Winston Churchill’s 16 Greatest Jokes And Insults

Winston Churchill was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom twice, once from 1940 to 1945, and again from 1951 to 1955. Besides leading allied forces to victory in World War II, Churchill is considered one of the finest orators and writers of the 20th century. Standing out are his many witticisms, several of which have gone done in history as the greatest quips and zingers of all time. He was king of the comeback and a master of the eloquent insult. As proof we offer our list of Churchill’s sixteen sharpest zingers.

Chatting With Truman

U.S. President Harry S. Truman once defended Churchill’s replacement, Clement Attlee, by saying “He seems a modest sort of fellow.

To which, Churchill replied “He’s got a lot to be modest about.

The Boneless Wonder

Complaining about former Prime Minister Ramsay MacDonald’s lack of gusto, Churchill said:

I remember when I was a child, being taken to the celebrated Barnum’s Circus, which contained an exhibition of freaks and monstrosities, but the exhibit on the programme which I most desired to see was the one described as “The Boneless Wonder”. My parents judged that the spectacle would be too demoralising and revolting for my youthful eye and I have waited fifty years, to see the The Boneless Wonder sitting on the Treasury Bench.

On Lord Charles Beresford

When speaking of Lord Charles Beresford, a popular British Admiral and member of Parliament, Churchill said:

He is one of those orators of whom it was well said: Before they get up, they do not know what they are going to say; when they are speaking, they do not know what they are saying; and when they have sat down, they do not know what they have said.

Sheep In Sheep’s Clothing

Poor Ramsay MacDonald just couldn’t catch a break from Winston, who found his apparent lack of a spine frustrating. He once called him “a sheep in sheep’s clothing.