Clever Comebacks

“I’m not as dumb as you think I am, even if you are!”

Ever wish you had used this comeback when someone was talking down to you? Well, now you can store away this expression from The King of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner for next time – and then watch their faces as they try to figure out if you actually insulted them or not.

Ok, so maybe you wouldn’t actually say this to someone’s face, but doesn’t it feel better just to think about saying it?

Fiction is funny because it is true – the creative element is finding new solutions to the old problems. And even when we can’t fix them, having a clever comeback helps us feel just a little more in control.

Here are a few more to keep in your arsenal:

“It’s not natural for someone to be as stupid as he is tall, and yet there you stand.” Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo.

And from Downtown Abbey:

So now it’s your turn-what’s your favorite literary inspired comeback? I’d love to hear about them in the comments!


4 thoughts on “Clever Comebacks

  1. Great post! I love writing comebacks when I need them in my stories, but I hardly ever have them in real life.

    I can’t think of any literary favorites at the moment. I do love the Downtown Abbey reference, though!

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    • I know, real life often moves to quickly for my brain to keep up and come up with anything clever to say.

      On the plus side, I did use the Isabel Crawly line today in an argument with my sister. Unfortunately, she came back with the Dowager Countess’ line, so I guess we were even!

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  2. I don’t know if it is a comeback, so much as an insult and also one of my first “first lines” of any book. “There was a boy called Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and he almost deserved it.” (Voyage of the Dawn Treader.)

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    • That is quite the insult – and so much fun for the first line. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader has some good one liners in it:
      “The boys name is Eustace.”
      “Useless? Then why’d you bring him along?”


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