Saturday, October 16, 2004

Wilde on Bloggers and Commentators

In the perspective of the raison d'être of this weblog, and of the indignant comments we often get from some readers, t'is no bad thing to remember that today is the birthday of Oscar Wilde, the Irish dramatist, novelist, & poet (1854-1900) who opined:
A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal.

Arguments are to be avoided; they are always vulgar and often convincing.

As for those who, with a wry smile, are always pointing to America's alleged monetary gains in the "war for oil":
The cynic knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.
As for those who are always defending the "peace camp", in spite of numerous pieces of evidence that their members' humanistic posturing was, at least partly, a scam:
Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative.

Seriousness is the only refuge of the shallow.

Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else's opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.

As far as the "sky-is-falling" stories about Yankee plots and conspiracies are concerned:
I can believe anything, provided that it is quite incredible.
Et, pour finir:
A man cannot be too careful in the choice of his enemies.

Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.

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