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128. Red Alert: A Colleague Belittles You in Front of the Boss - Pg. 156

151 Quick Ideas to Deal With Difficult People wants to be a lettuce?" Or try "Hunger is not debatable," a line attributed to Harry Hopkins. We all have the capacity for killer lines. The problem is that most of us think of clever comebacks after the fact. Those Johnny- come-lately responses are what the French call "staircase wit." They come to you as you descend the stairs at evening's end. Granted some people seem to be a natural for such come- backs, but maybe they just worked harder to acquire the skill. And the art of the riposte is a skill. If you want to acquire it then you have to make the effort consistently. Epilogue Add quips to your quiver. Your opponent won't know what hit him.