A labor-baiting, poker-playing, whiskey-drinking, evil old man.
--John L. Lewis on John Nance Garner.
A savage old Nabob, with an immense fortune, a tawny complexion, a bad liver, and a worse heart.
--Thomas Babington Macaulay, discussing the men who pillaged India.
As I sat opposite the Treasury Bench, the Ministers reminded me of one of those marine landscapes not very unusual on the coasts of South America. You behold a range of exhausted volcanoes. Not a single flame flickers on a single pallid crest.
--Benjamin Disraeli on the Liberal party leadership.
O, I have ta'en
Too little care of this! Take physic, pomp;
Expose thyself to feel what wretches feel,
That thou mayst shake the superflux to them,
And show the heavens more just.
--William Shakespeare, King Lear 3, IV