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  • andy

    I have nothing to declare but my genius

  • Murari lal Vishwakarma

    All quotes tells us a natural fact of our false life .

  • Wilde had a love/hate relationship with expatriate American painter James Whistler. Once on hearing a witty remark, Wilde said “I wish I’d said that”. Whistler’s response: “You will, Oscar, you will!”

    • I love that – just read about that quip in ‘Oscar Wilde and the Candlelight Murders’ by Gyles Brandeth – he has written a whole series of murder mysteries with Oscar Wilde as the main character. I just happened upon it in the library last week and had to check it out. This list comes as perfect timing for me – great list once again, Liz!

      • lizaio

        Thank you, Tanya! I took a whole class on O.W. and wrote a really weird paper on Salome. He was a hip dude.

        • Just remembered this one – Oscar Wilde, a poem by Dorothy Parker:
          If, with the literate, I am
          Impelled to try an epigram,
          I never seek to take the credit;
          We all assume that Oscar said it.

  • John Frum

    “Life is too important to be taken seriously.”


  • Adam

    “the only way to get rid of temptation is to yield to it”. I love Dorian Gray and have to say i’m a big Oscar Wilde fan. I think you’ve got some pretty decent quotes there and some great explanatory notes. Great post! I personally would have “Alas, I am dying beyond my means” in there.

  • brian

    Most of the time quotes of wilde are not merely quotes, they carry a whole story.

  • KAZ Vorpal

    Quote #4 above is attributed to “The Nightingale and the Rose”. I just searched that text on two sites, and there is no variation of that quote in it at all.

    So far, in fact, the above quote about “truth” appears to be apocryphal, which is ironic.