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Wit and Wisdom: A Book of Quotations

Wit and Wisdom A Book of Quotations I have the simplest tastes remarked Oscar Wilde I am always satisfied with the best In this superlative collection of quotations by the great Irish playwright and wit readers will find the very best

  • Title: Wit and Wisdom: A Book of Quotations
  • Author: Oscar Wilde
  • ISBN: 9780486401461
  • Page: 293
  • Format: Paperback
  • I have the simplest tastes, remarked Oscar Wilde I am always satisfied with the best In this superlative collection of quotations by the great Irish playwright and wit, readers will find the very best of Wilde s scintillating comments on art, human nature, morals, society, politics, history, and numerous other subjects Epigrams, aphorisms, and other bon mots gleaned I have the simplest tastes, remarked Oscar Wilde I am always satisfied with the best In this superlative collection of quotations by the great Irish playwright and wit, readers will find the very best of Wilde s scintillating comments on art, human nature, morals, society, politics, history, and numerous other subjects Epigrams, aphorisms, and other bon mots gleaned from Wilde s enduringly popular plays, essays, and conversation offer amusing, thought provoking observations that resonate with truth and profundity beneath their comic surface.Widely acknowledged as the most brilliant talker of his age, Wilde once explained to Andr Gide, I put all my genius into my life I put only my talent into my works This fine collection of nearly 400 quotes, organized by category, contains quotations from both his works and his conversation, including gems from his personal life with which even devotees may be unfamiliar The result is a splendid introduction to Wilde s mind and personality, embodied in a feast of the English language s most brilliant and perceptive witticisms.

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    1. Oscar Wilde

      Oscar Fingal O Flahertie Wills Wilde was an Irish playwright, poet and author of numerous short stories and one novel Known for his biting wit, and a plentitude of aphorisms, he became one of the most successful playwrights of the late Victorian era in London, and one of the greatest celebrities of his day Several of his plays continue to be widely performed, especially The Importance of Being Earnest As the result of a widely covered series of trials, Wilde suffered a dramatic downfall and was imprisoned for two years hard labour after being convicted of gross indecency with other men After Wilde was released from prison he set sail for Dieppe by the night ferry He never returned to Ireland or Britain, and died in poverty.

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    1. I adore Oscar Wilde, he had the most brilliant mind of his age! I love this book all this beautiful quotes gathered in one place! Love it!“Yes: I am a dreamer. For 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.” Oscar Wilde


    2. ~To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist__ that is all.Irrespective of the fact, whether I agree with all his thoughts or not. But I love his writing style and He's the wittiest writer of all times. :')


    3. The Wild Wit Of Oscar Wilde More than a century after his death, Oscar Wilde still intrigues us. This poet, novelist, playwright, and essayist was also his era's leading aphorist. George Bernard Shaw called him "incomparably the greatest talker of his time -- perhaps of all time." The personality of Wilde as a consummate conversationalist was admired by everyone who encountered him. The smooth flowing utterance, sedate and self-possessed, oracular in tone, whimsical in substance, carried on with [...]


    4. Some of my absolute favourites are"Either those curtains go or I do""A gentleman is one who never hurts anyone's feelings unintentionally""A true friend stabs you in the front""Always forgive your enemies - nothing annoys them so much""Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes"


    5. Some examples: Good taste is the excuse I've always given for leading such a bad life. I am always astonishing myself. It is the only thing that makes life worth living. Life cannot be written. Life can only be lived. People who count their chickens before they are hatched, act very wisely, because chickens run about so absurdly that it is impossible to count them accurately. It is absurd to divide people into good or bad. People are either charming or tedious. I like men who have a future and w [...]


    6. Com a leitura deste livro, compreende-se a vastidão de temas que este escritor, Oscar Wilde,tão aclamado, envolvia no seu trabalho, integrando toda a filosofia advinda desse mesmo trabalho na sua vida e vice-versa. Com muitas ideias iluminadas, outras também pouco racionais e mais moralistas, sente-se bem o génio que lemos. Um único apontamento negativo a este livro é a repetição excessiva de citações para uma obra tão curta, de tão poucas páginas. O editor parece ter forçado a div [...]


    7. An absolute genius! I love this man! His extremely wise words miraculously work in today's societies. I will always re-read this handy little book. Granted, not all of his quotes are in this book, but a whole lot of them are. I do adore books, and love to keep them crease-free and in pristine condition, but perhaps with this one I will highlight the quotes I simply adore the most. And ones that I feel are relevant in my life. Oscar Wilde; I'm so glad I have discovered your genius, and only regre [...]




    8. For all of you quote-alcholics, this is the book for you. With quotes upon quotes from all of his novels, you will dive into this book whole heartly. With a subject by subject notion, this book is divided into subjects such as (women, men, politics, parents, smoking) etc. Fun book, quick, read, for all of you who love to quote authors.


