Hard to believe that Oscar Wilde month only has a week to go. My how time flies…
London is too full of fogs and… serious people.. Whether the fogs produce the serious people or whether the serious people produce the fogs, I don’t know…
— Lady Windermere’s Fan
After another round of pre-Iowa caucus debates here in The States I think it is time for some thoughts on the body politic from Oscar Wilde.
I am told that pork-packing
is the most lucrative profession in America,
–The Picture of Dorian Gray
Another from the delightful Mr. Wilde…
What a silly thing love is!
It is not half as useful as logic, for it does not prove anything and it is always telling one things that are not going to happen, and making one believe things
that are not true.
–The Nightingale and the Rose
Continuing with Oscar Wilde…
Yes, the public is wonderfully tolerant.
It forgives everything except genius.
The Critic as Artist
Another classic from Mr. Wilde…
To love oneself is the beginning
of a lifelong romance.
–An Ideal Husband
Continuing with Oscar Wilde month here’s a gem about the state of matrimony from Lady Windermere’s Fan. The play premiered on February 22nd, 1892 at London’s St. James’s Theatre.
Our husbands would really forget our existence if we didn’t nag at them from time to time, just to remind them that we have a perfect legal right to do so.
—Lady Windermere’s Fan
(Yes, I’m going to run out of Oscar Wilde images before the month is out. Indulge me while I can still come up with new ones.)
Mr. Wilde is at it again… This one comes from his play, A Woman of No Importance. The play was originally staged at London’s Haymarket Theatre in the Spring of 1893. Wilde wrote it at the urging of the Haymarket’s actor-manager, Herbert Beerbohm Tree, who wanted to duplicate the success of Lady Windermere’s Fan which premiered a the St. James Theatre the previous season.
One should never trust a woman
who tells one her real age.
A woman who would tell one that,
would tell one anything.
–A Woman of No Importance
Here’s a link to the free e-book of the play courtesy the Guttenberg Project.
Continuing with Oscar Wilde month…
My experience is that as soon as
people are old enough to know better,
they don’t know anything at all.
–Lady Windermere’s Fan