Oscar Wildeisms

“Illusion is the first of all pleasures.”

(Illusion, dream, and idealism are generally very satisfying, compared with mundane forms of reality.)

“An inordinate passion for pleasure is the secret of remaining young.”

(Pleasure is pretty basic and necessary.)

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

(Absolutely. Most folks choose not to see the stars.)

“The only way to get rid of temptation is to yield to it.”

“I can resist anything except temptation.”

(Wilde’s downfall, unfortunately.)

“Be yourself; everybody else is already taken.”

(Why copy someone else, wear their clothes, act and talk like them?)

“Experience is merely the name men give to their mistakes.”

(Lots of mistakes =lots of experience.)

“Irony is wasted on the stupid.”

(Shakespeare’s “Caviare to the general”.)

“Create yourself. Be yourself, your poem.”

(The ultimate creative act in life.)

“Never love anybody who treats you like you’re ordinary.”

(Why would you bother?)

“Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative.”

(Limited minds=self-imposed limitations and limited lives. We do it to ourselves.)

“I put my talent into my works; I put my genius into my life.”

(Why choose any differently?)

“Perhaps one never seems so much at one’s ease as when one has to play a part.”

(Roles tend to be familiar, comfortable. Even Stoppard’s Rosencrantz & Guildenstern would agree.)

“The world is a stage, but the play is badly cast.”

(as in Hamlet–“O cursed spite, that ever I was born to set it right”)

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

(Float, sleepwalk, like Meursault in Camus’s “L’Etranger”)

“I wrote when I did not know life; now that I do know the meaning of life, I have no need to write. Life cannot be written, life can only be lived.”

(Why write when one knows how to live and especially when time is getting short?)

“The public have an insatiable curiosity to know everything, except what is worth knowing.”

(news item today: Lady Gaga stops wearing machine-gun bra on tour.)

“A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal.”

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