Posts Tagged ‘Oscar Wilde’
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.”
A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.
“Men always want to be a woman’s first love. Women have a more subtle instinct: What they like is to be a man’s last romance.”
A cynic is a man who knows the price of everything but the value of nothing.
A man can be happy with any woman, as long as he does not love her.
A man can’t be too careful in the choice of his enemies.
A man’s face is his autobiography. A woman’s face is her work of fiction.
Ambition is the germ from which all growth of nobleness proceeds.
The handsome young man doesn’t have anything to do with the quotes. He’s visual stimulation!