Oscar Wilde ~ Words from the Past

Today is the anniversary of Oscar Wilde who died,  at the young age of 46, in 1900.

Oscar Wilde(1854-1900)
Oscar Wilde

I can’t but think today of the great words of wit and wisdom which  are part of  this Irishman’s vast legacy. Here are some of my favourites:

‘When people agree with me I always feel I must be wrong.’

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

‘I dislike arguments of any kind. They are always vulgar, and often convincing.’

‘There is a luxury in self-reproach. When we blame ourselves, we feel no one else  has a right to blame us.’

‘The well bred contradict other people. The wise contradict themselves.’

‘The pure and simple truth is rarely pure and never simple.’

To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.’ 

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

Author: socialbridge

I am a sociologist and writer from Ireland. I have worked as a social researcher for 30 years and have had a lifelong passion for writing. My main research interests relate to health care and sense of place.

12 thoughts on “Oscar Wilde ~ Words from the Past”

  1. Oh yes. Oscar Wilde, but Gene and Thornton Wilder! I wish I’d come up with that, but “the pure and simple truth is…” that I didn’t. There is much traffic on the social bridges built by Dr. Tubridy, and I thank you,

    1. Thanks, Van. What a coincidence that this day November 30) is so significant in terms of the lives of two of the most quoted people of all time. It’s Mark Twains birth date and the day Oscar Wilde died.
      I know you must have hundreds of favourite Mark Twain quotes!!!

      1. Yes, I have collected a few. A man recently asked if I’d quote my favorite things said by Mr. Twain. I invited him to take a seat.

  2. I’d say that art, in all it’s forms is about expressing thoughts and feelings, as well as ideas and it doesn’t necessarily move us forward. Sometimes it tells us who we are.

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