Saturday, May 16, 2009

some Wilde moments

"It is better to be beautiful than to be good. But ... it is better to be good than to be ugly. OSCAR WILDE, The Picture of Dorian Gray"

I skimmed through this quote a few days ago, while making a mental note, I have to get back to that. Was he being sarcastic? I haven't read him, so don't know the actual context, but most people seem to think so. Socially better? I think not. May bring some temporary advantage though, an advantage when you are a public figure may be, or when you never really mingle with people. But if you do, if you prefer to have a few close friends, or like participating in grueling discussions that will reveal the core of your heart, then beauty doesn't help. Beauty and sincerity is good; beauty, charm and sincerity is even better; but beauty, charm and wickedness is the worse possible combination. It is better to be naïve, downright sincere and ugly. Or at least I think so.

(I kept reading through the Oscar Wilde quotes until I formed the resolution that I must read his stuff. So what I ain't an English major?)

"The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it. OSCAR WILDE, The Picture of Dorian Gray"
(If he was living today, he would see very few living people disagreeing with him)

"Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes. OSCAR WILDE, Lady Windermere's Fan"
(People are getting too good at the use of this euphemism these days… I get confused, frequently enough).

"All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. OSCAR WILDE, The Importance of Being Earnes"
(Really? I won't consider that a tragedy to its entirety, but in some cases that sure would be fatal...)

"I can resist everything except temptation. OSCAR WILDE, Lady Windermere's Fan"
(He said what I had to say :$.)

"Pleasure is Nature’s test, her sign of approval. When man is happy, he is in harmony with himself and his environment. OSCAR WILDE, The Soul of Man Under Socialism"
(Man, why couldn't he say Allah instead of Nature? We could've tried promoting him as a secret Muslim.)

"Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative. OSCAR WILDE, Aristotle at Afternoon Tea"
(Then I would rather be unimaginative!)

"To get back my youth I would do anything in the world, except take exercise, get up early, or be respectable. OSCAR WILDE, The Picture of Dorian Gray"

"A map of the world that does not include Utopia is not worth even glancing at, for it leaves out the one country at which Humanity is always landing. OSCAR WILDE, The Soul of Man Under Socialism"

"There is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about. OSCAR WILDE, The Picture of Dorian Gray"
(Still, I would rather be not talked about!)

"The public have an insatiable curiosity to know everything, except what is worth knowing. Journalism, conscious of this, and having tradesman-like habits, supplies their demands. OSCAR WILDE, The Soul of Man Under Socialism"
(Man, how did I become so average?)

"As long as war is regarded as wicked, it will always have its fascination. When it is looked upon as vulgar, it will cease to be popular. OSCAR WILDE, The Critic as Artist"
(Let's see if and when that happens).

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