How to be Insulting to Enthusiasts
To a member of an orchestra:
'I wonder, madam, if you would try to take the music not quite so much to heart.' — Sir Thomas Beecham
When Sir Winston Churchill was discussing recently published books with a group of younger men, one of them asked him eagerly if he had read the latest book by his literary idol. Churchill said that he hadn't and explained:
'I only read for pleasure or profit.'