Love him or loathe him, Oscar Wilde was anything but boring, especially in his day. A renowned observer of the human condition, his essays, short stories, theater adaptations, and epigrams withstand the test of time. And there are many. I often wonder what someone like Wilde, or even Twain, would have done with Twitter or Facebook. Would they have been social media sensations, and notorious all the same, or just lost within the masses like so many others today? We’ll never know, fortunately. Enjoy.
1. A man can’t be too careful in the choice of his enemies.
2. A man who does not think for himself does not think at all.
3. A thing is not necessarily true because a man dies for it.
4. Alas, I am dying beyond my means.
5. Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter.
6. I am not young enough to know everything.
7. I can resist everything except temptation.
8. I have the simplest tastes. I am always satisfied with the best.
9. If you are not too long, I will wait here for you all my life.
10. No object is so beautiful that, under certain conditions, it won’t look ugly.
11. One’s real life is so often the life that one does not lead.
12. Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else’s opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.