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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Remembering Oscar Wilde

The indomitable Oscar Wilde comes to mind time and again as I fathom what thought is. Here is the quote that got me fathoming:
"All thought is immoral. Its very essence is destruction. If you think of anything, you kill it. Nothing survives being thought of." It is from
A Woman of No Importance.

Yikes, that is a confounding quote that I happened to memorize. When I find myself feeling sophisticated and owning a witty, authoritative thought I am gleeful until I recall Oscar, the greatest critic of all.

A few of his quotes are:

  • Experience is the name we all give to our mistakes.

  • Society often forgives the criminal, but it never forgives the dreamer.

  • Democracy is simply the bludgeoning of the people. For the people. By the people.

  • No man is ever rich enough to buy back his past.
He still interests many people as the lively humanist, cynic, playwright, and entertaining historical figure. I was gifted with Oscar Wilde the fine biography by Richard Ellmann. It is worth owning if you want to know the real Oscar.

Another favorite that I own is The Complete Works of Oscar Wilde: Stories, Plays, Poems & Essays. I didn't fathom how prolific and genius his work was until I started reading this wonderful anthology.

Long live Oscar Wilde! "The evolution of man is slow. The injustice of men is great."

1 comment:

Susan said...

I am not sure I agree with ole' Oscar all that much. Me thinks he is a bit too cynical for my taste. Great post, Monica.

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