History’s Greatest Comebacks

Winston Churchill vs. Lady Astor

Calvin Coolidge vs. an audience member

Gandhi vs. a reporter

Abraham Lincoln vs. Stephen Douglas
(After Douglas called him “two-faced” during a debate)

Winston Churchill vs. a member of Parliament

Miriam Hopkins vs. an unknown singer

Ilka Chase vs. an unknown actress

Calvin Coolidge vs. some lady at a White House dinner

Dorothy Parker vs. a drunk man

Henry Clay vs. Thomas Reed

Winston Churchill vs. Bessie Braddock

Noel Coward vs. Edna Ferber

Lewis Morris vs. Oscar Wilde

Pericles vs. Alcibiades

Reverend Edward Everett Hale vs. The U.S. Senate

Abraham Lincoln vs. a foreign diplomat

2 thoughts on “History’s Greatest Comebacks”

  1. Great Zingers in History Vol. IV

    As an aside, Jon Stewart altered history a bit with Calvin Coolidge in “America: The Book.” When the dinner guest claimed she made a bet against someone who thought it was impossible to get more than two words out of Coolidge, Stewart wrote that the President replied, “F— you.”

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