Happy Birthday, Oscar Wilde

Oct 16, 2013 by

Irish Writer and Poet Oscar Wilde http://tinyurl.com/myt33ax

Irish Writer and Poet Oscar Wilde

Happy Birthday to one of my favorite writers, Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde, born on this day in 1854, in Dublin, Ireland.

Wilde was the the second of three children born to Sir William Wilde and Jane Francesca Wilde, two years behind William (“Willie”). Jane Wilde, under the pseudonym “Speranza” (the Italian word for ‘Hope’), wrote poetry for the revolutionary Young Irelanders in 1848 and was a lifelong Irish nationalist. William Wilde was Ireland’s leading oto-ophthalmologic (ear and eye) surgeon and was knighted in 1864 for his services as medical adviser and assistant commissioner to the censuses of Ireland. He also wrote books about Irish archaeology and peasant folklore and was a renowned philanthropist to Dublin’s poorer citizens.

Wilde died of meningitis on November 30, 1900 at the age of 46.

Wilde is best remembered for the drama that was his personal life, constantly a source of rumor and scandal for the Victorian upper class of his era. Such a shame, because Wilde’s beautifully written works, such as his novel “The Picture of Dorian Gray” and his play “The Importance of Being Earnest”, are considered among the great literary masterpieces of the late Victorian period. Moreover, Wilde’s witty insights on love and life continue to resonant more than century after his death.

Here are just few of the many clever quotes from Oscar Wilde:

“Women are meant to be loved, not to be understood.”
The Sphinx Without a Secret

“The public have an insatiable curiosity to know everything, except what is worth knowing.”
The Soul of Man Under Socialism

“Nothing spoils a romance so much as a sense of humor in the woman – or the want of it in the man.”
A Woman of No Importance

“I am so clever that sometimes I don’t understand a single word of what I am saying.”
The Happy Prince and Other Stories

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