Tuesday, June 2, 2009
The Importance of Being Wilde
"Salomé, Salomé, dance for me. I pray thee dance for me. I am sad to-night. Yes, I am passing sad to-night. When I came hither I slipped in blood, which is an evil omen; and I heard, I am sure I heard in the air a beating of wings, a beating of giant wings. I cannot tell what they mean .... I am sad to-night. Therefore dance for me. Dance for me, Salomé, I beseech you. If you dance for me you may ask of me what you will, and I will give it you, even unto the half of my kingdom."
— Oscar Wilde (Salome)
Between men and women there is no friendship possible. There is passion, enmity, worship, love, but no friendship.
Bigamy is having one wife too many. Monogamy is the same.
By giving us the opinions of the uneducated, journalism keeps us in touch with the ignorance of the community.
Do you really think it is weakness that yields to temptation? I tell you that there are terrible temptations which it requires strength, strength and courage to yield to. -Oscar Wilde
I always pass on good advice. It is the only thing to do with it. It is never of any use to oneself. -Oscar Wilde
I am not young enough to know everything. -Oscar Wilde
I regard the theatre as the greatest of all art forms, the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being.
Most people die of a sort of creeping common sense, and discover when it is too late that the only things one never regrets are one's mistakes. -Oscar Wilde
No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist. -Oscar Wilde
Nothing is so aggravating than calmness. -Oscar Wilde
Ridicule is the tribute paid to the genius by the mediocrities. -Oscar Wilde
Women are never disarmed by compliments. Men always are. That is the difference between the sexes. -Oscar Wilde
Women love us for our defects. If we have enough of them, they will forgive us everything, even our gigantic intellects. -Oscar Wilde