Relationship Advice From Ireland’s Wilde Man

Feb 15, 2014 by

“Never love anyone who treats you like you’re ordinary.”   Oscar Wilde


Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde, playwright and poet, was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1854.  Despite the wide popularity of his plays such as The Importance of Being Earnest (1895) and his witticisms, Wilde was vilified by the Victorian press and critics for his flamboyant dress and behavior,  particularly for his homosexual liaisons, which ultimately caused him to be imprisoned  for two years for “gross indecency”.    After his release in 1897, Wilde left for France, where he died alone and impoverished at the age of 46.  He is buried in Paris.



This romantic painting is known as The Meeting on the Turret Stairs, by Sir Frederic William Burton (1816-1900), an Irish painter born in County Clare and a contemporary of Oscar Wilde.   In 2012, The Meeting on the Turret Stairs was voted by the Irish public as Ireland’s favorite painting, from among ten works shortlisted by critics.


Here are some more memorable pieces of advice and quotes from Oscar Wilde:

  • “The very essence of romance is uncertainty.”
  • “Every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future.”
  • “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
  • “We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.” from Lady Windermere’s Fan
  • “Yet each man kills the thing he loves
    By each let this be heard
    Some do it with a bitter look
    Some with a flattering word
    The coward does it with a kiss
    The brave man with a sword” from The Ballad of Reading Gaol
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