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Epigrams of Oscar Wilde

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There is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about', said Oscar Wilde more than a hundred years ago. But this remark seems perhaps even more relevant to our present world where so many seek publicity at any cost. Wilde's well-turned phrases and spontaneous insults still cause much amusement and admiration. Most of us miss ...more
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Published April 5th 2007 by Wordsworth Editions (first published 1952)
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Ines
Jan 15, 2011 Ines rated it it was amazing
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I use this book quite often. Nearly every week, I read a couple of Wilde's witty quotes.
Branden William
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Every great dandy must keep a journal of quips, gags, aphorisms, and epigrams. I know that I do. I figure that by the time I completely fill a few of these journals, I won't be speaking anymore-- I'll just be quoting myself and paraphrasing Oscar Wilde, Sebastian Horsley, and Quentin Crisp.

Of all the great dandies, however, Oscar Wilde was a master of life's epigrams. Whether the subject dealt with women, marriage, art, or gastronomy, Oscar Wilde had a mouthful to say-- all of which were witty
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Aug 30, 2014 Advaita rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
We live in an age when only unnecessary things are absolutely necessary to us. - Oscar Wilde

Epigrams written by a truly genius author. One can only be amazed at the accuracy of his observations and excellent use of sarcasm. It's been more than a century since he passed away, but he truly managed to capture the essence of modern society. Must read for those who appreciate quick wit, sarcasm and dark humour.
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Perfect for a little witty wisdom every now and then
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Nov 13, 2015 Aleya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Wilde's epigrams are fantastic. I just want to share them all with the world. Maybe I'll just start by toting them around and reciting them randomly when conversations get dull. Wilde would love that. I'm so glad I found this little book in a used book store.
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Aug 09, 2013 Amy rated it it was amazing
This book was a gift -- it's a great reference and reminds me of just how wise and pithy Wilde was. The gift was purchased in Dublin, Ireland at the Irish Writer's Museum.
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A bit of a pointless book, but fun to own if you're a Wilde fan.
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I couldn't get a better surprise gift.
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Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde was an Irish playwright, poet and author of numerous short stories and one novel. Known for his biting wit, and a plentitude of aphorisms, he became one of the most successful playwrights of the late Victorian era in London, and one of the greatest celebrities of his day. Several of his plays continue to be widely performed, especially The Importance of Being E ...more
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