Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Otherwise They'll Kill You
Today is the birthday of the great Oscar Wilde, who was born in 1854. Wilde would probably make fun of me for noting the date, since he once wrote "Most modern calendars mar the sweet simplicity of our lives by reminding us that each day that passes is the anniversary of some perfectly uninteresting event."
However, and more in keeping with the theme of this blog, he is also quoted as saying "If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh, otherwise they'll kill you." An interesting motive for murder, but not an unbelievable one. And of course Wilde knew better than most how dearly a person had to pay for his beliefs (or his preferences).
My favorite Wilde words, though, are the ones he is supposed to have said when he was dying: "This wallpaper is killing me. One of us has to go." (It has also been related as, "Either it goes or I do.")
Either way, Wilde, you left the world laughing, or at least making others do so.
(photo link here)