Quips and Quotes: Famous Verbal Exchanges




































Thomas Reed Vs. Henry Clay







































Winston Churchill Vs. Lady Astor































NY Mayor Ed Koch Vs. Andrew Kirtzman

After the reporter insisted on pressing a point about an inconsistent statement Koch had made.































Groucho Marx Vs. A Contestant on “You Bet Your Life”

After the contestant revealed that he was a father of 10.





































Abraham Lincoln Vs. Stephen Douglas

After Douglas called him “two-faced” during a debate.




























Calvin Coolidge Vs. An Opera Singer
































Pierre Trudeau Vs. Richard Nixon

Upon hearing that Nixon had called him an a--hole.



























Oscar Wilde Vs. Lewis Morris

Morris had just been passed over for the Poet Laureateship.

Mohandas Gandhi Vs. Western Civilization

































Miriam Hopkins Vs. An Anonymous Singer

































James McNeill Whistler Vs. Oscar Wilde

After Whistler had made a particularly witty observation




























Senator Fritz Hollings Vs. Henry McMastor

When challenged by his Republican opponent during a televised debate to take a drug test.
































Bill Clinton Vs. Dan Quayle

After Quayle revealed that he planned to be “a pit bull” in the 1992

campaign against Clinton and Gore.

































Niels Bohr Vs. A Reporter

Reverend Edward Everett Hale Vs. The U.S. Senate

When asked if he prayed for the Senators.








































Edna Ferber Vs. Noel Coward.

Coward was remarking upon the fact that Ferber was wearing a tailored suit.
































Henry Clay Vs. Massachusetts Senator Daniel Webster

After seeing a pack of mules walk by.







































Winston Churchill Vs. a Member Of Parliament

Alcibiades Vs. Pericles




































Calvin Coolidge Vs. Some Random Lady At A White House Dinner

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Vs. An Admirer

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