Friday, May 04, 2007


“Could anything be less impressive” and “equally fatal to the imagination” than a post that is completely constructed upon quotations from Oscar_Wilde ?

“How wearisome these are” for “there is nothing so deliberately tedious” and “extremely commonplace”. This excercise proudly displays an “entire vagueness of character.” People should expect that “if a person has not got genius, he can at least be dull.”

However, “since you led me to believe that you were not absolutely indifferent to me” and “public opinion exists only where there are no ideas”, so here it 'tis.

Naturally “I do not approve of anything that tampers with natural ignorance” and “nothing worth knowing can be taught.” Certainly “only the shallow know themselves” and “pleasure is the only thing that one should strive for."

History proves that “nothing ages like happiness”. Besides, “the whole theory of education is radically unsound, fortunately in this day and age at any rate, education produces no effect whatsoever.”

“The old believe everything, the middle aged suspect everything, the young know everything.” It has come to my attention that “the soul is born old but grows young, that is the comedy of life. The body is born young and grows old, that is Life’s tragedy.”

“Experience is the name that one gives to their mistakes.”

“Man can believe the impossible but not the improbable” and “wickedness is a myth invented by good people to account for the curious attractiveness of others.” “The only thing that can console one for being poor is extravagance” because “time, is a waste of money.”

I have come to believe that “Friendship is more tragic than Love, it lasts longer.” and
"if a man gets married he should know either everything or nothing.” That being said, “the only way to behave to a woman is to make love to her, if she is pretty, and to someone else, if she is plain.”

"Relations are an aggravated form of the public. They are a tedious pack of people who haven’t got the remotest knowledge of how to live, nor the smallest instinct about when to die.”

Tragically “the brotherhood of man is no mere poet’s dream, it is a most depressing and humiliating reality.” Oh well, “manners before morals.”

When all is said and done “it is absurd to divide people into good and bad, people are either charming or tedious.”

Oscar Wilde’s last words as he lay on his deathbed were
“either that wallpaper goes, or I do!”

Do you have any favorite quotes???


  1. We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.

    The truth is rarely pure and never simple.

  2. Well, at least we know that Oscar Wilde was not charming... People with too many strong and silly opinions should just STFU.

  3. I'm trying to stay away from blogs but when I saw this post I knew "The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it."

    I have o-so-many more. There is an excellent novel by Peter Ackroyd of Wilde's last days written in the style of Oscar Wilde. It's called "The Last Testament of Oscar Wilde." Highly recommended.

  4. kindness,
    Ooh I love truisms. It wouls be a lot easier if we could all speak in truismic verse.

    OUCH! Keep in mind that it wasn't exactly a walk in the park being a 6'4" Gay man in Victorian (the apex of cultural hypocrisy)England.

    He may have been brilliant, but he was certainly all about yielding to his temptations...such as his opium dipped Egyptian cigarettes and his absinthe....
    I hear that absinthe makes the heart grow fonder!

    I shall look that up thank you.

  5. The greatest lesson in life is to know
    that even fools are right sometimes.

    Sir Winston Churchill

  6. Andrea got in first with my favourite so how about Shakespeare's "The devil can cite scripture to his purpose." (Merchant of Venice)

    And thanks for a funny,clever start to my day.(That's not Shakespeare;that's me!)

  7. "What is it lover?"
    "Nothing" said the lover, for love has no language.

    (The Naive and Sentimental Lover, John le Carre)

    "Our doubt is our passion and our passion is our doubt*; the rest is the madness of art."

    (*sometimes this word is task, for some reason!)

    "There is incredibly fine line between being fabulously creative and acting like the biggest idiot on earth. So go ahead... jump!"

    *smiles sweetly and saunters off*

  8. *returns ever so quickly*

    HEY!! you've linked me - cool, can I link you then?

    I'm totally assuming that's a yes!


  9. 6'4"?

    It would have been a damn sight more difficult being 4'6".

    I'm Wilde at heart!

  10. ziggi,
    The old bulldog was full of them,
    "Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing ever happened"

    Some of my fave Willy Shakes are,
    "I dote on his very absence." and
    "I must be cruel only to be kind;
    Thus bad begins, and worse remains behind" and I like what Nick Lowe did with that too.

    i like the view,
    ooooh yes,
    ummhummm ooh,
    yes YES YES
    Meg Ryan
    See you out on the links!

    geoff sing-a-long,
    "You don't have to be a six-footer.
    You don't have to have a great brain.
    You don't have to have any clothes on.
    You're a Catholic the moment Dad came"

  11. Since you brought up Oscar Wilde I cannot help but use one of his quotations which nearly choked me up:
    "If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh, otherwise they'll kill you."

    Sorry I am still laughing!

  12. What an undeserving blowhard he was. Try these on for size:

    "Ebidee, ebidee, ebidee...what's up doc?"

    "Let's use the Cone of Silence, Chief!"

    "I'll be BACH!"

    "I did NOT have sexual relations with that woman!"

    "I am NOT a crook!"

    And whatever hundreds of incredibly stupid things Bush said.

  13. DOH! I think I mixed and wrongly matched.


    "Ebidee, ebidee, ebidee...that's all folks!" That's what happens when Mel Blanc does the voice for both Bugs Bunny AND Porky Pig.

  14. cream,
    Ain't THAT the TRUTH! HA!

    without wildian witticisms,
    My word. Have you no literary sensibilities about you? Can't you taste the angst and anger dripping from this exquisite example of British Snarcasm?

    Humour is about expressing anger, it doesn't arrive from feeling happy and satisfied with the way this world operates. It's about retaliating and attacking conventions and hypocrisy!

    agh pearls before swine! OK I'll be your Huckleberry...

    "Ah say Ah say, what, what in t'arnation are you doin' boy?
    Looky here, son, I'm no loud-mouthed schnook.
    Who told you this was a chicken, son? Nice boy, but doesn't listen to a thing you say."
    Foghorn Leghorn

    "Why for you bury me in the cold, cold ground?"

    "I knew I shudda toined left at Albuquerque!"

  15. "Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind"

  16. cazzie,
    TRU DAT!
    The bloggers prayer.

    I would love to get that tattooed somewhere but the only place that I could fit it all in would be on my butt.

  17. HE has a big butt?

  18. laurie,
    I also have a lot of IFs and ANDs to go with it.

  19. Don't wait for a light to appear at the end of the tunnel,
    stride down there....
    and light the bloody thing yourself.

    Sara Henderson, Australian Outback Station Manager and writer

  20. angel without wings,
    Good old fashioned common sense advice!

  21. "Is he dead?" or "Is she dead?" I have heard this so many times. It is not my favorite but it was always intense and turned our insides out when it was asked.

  22. 'That's not a knife! This is a knife!"

    "Don't piss down my back then tell me it's raining."

    'I hate them so much I pissed in the punch!"

    "When a naked man with a hard on is chasing a woman down an alley with a machete in his hand, I didn't think he was collecting for the red cross."

    " Harden the F$#K Up!"

    "Athletics? That's just sport with all the good bits taken out!"

    "If i said you had a beautiful body would you hold it against me?"

    "So many quotes so little space."

  23. steve,
    Luv it,
    Luv it,
    LUV IT!

  24. "There's no right, there's no wrong, there's only popular opinion."

    "Liberals! Intellectuals! Peacemongers! IDIOTS!"

    "Out of order? FUCK! Even in the future, nothing works!"

  25. One of my favorite quotes comes from an odd place. This is a Jimmy Buffett song off his album Banana Wind

    "Some people never find it, some only pretend. But me, I just want to live happily ever after every now and then."


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