Friday, April 4, 2008

THE WIT OF OSCAR WILDE

Tonight I watched a movie called "The Good Woman," based on Oscar Wilde's play, Lady Windemere's Fan. I read the play a long time ago while I was in college, but the words of the infamous Wilde made little impact on me then. I was too young, devoid of life's experiences to understand their import. A few of his insights are worth repeating:

"We can't shut our eyes to everything that is imperfect, or we should all fall into the abyss."

"Every saint has a past; every sinner has a future."

"Devilish women are a bother; good ones are a bore."

"Every man is born a fool; every man dies a liar."

"We're all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars."

And my favorite one: "It takes practice and skill to live without regret."

1 comment:

Andrew said...

All art is quite useless.

Always liked that one from Oscar.

I was very tempted to use;

I have nothing to declare but my own genius.

However, I do not think Customs would have taken to it at all kindly.

 
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