Of course you do.
|Gabriel García Márquez|
"She would not shed a tear, she would not waste the rest of her years simmering in the maggot broth of memory."
~ Gabriel García Márquez
~ Marguerite Duras
Oh, we could go on and on, couldn't we? What about Mercutio's dreams speech in Romeo & Juliet? Or those fantastic tidbits, scalpel-subtle, scalpel-sharp, in the voice of Holden Caulfield? Mm-hmm, I know.
But what about the insults? Because these fantastic weavers of legend are at their best when their wit scathes. Do NOT miss ShortList's 50 Best Literary Insults. My favorites (try and match them to the writer before browsing the whole List):
- “This liberal doxy must be impaled upon the member of a particularly large stallion!”
- “If your brains were dynamite there wouldn’t be enough to blow your hat off.”
- “I desire that we be better strangers.”
- “In my mind, Martha, you are buried in cement right up to your neck. No… right up to your nose… that’s much quieter.”
- “I never saw anybody take so long to dress, and with such little result.”
- “He would make a lovely corpse”
Authors / Books (not in order)
Kurt Vonnegut, Timequake
Edward Albee, Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf
Charles Dickens, The Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit
Shakespeare, As You Like It
John Kennedy Toole, A Confederacy Of Dunces
Oscar Wilde, The Importance Of Being Earnest
Ah, the power of words :)