History Jokes: Pyrrhic victory


Funny anecdotes and short stories are a great source of examples in public speeches. This website contains short funny stories, clean jokes and humorous legends of kings and queens, politicians, famous literary figures and artists from many books and sources. The styles of writers from different time periods was preserved - they often enhance the stories in an amusing way. Enjoy and have fun!

Pyrrhic victory 
Monday, March 24, 2008, 01:57 PM - Ancient history jokes and anecdotes, Greek and Roman, Famous funny quotes and sayings
Posted by Court Jester
Pyrrhus, after his victory ofer the Romans, near the river Siris, said to those sent to congratulate him, "One more such victory and Pyrrhus is undone."

From Dictionary of Phrase and Fable: Giving the Derivation, Source, Or Origin of Common Phrases, Allusions and Words that have a Tale to Tell by Ebenezer Cobham Brewer
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Chester Harding and Daniel Boone 
Latin language and the vicinities, painting of Rome

Chester Harding, while painting a portrait of Daniel Boone asked the great frontiersman if he had ever been lost. "No," said Boone, "I can't say as ever I was lost, but I was bewildered once for three days."

From Daniel Boone and the Wilderness Road by Henry Addington Bruce

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Queen Alexandra and the dying King Edward VII 
King Edward VII of Great Britain was quite a playboy in his day, and his wife, Queen Alexandra had often ignored his infidelities and wild escapades. As he lay on his deathbed, his faithful wife was grief stricken until one reassuring thought occurred to her. She turned to Lord Esher and remarked, "Now at least I know where he is."
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President Coolidge was a dictator? 
Friday, March 21, 2008, 01:12 AM - American history in jokes,anecdotes and funny facts, Jokes and anecdotes of famous people
Posted by Queen of History Jokes
While on a private tour of the home of poet Emily Dickinson in Amherst, MA, President Coolidge made a keen observation. When shown a prized, handwritten collection of her most famous poems, he studied them and remarked, "Wrote with a pen, eh? I dictate."
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President George Washington on the proposed size of the army 
An incident is related as having occurred while he
was in the Convention for forming the Constitution,
which was probably suggested by his experience during
the war. A member proposed to introduce a clause
into the constitution, limiting a standing army to five
thousand men. Washington observed, that he should
have no objection to such a clause, if it were so amended
as to provide, that no enemy should presume to invade
the United States with more than three thousand.


From The Museum of Foreign Literature, Science, and Art by Robert Walsh, Eliakim Littell, John Jay
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