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Sharing the Wit & Wisdom of Oscar Wilde, on his birthday


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Irish writer, Oscar Wilde’s only novel Picture of Dorian Gray fell into my hands, as an impressionable teenager, and made me want to write witty-wise aphorisms, too!

Thank you, Oscar, for your sparkling bon mots — I wouldn’t be referred to as one of the foremost contemporary writers of aphorisms without your brilliant example.

Below, as an homage, are a selection of his ever quotable sayings:

We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.
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A cynic is a man who knows the price of everything, and the value of nothing.

For he who lives more lives than one
More deaths than one must die.


Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.

Every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future.

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Art:

  1. Aubrey Beardsley's illustrations for Oscar Wilde's Salome.
  2. Starry Night Over the Rhone by Van Gogh

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