Posts Tagged ‘Famous Quotes’
Not long after leaving Oxford, Wilde walked with a friend outside a London theater. Both heard a passerby remark, “There goes that bloody fool Oscar Wilde.”
“It’s extraordinary how soon one gets known in London,” observed Wilde.
Anybody can sympathize with the sufferings of a friend, but it requires a very fine nature–it requires, in fact, the nature of a true Individualist–to sympathize with a friend’s success.
I’m very grateful to all of you who commented on Night Before Doomsday. I’m pleased that the teaser worked! So, here for the day is an anecdote from my fav–Oscar Wilde.
Someone suggested to Wilde that all dramatic critics could be bought. “Judging from their appearance, most of them cannot be at all expensive,” he responded. This remark later showed up in The Picture of Dorian Gray.
I haven’t posted since before I attended Heather Graham’s Writers for New Orleans Convention. I had a great time, made some new friends and contacts. Pitched to Harlequin, Mira and Shadowfall as well as agent Cherry Weiner. Keep your fingers crossed that something will come of the pitches!
I also haven’t announced sale of Gemini Rising, my book about identical twins from another dimension, to Double Dragon Publishing! I’m very excited about this contract. Release date is late next year or even in 2013, so I’ve got a long time to be excited.
Now for our quote for the day from the infamous Wilde:
“To recognize that the soul of a man is unknowable is the ultimate achievement of Wisdom. The final mystery is oneself. When one has weighed the sun in a balance, and measured the steps of the moon, and mapped out the seven heavens star by star, there still remains oneself. Who can calculate the orbit of his own soul?”
Oscar and Wilde weren’t the only names bequeathed him by his Irish parents. “I started as Oscar Fingal O’Flaherte Wills Wilde,” he once said. “All but two of the five names have already been thrown overboard. Soon I shall discard another and be known simply as The Wilde or The Oscar.”
For all his foibles, I have long been a devoted fan of Edward Albert Christian George Andrew Patrick David — Edward VIII of England. Today’s quote is from his abdication speech delivered on December 11, 1936.
“You all know the reasons which have impelled me to renounce the throne.
But I want you to understand that in making up my mind I did not forget the
country or the empire, which, as Prince of Wales and lately as King, I have for
twenty-five years tried to serve.
But you must believe me when I tell you that I have found it impossible to
carry the heavy burden of responsibility and to discharge my duties as King as I
would wish to do without the help and support of the woman I love.”