If Wilde Tweeted

Welcome to Amazing Words Wednesday, the day we enter the labyrinth of language and see what we can discover. It’s too bad that some of the most quotable figures in history didn’t have access to Twitter. Thus, I’ve had real fun presenting memorable quotes, in 140 characters or less, of such wordsmiths as Mark Twain, Winston Churchill, Plato, and Calvin (of the inimitable Calvin & Hobbes). Oscar Wilde is another favorite.

Photo of Oscar Wilde
Photo by Napoleon Sarony [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Oscar Wilde was an Irish writer, poet, and playwright. He is most famous for his only novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray, and his masterpiece play, The Importance of Being Earnest. In addition, Wilde was a witty man, easily quotable. He would have thrived on a medium like Twitter. So here are twenty of Wilde’s “tweets” — quotations of 140 characters or less.

  1. Women are meant to be loved, not understood.
  2. Thirty-five is a very attractive age; London society is full of women who have, of their own free choice, remained 35 for years.
  3. I have very simple tastes. I am always satisfied with the very best.
  4. I sometimes think that God, in creating man, rather overestimated His ability.
  5. The proper basis for marriage is mutual misunderstanding.
  6. I have always been of the opinion that a man about to get married should know either everything or nothing.
  7. Only the shallow know themselves.
  8. Anyone can sympathize with the sufferings of a friend; it takes a very fine nature to sympathize with a friend’s success.
  9. Democracy is simply the bludgeoning of the people, for the people, by the people.
  10. A cynic is a man who knows the price of everything but the value of nothing.
  11. The good end happily and the bad unhappily; that is what fiction means.
  12. We are all in the same gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.
  13. Experience is the name we all give to our mistakes.
  14. The only thing worse in the world than being talked about is not being talked about.
  15. The old believe everything; the middle-aged suspect everything; the young know everything.
  16. In this world there are only two tragedies: one is not getting what one wants, the other is getting it.
  17. I can resist everything except temptation.
  18. I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train.
  19. Some cause happiness wherever they go; some whenever they go.
  20. My wallpaper and I are fighting a duel to the death. One or other of us has got to go. (Purported to be Oscar Wilde’s last words.)

Which one is your favorite? Do you have other Oscar Wilde quotes to add?

Sources: Brainy Quote; Wikiquote; The Quotable Oscar Wilde by Sheridan Morley

11 thoughts on “If Wilde Tweeted

  1. “We are all in the same gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.”
    I don’t believe we’re all in the gutter. That’s rather depressing. But I DO believe that one’s perspective colors one’s life experiences.

    1. Yes, I’d like to think we’re not in the gutter. Wilde had somewhat of a tough life, so I think that colored his perspective of what is…but he liked to think about what is possible as well.

      Thanks, Patti!

  2. Love these, Julie! Wilde would have LOVED Twitter. What a wit! These examples are all terrific. A couple of others that I like: “Whenever a man does a thoroughly stupid thing, it is always from the noblest motives” and “I like persons better than principles, and I like persons with no principles better than anything else in the world.”

  3. I have read a couple of his quotes but most of these are new to me. Quite funny and insightful. #7, 12 and 13 are my favorites. Thanks

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