Saturday, March 17, 2007

A little more for St. Patrick's Day

A few quotes from Oscar Wilde

You came to me to learn the pleasure of life and the pleasure of art. Perhaps I am chosen to teach you something much more wonderful-- the meaning of sorrow and its beauty.

It is always a silly thing to give advice, but to give good advice is absolutely fatal.

No woman should ever be quite accurate about her age. It looks so calculating.

I hope you have not been leading a double life, pretending to be wicked, and being really good all the time. That would be hypocrisy.

The pure and simple Truth is rarely pure,and never simple.

Most modern calendars mar the sweet simplicity of our lives by reminding us that each day that passes is the anniversary of some perfectly uninteresting event.

A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal.

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

If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh, otherwise they'll kill you.

Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live, it is asking others to live as one wishes to live.

One's real life is often the life that one does not lead.

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

I adore simple pleasures. They are the last refuge of the complex.

There is a luxury in self-reproach. When we blame ourselves, we feel that no one else has a right to blame us. It is the confession, not the priest, that gives us absolution.

Anybody can sympathise with the sufferings of a friend, but it requires a very fine nature to sympathise with a friend's success.

I suppose that I shall have to die beyond my means.

Oscar Wilde, Irish writers, quotations, St. Patrick's Day


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