A dear friend gave me a copy and made the 6 hour train ride from Richmond, Virginia back home to NYC so pleasant. I would like to share some of my favorite quotes. A little background: Oscar Wilde was born in Ireland in 1864. He died in 1900 and wrote many brilliant witty plays and the following quotes come from his plays and his everyday thoughts.
…….”People sometimes equate what form of government it is most suitable for an artist to live under. To this question there is only one answer. The form of government most suitable to the artist is no government at all.” from The Soul of Man Under Socialism…..”No work of art ever puts forward views. Views belong to people who are not artists.”…..”No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did he would cease to be an artist.” from The Decay of Lying….”The true perfection of man lies, not in what man has, but in what man is.” “Women are meant to be loved, not to be understood.”—– “She looks like a woman with a past. Most pretty women do.” from An Ideal Husband. “Modern women understand everything except their husbands.”—– “I think that generosity is the essence of friendship.” from The Devoted Friend…………………………Thank you dear Tauran for your generosity. I’m glad you are in my life.
I correct… A favorite quote I credited Oscar Wilde with is “Fashion can be bought style one must possess.” words of Edna Woolman Chase…also writing at 3am made mistake in The Decay of Lying, not Decoy.