Saturday, February 2, 2008

Oscar Wilde

Wilde writes amazing plays that I love reading. The only one I have also seen is The Importance of Being Earnest I would not mind seeing his other plays as well. The aforesaid play, Lady Windmere's Fan, A Woman of No Importance, and An Ideal Husband are all delightful to read, though hardly moral stories about a moral society. They aren't entirely trash or done to promote trashiness, or I wouldn't be recommending you read these. Wilde wrote classics, and the plays are good plays (in that they entertain well, and the satire and puns and whatnot are ingenious) and I encourage young adults and adults to read them. Salome is largely disturbing, in that it is an odd version (er, non-existent love story) of John the Baptist getting his head chopped off. I did not enjoy this play.

I know the story of The Picture of Dorian Gray and am looking forward to reading it sometime.

I will leave you with some quote that caught my fancy from the plays I enjoy.

"I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train." - Gwendolen Fairfax

"They [gold-tipped cigars] are awfully expensive. I can only afford them when I'm in debt. (said after offing these cigars to someone)" - Lord Alfred

"One can survive everything nowadays, except death." - Lord Illingworth

"Science can never grapple with the irrational. That is why it has no future before it, in this world." - Mrs. Cheveley

"Questions are never indiscreet. Answers sometimes are." - Mrs. Cheveley

"I love talking about nothing, father. It is the only thing I know anything about." - Lord Goring

"Wonderful woman ... isn't she? Talks more and says less than anyone I ever met." - Mrs. Cheveley

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