Oscar Wilde cracked out quotes like Shakespeare spat out sonnets.
Wilde came up with a whole encyclopedia of witty, poignant and hilariously lovable quotes. Enough to fill a whole handbag. Here are my favourites…
1. Women are made to be loved, not understood
I have to admit that one’s upsettingly accurate.
2. Be yourself; everyone else is already taken
This used to be my all-time favourite, but unfortunately the Facebook brigade came along and made it all inspirational and annoying. Unfortunately most people who use this quote are people noone really wants to be.
3. I think that God, in creating man, somewhat overestimated his ability
Again, I have to admit that one’s upsettingly accurate.
4. The world is a stage, but the play is badly cast
Gotta love a wordsmith that puts a twist on our Shakespeare. Bravo, Wilde.
5. When I was young I thought that money was the most important thing in life; now that I am old I know that it is
Oh, Oscar. Though many of his quotes are fairly oldy-worldy now, this one is sharp and relevant. And everyone loves Wilde’s exceptional ability to pour scorn on the world and its joys.
6. Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live, it is asking others to live as one wishes to live
I massively disagree with this one, for the record. Selfishness is living as you wish, and disregarding the thought of others. Then again, I suspect Wilde was probably a bit selfish, and created a ludicrous quote to justify himself.
7. A man’s face is his autobiography. A woman’s face is her work of fiction
Oh if only he could see Leeds on a Saturday night 2018.
8. I don’t want to go to heaven. None of my friends are there.
I don’t even have to explain how wonderful this quote is.
9. Everything in the world is about sex except sex. Sex is about power.
I chose this one for its modern relevance. In a world where horrendous crimes are committed each day, it’s a true and poignant quote that sex is the word on everyone’s lips, yet power is an uncomfortable driving factor.
10. It takes great deal of courage to see the world in all its tainted glory, and still to love it
Number 10 is a fairly quiet and unheard of quote. But isn’t it beautiful?