordship's mistresses."

(Oxford Dictionary of Political Quotations).

It is really very quick-witted, though

Anonymous said...

Voltaire:
A witty comment proves nothing.

But, we all love them, so,

Oscar Wilde, standing handcuffed in the rain in a Jailyard:
"If this is the way Her Majesty treats her prisoners, she doesn't deserve to have any"

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