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More Wonderful Oscar Wilde

“To love oneself is the beginning of a life-long romance.” “The Consciousness of loving and being loved brings a warmth and richness to life that nothing else can bring.”

& more Oscar Wilde

“Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing.”…..”The public have an insatiable curiosity to know everything, except what is worth knowing.”…..”No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist.”…..”Art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has known.”….. “To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.”…..”I adore simple pleasures; they are the last refuge of the complex.”

The Words of Daisaku Ikeda

President of Soka Gakkai International, a lay Buddhist association pursuing the value of peace, education, and culture. I find his words timeless and hope you find some enjoyment. Just a sampling. ‘Genuine happiness can only be achieved–when we focus on ‘being more’ rather than simply having more”…..”Increase your joy by doing the good you wish to have done to you”…. “Before comparing yourself with others, win the battle with yourself.Strive to be better than yesterday, and better tomorrow than today”…..”Art is the liberation of the humanity inside yourself.”…. “Life is by nature a process of ongoing challenge and constant change. The important thing is not to be fearful…..Boldness builds a strong self.”…. “Friendly greetings serve as an opening to heart-to-heart exchange from which we can set out onto the great ocean of friendship”….”When we draw strength from within,our outlook undergoes a dramatic transformation, everything around us looks completely different.” “The greatest tragedy in life is not to die, it is to live as if dead to let the life within us wither.” “Never give up. Never retreat.”

Meaningful words…

“The sweetest songs yet remain to be sung.”………………and if I believe at 78, in the words of Walt Whitman, so shall you.

The Wit of Oscar Wilde

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.

Joseph Campbell, American mythologist, writer, lecturer

Some lovely quotes……………..”The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.”………..”Find a place inside where there’s joy, and the joy will burn out the pain.”……..Love is friendship set to music.” Your sacred space is where you find yourself again and again”….all favorites and this for me is number one. “Follow your bliss and doors will open where there were no doors before.”

Analyzing the Zimmerman Verdict

In todays New York Times letters to the editor, there were many who felt the criminal justice system didn’t work, starting with the jury selection. African-Americans make up 11.8 percent of the population of Seminole County, but not one single one selected for the jury. A letter written by Tim Lehnert . “The racial dimensions of the Trayvon Martin case have been explored at length. What is rarely mentioned is what is most obvious about this tragic incident. George Zimmerman was walking around a common area (not his own personal property} with a loaded handgun when he confronted Mr. Martin. This is legal in Florida. A citizen “on patrol” should be armed with a cellphone and nothing more. Had this been the case, Mr. Martin would be alive. End of story.”


“There is a higher court than courts of justice, and that is the court of conscience. It supersedes all other courts.” Mahatma Gandhi

Tag Lines and Quotes

Would like to clarify that my tag lines are from archived posts, with credit to the authors. Received a lovely tweet from someone who liked a quote, and of course, tweeted back and gave credit to Coco Chanel who said “you can be gorgeous at thirty, charming at forty, and irresistible for the rest of your life.” “Longing for the past, is like chasing after the wind.” is from a Russian proverb…and Turn the other cheek, you might be kissed is my own.


Kitty Carlisle …

Kitty Carlisle Hart…the late actress and socialite who was married to the composer Moss Hart…in a 1993 interview in the New Yorker….” I believe in denial,” “Denial is a marvelous thing.”