Lit Burns

6 Savage Literary Burns

Ever feel like that witty comeback is eluding you? Feel like you need a retort that’s simultaneously classy and cultured, and down-and-dirty brutal? Look no further. Take inspiration from the best of the best: here are some of the sassiest comments ever made throughout literary history. 

GONE WITH THE WIND: “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.”

AS YOU LIKE IT: "I desire that we be better strangers."

THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST: "I never saw anybody take so long to dress, and with such little result."

MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS: "If you forgive me for being personal—I do not like your face."

TIMON OF ATHENS: “I’ll beat thee, but I would infect my hands.”

EPIGRAMS: “Your little dog licks your mouth and lips, Manneia. I am not surprised — it always enjoyed eating crap.”

(Advice: If burned by one of these literary masterpieces, apply cold water to the affected area for at least 5 minutes.)

Charlotte VIII