Oscar Wilde said that sunsets were not valued because we could not pay for sunsets. But Oscar Wilde was wrong
Bosie has insisted on stopping here for sandwiches. He is quite like a narcissus -- so white and gold. I will come either Wednesday or Thursday night to your rooms. Send me a line. Bosie is so tired: he lies like a hyacinth on the sofa, and I worship him. (letter from Oscar Wilde, 1892 - quoted from Love in a dark time by Colm Toibin)
Yet ruled he not long, so great had been his suffering, and so bitter the fire of his testing, for after the space of three years he died. And he who came after him ruled evilly.
For his mourners will be outcast menAnd outcasts always mourn...
Oscar Wilde: "I wish I had said that." Whistler: "You will, Oscar; you will.
Poor Aubrey: I hope he will get all right. He brought a strangely new personality to English art, and was a master in his way of fantastic grace, and the charm of the unreal. His muse had moods of terrible laughter. Behind his grotesques there seemed to lurk some curious philosophy…
The public is wonderfully tolerant. It forgives everything except genius.
Failure is only the name that we give to our mistakes."-Oscar Wilde
Any fool can make history, but it takes a genius to write it.
[Referring to the imprisonment of Oscar Wilde] ... Will civilization never reach humane ideals? Will men always punish most severely the sins they do not understand and which hold forth for them no temptation? Did Jesus suffer in vain?