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Sarcasm

  • It is smart to think of some sarcastic thing to say; but it is smarter still to think of it and not say it.

  • Her sarcasm was so quick, so fine at the point — it was like being touched by a metal so cold that one doesn't know whether one is burned or chilled.

  • ... this is a very nice day; and we are taking a very nice walk; and you are two very nice young ladies. Oh! it is a very nice word, indeed! it does for everything.

  • Wit is the salt of conversation, not the food, and few things in the world are more wearying than a sarcastic attitude towards life.

  • ... sarcasm ... raised blisters on her soul that smarted for months.

  • ... I hear Francis has presented you with a grandson. Isn't he wonderful — he thinks of everything.

    • Alice B. Toklas,
    • 1953, in Edward Burns, ed,. Staying On Alone: Letters of Alice B. Toklas ()
  • ... don't be angry with the gentleman for thinking, whatever be the cause, for I assure you he makes no common practice of offending in that way.

  • I went to a steam laundry, / And asked with smile polite: / 'Ladies, why will you work so late?' / They said: 'We think it right / To buy our opera cloaks ourselves, / And so we work at night.'

  • Sarcasm masquerades as the Preppy's sense of humor.

  • Many men have withstood an argument who fell before a sarcasm ...

  • The talent for being sarcastic is a most dangerous one. No one ever knew a sarcastic woman who could keep friends.

  • I hadn't seen much of Toby in the preceding year, though we live only two miles apart. I'd grown tired of being called poison and told I should die. Call me touchy.

  • Your two friends, Prudence and Reflection, I am informed, have lately ventured to pay you a visit; for which I heartily congratulate you, as nothing can possibly be more joyous to the heart than the return of absent friends, after a long and painful peregrination.

  • ... a sarcastic expression, on a beast, is far more sinister than rage.

  • The king has been very good to me. He promoted me from a simple maid to be a marchioness. Then he raised me to be a queen. Now he will raise me to be a martyr.

    • Anne Boleyn,
    • 1536, in Willis J. Abbot, Notable Women in History ()
  • From a private gentlewoman you have made me first a marchioness, then a queen; and, as you can raise me no higher in the world, you are now sending me to be a saint in Heaven.

  • Not too long ago we were referred to as dolls, tomatoes, chicks, babes, broads. We've graduated to being called tough cookies, foxes, bitches and witches. I guess that's progress.

    • Barbra Streisand,
    • 1992, in Sara Ann Friedman, Work Matters: Women Talk About Their Jobs and Their Lives ()
  • The right of education of the female sex, as it is in a manner everywhere neglected, so it ought to be generally lamented. Most in this depraved later age think a woman learned and wise enough if she can distinguish her husband's bed from another's.

  • [To her husband who had asked the age of a flirtatious starlet with noticeably thick legs:] For God's sake, Walter, why don't you chop off her legs and read the rings?

  • What's the worst part of being a woman in business? We asked these three men what they think.

  • How much should you smile during your job interview? The answer is not too much and definitely not too little. Try practicing a smile that's somewhere in between, even if it makes you look like you're having a stroke.

  • Telling your coworkers about future family plans is risky. If they think you'll be going on maternity leave soon, they could immediately start to count you out for future projects. Try to keep your pregnancy a secret until your child is at least eighteen years old.

  • Sexual harassment in the workplace is a serious offense and will not be tolerated, except in cases where the harasser was clearly joking and you need to relax.