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Reading the Bible: Oscar Wilde

At Christmas, I managed to get hold of a Greek Testament, and every morning after I had cleaned my cell and polished my tins, I read a little of the Gospels, a dozen verses taken by chance anywhere. It is … Continue reading

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Conversation: Oscar Wilde

After all, the only proper intoxication is conversation. Oscar Wilde

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Fate: Oscar Wilde

One of the many lessons that one learns in prison is, that things are what they are and will be what they will be. Oscar Wilde De Profundis The image is copyright: angelo gilardelli via Shutterstock

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What People Say Of Me Behind My Back: Oscar Wilde

I don’t at all like knowing what people say of me behind my back. It makes me far too conceited. Oscar Wilde 1854-1900 An Ideal Husband (1895) The image is copyright: Brian A Jackson  via Shutterstock

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Oh Who Is That Young Sinner? A E Housman

Oh who is that young sinner with the handcuffs on his wrists? And what has he been after that they groan and shake their fists? And wherefore is he wearing such a conscience-stricken air? Oh they’re taking him to prison … Continue reading

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Far Too Much Rouge: Oscar Wilde

She wore far too much rouge last night, and not quite enough clothes. That is always a sign of despair in a woman. Oscar Wilde 1854-1900 The illustration is Xaviera Hollander, via Wikimedia. The author of ‘The Happy Hooker’ still … Continue reading

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Sorrow: Lord Alfred Douglas

Into the silence of the empty night I went and took my scorned heart with me, And all the thousand eyes of heaven were bright; But sorrow came and led me back to thee. I turned my weary eyes towards … Continue reading

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Bad Poetry: Oscar Wilde

All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling Oscar Wilde The illustration is ‘Melodrama’ (c.1860) by Honoré Daumier (1808-1879) via Wikimedia

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The Flaw In Government: Oscar Wilde

Now that the House of Commons is trying to become useful, it does a great deal of harm. Oscar Wilde 1854-1900 An Ideal Husband (1895) Members of Youth Parliament (MYP) assembled in the Chamber ready to begin debating. Speaker Rt … Continue reading

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Teasing Our American Cousins: Oscar Wilde

The crude commercialism of America, its materialising spirit, its indifference to the poetical side of things, its lack of imagination and of high unattainable ideals, are entirely due to that country having adopted for its national hero one who, according … Continue reading

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