Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Oscar Wilde - classic wit

A while back I did a blog posting about Mae West in which I listed some of my favourite quotes of hers.  I thought that as a follow up I would do a posting in which I mentioned some of my favourite Oscar Wilde quotes.

Oscar Wilde was a brilliant novelist and playwright who lived in the second half of the nineteenth century, famous for such great works as ‘The Picture of Dorian Grey’ and ‘The Importance of Being Ernest’.  While some of his wittiest words are best read in context, other remarks are excellent stand-alone comments. Of these, some of my favourites are:

‘Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months.’

‘Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination.’

‘Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.’

‘The only thing to do with good advice is pass it on. It is never any use to oneself.’

‘The only thing worse than being talked about, is not being talked about.’

‘Work is the curse of the drinking classes.’

‘I can resist anything but temptation.’

And last, but not least, my absolute favourite:

‘I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read on the train.’


  1. I couldn't help but chuckle when I read "I can resist anything but temptation". I like that one especially!! Enjoyed this post!

  2. Hi Jenn,

    Glad you enjoyed it. It's something light for the middle of the week.


  3. Loved it! I even wrote down that quote about "fashion is a form of ugliness...." LOL. Great post!-Katwin2010

  4. Hi Katwin,

    Glad you enjoyed the quotes! I think it's amazing that Oscar Wilde made that obsevation about fashion over 100 years ago.