    9. Oscar Wilde is always my inspiration. He must have been witty, funny and wise back then. And I will re-read this again, and again :))




    10. A wonderful collection of some of the best aphorisms ever spoken from one of the wittiest men who ever lived. I can't get enough of Oscar's quotations.



    11. More than the messages that some of the quotations convey, is the genius behind their structure that appeals me.




    12. This was a fun book to dip into to pick up Wilde's witticisms. Some of my favorites:On Literature:"There is a great deal to be said in favor of reading a novel backwards. The last page is, as a rule, the most interesting and when one begins with the catastrophe or denouement one feels on pleasant terms of equality with the author.""To know the vintage and quality of a wine one need not drink the whole cask. It must be perfectly easy in half an hour to say whether a book is worth anything or wort [...]


    13. Witty and humorous. Replete with Oscar Wilde. It delivered as advertised. I stole a lot of quotes from it, too. And an entire philosophy.


    14. Read it in an hour before a pre-calculus test. I think it needs more like this isn't enough. I wish that it would explain the quotes and mention the character who said them written along with its source. However I liked a lot of them, would be adding my favorites to this review later. Overall very good but I need more! This is too little and is missing other of his incredible works like The Happy Prince which I adore♡Here are my favorite quotes organized by Wilde's works that were referenced i [...]


    15. I miss no one so much as I miss Oscar Wilde.I would rather have him back now than almost anyone I have ever met. I have known more heroic souls and some deeper souls; souls more keenly alive to the ideals of duty and generosity; but I have known no more charming, no more quickening, no more delightful spirit. ~Frank Harris, Wilde biographerI love quotes and I love Oscar Wilde. So what could be better than The Wit & Humor of Oscar Wilde collected and edited by Alan Redman? Not much. The book [...]


    16. After reading The Picture of Dorian Gray it would only make sense to continue with some more Wilde. This is a book about Wilde's aphorisms divided by topics. Needless to say I underlined nearly the whole and when I have sometime I will totally come here and write the quoted down. After the shallowness and disgust for women I saw in his preview book I read, this was delightful to see another complete face of Wilde. A more sensitive human being. He was quite repulsed by poverty and considered poor [...]


    17. This was pretty humorous. Sometimes, when you take a quote out of context, the humor is lost. Also, the book repeated quotes a couple times.Other than that, I liked it. Who doesn't find Oscar Wilde humorous? Everyone does, whether they know it or not. Quotes and one-liners are tossed around all the time that no one knows came from Wilde, but they enjoy it anyway.I find it incredibly amusing that he was the one who said, 'Every saint has a past, every sinner has a future', because churches in my [...]


    18. I found Oscar Wilde's Wit and Wisdom: A Book of Quotations to be entertaining. I was so impressed by the quotes from Wilde's The Soul Of Man Under Socialism & Selected Critical Prose that I ordered the book.I found it intriguing that someone who died in 1900 could so well describe the ills of society today. I would have rather read more of such quotes, but at least I can now read his critical prose to get a lot more of his ideas.


    19. As I stated in my review of Mark Twain's Wit and Wisdom from the same publisher, I tend to collect quotes and commentary to zip up papers and conversation. Oscar Wilde is one of the few people who can zing out quotes on various topics with the same zeal as Mark Twain in my humble opinion. If you are looking for a collection that provides wit and humor, I'd start with Twain's, but I would then jump to this collection as it holds its own and provides insights, humor, and some biting social comment [...]


    20. I liked this collection of Oscar Wilde quotes well enough, but a number of them may have been funnier or more meaningful in the context of his plays and stories. Some favorites from this collection were:"Experience is the name every one gives their mistakes.""The only difference between the saint and the sinner is that every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future.""Moods don't last. It is their chief charm."


    21. For anyone who loves quotes this is a great book. Some of them have you deep in thought of what you just read and some just make you LOL. Each quote also lets you know what book, play, etc. it came from which is very useful. I also love how it is categorized. I am going to keep this one on the shelf. I may even go back and highlight some of my favorite quotes. One I love was, "It is better to take pleasure in a rose than to put its root under a microscope."


    22. Yes, it is lazy to read a book of quotations when I should have read some of his work in high school. However, his complete works is on my list and my laziness does not detract from his brilliance. As with many Victorian-era authors, he nails the complexity of human relationships with pithy exactness.


    23. The first two sections of this little book are full of mysoginistic sayings of Wilde's, and I was less than impressed, and rather turned off, in fact. And it toook me soome time before I could get past that to enjoy some of his truly good sayings. There were some tha made me smile, even a few that made me chuckle, but Wilde was no Mark Twain, I'll tell you that.


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