The Best of Oscar Wilde

During a recent visit to Dublin I had one must see site: Oscar Wilde’s statue. Since college Wilde’s work and life have remained one of my biggest influences. His history and legacy embody art and style, leaving a richer world behind him. Now I am back home Wilde’s words have started to creep around my cranium again and I thought I would share my favourites with you.

“Prayer must never be answered: if it is, it ceases to be prayer and becomes correspondence.”

“You forget a thing is not necessarily true because a man dies for it.”

“I have made an important discovery…that alcohol, taken in sufficient quantities, produces all the effects of intoxication.”

“I am so clever that sometimes I don’t understand a single word of what I am saying.”

“With an evening coat and a white tie, anybody, even a stock broker, can gain a reputation for being civilized. “

“To live in happiness , you must know some unhappiness in life.”

“Missionaries, my dear! Don’t you realise that missionaries are the divinely provided food for destitute cannibals? Whenever they are on the brink of starvation, Heaven in its infinite mercy sends them a nice plump missionary.”