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  • 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 mascarades 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?