Oscar Wilde

In case you haven’t noticed by some of the quotes around here, I have been reading Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray. I picked up a handy Barnes and Noble Collectors Library version for less than $5! It is slim and light so I can carry it with me and have something to read at lunch, etc. So far I have found it a pleasure and even thought provoking at times. With that in mind I thought I would leave you a couple of quotes on Mr. Wilde:

It is curious how vanity helps the successful man and wrecks the failure. In old days half of my strength was my vanity.

— Oscar Wilde on himself.

Oscar Wilde’s talent seems to me essentially rootless, something growing in a glass in a little water.

— George Moore

His manner had hardened to meet opposition and at times he allowed one to see an unpardonable insolence. His charm was acquired and systematized, a mask which he wore only when it pleased him.

— William Butler Yeats

All quotes from Fighting Words: writers lambast other writers.

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Kevin Holtsberry

I work in communications and public affairs. I try to squeeze in as much reading as I can while still spending time with my wife and two kids (and cheering on the Pittsburgh Steelers and Michigan Wolverines during football season – oh, and watching golf too).

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