That, I feel, is as it should be.
If I was cleverer and quicker remarks such as the following might trip off my tongue. They would also be more than acceptable;
"I've just learned about his illness. Let's hope it's nothing trivial." - Irvin S. Cobb
"He is simply a shiver looking for a spine to run up." - Paul Keating
"He loves nature in spite of what it did to him." - Forrest Tucker
"Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go." - Oscar Wilde
"I've had a perfectly wonderful evening. But this wasn't it." - Groucho Marx
"I have never killed a man, but I have read many obituaries with great pleasure." Clarence Darrow
"Thank you for sending me a copy of your book; I'll waste no time reading it." - Moses Hadas
"I am enclosing two tickets to the first night of my new play; bring a friend.... if you have one." - George Bernard Shaw to Winston Churchill
"Cannot possibly attend first night, will attend second... if there is one." - Winston Churchill, in response.
"I feel so miserable without you; it's almost like having you here." - Stephen Bishop