The wit of Wilde
As many of you may have guessed, I named this site after Oscar Wilde, one of Ireland’s most famous and celebrated writers. Of course, our little island boasts many wonderful writers, and I chose Wilde over the others because of his famously quick wit and ability to get straight to the point.
So what can PR and Marketing pros learn from Wilde’s words? Here are some of his most famous quotes about reading and writing that everyone who works in communications should read:
- “I was working on the proof of one of my poems all the morning, and took out a comma. In the afternoon I put it back again.”
- “The imagination imitates. It is the critical spirit that creates.”
- “If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh, otherwise they’ll kill you.”
- “Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative.”
- “I am so clever that sometimes I don’t understand a single word of what I am saying.”
- “There is only one thing in life worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.”
- “Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes.”
- “The public is wonderfully tolerant. It forgives everything except genius.”
- “There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written or badly written.”
- “Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else’s opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.”
- “I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train.”
- “Words! Mere words! How terrible they were! How clear, and vivid, and cruel! One could not escape from them. And yet what a subtle magic there was in them!”
What’s your favourite Oscar Wilde quote? Do you have a favourite play or story?