‘True friends stab you in the front.’
I sincerely hope that the image you have in your mind of our dearest part time redeemer Oscar Wilde is not of a flouncing giggling dancing queen who changed outfits faster than he invented aphorisms, but instead a gin-soaked Irish gentleman who was so well read he managed to rehash the whole of English literature in, like, five plays and a novel. All evidence indicates that Oscar Wilde was light years ahead of his time, and understood that the very essence of modernity is in fact immortality. The man is a literary genius in life and art, and he deserves our worship. We are not worthy, Oscar Wilde.
Happy Birthday, by the way. You would have been one hundred and sixty three today.
‘I’m so clever sometimes I don’t understand a single word I am saying.’
‘When people agree with me I always feel I must be wrong.’
‘Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead.’