Saturday, December 18, 2010

Weekend Wise Words

Twelve great Oscar Wilde quotes:

The truth is rarely pure, and never simple.

A man cannot be too careful in the choice of his enemies.

When critics disagree, the artist is in accord with himself.

I am not young enough to know everything.

It is a dangerous thing to reform anyone.

My great mistake, the fault for which I can't forgive myself, is that one day I ceased my obstinate pursuit of my own individuality.

A thing is not necessarily true because a man dies for it.

As long as war is regarded as wicked, it will always have its fascination. When it is looked upon as vulgar, it will cease to be popular.

This morning I took out a comma and this afternoon I put it back again.

The basis of optimism is sheer terror.

Children begin by loving their parents. After a time they judge them. Rarely, if ever, do they forgive them.

Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead.

- Oscar Wilde

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From Wikidpdia:
"At the height of his fame and success, whilst his masterpiece, The Importance of Being Earnest, was still on stage in London, Wilde sued his lover's father for libel. After a series of trials, Wilde was convicted of gross indecency with other men and imprisoned for two years, held to hard labour. In prison he wrote De Profundis, a long letter which discusses his spiritual journey through his trials, forming a dark counterpoint to his earlier philosophy of pleasure. Upon his release he left immediately for France, never to return to Ireland or Britain. There he wrote his last work, The Ballad of Reading Gaol, a long poem commemorating the harsh rhythms of prison life. He died destitute in Paris at the age of forty-six."

This is yet another example of a great mind that was crushed due to society's lack of comprehension and compassion. I only wish people would think twice, those who are in power, before pronouncing insanity upon those who truly do us little harm but cause us distress at reflecting upon our own moral structure and codes.

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