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  1. Standard memberhakima
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    17 Oct '14 04:45
    On the occasion of the 160th anniversary of the birth of Oscar Wilde, I found it fitting to resurrect an old thread even if I had to re-create it...

    What a pity that the first was permitted to be buried far too long...

    "Illusion is the first of all pleasures."
    --OW

    Happy Birthday to the Big O...

    ;-)
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    Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter.

    Oscar Wilde
  3. Standard memberGrampy Bobby
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    17 Oct '14 09:00
    Originally posted by hakima
    On the occasion of the 160th anniversary of the birth of Oscar Wilde, I found it fitting to resurrect an old thread even if I had to re-create it...

    What a pity that the first was permitted to be buried far too long...

    "Illusion is the first of all pleasures."
    --OW

    Happy Birthday to the Big O...

    ;-)
    "I see when men love women. They give them but a little of their lives. But women when they love give everything. -Oscar Wilde "I am so clever that sometimes I don't understand a single word of what I am saying." -Oscar Wilde "True friends stab you in the front." -Oscar Wilde Thanks, hakima. He's one of my favorite authors too.
  4. SubscriberPonderable
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    17 Oct '14 09:12
    When I was young I thought that money was the most important thing in life; now that I am old I know that it is.


    ...though I appreciate the author I think his cynicsm went too far.
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    17 Oct '14 09:49
    Originally posted by Ponderable
    When I was young I thought that money was the most important thing in life; now that I am old I know that it is.


    ...though I appreciate the author I think his cynicsm went too far.
    It was part of his downfall, wasn't it?
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    17 Oct '14 11:40
    “A thing is not necessarily true because a man dies for it.”
    --Oscar Wilde
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    19 Oct '14 07:48
    “We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.”
  8. Standard memberChessPraxis
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    19 Oct '14 20:51
    "One would think this thread was about the Zombie Apocalypse, but alas, 'tis naught." 🙁
  9. SubscriberKewpie
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    19 Oct '14 20:58
    Originally posted by ChessPraxis
    "One would think this thread was about the Zombie Apocalypse, but alas, 'tis naught." 🙁
    thank god it isn't about the Zombie Apocalypse!
  10. SubscriberPonderable
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    22 Oct '14 11:22
    But beauty, real beauty, ends where an intellectual expression begins. Intellect is in itself a mode of exaggeration, and destroys the harmony of any face.

    Shouldn't that be challenging for a chess player?
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    22 Oct '14 19:501 edit
    Originally posted by lolof to Ponderable
    It was part of his downfall, wasn't it?
    Oscar Wilde's downfall came about because he was foolishly provoked by his
    younger lover into suing his lover's domineering father, who had called Wilde
    'posing as a somdomite' (sic), for libel. While Oscar Wilde was much more clever
    and witty than the Marquess of Queensberry, the Marquess had superb
    lawyers and enough evidence on his side. That trial led to Wilde's bankruptcy.
    Worse would follow quickly; Oscar Wilde was prosecuted for homosexual
    crimes. (He had declined his friends' advice to flee to safety in France.)
    Two years of hard labour in a Victorian prison ruined the health of Oscar
    Wilde (who had been accustomed to high living) and his life was broken.
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    22 Oct '14 20:381 edit
    Originally posted by Duchess64
    Oscar Wilde's downfall came about because he was foolishly provoked by his
    younger lover into suing his lover's domineering father, who had called Wilde
    'posing as a somdomite' (sic), for libel. While Oscar Wilde was much more clever
    and witty than the Marquess of Queensberry, the Marquess had superb
    lawyers and enough evidence on his side. That tria ...[text shortened]... ed the health of Oscar
    Wilde (who had been accustomed to high living) and his life was broken.
    He underestimated the power of Society and he believed himself to be invulnerable. The last part of his life was very tragic, as you say. I wrote an essay on The Importance of Being Earnest many years ago, and to do that I had to read a lot about him and some of his work.


    “It is absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious.” - Oscar Wilde
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    26 Oct '14 03:02
    the other day i was reading this and went to my favorite quote page to dig some wilde gold...
    instead,
    i stumbled when i read some pithy statements by this man,

    If there are no stupid questions, then what kind of questions do stupid people ask? Do they get smart just in time to ask questions?
    Scott Adams
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    26 Oct '14 03:161 edit
    Originally posted by rookie54
    the other day i was reading this and went to my favorite quote page to dig some wilde gold...
    instead,
    i stumbled when i read some pithy statements by this man,

    If there are no stupid questions, then what kind of questions do stupid people ask? Do they get smart just in time to ask questions?
    Scott Adams
    Your post is very interesting but I don't think I understand it fully.

    Who is stupid? Based on what can one categorize another as stupid. Does it mean mentally retarded or just ignorant?

    Ignorance, lack of knowledge, prejudices, etc.. can lead to stupid questions, or no questions at all by simply accepting the status quo.
  15. Standard memberredbadger
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    26 Oct '14 12:31
    Originally posted by Tabitha Marshall
    Your post is very interesting but I don't think I understand it fully.

    Who is stupid? Based on what can one categorize another as stupid. Does it mean mentally retarded or just ignorant?

    Ignorance, lack of knowledge, prejudices, etc.. can lead to stupid questions, or no questions at all by simply accepting the status quo.
    from the book of right on
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