Monday, January 14, 2019

Oscar Wilde

Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde was born October 16,1854 – 30 November 1900) was an Irish poet and playwright. After writing in different forms throughout the 1880s, he became one of London's most popular playwrights in the early 1890s. He is best remembered for his epigrams and plays, his novel The Picture of Dorian Gray, and the circumstances of his imprisonment and early death.-- Credit: Wikipedia.
I have always loved Wilde's wit and his works.  He wrote The Picture of Dorian Gray, one of my all-time favorites. For any who have not read the book a handsome man is led astray by his mentor and given a portrait -- I won't go further but encourage you to read the novel.

Here are a few of his notable quotes:

“Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.”

“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.”

“The public is wonderfully tolerant. It forgives everything except genius.”

“Quotation is a serviceable substitute for wit.”

“There is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.”

"Be yourself; everyone else is already taken."
And my personal favorite:
"The world was my oyster, but I used the wrong fork."


My current WIP is Sinners' Opera. Look for it soon from The Wild Rose Press
I hope you enjoyed these witticisms. Happy 2019!


Nancy Gideon said...

I'd forgotten that he wrote Portrait! I tried reading it when it was beyond my scope. Now I want to delve into it again. Love the quotes.

Diane Burton said...

Love the quotes, esp. the 1st one. I, too, had forgotten he wrote Portrait. I've seen the movie and knew the story but never read the book. I've always enjoyed The Importance of Being Earnest. I saw it at Stratford (Ontario) Festival with Brian Bedford playing Lady Brackwell. HIlarious. So witty.

Francesca Quarto said...

You hit a bulls-eye with choosing Wilde and his witty quotes to start my day! Love his work and he always puts me in mind of his American counterpart when it comes to insight into the human condition; Mark Twain!! Thanks bunches!

Francesca Q.