A celebration of Oscar Wilde

Every one has heard of Oscar Wilde, he has become a synonymous part of British Literature but as with some of the greats, he does go unappreciated. He will never be taught in schools (well, I don't know of him ever being so) and many people only know him because of his life choices and the controversy over his sexuality.

I have been brought up with Oscar Wilde and still have the massive, large print, hardback copy of his short stories that I was bought as a child. I have numerous copies of The Picture of Dorian Gray because a couple are falling apart and I refuse to throw them away. I have taken many of his quotes as a mantra throughout my life and that's a true testament to his brilliance, how he can affect someones life even over 100 years since his death.

I was going to share my top ten quotes with you but I got a little excited. So here's my top 13 in no particular order:

Never love anyone who treats you like you're ordinary

You don't love someone because of their looks, or their clothes, or for their fancy car but because they sing a song only you can hear

To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance

Be yourself, everyone else is already taken

To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all

One can never be overdressed or overeducated

Life is far too important a thing to talk seriously about

The only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about

We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars

The truth is rarely pure and never simple

If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all

Yes: I am a dreamer. For a dreamer is one who can only find his way in moonlight. and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world

With freedom, books, flowers, and the moon, who could not be happy?

Obviously there are many more but I did have to stop somewhere.

Along with The Chronicles of Narnia, Oscar Wilde's collection of short stories has stayed with me since childhood and one of the first things I remember loving, so much so I had my favourite one, The Nightingale and the Rose inked on me for life a couple of years ago. Not just because it's a pretty image but because it's a constant reminder of the beauty and tragedy of love and the trials we go through. Just by looking at it, you can tell it was worth the seven hours of pain!

Oscar Wilde's genius has spanned beyond the written word with his own play The Importance of Being Earnest still being performed world wide, numerous film adaptations of The Picture of Dorian Gray, his own biopic where he was played by Stephen Fry and this short featured in one of my favourite films, Paris Je t'aime, directed by the one and only Wes Craven

I'm pretty sure that y love for Oscar Wilde will never die and I'm just waiting for the day where I can go to Paris and kiss his tomb stone in the most fantastic shade of red lipstick.

Thank you Oscar.


  1. I love him, he is a hero of mine! <3

    1. Definitely a hero. He needs more appreciation in this world.


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