Oscar Wilde was a man before his time, in classic British tradition he was lauded for his literary brilliance, built up and summarily brought crashing down to earth in the most public humiliation possible that was revelled in by all. During his heyday in the early 1890's he published books and poems and wrote plays that are still appreciated in the 21st century. His downfall came after an ill thought out libel prosecution of the Marquess of Queensbury which resulted in evidence of his homosexuality being discovered. This forced him to drop the libel prosecution and he himself was prosecuted and subsequently imprisoned for what was at that time an illegal act. Oscar Wilde was born over 100 years before his time, in the late 20th and early 21st century no one could care less about a persons sexual orientation, all that would matter was if the person had talent or not. He never recovered from his prison ordeal and died in poverty in Paris 3 years after his release from a 2 year hard labour sentence. Known for his Wilde witticisms it was quite fun compiling my list of the ten best Oscar Wilde quotes.
- Mini Bio
- Name: Oscar Wilde
- Born: 16th October 1854, Dublin, Ireland
- Died: 30th November 1900, Paris, France
- Occupation: Author, playwright and poet
- Shock event: He was jailed for homosexual acts
- Alma Mater: Trinity College Dublin, Magdalen College Oxford
- Trivia: In 2017 he was posthumously pardoned for his homosexual prosecution
"Beauty that captures your attention. personality captures your heart"
"Religion is like a blind man looking in a black room for a black cat that isn't there, and finding it"
"Never judge anyone shortly because every saint has a past and every sinner has a future"
"To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all"
"Be yourself; everyone else is taken"
"If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh, otherwise they'll kill you"
"I can resist everything except temptation"
"Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes"
"Bitter trials are often blessings in disguise"
"Rugby Is A Game For Barbarians Played By Gentlemen. Football Is A Game For Gentlemen Played By Barbarians"
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