April A to Z: The Wit & Wisdom of Oscar Wilde


By Niall McArdle

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On Happiness

Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.

On Experience

Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes.

On Wisdom

The foolish ask questions that the wise cannot answer.

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On Point of View

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

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On Imitation

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

On Love

To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.

On Good and Bad

It is absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious.

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On Dullness

Only dull people are brilliant at breakfast.

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On America

America is the only country that went from barbarism to decadence without civilization in between.

On Truth

The truth is rarely pure and never simple.

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On Patriotism

Patriotism is the virtue of the vicious.

On Mothers

All women become like their mothers; that`s their tragedy. No man ever does; that`s his.

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On Genius

Ridicule is the tribute paid to the genius by the mediocrities.

On Self-Esteem

To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.

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On Prayer

When the gods wish to punish us they answer our prayers.

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On Stupidity

There is no sin except stupidity.

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On Drink

Work is the curse of the drinking classes.

On Mystery

The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible.

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4 thoughts on “April A to Z: The Wit & Wisdom of Oscar Wilde

  1. I particularly love the ‘gutter and stars’ quote Niall. I was a young man when I first read that, and it is how I have seen my way in life ever since. Thanks Oscar!
    Cheers mate, Pete.

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